Voted as the best island by Condé Nast Traveler readers for 19 years, Maui has plenty of exciting things to do and see. The only hard part is narrowing it down. From the unforgettable sunsets on Haleakalā to driving the road to Hana, we’re bringing you the top 10 things to do in Maui, Hawaii.
The Kīpahulu District of the Haleakalā National Park offers a chance to enjoy waterfalls, ocean vistas and Hawaiian culture. The Kipahulu District has three distinct trails: the 4mi (6.4km) Pīpīwai Trail that can be taken alone or with a guided ranger hike, the Kuloa Point Trail that goes to the mouth of the ‘Ohe’o Gulch, and the Kahakai Trail that passes archaeological sites and ocean views. The ‘Ohe’o Gulch Pools, popularly known as the Seven Sacred Pools, are a string of pools and waterfalls that offer the opportunity for swimming.
Maui Pineapple Tours is situated in the historic plantation town of Hali’imaile; the only place in the United States where you can tour a working pineapple plantation. On this tour, you get to learn about the growing cycle and cultivation techniques of pineapple farming and learn about the process from planting to packing and shipping. You will get to taste the various stages of the Maui pineapple, and at the end of the tour, you’ll receive a pineapple to take away with you.
MauiWine is the island’s only commercial winery, offering a selection of wines including sparkling, pineapple and a raspberry dessert wine. MauiWine offers complimentary wine tastings daily from 11am to 5pm, as well as complimentary guided walking tours. The 30-minute tours include a history of the winery and the Ulupalakua Ranch, covering the historic estate, the production area and the wine cellar.
The Road to Hana is more than 60 miles (100km) of highway that travels via rainforests, cliffs and coastal lands on the east side of Maui. The drive, whether you make it yourself or take a van tour, includes stops at many of the sights that are already on this list and so many more. The drive takes you from beaches to waterfalls to hiking trails, all ending in the town of Hana, considered to be the real Hawaii as it has remained unchanged by modern development. If you can’t bear for it to end, you can continue the loop and discover the otherworldly volcanic surface on the other side of the island (just know that the road is not entirely paved, and your rental company won’t rescue you if you get into any trouble along the isolated stretch).