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Guide to Lahaina Outdoors

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If you love the outdoors, what better place to visit than Hawaii? The clean air, warm weather (year-round!), and picturesque scenery combine to make this archipelago a top destination for nature-lovers around the world, and Maui offers a little bit of everything. While most people tend to think of Lahaina a tourist city, you will be pleasantly surprised by the little slices of outdoor paradise you can find nearby!

Good for
  • Thrill Seeker
  • Nature Lover
  • Peace and Quiet Seeker
  • Beach Goer
  • Thrifty Traveller
  • Like a Local

10 Places

4 City Tips

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10 Places

Banyan Tree Park

Points of Interest & Landmarks

Ka'anapali Beach

Beaches

Honokeana Bay

Beaches, Bodies of Water

Napili Beach

Beaches

Kapalua Coastal Trail

Hiking Trails

Oneloa Bay

Other Outdoor Activities

Honolua Bay

Nature & Wildlife Areas

Nakalele Blowhole

Geologic Formations

Twin Falls Maui

Parks, Farms

Haleakala Crater

Geologic Formations, Mountains, Volcanoes

Joshua S's City Tips

  • Feel free to "waste" an entire day at any of the recommendations in this guide. Part of the beauty of Maui is slowing down to island time and simply enjoying the moment.
  • I would recommend renting a car when you visit Maui. You can take a bus to many places on the island, but it is much easier to have your own transport.
  • Whenever you hang out at the beach, bring your snorkel gear! Every beach has unique fish and other sea life, making snorkeling a new adventure each time!
  • Lahaina is nice, but spend some time outside the city too. The weather in the surrounding area tends to be a bit more comfortable, and there are some great outdoor spots to enjoy!
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    Banyan Tree Park
    Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    Joshua S Says:

    Banyan Tree Park is a great place to start out onan outdoor adventure in Lahaina. As banyan trees grow, they actually send branches down to the ground and form new root systems, and this banyan tree now fills almost an entire city block! When you walk through the park, you feel like you are in a forest, but in reality it all comes from the same tree. This is a great spot for a picnic, or you can simply relax in the shade and listen to the birds sing.

    Good for
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Park anywhere in Lahaina near Front Street. Banyan Tree Park is an easy walk from the main part of town.
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #6 of 125 things to do in Lahaina
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Unchanged and still beautifully impressive 23/11/2017
    • Fantastic flora 22/11/2017
    • Banyan Tree Park
    Address:
    Front Street
    Lahaina, Maui, HI 96761
    Phone:
    +1 808-661-4685
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    09:00 - 17:00
    Other:
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    Ka'anapali Beach
    Beaches
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    Joshua S Says:

    Ka'anapali is one of the longest beaches on the west side of Maui. Despite its proximity to many of the large resorts, it is spread out enough that it doesn't feel too crowded. At the far end of the beach, you'll find Black Rock (Pu’u Keka’a), a formation of lava rock that juts out into the ocean. Cliff jumping here is one of my favorite things to do at Ka'anapali, and there is great snorkeling in the clear waters surrounding Black Rock.

    Good for
    • Beach Goer
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • If the beach seems busy, take a walk in either direction to get away from the crowds.
    • There are high and low sections of rock, depending on your courage level.
    • Stay for sunset to watch the nightly Sheraton Hotel's nightly cliff-diving ceremony, during which a diver leaps into the ocean with a torch. The ceremony honors the legend of Maui's last chief, Kahekili (Thunderer), who proved his spiritual strength by leaping from sacred Pu’u Keka’a to the Pacific.
    Plan to stay:/
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 125 things to do in Lahaina
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Wide, beautiful beach 22/11/2017
    • Great sunsets 22/11/2017
    • Ka'anapali Beach
    Address:
    Off Hwy 30
    Lahaina, Maui, HI 96761
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    Honokeana Bay
    Beaches, Bodies of Water
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    Joshua S Says:

    Honokeana Bay is probably my favorite spot for snorkeling in Maui. The crystal clear water and variety of tropical fish are similar to what you'll find at other nearby beaches, with the added bonus that snorkeling at Honokeana Bay usually affords an opportunity to catch sight of sea turtles. One time, I could see six turtles from one spot! You can't touch the turtles, but swim up next to them and snap some pictures with your underwater camera. This is an experience you will never forget!

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Beach Goer
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Hidden Gems
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Honokeana Bay is surrounded by rocks. Since there isn't a sandy beach, it can be more challenging to get into the water. Watch the other snorkelers to find the best spot to get in.
    • To access Honokeana Bay, follow a small trail out of the south end of Napili Bay. If you have trouble finding it, just ask a local!
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #157 of 382 things to do in Maui
    • Turtle-spotting without crowds 18/07/2017
    • An amazing natural cove teeming with turtles! 10/07/2017
    • Honokeana Bay
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    Napili Beach
    Beaches
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    Joshua S Says:

    Napili Beach might just be the nicest beach in all of Maui. I have talked to countless people who have been coming to Maui for years, and this is still their favorite spot! There is something special about the gorgeous white sand beach, hemmed in by the ocean on one side and a line of palm trees on the other. The protected cove is a great place for paddle-boarding and snorkeling, and the warm water will make you feel like you could spend the entire day just floating in and out with the tide. Pack up your beach chair and a towel, and you might find that you never want to leave.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Beach Goer
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • My favorite times to enjoy the beach are early in the morning or at sunset. The sun is less intense and the water is plenty warm enough for an evening swim!
    • Park along the small road that leads down towards Napili. There are multiple access points to the beach from there.
    Plan to stay:/
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #4 of 125 things to do in Lahaina
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Close Up and Personal With Turtles 23/11/2017
    • Beautiful morning 10/11/2017
    • Napili Beach
    Address:
    Napili Bay
    Lahaina, Maui, HI
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    Kapalua Coastal Trail
    Hiking Trails
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    Joshua S Says:

    The Kapalua Coastal Trail is one of my favorite spots to get out and enjoy a nice walk in the morning. The trail winds for a couple of miles along the beautiful coastline, offering sweeping views of the coast and access to multiple beaches along the way. If you want to get some exercise with a view, you can't beat this picturesque trail!

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Beach Goer
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Pick up the trail at the north end of Napili Beach or on the other end at D.T. Fleming Beach.
    • Some sections of the trail are well maintained and easy for anyone to walk. Other sections are rough and rocky. Keep that in mind when you decide how far to walk and which section to choose.
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #7 of 125 things to do in Lahaina
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • beautiful trail along the beach and near a lava rock point 20/11/2017
    • Turtle and fish 15/11/2017
    • Kapalua Coastal Trail
    Address:
    99 Coconut Grove Ln
    Lahaina, Maui, HI 96761-8737
    Phone:
    +1 808-464-0840
    Other:
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    Oneloa Bay
    Other Outdoor Activities
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    Joshua S Says:

    Oneloa Bay is my recommendation if you are looking for a secluded spot away from the crowds. The beach is a bit more out of the way, but still offers a beautiful place to enjoy the sand, sun, and waves — along with a bit more peace and quiet.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Beach Goer
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Hidden Gems
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Oneloa Bay is accessible by the Kapalua Coastal Trail.
    Plan to stay:/
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #10 of 16 things to do in Kapalua
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Beautiful Bay 06/06/2017
    • Great alternative to Ka'anapali...if you are willing to drive a little further out and walk a little. 28/05/2017
    • Oneloa Bay
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    Honolua Bay
    Nature & Wildlife Areas
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    Joshua S Says:

    Honolua Bay is a marine sanctuary in western Maui. Because it is protected, it offers some of the best snorkeling on the island — even from the cliffs above, you can see straight through the clear water. As long as there isn't a northern swell, the bay is completely protected, leaving you free to enjoy the myriad fish and other sea life without distraction.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Beach Goer
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Wear sunscreen! A lot of people don't realize they're getting burned while snorkeling, since they are in the water. When you float around all day, be careful that your back doesn't fry.
    • Park in one of the large turnouts near the bay. There are trails that lead down to the water from there.
    Plan to stay:/
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #31 of 382 things to do in Maui
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Good snorkeling 19/11/2017
    • Best snorkeling in Maui with a few trade-offs 13/11/2017
    • Honolua Bay
    Phone:
    +1 808-464-0840
    Other:
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    Nakalele Blowhole
    Geologic Formations
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    Joshua S Says:

    The Nakalele Blowhole is a tremendous display of natural power and beauty. As each wave crashes on the coast, water is forced down and then escapes up through the rocks. The water and mist can spray probably 20-30 feet up in the air, making it quite a sight to behold. This is a great spot to get pictures or video — be sure to look for the heart rock while you are there.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Hidden Gems
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • There is a bit of a hike down to the blowhole. If you can't walk down, you can still enjoy it from the cliffs above though.
    • Don't get too close to the blowhole. The ground is very slippery since it is always wet, and you don't want to fall in.
    • Check the surf report before you go. The blowhole will only spray water if the swells are large enough and moving in the right direction.
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #34 of 382 things to do in Maui
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Blowhole! 21/11/2017
    • One of the Island's neat spots worth seeing 21/11/2017
    • Nakalele Blowhole
    Address:
    Highway 30
    Between Mile Marker 38 And 39
    Maui, HI
    Other:
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    Twin Falls Maui
    Parks, Farms
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    Joshua S Says:

    Twin Falls is one of the coolest spots I have found to explore on the island. A short hike leads to a pretty swimming hole with (you guessed it) two gushing falls, plus a natural grotto cut into the rocks behind.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • The trail is well maintained, but you should still be prepared for a decent walk.
    • Stop at the different swimming holes along the hike, and if you're feeling extra adventurous hike up the different rivers to find countless other waterfalls and swimming holes. My favorite thing about this trail is the opportunity to explore.
    • Be sure to grab some fresh tropical treats on your way out!
    Plan to stay:/
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #96 of 382 things to do in Maui
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Only go to break up the road to Hana drive 12/11/2017
    • Different from expected 12/11/2017
    • Twin Falls Maui
    Address:
    6300 Hana Hwy
    Maui, HI 96708
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    08:00 - 16:00
    Other:
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    Haleakala Crater
    Geologic Formations, Mountains, Volcanoes
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    Joshua S Says:

    What better way to enjoy the outdoors in Hawaii than on top of a volcano? Haleakala Crater provides a unique opportunity to explore a landscape that feels other-worldly. Take a hike down into the crater, watch a sunrise or sunset from 10,000 feet, or explore the national park. Haleakala is a Maui classic!

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Dress appropriately for the weather. Many people expect more of the tropical heat they are used to at the beaches. However, it can get very cold at 10,000 feet, so you'll want a jacket.
    Plan to stay:/
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 9 things to do in Haleakala National Park
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Haleakala sunrise - cold! 22/11/2017
    • If you want a unique sunrise, this is it 22/11/2017
    • Haleakala Crater
    Phone:
    +1 808-572-4400
    Other:
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