Maui Attractions and Sights
Sightseeing in Maui
Maui attractions include many beautiful and interesting sights, which are each discussed in detail on the following linked pages of things to do in Maui. Photos are included. Most of these sightseeing attractions are free or low-cost.
They are listed in order of my recommendation, so if you don’t have time to see all these attractions, then try to fit in as many as you can from the top half of the list. At least click the link to each of those on the top half and read about them to see which Maui attractions interest you the most.
- Lahaina town Shopping, restaurants, boat harbor, and history
- Haleakala Crater The top of the 10,023-foot volcano
- Maui Alpaca Farm Tours with 2 breeds of alpaca and angora rabbits on 8 acres Upcountry
- The Maui Cookie Lady creates some of the most beautiful and delicious treats you’ll ever have the pleasure of tasting.
- Road to Hana – Driving yourself or on a tour van, this is probably the most famous of all Maui attractions.
- Halfway To Hana & Garden of Eden – Enjoy an in-depth garden tour from a knowledgeable guide, see the Keanae peninsula, and more!
- Lavender farm Gardens and beautiful views
- Iao Valley Including the Iao Needle
- Lobbies Grounds Pools Art at Maui’s top resort hotels, one of the Maui attractions not listed in most guidebooks
- Private Sailing Adventures with NOVA on your own yacht out of Maalaea Harbor
- Aquarium Maui Ocean Center
- Upcountry Gardens, farms, towns, and restaurants on the slope of Haleakala
- Ace of Cups – A magical shop that offers a variety of divination tools, tarot and oracle cards, rare decks, and live readings.
- Banyan Tree Giant tree in a park in Lahaina
- Last Lava Flow & La Perouse Bay Drive over Maui’s most recent lava
- Makawao Old cowboy town with boutiques
- Paia – Hippie surfer town with unique shops
- Kula Botanical Garden Interesting and unusual plants and flowers in an Upcountry garden
- Garden of Eden Maui – Large arboretum and botanical garden along the Road to Hana
- Turtles Where to see Maui’s honu (turtles) in the ocean or on the beach
- Maui Tropical Plantation Scenery, farm tour, shopping, restaurants
- Haiku Mill Historic old sugar mill and surrounding gardens
- Hiking in Maui Recommended hikes from a couple of experienced Maui hikers
- Maui’s Winery Winetasting and tours in Upcountry
- Kealia Coastal Boardwalk Walk along wetlands and bird sanctuary by Maalaea Bay
- Kealia Pond National Wildlife Refuge Birdwatching and educational exhibits, one of the least known Maui attractions
- Giant Buddha in Lahaina Statue and pagoda at Lahaina Jodo Mission
- Hookipa Watch the big waves and the surfers on the north shore
- Surfing Goat Dairy Working Dairy Farm and goat cheese production in Upcountry
- Maui Arts & Cultural Center MACC live shows in Kahului
- Friday Town Parties Street parties in a different Maui town each Friday evening
- Honolua Bay Hidden snorkeling bay and forest walk
- Kula Country Farms Farmers Market in Upcountry with spectacular scenic views
- Sacred Garden Quiet peaceful indoor garden with plant sales and labyrinths
- Dragon’s Teeth Unusual rock formations
- Slaughterhouse Beach Hidden small scenic beach in northwest Maui
- Baldwin Home Museum Missionary house in Lahaina
- Historic prison in Lahaina Where they put drunken sailors in the 1850s, one of the Maui attractions that only takes a few minutes
- Hui Noeau Visual Arts Center Maui’s art education studios
- National Marine Sanctuary Visitors center exhibits & talks about humpback whales
- Kepaniwai Heritage Park Gardens depicts the cultures that contributed to modern Maui
- Whale-watching lookout Papawai McGregor point Pull off from the Honoapiilani Highway with great views of Maalaea Bay
- Sugar Museum History of sugar growing on Maui
- Maui Glass Glassblowing and glass art galleries:
Hot Island Glass, Makai Glass, Worcester Glass, Moana Glass
- Kai Pua Glass Art Watch glass being formed into small sculptures in Lahaina
- Bailey House Museum Maui Historical Society
- Printing Museum Old printing press and historical memorabilia on the grounds of Lahainaluna High School
- Sun Yat Sen Park Small Upcountry park with statues and views, one of the Maui attractions that very few know about
- Kihei Town with beaches and condos
- Dragon Fruit Farm Tour a farm growing dragon fruit and other Maui fruits. Aquaball and Zipline activities are also available
- Lahaina Pali Trail Strenuous hike over the West Maui Mountains
- Hidden Gems of Maui Some sights that most tourists don’t find
- Moonset into the Ocean How where and when to see a Maui Moonset
- Ocean Vodka Maui Farm with Tour See their factory and farm in Upcountry
- Halloween in Lahaina Costumes, parades, parties
- Lion Dance for Chinese New Year Where and when to see it, including photos
- Christmas on Maui Videos of Hawaiian Christmas
- Dancing Matt comes to Maui Videos of Matt Harding dancing in Hawaii
Click on any of the above links for lots more information and photos.
For Maui golf courses, beaches, kids & family fun, events calendar, Hawaii cruises, and more, see Maui Things To Do.
You Need A Car
People often ask me whether they need a rental car for their whole time on Maui. My answer is definitely YES. Without a car, you will miss Maui’s most beautiful sights and attractions, you won’t be able to get to most fun activities, you won’t try Maui’s many wonderful restaurants, and you will miss out on the great variety of beaches all over the island.