& Do in Maui
- Haleakala Volcano.
- 3500 m, possible to
drive to the top (a couple of hours from Lahaina).
- Possible to hike inside
the crater (very hot).
- A must to go on top
of it to watch the sunrise (the top of the volcano is usually above
- There is even a trail
from the bottom of the volcano (South Side) to the top. Basically
one hikes on the south side of Haleakala until the Kuapo Gap, where
the trail "enters" in the volcano. From there, one hikes
among the cinder cones up to the top. Not sure if it is feasible
at all (looks like 30 kms, always uphill with 3000m of elevation
gain!) - if it is, it is surely worth it. Obviously it would be
one-way, so one has to figure out the transportation.
- Oheo Gulch.
- The southern portion
of the Haleakala National Park (accessible from the Road to Hana).
- A couple of nice hikes.
The Pipiwai Trail leads among pools, minor waterfalls, a giant bamboo
and a river crossing to the Waimoku Falls. (~3 hours roundtrip),
- Makena Beach is my favourite
(in front of Molokini).
- The beaches in Maalea
are not very well known (nearly no tourists when we went) but beautiful.
- Kaanapali is also popular
but its beach is just ok (within the Hawaii scale).
- Waiohue Bay (with the
Kahanu Gardens) along the Road to Hana is also very nice but, if
you are driving along the road, you end up having little time to
spend in it.
- La Perouse Bay has a
beach with black volcanic sand. Just south of Makena Beach.
- Lanai (see below)
- Another must-see: 3000-people
island in front of Maui.
- Daily ferries from Maui
(booth & departure from Lahaina downtown).
- Convenient to do a one-day
trip from Maui.
- Lanai has one
road (with no traffic lights).
- Unless you have a bike,
or you rent one (good luck) you are on foot. Still, you can do nearly
- Hulopoe Beach.
- A nice & secluded
beach within walking distance from the harbour.
- Walking along some cliffs
you get to a small bay with the famous Sweetheart Rock.
- Going around:
- To go to Lanai City
you have to hitchhike along the main (and only) road. This does
not seem to be a problem (was not for us, at least).
- Ask them to bring to
the Koele Lodge first and then walk back to the City yourself.
- Lanai City.
- Lanai City and the Lodge
lie inside a volcano, so it is much cooler.
- Lanai City has 1500
people and everything is around one square.
- The Blue Ginger Cafe
was raved about by the Lonely Planet and we confirm their review
things in Maui
- Lahaina, i.e. the touristic
town in the Island.
- Has all the restaurants
and hotels, but apart from an evening stroll along the beach there
is nothing to do here.
- An ancient small volcano
in front of Kihei that exploded and left a semicircular rock structure.
- Several day snorkeling
& diving trips are organized to Molokini.
- Micro-village on the
- The Road to Hana.
- This is advertized like
crazy so it is impossible not to know that it exists.
- Fundamentally, it is
the road along the north-estearn side of the island, with a lot
of stops for waterfalls, caves, etc.
- Due to this, the driving
speed is really slow.
- Keanae Peninsula.
- Just off the Road to
Hana. Has another micro-village and a nice rock church.
- The Kahanu Gardens are
- West Coast (north of Lahaina).
- Lots of hotels (Hyatt,
Marriott, etc.) around of Kaanapali.
- No problem at all to
stroll from one to the other (there is a walkway along the beach)
- actually it is quite nice.
- Iao Needle.
- This is needle-shaped
rock in the middle of the Maui Mountains (a different thing from
the Haleakala Volcano).
- The corresponding park
is just so so.
A map of
(Mark indicates road to the top of Haleakala)