How to Get Off the Beaten Path on Maui
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Maui’s most popular attractions and activities—taking the winding Road to Hana, enjoying a sunrise from Haleakala, snorkeling at Molokini—are well known. But it’s worth going off the beaten path to find the island’s hidden gems. Here are some alternative attractions and activities on the Valley Isle.
Located just of Poelua Bay and Highway 30 is Nakalele Blowhole, a spectacular natural geyser that shoots seawater up to 100 feet (30 meters) in the air. The blowhole can be viewed from a distance, or you can hike down the jagged black lava rock terrain for a closer look. Also nearby are Nakalele Point Lighthouse and Olivine Pools.
Ali’i Kula Lavender Farm
Perched on the slopes of Haleakala, the Ali’i Kua Lavender Farm covers 13.5 acres (5.5 hectares) and is home to more than 50,000 lavender plants, in addition to a variety of native Hawaiian plants. Enjoy garden tours, take classes on using lavender, eat lavender-infused food and drinks, and purchase a wide variety of goods from the gift shop.
Lahaina Jodo Mission
Tucked away from Lahaina’s bustling waterfront, the Lahaina Jodo Mission was constructed in honor of Japanese immigrants and modeled after a Japanese Buddhist temple. The peaceful locale is a unique combination of Japanese culture and Hawaiian history, and it includes one of the largest Buddha statues outside of Asia.
South of Hana
Many people drive to the town of Hana and then turn back around, but there are plenty of attractions south of the town that are worth the journey, particularly within the first 10 miles. Hike through a bamboo forest to get to the Oheo Gulch (Seven Sacred Pools), or take the scenic Pipiwai Trail. You can also continue on to the remote Pilani Highway, or turn around to make the drive back.
Learn about Maui's Cowboy Culture
Head upcountry to get a taste of Maui’s cowboy (paniolo) culture in and around the rustic town of Makawao where there are still active ranches. Come here to go horseback riding, attend a rodeo or country fair, or spend an afternoon browsing the town’s eclectic mix of art galleries and small boutiques.
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The Hana Highway weaves along the northeast coast of Maui, and it’s well known on the island for the postcard-perfect waterfalls that punctuate it. Spend your day exploring these dramatic natural highlights and swimming in their pools on this fully-chauffeured tour. Instead of hiring your own expensive rental car and trying to drive this winding and unfamiliar road yourself, navigate the winding scenic roads of the Hana Highway with your guide at the wheel.
Discover Maui’s agricultural beauty on this 6-hour food tour. This popular scenic farm tour departs from Kahului, traveling through the last working sugar plantation in the state of Hawaii. Try the famous, sweet Maui Gold pineapple. Enjoy lavender coffee or tea and scones at Alii Kula Lavender Farm. For lunch, have a Maui Cattle burger or taro burger (vegetarian choice) at Ulupalakua Ranch Store followed by a complimentary wine tasting in the King’s Cottage. Then stop by the 180-acre Kula Country Farms, overlooking all of West Maui.
Leave large tour groups behind and customize your own private tour of Maui. Choose your own sightseeing locations and preferred activities; a flexible time frame allows for exploration of the Valley Isle at your own pace. Iao Valley State Monument, Kapalua Coastal Trail, Nakalele Blowhole, and Olivine Pools are among the options.
Price varies by group size
Price varies by group size
Taking safety measures
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Gear/equipment sanitized between use
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized