Get on one of the cheap snorkel trips departing from Lahaina. Take some friends, some time and the slow boat out to Molokini.
Enjoy the view of Maui on the way, if you are mildly lucky, you will see whales and dolphins on the way there. (We did)
Once you get there, dive in and look at the wonderful coral reefs. Say hello to Oscar the Reef shark that is friendly and hangs about at Molokini crater.
On the way back, if the visibility is good, you will stop off at one of the many low reefs that the sea turtles inhabit.
Sort of a tourist trap thing, but at the same time it is a place you can only visit in Maui....
The silversword plant grows only in the cinders of Haleakala crater. The leaf of a silversword is covered with a dense layer of silvery silky hairs that reflect light and heat and provide insulation against the intense solar radiation and extreme ardity of the 10,000 foot high crater.
It resembles the Yucca plant of Southern California, but is actually a relative of the tarweed or sunflower of California, and most likely arrived by seed over a million years ago. In full bloom, it is one of natures most beautiful sights. After the bloom, which takes the plant anywhere from 4 to 20 years before blooming, the plant dies, its work done. If you go to the crater, I hope a silversword is in full bloom for you.
I am a connoisseur and an expert when it comes to massage and day spa treatments. I seek new and unusual ways to relax and unwind.
Wherever I go I will have a body treatment or a facial but I always say I work for the electric company as I do not want to engage in "shop talk".
On Maui the prices can soar for body treatments. I happen to find a terrific place that not only has reasonable prices but they pack up shop and come to you at your hotel or condo. The Makai Massage and Bodywork Company offers an extensive menu of services with various "add ons" to further enhance your spa session.
Prices for massage start at: 25 Minutes $50 • 55 Minutes $85 • 85 Minutes $125
Then add on a service such as: Rosemary Scalp Treatment with peppermint oil & vigorous massage, it stimulates hair growth. $15
Makai Massage and Bodyworks also has a spa at The Whaler in Ka'anapali
On the west side of the island, up past Honokohau (rt 30 if heading clock-wise, route 340 if going north counterclockwise) the road becomes very narrow, with some of the sharpest hairpin turns we've ever seen. This 8 mile stretch is incredibly beautiful but be cautious. The road roller coasters up and down along the coast. Motorcycle lovers...highly experienced riders only. Great for Sportsters or small bikes. In a vehicle? If you're not comfortable with small (and I mean very narrow) roads, steep drops, hairpin turns with no guardrails, and one lane bridges...this is not your route.
But those roads offer the most intense, unspoiled views and was the greatest ride of our lives.
At the base of Haleakala in South Maui are some great places to explore, and take in the sights of this area of Maui. Much of the road south of Wailea is not the best, but a lot of this area of the island is best seen by hiking from the road to the shore anyway, so if you are in the mood for some trekking on foot, this is a perfect place to do it. Spots off of the Makena Alanui road, including 'Ahini Cove, Cape Kina'u, and La Perouse Bay do indeed require some hiking to get to, but some of Maui's best snorkeling and best views are down here. The island of Kaho'olawe is situated just offshore, as is the Molokini crater. Both are lovely sights to see while looking out over the ocean, especially at sunset! The area is reached by taking the Piilani Highway south to Wailea, and then near the Grand Wailea Hotel, take the Makena Alanui road south.
Near the village of Hana we stopped for an hour to explore the dramatic black sand beach at Wai'anapanapa State Park. This small beach is surrounded by a rugged volcanic rock with a natural arch and blowholes spraying saltwater into the air. The black sand is created by the incessent pounding of the waves which pulverize the lava, as opposed to ground seashells on a white sand beach.
We hiked on ancient trails over the rocks and were in awe of the pounding surf as it did it's magic along this remote jagged coast.
This small 5 acre state park is in Hana at the end of Wai'anapanapa Road, off the Hana Highway, #360. There is also a picnic area and public restrooms.
You have about a 5 minute walk to Honaloa Bay.. Please don't leave anything in your car, take it with you down to the cove. Much harder for the FEW bad folks in the world to steal from you here. You simply walk down this old concrete boat ramp and the snorkeling is amazing. Turtles, Eel, tons of fish, blue coral. Stay to the right and see the most beautiful stuff i have seen while snorkeling. If the underwate photos come out I will post them. It was breath taking.
At Mile Marker 38 get over to the beach side and GO DOWN THERE for the Nakalele Blowhole. You haven't had the experience until you've been actually showered on.
The force varies, but within 20 minute we had seen it spout anywhere from 5 to 50 feet and all 6 people who were down there had a chance to get a great shot.
Ok, as far as I know these pool were named by the folks who wrote "maui revealed", which I highly recommend you buy. This is amazing. Start looking for a big turn out on your left once you pass Mushroom rock. Everyone parked instead of drove down the 4-wheel drive accessible road because someone with a rear wheel drive got stuck to the tune of a 250 dollar tow truck.
The hike down is not as treacherous or as hard as it looks, and there is a huge payoff at the bottom. You cannot see this from the road
Offer 20 min. tours of their goat farm. They make and sells 30 types of goat cheese which have received numerous awards.
Open 10am - 5pm Mon-Sat 10-2 Sunday
3651 Omaopio Road in Jula in Central Maui.
Daily casual tour $15 for group of 1-3 and $5 for each add. person
Evening Chores Tour $8 3:15 Tues, Thurs, Sat.
Other tours and special events, see their website
I've been to Maui multiple times so I've been to almost every snorkeling place on the island, but this off the beaten path location is my absolute favorite! It's a long and a little bit difficult hike (on volcanic rock). It's right near the Nakalele Blowhole, (website below), and actually that how we found it, but site seeing at Nakalele and watching people cutting down a beaten path just off of the road. It's hard to say where the exact entrance is since, there really is no official gate, just a few paths that head west right before you enter the parking lot for Nakalele.
The hike itself to the location is also noteworthy, and it's about a 20 min hike through a valley of volcanic rock (it's a flat hike, but it's long because of the uneven ground) I've made the walk in flip flops, but there were more than a few times that I have lost footing, so real shoes or something thicker than flip flops would be smart! Once you are on the path, there is nothing out there, so be careful and go with a friend! There are no tours, groups that go here but there is a trail/path so once you find the entrance you are on your way!
You will know when you arrive at the spot, there are a few large bay-like pools with most likely a few people already snorkeling. There are many spots to get in the water, ranging from 3 feet to about 75. Some spots are a bit deep, so if you have a camera make sure you have it tied to your wrist!
Although this is a little bit difficult, and a time consuming event, it's an un-matchable experience! Have fun walking and Snorkeling!!
More information on the general area:
Directions to the park right by the entrance to the trail.
Follow Highway 30 (Honoapi'ilani Highway) north from Kapalua. The Acid War Zone trail is near Mile Marker #38 where a gravel parking lot is located. A dirt, jeep road begins the trail which takes approximately 30 minutes to hike. The second trail to the blowhole is located ½ mile past Mile Marker #38 and is marked by a dirt pullout along the side of the road. From this area you can usually see the blowhole without doing the hike.
One of the most beautiful spots on the island of Maui is the Muliwai, a waterfall and pool at the edge of a bolder beach near the native village of Ulaino. Tourists have since renamed them Blue Angel Falls and the Blue Pool.
The Muliwai has tiny opae shrimp in it and the rock walls of the waterfall are lined with wild watercress. The pool water is chilly but refreshing for a swim. A few yards away you can swim in the ocean, but only if the surf is small.
A four-wheel-drive is not absolutely necessary to drive most of the way to Ulaino, but you will need a vehicle with high ground clearance due to the rough dirt road. Or you could hike the entire 4 miles to the Muliwai if you don't have the right kind of vehicle. The terrain is level and the 8-mile round trip is an easy half-day walk for anyone with hiking experience.
Ulaino Road starts on the left about 1/4 mile beyond Mile Marker 31 of the Hana Highway. The first two miles pass over a cattle guard and through lush Hana Ranch pasture before entering the forest. If you're driving, cross over the first three shallow streams, but park your car at the fourth stream and walk the rest of the way unless you have a 4-wheeler. The last mile is a thick kukui and hala (pandanus) forest and Ulaino village is only recognizable by stone walls, trees and a few rustic houses. The road ends at a rocky cove along the coastline which is quite scenic as well as a good place for diving and spearfishing when the ocean is calm. Continue along the shoreline for 200 yards until you see the big waterfall and Blue Pool on your left.
Remember to bring drinking water and snacks for this unique hiking experience since there are no public facilities in Ulaino. Also bring rain gear -- it's not called a rainforest for nothing!
The nearest accommodations are inexpensive cabins at Waianapanapa State Park a few miles away. Call (808) 984-8109 to make reservations well in advance. A few miles further in Hana you can rent a condo at the Hana Kai-Maui for $125-$195 per night.
Most of the island of Maui is very easily accessible by car, making it easy for visitors to explore the island in the comforts of an automobile at their own leisure. But one area of Maui that is less frequented by people is the northern part of West Maui. Although some of the roads here are not as nice as on other parts of the island, and occasionally you may have to wait for oncoming traffic to pass at one lane only sections, it is without a doubt worth it! Some of the sights from locations on this part of Maui are breathtaking, with views of the ocean and the island of Molokai. There are many interesting lava formations and even a few nice places to dip into the water, especially at Honolua Bay. And much up the shoreline here juts up out of the sea to form jagged cliffs. To get to this area of Maui, just take the Honoapi'ilani Highway on West Maui north past Kapalua, and continue up and around.
When you come to Maui take a trip to Molokini. Molokini is an underwater Marine Preserve and a seabird sanctuary. Being a preserve, Molokini has a plethora of fish, eels, turtles, myriads of birds and even humpback whales. A trip to Molokini will complete your vacation to Maui!
Only a few miles off Maui's southwestern coast, Molokini is a crescent shaped islet that is the southern rim of an extinct volcanic crater. The northern rim of this crater lies below sea level, causing the interior of the crater to be flooded. Its crescent shape acts as a bastion that provides protection from large waves and powerful currents thus making this area one of the top ten SCUBA sites in the world.
Molokini is divided into three separate areas that appeal to the beginner, intermediate, and expert diver. Molokini's crater basin affords protected waters and an abundance of sea life and is only 35 feet deep--ideal for beginning divers and snorkelers. The inner area goes to depths of 70 feet for intermediates, and the backside of the crater has depths of 350 feet that call to the intrepid expert diver.
Couched between the arms of this island is a lush reef area that is home to about 250 species of fish - some of which are found nowhere else on earth. Black coral was once found in abundance in the deeper backside waters of Molokini, but was harvested extensively. Harvesting is now restricted, and small colonies can be found on the islet's back wall.
There is no sand beach on Molokini. The cove area slopes off from the shoreline to a depth of 100 feet before dropping off. The bottom consists of sand patches, coral and boulders. The shallow reef extends from the shoreline northward from the islet's northwestern point. The diversity of fishes and other marine life within at Molokini is among the most impressive in the state. Even humpback whales have been known to enter the cove.
Access is by boat only, and charter boats operate out of Lahaina, Ma'alaea Harbor and Kihei.
The Iao Valley is the site of a bloody battle where King Kamehameha I defeated the local army to unite Maui with the Hawaiian Islands... although you'd couldn't tell it today. The valley is nothing short of a lush paradise perfect for hiking and exploring. There is a paved "tourist area" at the entrance to the park but the more adventurous can hike further in to the lush tropical scenery of the valley (permit needed- contact info below).
We have stayed at Napili Point Condos six times and are returning again this February for a month....more
What a lovely little facility this is. Maui Oceanfront in Kihei has been recently taken over by Best...more
1533 Uakea Rd, Hana, Hawaii, 96713, United States
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