Top Attractions on Maui

Maui, also known as “The Valley Isle,” is the second largest of the islands and home to some of Hawaii’s most famous locations. On Maui, you get a little bit of everything — from small surf towns in the tropics of Hana, to luxury living at the resorts in Wailea, to white sand beaches and lively harbors at Ka'anapali and Lahaina. Here are a few of our suggestions for the top attractions on Maui.

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Haleakala National Park

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Haleakala, which means “House of the Sun” in Hawaiian, is visible from almost any point on Maui. The Hawaiian legend behind this dormant volcano goes that the demigod Maui lassoed the sun from its path through the sky as he stood on the volcano’s summit to slow the sun’s descent and make the day last longer. Now, thousands of visitors and locals travel to the summit of Haleakala to watch the sun rise or set from the highest vantage point on Maui. 

Molokini Crater Snorkeling

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Molokini is a crescent-shaped atoll off the south shore of Maui which shelters local marine life in its pristine waters. This popular snorkeling destination is what remains of an eruption from around 230,000 years ago, and is now one of only three volcanic calderas in the world. The many snorkeling tours that come to Molokini also serve to teach on ecologically-responsible and marine life-friendly practices. 

Road to Hana

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The Road to Hana is a narrow, twisty roadway to the peaceful town of Hana on the far eastern side of Maui featuring views of lush rainforests, freshwater falls, botanical gardens and sea cliffs. The half-day drive includes more than 600 curves, at least 59 bridges and many narrow roads, so it can be jarring.

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