GPS Maui guides are apps for your smart-phone that tell you about places on Maui as you drive around in various parts of the island.
The newest GPS Maui app is free. It is “West Maui Tour Guide” and is at present only available for the west half of Maui, but parts for the rest of Maui are coming soon. I contributed some of the information for that app. It has photos and helpful info about the best sights to see, including Iao Valley, Olivine Pools, Fleming Beach, Kapalua Coastal Trail, Kaanapali Beach, Banyan Tree Park, and many more. A great feature of this app is that it includes a map that shows you where you are on Maui, and where those sights are, and this map shows in the app even when you do not have an internet connection. This app is available for both Apple and Android smartphones, as well as iPads and some other tablets if those devices have GPS. You can read the info for each sight in the app, or play the info out loud through your smartphone’s speaker (or connect it to your car speakers).
GyPSy Guide is another app for smartphones, that plays helpful and interesting audio directions and information, as you drive around on Maui. This one is not free like the one in the above paragraph. Like the above West Maui Tour Guide app, The GyPSy Guide GPS Maui app always knows where you are on Maui, so it automatically plays recorded information, teaching you about whatever area of Maui you are driving through. People most often use this GyPSy Guide for the day they are driving the Road to Hana, so the recorded guide in your car can tell you where to see the best sights. But whether on that scenic drive, or on the road up Haleakala volcano, or on any of the major roads of Maui, the guide always has fascinating things to say about Maui history, facts, and legends. For example, using this guide for three of my days on Maui, I learned a lot about history, geology, whales, monk seals, dolphins, snorkeling, and the legendary demigod Maui. The guide also gives some brief helpful directions for finding your way around on Maui.
[the_ad id=”12711″] To get the new free app, click on this link to West Maui Guide. It will send a text to your smart-phone that you can then click on to download the app. For the older paid app, go to the online store where you buy apps for your phone or mobile device to search for “Gypsy Guide” and choose “Full Maui GPS Driving Tour” to get the paid app for all of Maui.
These apps are like having a personal tour guide with you in your rental car, and you control the volume.