This inspiring driving tour of western Maui presents the island’s abundant natural beauty and includes stops at seaside overlooks, a state park, art gallery and museum.
Depart from the pier and begin driving along a picturesque route that follows the coastline. The vistas are sure to be stunning, as the ocean is on one side and the mountainous West Maui Forest Reserve on the other side. Stopping at a bluff on Honolua Bay, you will gaze out over the sea, which attracts snorkelers and surfers when the waves are more powerful.
Nearby, you will see the Nakalele Blowhole, a natural phenomenon caused by the seawater being forced through a lava shelf and spewing into the air like a geyser. Farther down the coast, you will pause at the volcanically formed Ohai cliffs, which plunge straight into the ocean. The cliffs are named for the flowering ohai plant, which is endemic to Hawaii.
Because this portion of Maui is so scenic, it’s only natural that artists often depict it. You will see some of their work at the Kuakini Gallery, which carries paintings, prints, glassware and jewelry from more than 100 Hawaiian artists.
Another breathtaking scene awaits you at Makamakaole Waterfall Overlook, where you will see the multi-tiered cascade carving its way through dense vegetation. Next, comes the Bailey Museum, which offers a glimpse into the Hawaiian culture, followed by more dramatic scenery in Iao Valley State Park. Afterwards, you will drive back to the pier.
Please note: This tour includes approximately 2-hours of easy to moderate walking/standing plus any additional at the guests’ discretion during the photo stops. There will be some natural and uneven surfaces to negotiate. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests those with mobility concerns are cautioned to carefully evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability. Weather appropriate casual clothing; sun cap; sunglasses; sunscreen; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended.