Top 10 Things to do in Maui, United States

February 25, 2018 Lashaunda Abraham

The Hawaiian island of Maui is a destination for true nature lovers. The ethereal bamboo forest and churning waterfalls in Haleakala National Park can be explored via the Waimoku Falls Trail. Stretch out on warm, golden sands or hit the surf for an unforgettable windsurfing or snorkeling session. Driving the scenic road to Hana along the island’s northeastern shore will be among the most spectacular journeys of your life. Time stands still at the Hawaiian village of Keanae, definitely worth a visit.
Restaurants in Maui

1. Punakea Palms Coconut Farm

225 Punakea Loop, Lahaina, Maui, HI 96761-5742 +1 808-269-4455
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5 based on 111 reviews

Punakea Palms Coconut Farm

Coconut Farm Tasting Tour! Come Experience the sights and tastes of an authentic, working coconut farm. Learn the vast usefulness of the coconut tree and how to extract its bounty. Participate in all the stages of coconut cultivation and consumption, all while basking in the natural beauty of our farm. Take home fresh, hand-made coconut products from a truly authentic experience.

Reviewed By knolting - Yellowknife, Canada

Highly recommend this activity. The 2.5 hours went by fast. Coconut tasting was good but learning about growth of the coconuts and see this wonderful property were the highlights, and of course making coconut milk.

2. Haleakala National Park

Kula, Maui, HI 96790 +1 808-572-4400
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5 based on 1 reviews

Haleakala National Park

Reviewed By SerendipityIndia - New Delhi, India

I have seen multiple pictures of Haleakala from the visits of my friends to this place and was super fascinated to visit. Although to see the sunrise, one has to make it to the top of the crater by 6 AM, which means getting up around 3-4 AM and making the long drive to the top of the crater. So it has to be planned with a lot of courage to get up early in the morning and for lethargic people like me, almost ruins half the day where I have to accommodate the pending sleep. But the views of seeing a sunrise above the clouds in totally worth it.

However, we could not make it there as recently the authorities have restricted the amount of cars that can go atop one day to control parking. And the tickets get sold out way in advance - so plan super ahead as Haleakala is one of the MOST popular activities in Maui and the passes sell out fast.

3. Wai'anapanapa State Park

Hana Hwy. near mile marker 32, Hana, Maui, HI
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5 based on 1 reviews

Wai'anapanapa State Park

Waianapanapa State Park is on the road to Hana, Maui.

Reviewed By RyguyC - Alberta, Canada

It's crowded here, but for good reason. The bay is nice and sheltered, which makes for good swimming. The foliage and blue water look beautiful against the black rocks and sand. I thought the pictures of this place were enhanced, but they're not.

Check out the nearby coves as well, for crystal clear fresh water.

4. Saint Theresa Roman Catholic Church

25 W Lipoa St, Kihei, Maui, HI 96753-8128 +1 808-879-4844
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5 based on 137 reviews

Saint Theresa Roman Catholic Church

Reviewed By IrishFan-80 - Lancaster, PA

We always attend Saint Theresa's when here but this time attended the Vigil Mass. Just like Sunday mornings it was SRO and very inspiring liturgy including the Choir. Love attending Mass here! Keep The Faith!

5. Haleakala Crater

Haleakala National Park, Maui, HI 96768 +1 808-572-4400
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4.5 based on 6 reviews

Haleakala Crater

A dormant volcano measuring 10,000 feet above sea level, it is Maui's highest point.

Reviewed By travelbug2004 - Medford, Oregon

A definite highlight of our trip to Maui. A must do. We used Haleakala Bike Company as a self-guided bike tour down the mountain after we toured the summit with them. It was very enjoyable (ages 9 to 70 did the bike ride)

6. Keawakapu Beach

Wailea, Maui, HI
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5 based on 432 reviews

Keawakapu Beach

Reviewed By heidi0613

Have been here a couple of times. Parking lot is not huge but never have had a problem. There are bathrooms and showers here. Absolutely stunning beach. Long and Sandy. Swimming is good here and we seen whales breaching off shore.

7. Pipiwai Trail

Mile Marker 41 Hana Hwy, Haleakala National Park, Maui, HI 96713 +1 808-572-4400
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5 based on 1 reviews

Pipiwai Trail

A scenic hiking and horseback riding trail that features major waterfalls, beautiful pools and an eerie bamboo forest.

Reviewed By From5280ToZero - Denver

This promised to be a pretty cool hike, but we were turned back at the waterfall by mud. This is a very rainy area, so BE PREPARED FOR MUD. I saw people heading up in flip-flops, and coming back down bare-footed because of it. Don't be one of those, you won't enjoy it. If it is super muddy, I'd recommend just doing the bottom loop and skipping this one altogether unless you are there early and have plenty of time to slog through the mud and get cleaned up afterwards. I thought the waterfall was pretty cool, but the view of it we got wasn't all that great. It could be we didn't get close enough since we turned back after the first viewing opportunity.

8. Bamboo Forest

Maui, HI +1 808-248-7375
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4.5 based on 175 reviews

Bamboo Forest

Located at Oheo Gulch, the Bamboo Forest offers good hiking.

Reviewed By pudman43 - Vancouver, BC

Please note: this review, as with several others in this section, is actually for the bamboo forest hike that is just past the 6 mile marker on the road to Hana. As you leave Hookipa, the mile markers climb into the teens,, but then reset back to zero. Once reset, watch for 6.0, and you'll suddenly see cars parked on both sides of the narrow, curvy road. Also note, you visit this the site at your own risk, as it is not a formal park, and is actually on East Maui Irrigation land, but 'no trespassing' is not enforced it seems.
We have been there 3 times now, and one of our favorite parts of the visit a week ago, was watching folks stream from their cars in nice clean clothes, Hawaiian shirts, sundresses, nice clean shoes, lots of brand new running shoes, flip flops, etc. Folks, if you've not been here, remember this area of Maui gets frequent rain, and each time we've visited there (March, Dec, Dec) it's been muddy as hell. So - you've been warned! LOL We wore grubby clothes and water shoes (which we later discarded; they were cheap anyhow), and it was the right choice. Just to get to the first falls, you have to wade across a creek, when we were there it was about 18" deep, so people who are nicely dressed, keep this in mind! Anyhow, there are 4 falls, but the 3rd/4th are tougher to get to; we always just go as far as the second, which has a nice pool you can take a dip in. It's brown and who knows what's growing in there (!), but refreshing all the same...
Anyhow, I hope this review helps -- enjoy!!

9. Kapalua Coastal Trail

99 Coconut Grove Ln, Lahaina, Maui, HI 96761-8737 +1 808-464-0840
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4.5 based on 854 reviews

Kapalua Coastal Trail

A two-mile walk along Maui's northwest coast, the trail begins and ends on a beach. In between, you'll see spactacular oceanfront and bountiful greenery on the dramatic coastline.

Reviewed By Family0fTravelers_5 - Seattle, Washington

We absolutely love this coastal walk. I’d say it’s not a hike, but slightly more aggressive than a casual walk. The views are stunning, the sounds of the ocean and birds are perfect surround sound as you walk along the coast. Do not miss it!

10. Ho'okipa Beach Park

Hana Highway, Paia, Maui, HI 96779
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4.5 based on 1 reviews

Ho'okipa Beach Park

Ideal for surfers and windsurfers.

Reviewed By babalu w - Charlotte, North Carolina

Up above the sea and the beach, the views here are stunning. Turtles everywhere - on the beach sunning and swimming near show. The water is rough and the waves high so its great people watching of experience surfers and windsurfers. The views over the sea are crazy amazing. at the end of the peninsula you can walk down on to the rocks and tidal pool area. Amazing. Some cows graze next door and love to have their pics taken. These cows have the best home on the island...

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