maui | Top Scenic Spots

Hana, Maui's east side, its underdeveloped side, has a small town atmosphere with protected beaches, a rugged shoreline and towering waterfalls. Any stop between Kipahulu and Wailua is an opportunity to take this all in - by foot, flipper, or paddle.

Towering over the Hana coastline is the Haleakala National Park, home to Haleakala, the world's largest dormant volcano. Upon entering this park you'll have the opportunity to experience a combination of terrain spanning 38 miles and rising 10,000 feet. This terrain starts at the sea level and ascends 9,745 feet to Haleakala's crater-like summit that closely resembles what Neil Armstrong saw when he first stepped out onto the moon. Any one of Haleakala's trails will offer a unique piece of Hawaii: ocean, rainforest or cinder. It's possible to hike the park by foot or explore the summit on horseback.

Further west on the other side is the Wailea Coast. Popular for summer surfing, Wailea is also Maui's golf, shopping and restaurant hot spot. While in Wailea, a partially emerged volcanic crater located a few miles off the coast of Makena, is a dive site that you can't possibly miss. Great for shore diving and snorkeling, Molokini is where you will find some of Maui's beneath the surface beauty. Turtle Town, aka Kalaeloa, also in Makena, is a dive spot where intricate lava sculptures beneath the surface are accented by a population of native green sea turtles--basically, an unforgettable diving and snorkeling location.

To the west, the major resort area, Kapalua, Lahaina, Honolua Bay is the winter surf spot and the place for a summer snorkel. Along Kapalua is a white sandy shoreline and a few miles south is Lahaina, the art mecca and historic whaling village.