To come to Maui and sit in your hotel room would be a waste of time. From sun up to sunset, Maui is best enjoyed outdoors. There are plenty of beach hikes and nature hikes that will have you grabbing for your camera.
One of the most anticipated hikes is the one atop Haleakala Crater. Where else can you walk down to the bottom of a dormant volcano? You can opt to take a full round trip hike to the bottom or simply just walk down for a couple minutes, get a good view, and turn around.
Iao Valley is a lush green landscape which offers a paved loop walkway past meandering rivers, natural pools, and taro fields. Learn about how the Hawaiians used to farm and the native flora. Educational placards along the way point out interesting facts.
As for beachfront walks, head to Ulua Beach in Kihei and follow the paved beachfront pathway past some of the nicest hotels on Maui, like the Four Seasons, Kea Lani, and Grand Wailea. You will even walk past a lookout for whale watching.
Of course, some of the best hikes can be found out in Hana. Drive the road to hana and simply pull your car over to the side and park. Explore bamboo forests, underwater caves at Wai'anapanapa State Park, or the rain pools at the Seven Sacred Pools.
As a last insider tip, head out to the Kapalua Golf Course and ask about their eco-tours. A free daily bus shuttle will take you to the trail head.
End of Highway 32
West end of road
54 South High Street, 101
Hana Highway Mile Marker #42
(15 minutes past Hana Town)