Hawaii: beaches, hikes, snorkeling, and so much more! Hawaii is full of attractions that tourists can enjoy while vacationing on the island, but what if you’re looking for something a little more low-key? When you’re in Maui, you’ll find that – while although – it has incredible and popular things to do, there are also chances to step away from the crowd and enjoy hidden gems that most people might not know about.
So, step away from the hustle and bustle and visit these 8 hidden treasures:
Paako Cove/Secret Beach
Sneak your way through an opening of lava rock to get to this small cove. Paako Cove (also known as Secret Beach) offers stunning views of ocean waters in contrast to the charcoal black lava rock. Don’t attempt to swim at this beach, however, for swimming conditions aren’t the safest. Instead, sunbathe along the beach or go for a quiet stroll. If you’re up for it, take a few pictures! This beach is picturesque in its beauty and makes for great photos to look back on.
Hana Lava Tube
A short and easy trail, something you definitely cannot get most places is being able to visit a lava tube! The Hana Lava Tube is a unique experience in Maui that lets you walk into the underworld and bask in the skylight of the cave. For those lovers interested in geology, this is the ideal treasure that you have been searching for. Open year-round, watch the waves rush into this cave as you search your way through the darkness. Always be prepared with the right footwear, for the terrain is uneven as you walk through.
Sacred Garden of Maliko
Head on over to the Sacred Garden of Maliko: a plant nursery, temple, retreat center, and botanical garden. There are meditation gardens, two labyrinths, and plenty of plants to bring home with you if you want to buy yourself a little treat. Plan to spend a substantial amount of time here, kids and adults love the garden alike. Spend some time discovering yourself and your spiritual awakening, no matter your religious beliefs or background.
Lahaina Jodo Mission
This Japanese Buddhist temple features a 12-foot bronze Buddha as well as spectacular views of the sunset. Take a stroll along the history of the temple and admire the architecture. You’ll feel captured by each corner of this temple, as you’ll get plenty of quiet time away from the crowds here. Visit the large bell and the mission house to get the full experience. The Lahaina Jodo Mission is a must-stop, even if it’s only for 30 minutes.
Paia Peace Stupa
The Paia Peace Stupa is dedicated to the legacy of a full-time resident teacher of the Maui Dharma Center. Consecrated by the Dalai Lama, this Stupa is an unforgettable symbol of peace and love. A sacred spiritual monument, this is a 27-foot landmark located in the village of Paia. Say a prayer and spread some peace, you’ll find that visiting this Stupa is an incredibly spiritual experience. Always remember to follow instructions and respect the lands.
Located along a basalt cliff in West Maui, you’ll be able to access the Olowalu Petroglyphs (also known as Pu’u Kilea.) This trail is roughly around 1.1 miles and has an abundance of opportunities to see wildlife along the way. Got a furry friend? Bring the pup along. Seeing the petroglyphs is a unique site to visit in Maui, although there isalso some graffiti that has been drawn on the rocks. Olowalu is also known as the site of a bloody massacre of more than 100 men! Learn about the history of this side of the island and take in the beautiful sites of the area.
Makawao Forest Reserve
With seven different trails located in this forest reserve, Makawao Forest Reserve is a definite must in Maui. More so known for its popularity with bikers, this is still a less crowded hiking option if you wanted to get out and be active while vacationing in Maui. Over 2,000 acres is only 15 miles from the Kahului Airport, just in case you wanted to get in a little run after a long plane ride.
Waioka Pond/Venus Pool
Slip into this natural pool after a day full of hiking and sun-filled adventures. Waioka Pond/Venus Pool is “hidden” mainly because it’s a little hard to access. You’ll have to brush up against a few trees to get here, and it can be quite dangerous if you’re not careful. That being said, the rugged coastline meeting the ocean is a sight to be seen. Large rocks surround the waters with evergreen vegetation surprising your eye. A must for those who love pools that aren’t easily seen by the main roads.
When it comes to interesting and unique attractions, Maui is full of them. From gardens, to pools, to sacred sites — you will fall in love with each second and each place while you’re on the island. Of course, always be respectful to the land and these gems. Make sure that you keep the lands clean that you decide to visit.