There are so many beautiful things to see in Maui that it can be a little overwhelming. But here are 4 terrific places that you really should see if you are visiting the island this summer (in no particular order):
Wai’anapanapa State Park
Wai’anapanapa State Park is known for both its black sand and its sparkling blue water. It also has magnificent caves you can visit along its main trail. In these caves you will find pools of freshwater in which you can swim the day away. What’s more, there are many ancient sites along this very same trail. Sites that include burial grounds and pictographs.
It’s best to visit the park early in the morning before it gets too crowded. Also, because the sand is made out of rocks and pebbles, be sure to bring sandals for walking along the shore.
No visit to Maui is complete without visiting the Haleakala Crater, which sits at the mouth at Maui’s largest volcano. This volcano is dormant and is more than a million years old, and it takes up three quarters of the island. The crater itself encompasses almost 20 squares miles and boasts a diverse landscape that includes both a tropical forest and a cinder desert. It is a two-mile hike down to the crater’s floor, which is made of twisted dried lava. There an eerie and absolute silence will greet you. You can also ascend to 10,000-foot summit and look down into the lava below.
If you are looking for a breathtaking place to watch the sun set on Maui, look no further than Maunakea Summit. As you drive up to the summit, you will rise from sea level to 14,000 feet in just a couple of hours. If you visit there on Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday or Saturday nights, after seeing the sunset you can drive down to the Maunakea Visitor Information Station, where you can watch the stars for free.
Keep in mind that there is 40% less oxygen at the summit than at sea level, and anyone under the care of a physician should consult this person prior to traveling up there.
The Road to Hana
The road to Hana stretches nearly 65 miles from the towns of Kahului to Hana. This winding and narrow road, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, travels through a lush tropical rain forest. If you travel along the entire 2.5-hour route, you will pass through nearly 60 bridges (most of them single lane) and along more than 600 curves. You will also pass many waterfalls as well, including the famed Wailua Falls.