For travelers who seek an off-the-beaten-path island vacation, discover these hidden gems in Maui
On your next trip to Maui, trek off the beaten path, and explore Hilton Grand Vacations favorite, less-discovered Maui points of interest.
Sacred Garden of Maliko
A nursery, a peaceful sanctuary, a retreat center, a botanical garden, a creativity center, and a temple. The Sacred Garden of Maliko is one of our favorite Maui hidden gems.
This peaceful Hawaiian hideaway allows visitors to connect to Maui’s environment, cherishing the natural flora and fauna. Indulge in an afternoon of self-discovery with a walk through the labyrinth.
Paako Cove (Secret Cove Beach)
Secret Cove is a hidden pocket of sand. This intimate spot is great for Maui beach weddings and peaceful morning walks. Most of the beach is hidden behind a rock wall with a generous helping of lava rock dotted along the shore.
Makawao Forest (aka Kahakapao Trail)
Makawao Forest is a 2,093-acre reserve located in upcountry Maui, on the northwest slope of Haleakala. Visit Maui’s enchanted Makawao Forest for a walk through the woods, or a bike ride through Hawaii’s natural backdrop.
No matter how you choose to explore this forest, you will encounter many indigenous plants, shrubs, and trees that thrive here.
Hana Lava Tube
The Hana Highway isn’t exactly one of Maui’s hidden gems; however, there are so many Maui points of interest along this beautiful drive that the majority of visitors pass.
One of these is the Hana Lava Tube. Lava tubes are caves that formed when fresh lava flowed beneath a hardened top layer. There is also an above-ground botanical maze to navigate.
When visiting Lahaina, you’ll most likely be focusing on spotting whales that cruise the warm waters. But there’s also an extraordinary spot on land you shouldn’t miss.
Behind the general store in the village of Olowalu is a short dirt path that will lead you to a petroglyph site. These ancient petroglyphs were carved into the side of a cliff, and are both artistic treasures and spiritual symbols.
Ali’i Kula Lavender Farm
Lavender is known for its natural calming and healing powers, so it’s the perfect partner to add to your Maui itinerary. In the Upcountry region of Maui, nestled on the slopes of Haleakala, is the Ali’i Kula Lavender Farm.
You’ll discover sustainable aloha on this sprawling property growing 45 varietals of lavender. There is also a great gift shop to take home sweet-smelling souvenirs.
Bring the kids, as they can participate in the daily lavender farm scavenger hunt.
Location: Southern District of Makena
Turtle Town Maui is a long stretch of coastline between Nahuna Point and Black Sand Beach.
Known for its high population of Hawaiian green sea turtles, it’s an excellent choice for snorkeling along the south shore of Maui. Besides turtle spotting, you’ll find calm blue waters filled with a variety of tropical fish and marine life.
Thompson Ranch is a family-owned Maui ranch that sits high above the hub of tourists, on the slopes of Mt. Haleakala. Sign up for a horseback trail ride to explore the eucalyptus forests, sparkling green pastures, and incredible views of other Hawaiian islands.
Location: Haleakala National Park
One of our favorite Maui hidden gems is the Leleiwi Overlook in Haleakala National Park. On this hike, you may be one of the lucky people who can see the phenomenon native Hawaiians often call the Hookuaka or “a view of the soul.”
On a cloudy day, your shadow will look like it has a halo of beautiful rainbow colors surrounding it.
Wai’anapanapa State Park
While Wai’anapanapa State Park is not a secret, we don’t want you to miss it. The black sand beach, combined with the vibrant colors of land and sea, are what make Wai’anapanapa a must-see beach on your Maui vacation.
If you wish to travel like a local on the islands, these Maui points of interest should do the trick.
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