Maui is world renowned for it’s epic waterfalls, Jurassic rainforests, and panoramic coastline views. But a wander into Maui’s tropical jungle on your own might sound a little daunting.
Fortunately, there are many Maui hikes that are easy to get to, safe to explore, and that cost next to nothing. Check out one of these 4 awesome Maui hikes that are totally accessible.
The Kapalua Coastal trail is a 3.5-mile promenade by 4 of Maui’s most beautiful bays. This flat, easy to navigate pathway alternates between wooden boardwalk, and volcanic rock trail.
Unencumbered views of the islands of Lana’i, and Molokai, millionaire homes and golf courses, and seabird eggs tucked into volcanic outcroppings, and are a few of the visual delights you’ll experience on this easy hike located a short 10 minutes from Kaanapali!
Haleakala is the largest dormant volcano in The United States, and the sunrise from its summit is incredible! We recommend you make the 2-hour drive to Haleakala the first morning of your vacation—you’ll be a bit jet lagged anyhow, and the early morning adventure will give your trip a kickstart.
If you’re not quite up for the epic morning trek, grab a good breakfast, and head to the volcano later in the morning. Haleakala has easy, well-marked hikes that will allow you to explore its Mars-like terrain on a full night’s rest.
If it’s bamboo rainforest and massive waterfalls you’re looking for, the Pipiwai Trail deliver the goods!
Probably the best known hike in Maui, this well-marked trail meanders through verdant, bamboo jungle and features waterfalls of 200 and 400 feet. The 3.6-mile trek is a must-see for visitors looking to experience Maui’s natural grandeur.
Your $20 Haleakala pass gets you into this spot as well, as long as you use it in a span of 3 days. Plan your hike a couple days after visiting the volcano—with a beach day between to relax. With Upcountry Maui and east Maui under you’re belt, you’ll feel like a Maui explorer.
The old Kapalua golf course, now overrun with tropical vegetation, has taken on a life of its own. With stunning panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean and The West Maui Mountains, visitors can hike the trails once primarily traversed by golf carts.
With 6 pathways between 1 and 4 miles long, a large pond, stocked with ducks, rewards hikers at the half way point. Get some elevation and some exercise, and this rewarding hike that’s close to town.
Ask the Kapalua Visitor’s Center shuttle service for day hikers looking to hike to the arboretum.
One of the best ways to ensure you optimize your Maui vacation is to get out and walk during the first few days of your trip.
These 4 easy hikes will give you the lay of the land in Maui while illustrating why the island is one of the world’s most beautiful natural destinations.
For maps to more hikes in Maui, check out The State of Hawaii’s comprehensive page at this link.