Off the Beaten Track in Maui
Whenever you travel to a foreign country, you are more likely to see more of the country by going to places frequented by the locals rather than those frequented by tourists. We have made a list of some of the things to do and see in Maui that might not be in your travel guides.
The Hawaiian Island of Maui you will want to see the Island and experience the culture of the people living there. Below are a few places you will find more locals then tourists visiting:
1. Mt Haleakala
This is a popular haunt by both the tourists and locals. It represents the most formidable physical barrier in Maui. It is popular with hikers, campers and backpackers. The scenic landscape is dotted with hiking trails, subtropical rainforests and volcanic rocks.
2. Route 360
For all those who love nature, this road will make your dreams of a well-balanced natural beauty a reality. The locals call it the 'Road to Hana' as it eventually leads you to the Hana Bay. Between Paia town and Hana Bay, the road has 620 curves and 59 bridges. A drive on this road will give you views of Twin Falls, the Garden of Eden, the Bamboo Forest, Wainapanapa State Park and Black Sand Beach, Hana Bay, and the Seven Sacred Pools.
3. Iao Valley State Park
This park is popular with the locals for being home to the Battle of Kepaniwa where King Kamehameha fought the Maui's Army in a bid to unite the Hawaiian Islands. The other attraction within the valley is the volcanic 1,200-ft high Iao Needle.
4. Ohe'o Gulch Pools
This is translated as the Seven Sacred Pools. They are formed by the waters from East Haleakala ecosystem and have been seen as a religious shrine by the Maui people for generations. If you want to see raw natural beauty, this is the place to visit.
5. Big and Little Beach in Makena State Park
These beaches are also called Oneloa Beach and Pu'u Olai Beaches respectively. They are popular with both tourists and locals. You can engage in sunbathing, surfing, hiking, swimming, skim boarding, body boarding among other water sports.
Molokini is a crescent - shaped volcanic crater that is located in Alalakeiki Channel between the islands of Maui and Kaho'olawe. Molokini is a popular spot for scuba divers because the crescent shape protects the divers from the waves.
For more information on tours and accommodation in Maui, please contact a Travel Specialist at North South Travel today