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1. Hana highway drive

Hana highway drive
4.5 /5

18 km
from city center
1 out of 59
places to visit in Maui

The hana highway drive is one of the highlights of Maui. ItÍs a 3 hour eye opening return drive from Kahalui, with over 600 turns and majestic pacific view, roads cutting through lush green trees and caves, this takes up about an entire day.

2. Haleakala volcano summit

Haleakala volcano summit
4.3 /5

13 km
from city center
2 out of 59
places to visit in Maui

Haleakala volcano summit is the world's largest dormant volcano, sitting at 10000 ft above sea level. There are number of ways to reach here, by car, bicycle or even by foot.

3. Water sports

Water sports
4.2 /5

37 km
from city center
3 out of 59
places to visit in Maui

If there's a beach, there's bound to be water sports and water sport enthusiasts. Whether you want swim with the fishes or witness them without having to get wet, Maui's got you covered.

4. Culture

Culture
3.8 /5

19 km
from city center
4 out of 59
places to visit in Maui

Maui has a rich cultural heritage and proudly showcases it its various Culture centers.

5. After it gets dark

After it gets dark
3.8 /5

0 km
from city center
5 out of 59
places to visit in Maui

The island boasts a very lively nightlife, featuring live music and breezy evenings on the beach.

6. Molokai

Molokai

81 km
from city center
6 out of 59
places to visit in Maui

Molokai is one of the most culturally significant islands in Maui and is known to be the island where the tradition of hula was born in Hawaii. While the tourism industry in Molokai might be dwarfed by the larger and more extravagant Hawaiian destinations, Molokai is especially renowned for the natural beauty of its surroundings. Tourism development has been slowed down to preserve the natural state of the island.

7. Lanai

Lanai

62 km
from city center
7 out of 59
places to visit in Maui

Like Molokai, the tourism sector is relatively undeveloped in Lanai, and it is one of the more sparsely developed islands in Maui. Until 2016, there were only 3 hotels on the island, and until 1990, there was just one. This was the hotel that was used as accommodation for executives of the pineapple company to stay when they were on the island.

8. Kahoolawe

Kahoolawe

39 km
from city center
8 out of 59
places to visit in Maui

Of the eight main islands in Hawaii, Kahoolawe is the smallest, making it the smallest of the islands in Maui as well. The island is known for having no resident population and until recently, was used by the military for training drills and such. Now, the island can only be used for Hawaiian cultural and traditional practices.

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9. West Maui Shopping Center

West Maui Shopping Center

37 km
from city center
9 out of 59
places to visit in Maui

Approximately covering 137,000 sq. ft. of area, West Maui Shopping Center has mixed types of services available, all in one place. Ranging from merchandise retail stores like Claire’s Boutique, Foot Locker, Go Wireless, Galan Sports Chiropractic, and The Vitamin Shoppe. Apart from options for shopping, this place is also home to a very famous food court offering diverse and affordable food. Unlike many other shopping centres, there is absolutely no issue in concern to the parking space.

10. Whalers Village

Whalers Village

40 km
from city center
10 out of 59
places to visit in Maui

Located at the globally recognized Kaanapali Beach, Whalers Village is a premier oceanfront shopping centre. Offering a very unique and distinct shopping experience to its visitors, it is home to some of the international brands such as Tourneau, T-shirt Factory, Crocs, Olukai, and Cariloha Bamboo. Proving to be a great destination for foodies, it captivates a food court, offering a variety of meals. A complete package full of shopping, food and entertainment, Whalers Village has definitely a must visit place.

11. Rainbow Mall

Rainbow Mall

15 km
from city center
11 out of 59
places to visit in Maui

Rainbow Mall is one such amazing shopping mall that mainly displays locally owned stores. Eateries to salons, Hawaiian gifts to local master art pieces, snorkel rental spaces and even a liquor store, this mall has it all in one place. Maui Thai Bistro is one definitely recommended place to look out for some finger-licking food at affordable prices.

12. Maui Mall

Maui Mall

17 km
from city center
12 out of 59
places to visit in Maui

Maui Mall offers a great opportunity to understand and adapt to a new culture in an interesting way. It is a two-storey shopping centre imbibing some of the best retail stores like TJ MAXX, YNVUU Clothing Company, Maui Creation, etc. Also a Whole Foods Market along with many other eateries like Subway and Wendy’s can be easily spotted within the complex.

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13. Lahaina Cannery Mall

Lahaina Cannery Mall

38 km
from city center
13 out of 59
places to visit in Maui

An appropriate place to explore the locals, Lahaina Cannery Mall is located on the west of Maui. It is a fully enclosed mall and home to various international brands including Starbucks, Crazy Shirts, Denny’s and many more. Numerous major events are hosted here from time to time like hula lessons, Lahaina Arts Society Art Festival, Family Magic by Holden Mowat, Hula Show, Ukulele Lessons, and Trading Card Game Event.

14. The Shops at Wailea

The Shops at Wailea

17 km
from city center
14 out of 59
places to visit in Maui

The Shops at Wailea is a well recognised landmark in Maui. It was built in 2000 and is located at the Wailea Resort. Home to amazing boutiques, restaurants, shops or galleries, this mall is definitely one of the most luxurious places in Maui. Major brands like Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Tiffany are all easily found here. A paid parking facility can also be accessed by the visitors.

15. Azeka Shopping Center

Azeka Shopping Center

14 km
from city center
15 out of 59
places to visit in Maui

One of the largest malls in Kihei stretching up to 135,645 sq. ft., Azeka shopping centre has around 50 shops offering diversified services like banking, florist, medical, beauty and spa, electronics, activity rentals, postal services and much more. It has a food court with a varied array of food choices ranging from Thai, Japanese, Mexican, Chinese, Vietnamese to some local cuisines.

16. Queen Ka'ahumanu Center

Queen Ka'ahumanu Center

18 km
from city center
16 out of 59
places to visit in Maui

Home to more than 100 display shops and amazing dining options, Queen Ka’ahumanu Center is one of the best shopping destinations in Maui. It offers the best brands like Macy’s, Victoria’s Secret, and Bath & Body Works. Lots of fun events are also organized here every now and then. To name some: Chinese New Year events, pictures and crafts exhibitions and Santa’s Village. Sundays make this place even more special by bringing in live local music and Polynesian entertainment programmes.

17. Napili Plaza

Napili Plaza

41 km
from city center
17 out of 59
places to visit in Maui

One of its kinds and unique from the rest, Napili Plaza is located just 5 minutes far from Kapalua. It is a recently renovated shopping centre with more than 15 local merchants with a variety of products to offer. Some of the usually preferred merchants here are Blue Maui Clothing, Elua Nani, and Napili Market.

18. Kukui Mall

Kukui Mall

14 km
from city center
18 out of 59
places to visit in Maui

Kukui Mall is located near the very famous Kalama Beach Park in Maui. Its movie theatre, Starbucks and the fresh smell from the American bakery serving pastries, muffins, and fresh slices of bread, all made with local produce here are the things that make this mall stand out among the rest. An added advantage of unlimited internet access is also available here.

19. Lahaina

Lahaina

37 km
from city center
19 out of 59
places to visit in Maui

Lahaina was a historic village that has now been transformed into a Maui hotspot filled with a lot of activities and entertainment for all the visitors. For all the foodies, Hawaiian regional cuisine is available in Lahaina’s restaurants. As winter approaches tourists sail to see the humpback whales. Go for Lahaina Historic Trail, art galleries, Jodo Mission, Front Street, Baby Beach, Lahaina Harbour, Baldwin Home Museum, and many more interesting places.

20. Hana

Hana

0 km
from city center
20 out of 59
places to visit in Maui

One of the only unspoiled, calm, and quiet towns in Maui, the city of Hana provides its tourists with a view of a lot of rainforests, waterfalls, seascapes, and pools. There are a lot of narrow bridges and dangerous turns on the road to the city. Those visiting Hana should not miss out on Hana Cultural Center and Museum, Wai’anapanapa State Park, art galleries, Hamoa Beach, farmer markets for organic products. Go for snorkeling and hiking and other adventures.

21. Kaanapali

Kaanapali

40 km
from city center
21 out of 59
places to visit in Maui

People visiting Ka’anapali should definitely visit the Black Rock or Pu’u Keka’a, Ka`anapali Historical Trail, and Legends Tour which includes 10 rock monument sites, or walk along the Ka’anapali Beachwalk. The place is also popular for snorkeling, swimming, golfing, and even for a walk or run. Tourists will also find beautiful places to eat and drink along with luxurious as well as affordable places to stay.

22. Paia

Paia

12 km
from city center
22 out of 59
places to visit in Maui

It is home to the Hookipa Beach, which is the windsurfing capital of the world, and tourists can thus go windsurfing or choose to watch them on the calm and quiet beach. Explore the art galleries, shopping centers, and restaurants like Charley’s, Thai Spice, etc. serving delicious cuisine. Tourists can also visit the Baldwin Beach Park, Paia Bay, Hana Highway, Kuau, Haiku, Jaws, rainforest Zipline, Twin Falls, Peahi, and many more exciting places.

23. Kula Town

Kula Town

12 km
from city center
23 out of 59
places to visit in Maui

Located on the slopes of the Haleakala, the Kula Town is known for its botanical gardens. It is also popular for the exotic produce that is served in the Hawaiian regional cuisine in the restaurants. People looking for a quiet and peaceful trip yet filled with activities should definitely consider Kula Town. Visit the Hawaii Sea Spirits Organic Farm and Distillery, Alii Kula Lavender Farm for some sweet-smelling lavenders and a beautiful view, or go for the Protea Farm Tour. People can also visit the Holy Ghost Church.

24. Makawao

Makawao

5 km
from city center
24 out of 59
places to visit in Maui

Once named as one of the top 25 art destinations in the US, Makawao has several art galleries and boutiques and tourists can see several artists like glassblowers, wood sculptors, painters at work. Hui Noeau Visual Arts Center can take classes and attend gallery exhibits. T. Komoda Store is the perfect place to satisfy the hunger and then start exploring the sacred gardens of Maliko, Makawao Forest Reserve, Makawao Union Church, and several other places.

25. Honomanu Bay

Honomanu Bay

19 km
from city center
25 out of 59
places to visit in Maui

Situated between Hana and Paia, and by the Hana Highway ocean side, Honumanu Bay Beach in Maui is a picturesque bay most-frequented by the area residents. This East Maui beach boasts spectacular vistas of the black sand beach and the bay about a mile before the destination. The picture-perfect beach is a local gathering spot for surfing, fishing, and barbecues. The beach is encompassed by the jungle, which makes this place mystic and magical. It’s often visited most by the fishermen and expert-level surfers if the weather conditions are favorable. The beach isn’t a great place for swimming because of the strong currents and rocky reefs. Along with the local fishermen and surfers frequenting the beach, it is also frequented by the sharks.

26. Baldwin Beach

Baldwin Beach

14 km
from city center
26 out of 59
places to visit in Maui

Baldwin Beach is situated by the Maui’s North Shore, near the historic town of Paia. Considered as being one of the most family-friendly beaches in Maui, Baldwin Beach is a beautiful tree-lined beach cove offering white sandy beaches and calm waters.

27. Charley Young Beach

Charley Young Beach

15 km
from city center
27 out of 59
places to visit in Maui

Situated at the northern end of Kam 1 (Kamaole Beach Park), Charley Young Beach is accessible through a residential neighborhood. The beach got its name after Charles Young - the owner of the property, which leads to the beach. The beach sits between Kaia Place and Ili Ili Road and is a small beach that is best visited in the morning when the water is at its calmest. Although Charles Young Beach isn’t ideal for snorkeling activities, it boasts a certain area near the north reef where the waters are calm. But be aware of the many rocks by the shoreline that makes entry to the water a bit difficult. And lately many sea turtles have been making this beach, home.

28. Mokuleia Bay Beach

Mokuleia Bay Beach

28 out of 59
places to visit in Maui

Slaughterhouse Beach, also otherwise known as Mokule’ia Bay, is situated in the same preserve where Honolua Bay sits. The preserve is called Honolua-Mokule’ia Bay Marine Life Conservation District. Although the neighboring Honolua Bay is rocky in most parts, Mokule’ia Bay offers a sandy beach where visitors can spend time relaxing.

29. Makena Beach State Park

Makena Beach State Park

22 km
from city center
29 out of 59
places to visit in Maui

Also known as Big Beach and Oneola Beach, Makena Beach State Park is known for its dramatic cliff landscape and turquoise blue water. This beach is one of the best and most photographed beaches in Maui, Hawaii, and also the largest on the island. It comprises two beaches: Big Beach and Little Beach, and comes with three different entry points. The beach sits ideally between two black-lava outcroppings, giving Makena Beach a great barrier against the trade winds, and also provides incredible vistas of Kahoolawe and Molokini islands. Visitors at the beach can enjoy activities such as swimming, snorkeling, picnicking, sunbathing, etc.

30. Keawakapu Beach

Keawakapu Beach

16 km
from city center
30 out of 59
places to visit in Maui

Located cozily between Kihei and Wailea, Keawakapu Beach is a great beach for snorkeling, watching sea turtles, and incredible scenery. The name of the beach is translated as a forbidden cove in English. This non-touristy beach offers powder-white sand and happens to be the most frequented by the divers.

31. Oneuli Beach

Oneuli Beach

21 km
from city center
31 out of 59
places to visit in Maui

Oneuli Beach is situated towards the South Maui’s northern tip of Maluaka Wetland. Also known as Naupaka Beach, this beach is mostly visited by naturalists, residents, and experienced scuba divers. This ‘secret’ beach of Maui is a part of Makena State Park and is renowned for being a hidden paradise for the locals. Oneuli is translated in English as dark sand, which is the perfect description of the beach’s mixture of salt and pepper sand. The prominent activities to do here include snorkeling and scuba diving, along with swimming and kayaking if the weather conditions are good. Visitors can get sightings of green sea turtles, small sharks, and manta rays.

32. The Kapalua Plantation Course

The Kapalua Plantation Course

40 km
from city center
32 out of 59
places to visit in Maui

The Plantation Course of Kapalua Golf resort is a 7,411 Yard golf course embellishing the slopes of the West Maui mountains in January. It serves as a home for PGA TOUR’s Hyundai Tournament of Champions and is a popular golf course in Maui. Featuring 18 holes, each with breath-taking ocean views and greenery, the course offers deep ravines and dramatic elevation change. The resort surrounded by pineapple plantation has been a favourite since its establishment and should not be missed.

33. The King Kamehameha Course

The King Kamehameha Course

199 km
from city center
33 out of 59
places to visit in Maui

Maui’s only 18-hole private golf course, The King Kamehameha Course is located on the slopes of West Maui mountains and it provides phenomenal mountain and coastal views. Situated at 750 feet above sea level, this golf course in Maui is one of the most peaceful backdrops for your tee times. Become a member to enjoy the 74,000 square feet clubhouse hosted by the golf course.

34. Wailea Gold Course

Wailea Gold Course

6,709 km
from city center
34 out of 59
places to visit in Maui

An 18-hole course spread over 7,000 yards of the beautiful landscape; the Wailea Gold Course is recognised as the toughest course among all the other courses hosted by the Wailea Golf Club.

35. Wailea Emerald Course

Wailea Emerald Course

7,430 km
from city center
35 out of 59
places to visit in Maui

Located amidst the palm trees and tropical verdure, the Wailea Emerald Course is an 18-hole course in the Wailea Golf Club spread over 6,825 yards. Offering the best golf experience in Maui, this golf course known as the most women-friendly golf course in North America features beautiful fairways and rugged lava rocks. Book your tee time to play in this picturesque valley boasting pristine ocean views of Haleakala and the Pacific.

36. The Kapalua Bay Course

The Kapalua Bay Course

41 km
from city center
36 out of 59
places to visit in Maui

An 18-hole golf course spread over 6,600 yards of beautiful landscape, the Kapalua Bay Course at the Kapalua Resort has been host to several professional golf tournaments.

37. The Dunes

The Dunes

3,866 km
from city center
37 out of 59
places to visit in Maui

Situated at the Maui Lani Golf Course, the Dunes is constructed on ancient sand dunes located in central Maui. This 18-hole golf course in Maui features a knoll at every corner thereby increasing the challenge for the players. The Irish links-style course offers off and on ocean views across its rolling terrain. Witness the towering views of the Haleakala as you look through the forest of Kiawe trees.

38. Kahili Golf Course

Kahili Golf Course

190 km
from city center
38 out of 59
places to visit in Maui

Located in the King Kamehameha Golf Club, the Kahili Golf Course in Maui is a hidden and unpopular gem. This 18-hole public golf course spread over 6,560 yards of greenery on the hillside of the West Maui mountains features slanted fairways. Built among the sandalwoods at the Waikapu, the golf course also stretches across a sugar cane valley.

39. Wailea Blue Course

Wailea Blue Course

7,566 km
from city center
39 out of 59
places to visit in Maui

Another exceptionally well course at the Wailea Golf Club in Maui, the Blue Course stretches over 6,765 yards of scenic beauty. Offering 18 holes, the course is known as the Grand Lady of Wailea. Witness the gorgeous views of Ma’alaea Bay and Mount Haleakala volcano as you set out to enjoy your tee time. The Haleakala also serves as a protective shield from the famous Maui Wind.

40. Kaanapali Royal Golf Course

Kaanapali Royal Golf Course

8,921 km
from city center
40 out of 59
places to visit in Maui

Located at the Ka’anapali Resort, the Ka’anapali Royal Golf Course in Maui is a 6,700-yard layout featuring an exquisite 18-hole course. Located on the west coast of Maui, the course features a scenic beauty overlooking the ocean views of Molokai and Lanai islands. It has been a former host to iconic tournaments like LPGA Kemper Open and the Ka’anapali Classic. The course features historical commemorations sharing the stories of the sacred land of Ka’anapali that once served as a home to the Royal Chiefs of Maui.

41. Kaanapali Kai Course

Kaanapali Kai Course

40 km
from city center
41 out of 59
places to visit in Maui

Another 18-hole golf course in Maui, the Ka’anapali Kai Course is known as a fun and easily accessible destination for your golfing adventures. Located on the west coast of Maui, the course features scenic beauty along with many gentle slopes overlooking the ocean views of Molokai and Lanai islands. Try out their twilight package which lets you enjoy a peaceful sunset session amidst the beautiful landscape.

42. Twin Falls

Twin Falls

42 out of 59
places to visit in Maui

Situated along Hana Highway in Maui, Hawaii, Twin Falls is a pair of waterfalls that’s among the first waterfalls on the way to Hana. Set on a private land - Wailele Farm, Twin Falls is open to public visitations. To get to the falls, visitors must take a short hike through the jungle boasting spectacular vistas of lush native plants and the waterfalls. Although the waterfalls can get a bit crowded, the views that are offered here through the hike, make the crowd more tolerable. Along with the waterfalls, visitors can enjoy the swimmable pools and can make use of the guided tours.

43. Waimoku Falls

Waimoku Falls

43 out of 59
places to visit in Maui

A 400-foot waterfall situated near Pipiwai trail, Waimoku Falls is one of the tallest waterfalls in Maui, Hawaii. To witness this magnificent beauty, visitors must walk through the Pipiwai trail, which is around a 2-mile trip one way.

44. Makapipi Falls

Makapipi Falls

44 out of 59
places to visit in Maui

Another popular waterfall along Hana road, Makapipi Falls, compared to other falls, is the most easily accessible one. Although there are many waterfalls in this area, what makes Makapipi Falls special is that visitors can stand above the waterfalls, offering visitors a great vantage point of the water gushing into the blue pool beneath.

45. Lower Puohokamoa Falls

Lower Puohokamoa Falls

45 out of 59
places to visit in Maui

The Lower Puohokamoa Falls is situated by the Hana Highway, between 10-11 mile marker. It is a part of two waterfalls of Puohokamoa Falls: the Upper Puohokamoa Falls and the Lower Puohokamoa Falls.

46. Makahiku Falls

Makahiku Falls

46 out of 59
places to visit in Maui

A 200-foot horsetail waterfall, Makahiku Falls in Haleakala National Park in Maui, Hawaii, runs along the Ohe’o Gulch stream. To get to the falls, one must pass through the Pipiwai Trail.

47. Alelele Falls

Alelele Falls

47 out of 59
places to visit in Maui

Situated on the east side of Maui, Alelele Falls is a 50-foot tall waterfall sitting along the Pi’ilani Highway. Visitors can get to the waterfalls by following the trail pathway from the eastern side of the stream.

48. Nemo Falls

Nemo Falls

48 out of 59
places to visit in Maui

Nemo Falls is a hidden gem and one of the lesser-known waterfalls in Maui, Hawaii. Situated in Ko’olau Forest Reserve, visitors must take a hike through the forest reserve where they must cross a narrow bridge. But the hike would seem worthwhile when one gets to witness the multi-tiered waterfalls and a swimming pool.

49. Upper Waikani Falls

Upper Waikani Falls

49 out of 59
places to visit in Maui

Upper Waikani Falls is a large triple waterfall situated along the mountainside of Hana Highway. Also referred to as Three Bears, Upper Waikani Falls features three separate waterfalls next to each other that are encompassed by lush vegetation.

50. Maui Nui Botanical Gardens

Maui Nui Botanical Gardens

19 km
from city center
50 out of 59
places to visit in Maui

The Maui Nui Botanical Gardens is one of the most popular botanical gardens in Maui. It was founded with the purpose of preserving the local flora of the region, some of which are of great cultural and historic significance. The garden has also promoted water conservation, using innovative new ideas to save water. Visitors get access to a guided tour where the staff explain the various plants growing there, and their significance to the local culture. A number of activities like weaving and pottery ensure one has a good time during their visit.

51. Kula Botanical Gardens

Kula Botanical Gardens

6 km
from city center
51 out of 59
places to visit in Maui

The Kula Botanical Garden is a family established garden founded in 1968 by Warren and Helen McCord. It is located on the slopes of the Haleakala volcano, giving it a great variety of flora and fauna. Visitors can come across a koi pond, an aviary and even a waterfall spread across the 8 acres of the garden. One can also view the collection of native Hawaiin plants to know more about the local flora. The beautifully landscaped garden along with the stunning mountainside views make for a truly memorable experience!

52. Kahanu Garden

Kahanu Garden

32 km
from city center
52 out of 59
places to visit in Maui

Kahanu Garden is located on the eastern coast of Hana on the Maui island. It is home to one of the largest native hala forests, thanks to its location by the ocean. It is known for promoting plant collections from the Pacific islands of Hawaii, Polynesia, Micronesia and Melanesia.

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