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Parks and nature in Maui

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National Park
“This national Park is a must see while here on Maui. It’s about an hour drive from our cottage a lot of people like to reserve a spot for viewing the sunrise. But I don’t find that totally necessary going there anytime of day is beautiful and you don’t have to make a reservation to go for the afternoon or sunset. You can hit up the lavender farm while you’re up there as well.”
  • 102 locals recommend
Park
“The most sacred place on Maui. Come here to learn about the Hawaiian history of Iao Valley, take a short hike to view the famous Iao "needle," or a longer hike into the valley. You can take a dip in the stream, picnic in the picnic area boasting pavilions and several little structures and gardens created to resemble the styles of various cultures of the early settlers here. This is a very special place! If you do not have a Hawaiian ID, there is a $5/car fee to park. You do not need to dedicate a whole day here, but we highly suggest not missing it. Schedule an hour one morning to check it out before continuing on with your day. :)”
  • 47 locals recommend
Beach
“While we love the close proximity to Charles Young beach, there are two other great beaches in walking distance from our unit. Of the three, we really enjoy Kam III for its soft sand and swimmer-friendly waters. It's also the largest of the Kihei beaches and is nearby lots of great shops and restaurants.”
  • 21 locals recommend
Farm
“7.8 miles NW. Tour the gorgeous grounds. Dine at The Mill House in open-air setting while you watch the zipliners. Mauitropicalplantation.com”
  • 13 locals recommend
Surf Spot
“Ho'okipa Beach: Ho'okipa Is Highly Recommended For Experienced Surfers. It Is Also A Wold-class Windsurfing Destination. ”
  • 33 locals recommend
Park
“Nearby international market and beachside town, fun to see skateboards, surfers, beach scenes and wonderful sunsets. ”
  • 14 locals recommend
Park
“Iao Valley State Monument is a historical site for Hawaii. It was here that King Kamehameha defeated the Maui army, which eventually lead to his success in uniting the Hawaiian Islands. It is said the the stream running through this valley, Iao Stream, ran red with the blood of the fallen warriors. When visiting Iao Valley, you will immediately notice its focal point, Iao Needle. This tall piece of land stands high above the valley and is one of Maui`s most famous landmarks. Two trails are available for hiking. One trail will take you to Iao Needle lookout; the other trail is used to instruct visitors about the flora and fauna of the plants that were brought to Maui. Parking is $5 but free for those holding a Hawaii ID. Bathrooms are available.”
  • 23 locals recommend
State / Provincial Park
“Waianapanapa State Park which has a spectacular black sand beach and caves to explore. The views are breathtaking, there are grounds to picnic or BBQ and an excellent location to capture an epic family photo. No lifeguard on duty.”
  • 13 locals recommend

Beaches

Beach
“While we love the close proximity to Charles Young beach, there are two other great beaches in walking distance from our unit. Of the three, we really enjoy Kam III for its soft sand and swimmer-friendly waters. It's also the largest of the Kihei beaches and is nearby lots of great shops and restaurants.”
  • 21 locals recommend
Surf Spot
“Ho'okipa Beach: Ho'okipa Is Highly Recommended For Experienced Surfers. It Is Also A Wold-class Windsurfing Destination. ”
  • 33 locals recommend
Surf Spot
“Baldwin Beach Park - swim, body surf, or just walk the long beach in the sunset.”
  • 34 locals recommend
Beach
“Catch Some Of The Longest Ride Of Your Life Here. Honolua Bay Is One Of The Best Surf Spots In Hawaii.”
  • 35 locals recommend
State / Provincial Park
“Waianapanapa State Park which has a spectacular black sand beach and caves to explore. The views are breathtaking, there are grounds to picnic or BBQ and an excellent location to capture an epic family photo. No lifeguard on duty.”
  • 13 locals recommend
Beach
“While at Kapalua Bay, visit the Kapalua Bay Beach Crew; their stand is located right on the beach. If you may be in need of snorkeling equipment, beach chairs, an umbrella, a kayak or paddle boat, you can rent these items and more, right on the spot. And, if you are looking to try Stand Up Paddling (SUP), the staff can get you up in a jiffy. Kapalua Bay is the ideal location to learn this sport, as the beach is wonderfully protected, making the waves and currents very gentle and mild. That is also exactly why the Bay is a favorite snorkeling spot. For those who may be interested, The Kapalua Bay Beach Crew offer guided kayak and snorkeling tours. Open daily from 8:30 am to 5 pm.”
  • 20 locals recommend
Beach
“Where black lava rocks meets water! Here you can see beautiful color contrast on a sunny day. Highly recommend it!”
  • 23 locals recommend
Beach
“Short walk to fantastic beach. Just across the street and thru the path to left via the boat ramp. Shower facilities. Great happy hour at the 5 Palms Lounge as well. ”
  • 20 locals recommend

Trails

Forest
“I love hiking this forest. It is nice and cool because of the high elevation. The Views are incredible and it’s a nice change from typical Hawaiian palm trees it has pine trees and eucalyptus forests.”
  • 10 locals recommend
Trail
“This is a great hike with amazing views of the Valley Isle if you get up there on a clear day. Go early to beat the heat and the crowds. Tip: Drive all the way up the road to the top parking lot. You don't want to park in the lower lot and take the long walk up!!”
  • 16 locals recommend
Trail
“If you want to see waterfalls, you've come to the right place! Twin Falls is relatively close near the beginning of the famous Road To Hana. There's also a farm stand offering smoothies and other snacks. Get there early to avoid the crowds, the secret's out on this one. :)”
  • 4 locals recommend
Trail
“The Village Walking Trails in Maui offer six different trail options and combinations to choose from, each with varying levels of difficulty. The trails can be accessed from the Kapalua Village Center from 7 a.m. to sunset daily.”
  • 1 local recommends