Bright blue skies, lush natural beauty, and picturesque beaches are just a few of the things that bring people to the island of Maui. One of Maui’s most beloved attractions is the road to Hana, a winding 53-mile-long drive that takes visitors past waterfalls and beaches from the North Shore to East Maui. Make a day out of the drive and take advantage of stops along the way like Puohokamoa Falls, Waianapanapa Black Sand Beach, Kaulanapueo Church, and the Waikamoi Nature Trail.
Located around 30 minutes outside of Hana by car, the Seven Sacred Pools at Oheo Gulch are a must-see. Hiking on the Pipiwai Trail is a great way to experience this scenic area and view the many waterfalls and volcanic formations. For the best experience, get an early start—Oheo Gulch is a popular spot and the trails can get crowded later in the day!
If you love to snorkel, you’ve certainly picked the right destination. Grab your gear and take the plunge at Molokini Crater, a snorkeling spot full of brightly-colored coral and over 250 species of fish. The crescent-shaped crater was formed by a volcanic eruption over 150,000 years ago and is reachable by boat. The calm and super clear waters make this a truly unique destination for underwater adventure.
Whether you’ve spent the day hiking, diving, or simply soaking up some sun on the beach, cooling off with a cup of shave ice is the perfect way to end the day. Though shave ice looks similar to a snow cone, the ice is shaved instead of crushed, giving it a fine consistency that is often compared to powdered snow. Many shave ice spots make their own syrups with natural ingredients like mango, coconut, and passion fruit and offer add-ons like adzuki bean paste and coconut cream. It doesn’t get much sweeter than this!