Wailea offers a beautiful 3 mile (5 km) easy coastal walking path along the beachfront resort district. The route starts at the Andaz Maui in the north, easily accessible from the beach just around the point from Wailea Ekahi, and ends at the Polo Beach Club / Fairmont Kea Lani in the south. The route goes by several names and most of it is paved pathway, with a small section of wooden boardwalk at the north end. We have a detailed map and pictures on our website. Get out early and enjoy this beautiful 'must-do' walk!
A complete trip along the Road to Hana consumes the entire day, but is world-renowned and worth doing at least once! You can drive yourself or take a tour (or with the tour, drive one way and take a helicopter flight back). You’ll see waterfalls, black sand beaches, beautiful ocean vistas, lush forests, and so, so many curves! Hana is lovely but drive 12 miles past Hana to Oheo Gulch (Seven Sacred Pools) in the Kipahulu District of Haleakala National Park and do some exploring (check their website for closures before you go). Consider using a guide app on your phone to narrate your trip and highlight the sights along the way – the Road to Hana is really about enjoying the many little things the journey has to offer!
If you're getting up very early anyway due to the time change, you might want to catch the strikingly beautiful sunrise at the summit of Haleakala Crater as the sun rises over the clouds. It’s very cold until the sun comes up (take warm clothing) and is almost a two-hour drive away from Wailea Ekahi. Remember the air is thinner at 10,000 feet! You can stay near the parking lot or hike for miles along the nature trails in the area.
Haleakala NP – Summit
Haleakala NP, Summit Entrance, Route 378
Deeply sculpted and richly colored, the landscape will be unlike any you have known. Spend a few hours hiking in the cinder desert landscape or a few minutes looking for native birds in the shrubland. Whatever you choose to do, you'll be surrounded by native Hawaiian plants and animals. The mountain summit is one of the only easily-accessible areas of Hawaii where rare and endemic species survive and thrive. Bring warm clothes and be prepared for all types of weather; also bring sun and rain protection. Elevation at the summit is 10,000 feet.
The Kipahulu District can be accessed by driving 12 miles past the town of Hana on the Hana Highway. This area of the coast has been inhabited by native people for hundreds of years. Visitors are treated to views of waterfalls, sweeping ocean vistas, and Hawaiian cultural experiences. Enjoy your time among vibrant, lush vegetation and overlooks offering views of the breathtaking coastline. Keep an eye out for sea turtles, monk seals, dolphins, seabirds and humpback whales (December through April). Be prepared for hot, humid weather year round. The weather can change rapidy; bring sun and rain protection. Visit the website for details of the hikes in the area.
Offers guided natural history excursions on foot with half and full-day hikes, as well as combined hiking activities with kayaking, snorkeling, and ziplining. Hike options include the Haleakala Crater and the East Maui Waterfalls & Rainforest.
Maui is an exceptional place for road cycling. We’re avid cyclists ourselves and have cycled most of the routes on Maui. Some common rides are:
From Wailea Ekahi, ride south past Makena to the lava fields and back. This is a nice 15 mile out-and-back from the condo – along the way, explore the side roads towards the ocean or climb the hills on the golf course side.
From Paia, ride a loop east along the Hana Highway, turn right and head up to Makawao on Kaupakalua Road, turn right again and descend back to Paia along Baldwin Avenue (this gets steep). You can also do this ride in reverse. This is a beautiful 22 mile loop and Makawao is a great stop for lunch.
A shorter option to the above is the Paia, Haiku, Makawao loop, either direction (16 miles).
From Kula (you can also start in Paia and head through Makawao), ride south on HI-37 (Kula Highway) towards Grandma’s Coffee House and on to Ulupalakua Ranch Store, or continue on as long as you like as the road will eventually descend to the ocean. This is one of our favorite out-and-back rides, although it is a little busy around Kula. The ride is as long as you care to make it (18 – 75+ miles).
Paia to Hana (or a portion thereof) out-and-back. The section closest to Paia has busy traffic, so you can drive out part of the way for a better ride. Twin Falls is a good place to park and start your ride (65 miles ride distance from Twin Falls to Hana, return).
Wailuku to Kapalua out-and-back along the north/northwest shore. Park near the Waihee Elementary School on HI-340 at the edge of Wailuku and ride west to Kapalua on HI-340. Break at the Honolua General Store in Kapalua for lunch before you return. This is one of our favorite rides now that the road surface has been improved so much. Look for ‘Mr. Steepie’ on your return (you'll know when you're on it). Ride distance 48 miles.
If you’re feeling really adventurous, there are some very difficult rides on Maui, including the ‘East Maui Loop’ (Paia, Hana, south shore (with a very rough section), Kula, Makawao, Paia – 110 miles), the ‘West Maui Loop’ (Wailea, Wailuku, Kapalua, Kaanapali, Lahaina, Wailea – 80 miles), or ride up Haleakala until your lungs burn and your extremities freeze (personally, we’ve avoided this last ride).
Haleakala Bike Company
#120, 810 Haiku Rd, Haiku
Offers tours descending Haleakala along the road. These groups are quite a common sight when driving up to the summit.
If you're a very experienced cyclist and would like to try a more adventurous mountain biking trip, consider descending Haleakala on the alternative route of the Skyline Trail. The trail starts at the summit near the observatories and follows a dirt/gravel access road through volcanic rock before getting into excellent single-track riding through the lower forest on the Mamame Trail. It ends with a fast descent on smooth road with many switchbacks. The logistics are a little difficult because you need to leave a car at the bottom (Ali’i Kula Lavender Farm or all the way back in Makawao) or otherwise arrange pickup. There are no tours or shuttles available for the Skyline Trail. Krank Cycles in Makawao can set you up with MTB rentals and directions. Pro tip – avoid the entrance fee for Haleakala National Park by saying that you're only accessing the Skyline Trail.
Further excellent mountain biking can be found near Makawao and includes the Makawao Forest Reserve and the Poli Polikula Forest Reserve. Krank Cycle maintains trail information and will have directions on how to access the trails.
Full-service bike shop in Makawao offering road and MTB rentals. Try them if you want to do some mountain biking in the Makawao Forest Reserve or if you wish to complete the Haleakala Skyline Trail described above.
Over the years a number of ziplining operations have established themselves in Maui. Check the Internet for the numerous options available. We've tried Flyin Hawaiian Zipline ourselves which is the longest, highest and fastest in Maui. It was a great experience and all the people in the group loved it, but choose a more mellow option if you’re particularly hesitant about heights and speed.