Lookout Viewpoint Maalaea Bay off Honoapiilani Highway
A very popular scenic lookout is on the west side of Maalaea Bay, between mile markers 8 and 9, on a pulloff from the Honoapiilani Highway (Highway 30). That is the main highway around West Maui, and the observation point is near the southernmost part of the highway.
In the winter, which is whale-watching season, the small parking lot at this lookout point is always crowded with cars. Whales are usually visible nearby. At that time of year, there is a naturalist from the Pacific Whale Foundation here most days from 8 AM to 2 PM. They have demonstrations and exhibits about whales. You can borrow their binoculars and ask them all your questions about whales.
At any time of year, the views here are gorgeous. You look out across Maalaea Bay, and out to the ocean, seeing the islands of Kahoolawe and Molokini. This is a great place to see the sun rise over Haleakala Volcano. On a very rare especially clear day, you can even see the Big Island of Hawaii in the distance.
The name of this lookout observation site is Papawai Point, but it is often mistakenly called McGregor Point, which is the location of the nearby lighthouse.
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