First Trip to Maui: 5 Must-see Attractions to See in a Week

Stunning beaches, natural attractions and tropical views — it’s not hard to see why Maui ranks among the best islands in the U.S., by Conde Nast Traveler. As the second-largest island in the state, thousands of people flock to the area to enjoy its diverse ecosystem and culture. However, where should they start? For those taking their first trip to Maui, we rounded up 5 must-see attractions for a week full of fun.

First Trip to Maui: 5 Attractions Travelers Can’t Miss

Kaanapali Beach

Located less than an hour from Kahului Airport, find the beautiful Kaanapali Beach. This area was Hawaii’s first planned resort and still operates as one of the island’s most populated spots. Enjoy 3 miles of white beaches, shop and eat, see free entertainment and play golf. While visiting, don’t miss the daily cliff diving ceremony every evening at sunset.

Iao Valley State Park

Explore the historic Iao Valley. Tucked in the island’s center, this lush, green valley houses a picturesque site of a native battle for control of the island. For a small fee, hike the short trail to see the Iao Needle, an erosion feature. Then tour a botanical garden to see native plants and learn about Hawaiian settlers.


Lahaina welcomes over 2 million travelers a year. Spend a day shopping and dining in the historic whaling town of Lahaina. Sit in the shade of the massive banyan tree in Lahaina’s waterfront park, book a whale-watching tour or take a deep-sea fishing excursion at the town’s harbor. For easy access, book a Lahaina vacation rental.

Haleakala National Park

Get a permit and experience a sunrise from the island’s volcanic peak at Haleakala National Park. The park houses the popular Haleakala Crater, a dormant volcano that attracts nature lovers, hikers and adventurers. Those who can’t make the sunrise will find several hiking trails and endangered species throughout the park.

Road to Hana

Travel the Road to Hana, home to stunning ocean views and scenic inland waterfalls. This popular highway offers a day-trip or overnight option for travelers and measures 52 miles. However, don’t let the distance fool drivers. The speed limit is 25 miles per hour, and the highway has over 600 hairpin curves, meaning visitors need to take the time to enjoy it. For a successful trip, pick a few places to stop along the way.

Ready to visit? Make the first trip to Maui memorable and book a rental.

Need a place to eat? Check out the top 9 Maui restaurants for authentic cuisine.