Maui is one of the most picturesque islands in Hawaii, thus it is know as either the “Magic Isle” or the “Valley Isle”. Discover the best places to see in Maui along the Road to Hana with our top 10 list.
The famous Road to Hana
, also known as ”The World’s Most Beautiful Drive” is the main road that winds along the northern/windward coasts of Maui. Along the Hana Highway, take time to explore these 10 famous sites on the Road to Hana.
Where coconut trees meet the turquoise sea. Maui’s Road to Hana tour
10 Places to See on Maui’s Road to Hana
Along the Road to Hana
you can see stunning waterfalls, black sand beaches, volcano formations, and towns. Here is a list of the top 10 places to see on Maui
when traveling the Road to Hana:
1. Visit Paia Town
Paia is a small town on Maui’s north shore. There are no big resorts and a number of great beaches known for huge waves and wind, especially in the Winter.
Paia was originally established as place for sugarcane field workers to live, but is now mostly inhabitated by surfers. Overall, Paia has a very different look and feel than the resort towns in other parts of Maui or Oahu.
Paia Town (photo: ClatieK / Flickr)
2. Check out Hookipa Beach
A little further along the Road to Hana you will see Hookipa Beach, which is a World famous destination for windsurfers. In the early 1930s, local Maui surfers formed the Ho’okipa Surf Club, but it wasn’t until the 1970s when a new trend arrived to Hawaii: windsurfing. By the 1980s, Ho’okipa Beach was the number one place in the world for windsurfing.
Hookipa Beach windsurfers (photo: Randy Storey / Flickr)
3. Experience Puahokamoa Falls
The Puahokamoa Falls are just off Hana Highway, but will put you in a different world once you step away from the roadside. Puahokamoa Falls is actually a series of different falls, the further upstream you travel the less crowded and the higher the falls will get.
If you walk about 10 minutes upstream you will see the Lower Puahokamoa Falls, which cascades over 200 feet.
Puohokamoa Falls (Photo: Will Scullin/Flickr)Puohokamoa Falls
4. Explore Keanae Peninsula
A little further along the Road to Hana you will see a nice lookout over the Pacific Ocean, this is called Keanae Peninsula. Be sure to have your camera ready, as the Keanae Peninsula is a great place to snap some pictures.
Kenae Peninsula (Photo: Kamal Aboul-Hosn/Flickr)
5. Witness Waikani Falls
Waikani Falls is a one of Maui’s
finest waterfalls at 70 feet, with swimming pools at the bottom if the flow is not too high.
Waikani Falls (Photo: Kamal Aboul-Hosn/Flickr)
6. Visit Pua’a Ka’a State Park
The Puaa Kaa State Park is a good picnic area right in the tropical rain-forest with small waterfalls and pools.
Pua’a Ka’a State Park (Photo: JoshBerglund19/Flickr)
7. Swim at Waianapanapa State Park
Waianapanapa State Park is carved out of a black sand beach, and also features sea caves, stone arches, hiking trails, and even some remains of the first road built on Maui
. The black sand comes from the volcanic rock being smashed by the powerful waves.
Wai’anapanapa State Park
8. See gorgeous Hana Bay
As you reach the end of the Road to Hana
you will come to Hana Bay, a spectacular lookout.
Hana Bay (Photo: charlesstarrett on Flickr)
9. Drive through Hana Town
Hana Town is the destination of the famous road to Hana tour and is the most isolated town in all of Hawaii, which gives the town a true old Hawaii look and feel.
Hana Town, Maui
10. See Wailua Falls and 7 Sacred Pools
Wailua Falls is an 80 foot tiered waterfall, one of the best waterfalls on Maui and a must see to believe. After Wailua Falls you should also see the 7 Sacred Pools.
Wailua Falls (Photo: whalesalad/Flickr)
Ohe’o Gulch Pools aka 7 Sacred Pools (Photo: blipsman/Flickr)
Visit Maui and share your Road to Hana story
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