At the summit, which is 10,023 feet up, you can see the Big Island and get a great view of the sunrise.
Ready for some action? If you love the outdoors, take a trip to Maui’s Haleakala National Park. There are five distinct climate zones you’ll pass through while on this adventure. The road to the summit has the world record for climbing the highest elevation in the shortest distance, which is about 38 miles.
At the summit, which is 10,023 feet up, you can see the Big Island and get a great view of the sunrise. Make sure you dress warm because it can get to about 30 degrees colder than on the rest of the island.
Take advantage of seeing the Silversword plant. It’s a threatened species of plant that grows above 6,000 feet and can live for about 50 years. You can camp with a permit or stay at a cabin in the crater.
Pregnant women and those with heart or respiratory problems are advised to check with their doctor because of the effects from the high elevation.
Before making the trip up, be sure to have gas, food and other gear because there aren’t any nearby gas stations or stores in the area.
Kula Botanical Gardens
At the Kula Botanical Gardens, you can enjoy a leisurely stroll through more than 700 native and exotic plants.
At the Kula Botanical Gardens, you can enjoy a leisurely stroll through more than 700 native and exotic plants. This six-acre park features tropical plants and animals indigenous to the Hawaiian Islands.
Here you'll have a chance to see Maui's most famous flower, the protea. Other plants include a variety of orchids, bromeliads and other native Hawaiian plants. The surroundings are very nice featuring a stream, koi pond, waterfall and magnificent views.
Lahaina is Maui's colorful main town, its atmosphere a mix of the old and the new.
Lahaina is Maui's colorful main town, its atmosphere a mix of the old and the new. It has gone through many changes over the past. From a center of royalty, a raucous whaling port and a laid-back sugar settlement to a thriving tourist mecca today - it has kept its historical flair and charm.
Front Street is the town's main attraction. Walk along the boardwalk strip that partially runs along the ocean. Here you might see resident celebrities like George Benson casually drinking coffee.
The historical town is home to more than 50 shops and restaurants. Wear comfortable shoes while coming to Lahaina Town because many shops will catch your attention. Some of these include Hilo Hattie’s and the world-renowned Hard Rock Café.
Maui Ocean Center
Maui Ocean Center is a three-acre marine park featuring more than 60 interactive exhibits.
Experience an amazing underwater world without having to get wet. See spectacular live coral displays and admire eels and majestic lionfish. Watch the green sea turtles and learn about the sharks that live on the island of Maui. You can do this and much more at the Maui Ocean Center, a three-acre marine park featuring more than 60 interactive exhibits.
All the marine life is from Hawaii. Digital audio guides are available in English, Spanish, Japanese and German. You'll also be able to listen to presentations from ocean naturalists. Restaurants and shops are on-site to fill up your hungry tummies. The aquarium takes about two hours to view, but you can stay as long as you want and look at all the sea creatures that live here. The Center is located in Ma'alaea within minutes of all major resort areas.
Road to Hana
On the road to Hana, you can indulge in the unique Hawaiian scenery and beautiful, tropical rainforests.
How does an all-day road trip sound? On the road to Hana, you can indulge in the unique Hawaiian scenery and beautiful, tropical rainforests. This 55-mile long, narrow road features 617 curves and 26 bridges and has some of the most breathtaking oceanfront scenery.
Your journey begins in a small town called Paia, where you can fill up on gas and food. Then you pass by Hawaiian fruits and plants including pineapple, taro, guava, papaya and ginger blossoms. There are also parks and rest stops for a picnic and views of streams, waterfalls, bridges, beaches and old churches.
Then in the quaint town of Hana, there are places to stay and dine. You can also find a hiking trail and the opportunity to see more beautiful waterfalls. Or grab a quick snack and go to the beach. The bay has a huge black sand beach, which contrasts sharply to the lush green foliage and the azure blue waters of the Pacific.
Whalers Village Museum
Come to the Whalers Village Museum, where you can learn about the sea-faring life of the 19th century.
Come to the Whalers Village Museum, where you can learn about the sea-faring life of the 19th century. The museum features more than 70 displays of various species of whales. They also show films about these majestic marine mammals. The highlight is the skeletal remains of a 40-foot sperm whale. The museum is open daily and the best part is that it is free. So bring the entire family along because you can definitely afford the trip.