Maui, known as the "Valley Isle," is renowned for its stunning landscapes. Its beautiful environments range from volcanic craters and lush rainforests to expansive beaches with crystal-clear waters. Here at Hawaii Ocean Rafting, we delight in showing you the island's natural wonders through our exciting ocean adventures. This includes our Maui snorkeling tours, which are just a glimpse of what this beautiful island has to offer. Below are some of the best places to visit in Maui.

Haleakala National Park

At the summit of Haleakala, Maui’s highest peak, visitors can experience what feels like the top of the world. Known for its spectacular sunrises and sunsets, this national park offers panoramic views of Maui and beyond. The unique landscape of the dormant volcano creates a dramatic backdrop for hiking and photography, making it a must-visit for anyone coming to Maui.

Olowalu: The Coral Gardens

Olowalu is the largest and healthiest reef in Maui. This location allows for snorkeling and a wide variety of marine life on Maui’s west coast and offers a delightful escape filled with coastal experiences and natural beauty.

Visitors can indulge in the mouth-watering treats at Leoda's famous pie shop, a must-visit for any food enthusiast. The local fruit and gift stand provides a taste of the island’s freshest produce and charming souvenirs. For those interested in nature, the butterfly farm offers an enchanting experience amidst vibrant butterflies.

Olowalu is also a popular surf spot, perfect for both beginners and experienced surfers looking to catch some waves. The nearby ocean waters are ideal for snorkeling, with marine life and clear waters creating an underwater paradise.

Olowalu boasts a small general store, large local fruit stand and its well renowned pie shop and cafe, Leodas.

For dining with a view, restaurants such as Mala Tavern, Star Noodle, and Aloha Mix Plate are just a short drive away and present delicious meals with oceanfront views.

Road to Hana

The Road to Hana is famous for its lush landscapes and stunning vistas. This winding route takes travelers through tropical rainforests, past cascading waterfalls, and along dramatic coastlines. Each turn offers a new breathtaking view, making it one of the most scenic drives in the world. Do not forget to stop at Waianapanapa State Park to see its iconic black sand beach.

Napili Bay

Napili Bay is known for its serene ambiance and beautiful sandy beach, bordered by palm trees and azure waters. It is an ideal spot for swimming, snorkeling, and simply relaxing on the beach. The bay offers excellent conditions for spotting marine life in the shallow waters, and the sunsets here are truly memorable.

Iao Valley State Monument

Nestled in the heart of Maui, Iao Valley is a peaceful refuge known for its natural beauty and historical significance. The lush greenery and the towering Iao Needle provide a stunning green backdrop that is perfect for nature walks and photography. The valley is also a place of great cultural importance to the Hawaiian people, adding depth to its natural beauty.

Molokini Crater

Molokini Crater, accessible by a short boat trip from Maui, offers one of the most unique snorkeling experiences in Hawaii. This crescent-shaped, partially submerged volcanic crater is a protected marine sanctuary making it a unique geographical structure. The clear waters make it an underwater paradise for snorkelers and divers.

Kula Lavender Farm

For a change of scenery, the Kula Lavender Farm in upcountry Maui offers panoramic views of the island's south shore. The gentle slopes of the farm are covered with rows of lavender and other botanicals, providing a soothing and fragrant environment. The farm's elevation offers cool breezes and sweeping views that extend to the coast.

Kapalua Coastal Trail

For those who love coastal walks, the Kapalua Coastal Trail presents an unbeatable combination of rugged shoreline and ocean vistas. The trail winds along the coast, offering views of rocky cliffs, secluded bays, and the vast Pacific Ocean. It is an excellent spot for a leisurely hike, bird watching, or whale watching during the season.

Discover Maui's Beauty

These stunning places to visit in Maui above are just the beginning of what this place has to offer. Whether you are exploring the island's coastlines on one of our Maui whale watching tours or trekking through its lush landscapes, each site provides a unique view that captures the essence of Maui's breathtaking beauty. Join us at Hawaii Ocean Rafting as we explore these magnificent sights, ensuring your visit to Maui is filled with memorable and scenic adventures.