Maui is referred to as the “Valley Isle” due to it’s mountainous terrain, but it also has some of the most sought after beaches in the world. Fishing and boating facilities are spread throughout the island. Many of Maui’s natural attractions, including the West Maui Mountains, are near accommodations at resort towns. Maui can be accessed via three airports and transportation around the island is via the Maui Public Transit System.
Enjoy a coastal vacation in Maui.
Ahihi Kinau Nature Reserve
Ahihi Kinau, situated on the coast of South Maui, is less than five miles from Makena. This recreational area has 807 marine acreage and 1,238 land acres made up of molten lava, which came from the nearby mountain, Haleakala, in 1790. This was the volcano’s last eruption. Ahihi Kinau offers trails for hiking, including the one-mile Northern and Southern Trails on each end of the park. This park is a government protected property, so fishing is prohibited. However, tourists flock to Ahihi Kinau because of the area’s snorkeling opportunities. Many of the popular snorkeling spots are accessible by car and guided tours are available. Various species of fish that you can see while snorkeling include surgeon fish, snapper and perch.
Ahihi-Kinau Nature Reserve
State of Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources
1151 Punchbowl St.
Honolulu, HI 96813
Haleakala National Park
Located on the eastern end of Maui, Haleakala, which covers over 30,000-acres, is the only national park on Maui and home to the largest dormant volcano in the world. This park features a variety of landscapes. Hiking and nature walks can be enjoyed in the park’s Wilderness Area, as well as overnight back-pack camping trips. The Summit Area offers opportunities for bird-watching and trails for hiking. Haleakala also offers swimming activities at Kipahulu Area of the park. This area of the park is accessible by car and also provides picnic and camping facilities. Photographers frequently visit this park due to the wide array of plants and wildlife species that dwell in Haleakala. This park is remote, so be sure to bring whatever supplies you need, such as water and food.
Haleakala National Park
P.O. Box 369
Makawao, HI 96768
Ka’anapali is a beach resort area, that includes the town of Lahaina, in the northwestern area of Maui and features world-class resorts that include Hyatt Regency, Sheraton and Royal Lahaina. Condominium resorts, such as Outrigger and The Whaler on Ka’anapali Beach, also are available. Some attractions in the Ka’anapali Beach area includes Hanakoo Beach Park, a recreational area that offers trails for jogging, as well as facilities for picnics. Fishing and boating excursions can be found at Puukolii Reservoir in the eastern end of Ka’anapli Beach. Golf clubs in this area, such as Ka’anapali North and Ka’anapali South, offer 18-hole courses and host the Senior PGA Tour EMC Ka’anapali Classic Golf Tournament.
Ka’anapali Beach Resort Association
222 Papalaua St, Ste 208
Lahaina, Maui, Hawaii 96761
- maui beach image by Brett Bouwer from Fotolia.com