Central Maui/Downcountry Attractions in Maui

Often times, tourists visit the coastal towns of Kihei, Wailea, Ka'anapali, and Lahaina, and neglect the charms of central Maui.

The most famous attraction in central Maui has to be Iao Valley. Historically, Iao Valley was the battle ground for a brutal battle that finally united all the Hawaiian Islands under one monarchy. The beautiful park offers hiking trails past creeks and through Maui's thick vegetation. Ascend a steep set of stairs to obtain an amazing view of Iao Needle.

You can also access some unforgettable tours through operators located in central Maui, such as Blue Hawaiian Helicopter Tours and Robert's Hawaii, which provides narrated bus tours across the island.

Lastly, check out some of the top beaches that the locals frequent. Spots like Kanaha and Baldwin Beach can be packed on the weekends. Surf stores like Maui Tropix and Hi-Tech offer great selections on beach gear.

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Iao Valley State Park

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End of Highway 32
West end of road

Iao is why Maui is called the Valley Isle... read more

Blue Hawaiian Helicopter Tours

1 Kahului Airport Road
No. 105

Award-Winning Experience... read more

Roberts Hawaii

747 Kaonawai Place

View Maui's major attractions... read more

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H. P. Baldwin Beach Park

Seven miles east of Kahului

Best known for excellent bodysurfing... read more

Kanaha Beach Park

Amala Pl

Local beach just a heartbeat from the Kahului Airport that is perfect spot for beginning wind surfers... read more

War Memorial Stadium

700 Halia Nakoa St.

Maui's biggest stadium. Where the Hula Bowl (all-star college football game), high school football games, and state track events are held... read more

Maui Tropix

261 Dairy Road

Great local surf shop on Maui. Home of the "MauiBuilt" brand... read more

Hi-Tech Surf Sports

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425 Koloa Street

Best surf shop on Maui... read more
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