Snorkeling alongside brightly colored fish and branching coral in the untouched waters off Molokini Atoll is an unforgettable experience. Outdoor adventurers, history buffs, and surfers all enjoy the serene Hawaiian paradise that is Maui. Visitors come to the Valley Isle for unique experiences and here are six of the best you can have.
Lavender may not be a tropical plant, but the cool weather and elevation of upland Maui creates the perfect environment for it to thrive. For nearly 20 years this lavender farm and shop has been a relaxing oasis for those looking to buy organic lavender products and learn homeopathic remedies. Farm tours highlight 45 varieties of lavender alongside olive trees, hydrangea, protea, and succulents framed by picturesque views of the island. Locals from the outer islands love to stop and pick up gifts for friends and family back home.
Once a cinder cone, Molokini atoll, sits in the clear blue waters just off of Makena State Park and attracts all sorts of marine life, from colorful fish to honu (green sea turtles). The eroded crater is now a protected State Marine Life & Bird Conservation District and one of the most sought-after scuba locations. Due to its status, access to the waters around Molokini is controlled. The island is only reachable through one of the many organized tour groups and boat hires.
Visitors can sign up for one of the many morning bike excursions down the slopes of Haleakalā. The unique experience starts above the clouds and takes cyclists past breathtaking views overlooking the entire island—an incredible photo opportunity. This activity is seamlessly pairable with a sunrise viewing at the summit, making for a one-of-a-kind start to the day.