Experience essential Maui on this laid-back journey showcasing nature’s finery, historic landmarks, and charming country towns.
Haleakala is truly magnificent in the daytime hours, bathed in sunlight, bringing its steep slopes to centre stage and when endemic wildlife freely roams the landscape. Haleakala National Park is also home to over 1,000 different species of plant life. Leisurely observe Nene geese in their native habitat and discover the secret of the rare Silversword plant.
Stop in at the Haleakala Visitor Center, constructed in 1936. It's a small stone structure on the edge of a cliff, where you can find information, souvenirs, and more. You’ll want to spend some time with the welcoming staff who are pleased to share their insights.
Experience climate and topographical changes as you gently glide through the varying elevations. As views of Kula come into focus, the open country slopes of the district meet agricultural land in this rustic region.
Visit Wailuku Town, which sits at the base of the West Maui Volcano and is the county seat of Maui. In prehistoric Hawaii, it was a power and population centre and later a plantation town.
‘Iao Valley is next. This dense rainforest and ancient battleground was a burial site for ancient Hawaiian royalty. After a short walk past a meandering stream through a forest full of native Hawaiian plants, gaze high above at the iconic Iao Needle – a natural outcropping covered in emerald green vegetation and towering 1,200 feet over the valley.
End the day at historic Lahaina Town, a former whaling village and a hot spot for locals and visitors alike. Enjoy lunch on your own at a shorefront eatery and browse unique shops and art galleries. Known for its sunny weather and relaxed vibe, Lahaina is the place to be.