Explore the natural paradise of legendary Iao Valley and the remarkable Maui Ocean Center, the Western Hemisphere's largest tropical aquarium.
Depart from the pier and before long you will be engulfed by the outrageously beautiful West Maui Mountains. Their bio-diversity is extraordinarily rich, even by Hawaii's elevated standards. The jungle-like scenery is equally dramatic upon entering the Iao Valley State Park, the site of a battle that changed the course of Hawaii's history. It was here that King Kamehameha I defeated Kalaikupule and united the Hawaiian Islands. The park's iconic landmark and focal point is Iao Needle, a green-mantled rock outcropping that soars into the air.
After approximately 45-minutes exploring the park, you will drive south to the Maui Ocean Center in Ma'alaea Village for a self-guided visit. The center's diversity of marine life, all of which has been collected around the Hawaiian Islands, is absolutely phenomenal. See America's largest live coral display, enigmatic Pacific Blue Marlin, highly toxic Pufferfish, frolicking seals and green sea turtles, many of which were born in the aquarium but will be released into the ocean after they grow and gain strength. There are more than 60 interactive habitat exhibits, which provides an unrivalled aquatic experience.
Following your tour of the Maui Ocean Center, you will rejoin your coach for the transfer back to the pier.
Please note: There is approximately 2.5 hours of easy to moderate walking on this tour. There is a short, paved loop trail at Iao Valley to view the needle but guests may stay with the coach if they choose. The tour is available to wheelchair guests who have a collapsible wheelchair, can make their own way on and off the coach and have a companion to assist them. Those with mobility concerns are cautioned to evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability. Casual clothing; sun cap; sunglasses; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are suggested. The tour sequence may vary.