Hawaii Travel Guide

Haleakala is more than a sight—it's a legendary spot on the Earth. This frosty, multi-hued, cinder-coned summit, where the demigod Maui famously snared the sun, is a site of mythology and magic; visitors can still see a magical show at sunrise and sunset each day.

From the side of the famous Road to Hana, this seems nothing more than a parking lot—until, of course, you exit the car and enter the jungle's playground.

Yes, Cathedrals is technically off Lana'i, but it's one of the most popular scuba sites for divers based on Maui. Crossing the channel from Lahaina to Lana'i takes a little bit under an hour, with morning hours offering the calmest conditons for clear, successful dives.

Lined with resorts and activity stands, Ka‘anapali Beach is Maui’s favorite tropical beachfront playground. Surf, boogie board, snorkel, or scuba dive along this always-happening shore. Parasailing, whale-watching, and sunset tours depart directly from the sand.

Literary figures from Michener to Twain have heralded this beach for its beauty: Palm trees hang over salt-and-pepper sand at the point where pasture meets sea, and the snowcapped peak of Mauna Kea often looms on the horizon as playful waves crash on the shore.

Known as "Seven Sacred Pools," the Pools at Ohe'o are the visual crescendo of driving the Road to Hana. As long as water levels aren't too high, splash in one of the refreshing pools cascading their way towards the sea, and hike on the 4-mile Pipipwai Trail to 400-foot Waimoku Falls.

The hiking directions for this Kipahulu trail seem like a treasure map from a fairy tale: Hike past the towering banyan tree and its radiant network of branches, then cross the bridge to a forest with bamboo so dense it blocks out the sun.

The story of Hawaii—from discovery to overthrow—is powerfully told through music and dance in this gripping theatrical performance. Dig deep into Hawaiian mythology, and be instantly captivated by the sights and sounds that weave this historical tale. Also, a pig. A huge, snorting pig.

Created in 2002 by the founders of the nation’s original zipline, the Ka‘anapali course offers panoramic views of neighboring Moloka’i and Lana‘i.

Famously known as one of Hawaii's best places for snorkeling and diving, Molokini Crater will amaze you before you even jump in the water. Thanks to the clearest ocean water in Hawaii, you can make out fish swimming 70 feet below while standing on the deck of a boat.

When was the last time you surfed a canoe or saw breaching whales from a kayak? When did you last spend the morning professionally trained free-divers as your guides, or learn about ancient land divisions from diagrams drawn in the sand?

As Hawaii's longest-running catamaran tour, Trilogy has matered the art of crafting the perfect day on the water. Choose from an all-day tour to Lana'i with snorkeling at Hulopo'e Bay, or embark on a journey to Molokini, Honolua, or Olowalu.

There are special places on the island of Maui—and then there's Honolua Bay. Home to world-class waves and a spectacular reef, the area was recently "saved" from development thanks to state and local efforts.

What makes 'Iao Valley such a famous attraction is the fact it's the only West Maui valley that's easily accessible by car. This was also the site of the Battle of Kepaniwai, in which King Kamehameha famously conquered the kings and forces of Maui.

Every visitor to ‘Iao Valley should also stop at the Bailey House Museum; after all, the two attractions are literally on the same road. In additon to having the island's best bookstore of local and cultural history, the museum displays what life was like for original Missionary families.