You'll find a wealth of free activities for the whole family in Maui. The stunning physical landscape of the island lends itself to a wide variety of outdoor fun. Whether you're into hiking, surfing or whale watching, you can truly have a good time inexpensively on this Hawaiian island. Check out the beauty of the island or venture into the ocean blue.
Whale Watching in Maui
Maui offers ample opportunities for whale watching. Watch firsthand as the marine creatures frolic in the oceans surrounding the island. Specifically, you'll likely see humpback whales, and the best place to do that is the scenic lookout along Honoapilani Highway or above the cliffs located at Honolua Bay. Honoapilani Highway, or Route 30, is located in west Maui starting in Wailuku and connecting to Waikapu. This is also a beautiful drive. Honolua Bay is located on the west side of the island as well, closest to the town of Kapalua. Honolua Bay is home to the Mokuleia Marine Life Conservation District. The best visibility on the bay is in the summer time.
The Beaches--Makena Beach and Ho'okipa Beach
Makena Beach is known for being one of the most untouched beaches on the island. This is mostly a local beach with very few outside visitors. Relax on the beach's orange and white sand but be cautious when entering the water because it can be rough. Parents should be really careful with the kids. This isn't really a surfing beach because of the large trees.
Ho'okipa Beach is home to the best windsurfing as there are ample winds to supply a good ride. The beach actually attracts windsurfers from across the globe and is located in north Maui. Both beaches are public.
Iao Valley State Park
Supplying one of the most stunning hikes on the island, Iao Valley State Park offers views of the Kahului Harbor. Check out the famous Iao Needle (a rock formation) and see taro growing right in the park. To get to the park, simply take Highway 32 west from the town of Wailuku. This turns into Highway 320, which will take you straight to the park. This hiking is great for beginner to moderates and is partially paved.
Article Written By Catherine Madison
Catherine Madison is a full-time freelance writer specializing in travel and food. She has written for "Stir Magazine," My Food Place, Hispanic Kitchen and Sustainability. Madison holds a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from the University of Georgia.