With so much to do on the beautiful island of Maui; it was hard to pick out what to explore. Since my days were limited, I decided it would be best to visit some of the most talked about spots.
1. Maui Ocean Center
Definitely a fun day activity for when the weather is not the best. The ocean center was not huge but it had a good display of exotic fish, and my favorite part, all the sharks and stingrays. Parts of it were indoors and parts were outdoors which was a nice transition between everything. Most aquariums I have visited, typically end up being indoors, so this was a good balance. The shark display was by far my favorite, and the sharks were surprisingly pretty large. You got to walk through a tunnel and have a view all around you. Overall, the center was a great way to see all the marine life up close and a fun day activity.
2. Haleakala Sunrise
By far one of the best and most remarkable things I have ever experienced in my life. It was a very early morning, but definitely worth every second. Haleakala sunrise is something I recommend everyone experiences during their visit to Maui. The drive up to the top of the mountain is a winding, pitch black ride but it is very thrilling. It can be pretty scary because the roads are small, so do be careful and know that there will be others trying to make their way to the top as well.
At the top, there will be two parking lots. The first one is the visitors center where most people usually stop. The second one is where you will get to experience the incredible view of the sunrise. It does get pretty crowded, so plan your trip accordingly and try to get in a little earlier to get a good spot. Make sure you bring warm clothes! I definitely misinterpreted how cold it would actually be, but at about 5 in the morning and 10,000 feet above, a light hoodie will not do the trick. Also, make sure to bring food and water, and fill up your tank before you go. There will not be anywhere for you to any of that without getting all the way back down. There is a $10 fee per vehicle to get in as well, but it gets you access to the national park for three days, so the price is not too bad.
The sunrise itself is something that cannot be described. All the colors expanding over the clouds were beautiful and just breathtaking. This is a must see in Maui, I highly recommend waking up early to witness the beauty of this.
3. Road to Hana
Another favorite in Maui…the road to Hana is a 50 some mile road that leads to the town of Hana. It is filled with twists and turns and scenic views. It is very thrilling since the roads are small and at times it barley fits two cars. With every twist and turn you have another incredible view of the ocean on one side and the jungle on the other. Along the way, you can stop at the little street markets they have where you can buy some fruit or a drink (gotta try the coconuts for sure). This road is a bit tricky and can make you feel car sick, so do keep that in mind, so bring some medicine. If you do get car sick easily, it is recommend that you drive (if you are able to) because it gives you more control and focus, helping the car sickness.
4. Pipiwai Trail
At the end of the Road to Hana, you will find yourself at the Pipiwai Trail which is a part of Haleakala National Park. If you had already purchased your $10 admission ticket (which you need to pay for your visit to watch the sunrise) then you will just have to show them that and won’t have to pay to enter. Your ticket is valid for three days, so I recommend doing it all in one day or coming back within those three days.
The Pipiwai trail is a two mile hike to a breathtaking waterfall. You will make your way through bamboo paths and the jungle on your way to the big waterfall. This walking can be somewhat dangerous especially when slippery so make sure to wear sensible shoes and watch your step.
These are some of the most popular attractions in Maui and if you do not have the time to hit these up then just plan another trip to come back. I know I will 🙂
Happy Travels – xoxo Dre <3