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Watch the Sunrise at Haleakala

Rising 10,023 feet above Maui’s coastal areas is the massive shield volcano HALEAKALA. This sleeping giant is enormously popular and easily accessible for visitors; in fact, it has become a ritual for those staying on the island to rise before dawn and trek to the mountaintop in the chilly darkness to watch the sun make… Continue »

Get a Window Seat on a Submarine

ATLANTIS SUBMARINES offers travelers a unique undersea adventure tour available nowhere else on Maui, one that is fun, eco-friendly, educational, safe and provides guests a close-up view of the island’s beautiful marine world and diverse fish population— all without ever getting wet! Operating the most technologically advanced passenger submarines in the world, Atlantis takes guests… Continue »

Explore Maui’s Eye-Popping Aquarium

Located at Ma‘alaea Harbor Village just off Honoapi‘ilani Highway between Kahului and Lahaina, the $20 million MAUI OCEAN CENTER is designed to draw visitors in through a series of INDOOR AND OUTDOOR EXHIBITS that twist and wind their way through an impressive array of living coral reef. Aptly named “THE HAWAIIAN AQUARIUM,” this state-of-the-art marine… Continue »

Let Yourself Go on a Zipline

ZIPLINING, which gained popularity in the jungles of Costa Rica, is well suited for Maui, where large tracts of wild, breathtaking terrain provide the perfect backdrop for zipliners to sail through the treetops, dip into valleys and generally do their best imitation of a “James Bond” getaway. SKYLINE ECO-ADVENTURES introduced the sport to the island… Continue »

Sit in the Shade of an Enormous Banyan Tree

There is a small park along Front Street in LAHAINA sheltered by an ENORMOUS BANYAN TREE where quiet contemplation, impromptu picnics and the frequent outdoor art show are commonplace. One of the largest banyan trees in the United States, this Lahaina tree was imported from India and planted in 1873 in COURTHOUSE SQUARE to commemorate… Continue »

Laze by a Mountain Pool

Hawaiian legend has it that giant mo‘o (lizards) live in MOUNTAIN POOLS. Before going for a swim, MAKE AN OFFERING to the resident mo‘o by dropping a flower or small tree branch into the water. Ask his permission to enter, and see if the flower disappears. If it does, skip the swim— the mo‘o is… Continue »

Feel the Mana at ‘Iao Valley

Hawaiians use the word MANA to describe all manner of divine power, and there are places on Maui where a sense of mana is almost tangible. ‘IAO VALLEY is one of them. This 10-acre park, 4 miles west of WAILUKU, is crowned by an ancient 2,250-FOOT ROCK PINNACLE and defined by the events of its… Continue »

Drive to Hana

Life is a journey, not a destination, and the same could be said of the ROAD TO HANA. With zigs and zags that travel over 56 ONE-LANE BRIDGES and snake around more than 617 HAIRPIN CURVES, this SCENIC DRIVE truly is a heart-pumping adventure that’ll leave you breathless with anticipation for what lays around the… Continue »

Gear Up for Undersea Exploration

SNORKELING is an inexpensive pastime that is easier to learn than surfing or scuba diving and can be done either by booking a cruise or finding a good spot on a beach. If you go with the pros, like MAUI SNORKEL CHARTERS or SOUTH PACIFIC KAYAKS AND OUTFITTERS, expect gear, lunch and other amenities to… Continue »

Explore Molokini’s Waters

Set your gaze to the ocean horizon on Maui’s south shore and there, about 3 miles off in the distance, you’ll spot the half-sunken cinder cone MOLOKINI, a world-class snorkel and dive location that can be reached only by boat. TOURS depart daily from LAHAINA, KIHEI and MA‘ALAEA harbors for the short trip to this… Continue »