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Hiking the Haleakala Crater
Hiking the Haleakala Crater – Image courtesy of Hawaii Tourism Authority

Top Attractions in Maui


Maui offers honeymoon couples a choice of must-see attractions, including the following.
 
Kaanapali Beach

Kaanapali Beach

(West Maui)
Dig your toes into the soft golden sand of Maui's landmark beach – a 2.5km-long beach that stretches along the northern coast of West Maui.

This one-time royal retreat is famous for its sunsets and is edged by a walkway that links the lush palm-fringed gardens of several luxury hotels with open-air restaurants and the Whaler Shopping Centre.

Kaanapali is rated the best beach for water sports action in Maui, with a huge range of activities on offer, including snorkelling, kayaking, catamaran sailing, fishing, windsurfing, jet skiing, parasailing and seasonal surfing.
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Kipahulu, Haleakala National Park

Haleakala National Park


Take a scenic two-hour drive up the twisting 61km-long Haleakala Crater Road that rises from sea level at Kahukui to the summit of Haleakala – Maui’s highest point and the world’s largest dormant volcano at 3000m above sea level.

From the Puu Ulaula Overlook, the volcano's highest point, discover a panoramic view that extends for more than 150km – on a clear day you can see the islands of Molokai, Lani, the Big Island of Hawaii and Oahu shimmering in the distance.

In the vast 4900ha Haleakala Crater, hike through a lunar-like desert landscape scattered with orange volcanic cinder cones, meet endangered nene geese (Hawaii's state bird) and admire rare silversword plants that lie scattered around the Kalahaku Overlook.

Choose from a range of hikes and horseback rides around the crater and into the nearby Waikamoi Cloud Forest. Pop into the Haleakala Visitor Centre, located near the summit, to learn more about this volcano region. For a fast and fun-filled trip back to Kahukui, arrange a downhill bike ride.

Tip: Arrive just before dawn for one of the world’s most romantic sunrises. Whatever time you decided to visit, remember to bring a warm jacket.
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Iao Needle

Iao Valley State Park


Hike along the peaceful Iao Valley, a scenic 1600ha region of the West Maui Mountains encompassing lush tropical valleys, waterfalls, swimming holes and one of Maui's most popular landmarks – the 370m-high Iao Needle, a jungle-clad lava pinnacle that soars above the historic Iao Stream at the intersection of two lush valleys surrounded by the emerald cliffs of an eroded volcanic caldera.

See interactive exhibits and displays about Hawaiian natural history inside the Hawaii Nature Center and enjoy a picnic at the Kepaniwai Heritage Garden overlooking Iao Stream, site of a historic battle giving control of Maui to King Kamahameha.
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Banyan tree, Lahaina

Lahaina


Step back in time at this former whaling village and ancient royal capital of King Kamehameha (before the capital was moved to Honolulu), where old grog shops, dance halls, brothels and ships’ chandlers are now transformed into art galleries, boutiques and chic eateries.

At the old Lahaina Luau grounds on the seafront, savour a hoomanao – a three-hour feast followed by a delightful immersion into ancient Hawaiian culture including hula dancing, spear throwing, fish catching and the art of Hawaiian tattooing. (You can opt for a removable tattoo!)

See a collection of artifacts on the history of Chinese immigrants (who once worked the sugar-cane fields) at the restored 17th century Wo Hing Temple in Lahaina. Then stroll beneath the leafy arcade of the 18m-tall banyan tree in Courthouse Square; this strangling fig now has 12 main trunks and spreads over 2800ha.
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Maui Ocean Centre

(Ma’alaea Harbour Village)
Explore Hawaii’s unique marine environment by descending through more than 60 interactive habitat exhibits at this seashore-to-reef experience.

See spiny urchins and cauliflower coral in the surge pool, followed by turtles, eagle-rays and starfish in the reef tanks before reaching the main tank featuring tiger, gray and white-tip sharks, tuna and triggerfish.

If you feel inclined, pour yourself into a wet suit and scuba dive among manta rays, tropical fish and sharks. The centre is located in a retail complex overlooking the harbour.
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Bailey House Museum

Bailey House Museum


Discover the largest and best collection of Hawaiian artifacts on Maui at the former home of missionary and sugar planter Edward Bailey. Inside this 1833 home, examine dogtooth necklaces, a rare lei made of tree-snail shells, Duke Kahanamoku's 1919 redwood surfboard among other items, and admire Bailey's excellent landscape paintings of a Maui we can only imagine today.

Then stroll past colourful native plants in the garden that now blanket the onetime compound of Kahekili (the last ruling chief of Maui), before browsing the gift shop for a memento that is actually made in Hawaii.
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Baldwin Home Museum

Baldwin Home Museum


To get an insight into 19th-century life in Hawaii, pop into the informative Baldwin Home Museum, located inside the former home of missionary Dr. Dwight Baldwin.

Take the guided tour around the coral and stone house that was built in 1834; view original period furnishings, the family's grand piano, carved four-poster bed and Dr. Baldwin's dispensary.

And learn how the doctor single-handedly inoculated 10,000 Maui residents against smallpox. The museum is open daily from 10am to 4pm, and costs US$3, US4 for the candlelight tour.
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Floral Gardens Kula

Floral Gardens of Kula


Take a self-guided stroll through more than 1500 species of tropical and semi-tropical plants, including unique displays of bromeliads, proteas and orchids in this two hectare garden located on the slopes of Haleakala volcano, just south of Haleakala Crater Road.
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