The Central Pacific island of Maui has no shortage of activities to offer, including stunning beaches, water activities, golfing opportunities and natural wonders. When looking at Maui vacation rentals, a beachfront accommodation gives you quick access to its famous beaches and puts you near routes to see the island’s most popular attractions.
- Kaanapali Beach
Stretching for three miles, the white sand of the popular Kaanapali Beach is as inviting as the crystal clear water. Once a retreat for Maui’s royalty, you’ll feel pampered after spending a day there. Relax on the beach as you soak up the sun or see the beach from a bird’s-eye view as you take a zip line tour above it.
Look carefully across the water and, if you’re lucky, you’ll spot a breaching whale. Opt to go shopping in the open-air center called Whalers Village and wander around the whaling museum. Play a round of golf in one of the two championship golf courses, Kaanapali Kai and Royal Kaanapali.
Visit this historic town, which lies to the south of Kaanapali Beach. Once a whaling village, discover the town’s role during the whaling boom in the 1800s. To see humpback whales up close in their natural habitat, visit in winter to take a memorable whale-watching tour from Lahaina Harbor.
Immerse yourself in Hawaii’s culture when you see the award-winning Ulalena show in Maui Theater or watch traditional Polynesian dances at a seaside luau. Follow the Lahaina Historic Trail to see the oldest banyan tree in Maui and other historic sites that include the Pioneer Inn, Lahaina Prison and the U.S. Seamen’s Hospital.
- Haleakala National Park
Travel upward to Upcountry Maui where you’ll find Haleakala National Park, home to the largest dormant volcano in the world, Haleakala Crater. Hike to the Haleakala Visitor Center early in the morning to watch a spectacular sunrise over the summit. Hike the trails near the summit to see rock gardens and red deserts or visit the coastal section to see streams and waterfalls.
- The Road to Hana
Drive along the scenic highway known as the Road to Hana to see the beautiful scenery along the east coast. Stop off regularly on the route to see incredible sights, such as the Twin Falls, the Waikani Falls and the Wailua Overlook. Navigate hairpin turns and one-lane bridges as you travel through lush rainforests, past exotic Maui beaches and close to cascading waterfalls.
At the end of this 52-mile highway, visit the charming town of Hana to see historic buildings, visit the largest Hawaiian temple, wander through the Kahanu Gardens or relax on a beach, including the black sand beach in Waiʻānapanapa State Park.
- Wailea Beach
Stay in one of the South Maui rentals to be close to the famous Wailea Beach. You have easy access to restaurants and shops from this clean beach thanks to the paved walkway. Lined with palm trees, the beach is a great place to relax in the sun or you can go swimming in the calm waters. See what lies underneath the surface as you go snorkeling or hire some water sports equipment to venture further out.
- ʻĪao Valley State Park
Don’t miss the chance to travel inland from your beachfront rental to visit ʻĪao Valley State Park. See the incredible rock features in this Central Maui park, including the famous ʻĪao Needle. Learn about the tribal history and legendary battle that occurred in the park. Explore the many trails that take you through forests shrouded in fog, past rushing streams and into lush valleys.