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In celebration of Maui being voted the #1 island in the world by the readers of Conde Nast Traveler for its 20th consecutive year, we are counting down 20 must-do activities for your next vacation to Maui.

First, we’ll start with 5 of the traditional Hawaiian vacation sights to see on Maui:

20. Banyon Tree Park – Lahaina, Maui

According to those who identify a connection between the seven Hawaiian islands and the seven chakras, Maui is the island of growth and heart. Consider Lahaina’s infamous Banyon Tree. When it was first planted in 1873, the Banyon tree stood at a only 8’ tall. Now, the tree has grown to inhabit an entire acre making it the world’s largest Banyon tree. The tree can be visited at all hours, but it particularly fun when surrounded by a local art show or craft fair.

19. Oheo Gulch, Seven Sacred Pools – Kipahulu, Maui

With dozens of waterfalls, cliff side campground, hiking trails, and a bamboo forest, there is no wonder why thousands of tourists brave the road to Hana to reach this attraction. Located in the Kipahulu district of Haleakala National Park 12 miles past the town of Hana, the park staff hosts regular cultural activities to entertain guests. Visit the National Park Service website for more information.

18. The Road to Hana – Northeastern Coast of Maui

Hamoa Beach off the Road to Hana just past Hana Town on route to the Oheo Gulch

Hamoa Beach off the Road to Hana just past Hana Town on route to the Oheo Gulch

The Road to Hana is a legend. Miles of twists, turns, lush rainforest, scenic ocean vistas, waterfalls, and flowers at every turn. It is no wonder why many consider this an attraction not to be missed. A true adventure in the spirit of famous mantra, “Life is about the journey, not the destination.”

17. ‘Iao Valley and ‘Iao Needle – Wailuku, Maui

Once the site of important battles, ‘Iao Valley State Park serves as a sacred space surrounded by lush tropical landscape. The state park is home to one of Maui’s most recognizable landmarks, the Iao Needle. Standing 1,200-foot high, this iconic lush tower overlooks Iao stream. This attraction is ideal for easy hiking, tropical photo opportunities, and sightseeing.

16. Haleakala Crater – Haleakala National Park, Maui


Check out some photos from SwellWomen Founder, Me-shell’s 2009 hike across the volcano’s crater.

A trip to Maui would not be complete without a visit to the crater of the Haleakala Volcano. Stunning views of sunrise and sunset attract hundreds of visitors each day. Dress warm as the winds blow strong and temperatures drop significantly when you’re up over 10,000′ in elevation. For the adventurous visitor, a planned hike into the depths of the crater can be amazing.

15. Maui Scuba Diving

Scuba Diving Maui is an adventure in itself. When you scuba dive Maui you see a whole new world just below the surface. Go deep into the ocean and see what you might fall in love with. Maui is a great place to get your Maui PADI Certification, as you can take your passion for scuba home with you. Contact a local Scuba Instructor here on Maui to get started!

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