West Maui was once the capital of the island, but today it’s known for gorgeous sunsets, great shopping, and delicious dining. Take the Honoapiilani Highway to get around the western side of Maui. West Maui is known for its abundance of high-end resorts. Check out Kapalua for amazing golf courses and a quieter atmosphere with understated elegance.
Home of Maui’s major airport, Kahului Airport, most visitors will begin their vacation on the island here. One of the top attractions in the region is Iao Valley State Park. Here you can hike to one of Maui’s many iconic landmarks, the Iao Needle. Head to Kahului if you want to shop in Maui’s largest mall. The Hana Highway also begins in Kahului.
The south coast of Maui has the sunniest and driest weather on the island. There are miles of gorgeous coastline with soft sand and beautiful blue water. Keep an eye out for whales when you are near Maalaea Bay. Wailea has world-class golf courses and upscale dining and resorts.
Upcountry Maui has golden beaches and misty mountains surrounding the famous Haleakala National Park. Haleakala is the island’s highest peak, and also it’s most beautiful. The region is also known for farming both taro and sweet potatoes, and you can tour farms for a closer look at the process. You can also enjoy Maui-made wine or check out the rustic Kula and Makawao areas. Don’t forget to take in an epic sunrise east of Haleakala!
Roadside pineapple stands, lush tropical rainforests, and plunging cliffs abound in East Maui. Home of the legendary Hana Highway that is consistently ranked among the top scenic drives in the world. The highway begins in Kahului in Central Maui before winding through the northern coast for 52 miles. Another gorgeous landmark in East Maui is the Pools of Oheo.