Maui has been nicknamed the "Valley Isle" of Hawaii because of its peaks, valleys and trails, welcoming all types of adventure travelers looking to explore nature trails, botanical gardens and the island's pristine waters. Outdoor enthusiasts and adventure seekers on a budget can make the most of their visit to Maui with a variety of free activities and attractions throughout the island. From self-guided whale watching excursions to trekking across the dunes at the beach, there are many interesting and free things to do on the island of Maui.
Learn About the Haleakala Crater
The Haleakala Crater is a 19-square-mile caldera and is a prime destination for hikers and climbers. Many helicopter tours of Maui also fly over this famous crater. You can visit the Haleakala Crater Visitor Center to see a map of the landmark, watch slide shows and pick up hiking maps for Haleakala National Park.
Haleakala Crater Visitor Center
Haleakala National Park
P.O. Box 369
Makawao, Hawaii 96768
Explore the Rock Formations Around the Wailea Beaches
According to BestPlacesHawaii.com, the Wailea Beaches are home to several interesting rock formations and are an idyllic destination for snorkelers and swimmers. You can spend the day trekking across the sand dunes at this untouched beach as you explore the rocks and coastline. There is no admission fee to enter Wailea Beach.
South Shore, Maui
Go Whale Watching from Honolua Bay
One of the key destinations along the Honoapilini Highway is Honolua Bay, a prime whale watching destination according to MauiReferrals.com. You can hike or drive up to the scenic lookout on Honoapilini Highway to see the whales playing and traveling across Maui's pristine waters between December and April each year.
Explore the West Maui Circle
The West Maui Circle is located on the northern coast of the West Maui Mountains and caters to drivers and hikers who want to explore the Hawaiian villages around the coves, see the cliffs and wildflowers, explore the lava formations and relax on secluded beaches. You can explore this area free of charge, and the road is paved the entire way. Maui-Vacation.net recommends traveling in a clockwise direction and stopping in Lao Valley to enjoy the sunset near the end of the journey. There is no admission fee to travel this scenic roadway in Maui.
Play Tennis in Wailuku
The public tennis courts in Wailuku are free to play on and are open year-round. You can enjoy a workout and relax at Wailuku Wells Park for an afternoon of tennis with a friend or member of your traveling group. Wailuku Wells Park has seven lighted courts, so you can also play a game of tennis at night.
Wailuku Wells Park
Wailuku, Hawaii 96793
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