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Maui is one of the most beautiful places on earth, with stunning waterfalls, abundant marine life, and impressive volcanic rock formations. You can easily spend days immersed in the island's natural beauty, with so many amazing places to visit! On your next trip to Maui, take some time to unplug and connect with nature.

Here are our favorite spots to explore Maui’s natural wonders.

Iao Valley

At Iao Valley State Park, you can learn about Hawaii’s history, see iconic landmarks, and traverse hiking trails. The park is home to the Iao Needle, one of Maui’s most recognizable landmarks. Iao Valley takes up over 4,000 acres of land in Maui and has a variety of hiking trails and sightseeing opportunities.

If you’re a history buff, you’ll want to visit the park to learn more about the Battle of Kepaniwai, which took place here and changed the course of Hawaiian history. For the best experience here, you’ll want to get a head start on your day. The Iao Needle, in particular, is quite popular, so the earlier you can visit, the better to avoid larger crowds.

Seven Sacred Pools (Ohe'o Gulch)

The Seven Sacred Pools are a must-see on any trip to Maui! Imagine several beautiful waterfalls cascading into pools before flowing into the Pacific Ocean—that’s the scene you'll find at this magical spot.

Known officially as Ohe’o Gulch, the Seven Sacred Pools got their catchy name years ago in an attempt to draw tourists to this once-hidden gem. Part of Haleakala National Park, there's a small fee to enter, but it's worth it. “Ohe’o” means “something special,” and it really is! When the water levels are high, there are even more than seven pools to enjoy. This spot is one of Hawaii’s most iconic sights, and it's definitely worth the trip!

Nakalele Blowhole

You may be wondering, what is a blowhole? A blowhole is a hole in the ground that connects to an underground, partially submerged ocean cave. When the ocean rises or waves crash in, water and air are dramatically forced out through the hole, creating an impressive jet. It's a fascinating sight to see!

The Nakalele Blowhole in West Maui is a wonderful adventure for those looking to detox and get out into nature. The hike to the blowhole is beautiful in and of itself, and if you’re lucky enough that the surf decides to put on a show for you, you’re in for a real treat! It is important to note that the rocky ledges here can be pretty dangerous. You’ll want to wear sturdy hiking shoes for the hike out to the blowhole, and be mindful not to get too close to the edge! Unfortunately, this landmark has seen its fair share of tragedies due to overzealous hikers and photo opportunists.

Maui Nui Botanical Gardens

For a fascinating day of environmental education and gorgeous natural beauty, look no further than Maui Nui Botanical Gardens! The center is dedicated to protecting Maui Nui’s rich native plants and cultural heritage.

You can take a self-guided tour or follow along as an alaka‘i kuhi (resident docent) shares their knowledge and demonstrates traditional uses of the many plants growing in the garden. These docents also share one-of-a-kind stories when out on these guided tours. For a true local flair, it’s worth the money to hear their wealth of knowledge about Maui and its native plants.


Ready for an expedition to another island?! Molokini is a small, crescent-shaped island just off the coast of South Maui. You can take a short boat ride to get there, and once you arrive, get ready to dive into an array of activities!

The United States used the crater for bombing practice when they entered World War II, but after years of protests, the island and surrounding area have been deemed a Marine Life Conservation District and Bird Sanctuary. The crater has returned to full health, and the clear water is excellent for snorkeling! Grab your mask and dive on in to see some of the most diverse marine wildlife Hawaii has to offer.

With visibility of up to 150 feet and over 200 species of tropical fish residing in the waters here, you’re sure to have a grand time snorkeling or taking a deep dive on a scuba diving tour! The backside of Molokini drops straight down nearly 360 feet, allowing you to see manta rays, sharks, dolphins, and hundreds of exotic fish. Sadly for the newbies, you must have a certification to scuba dive. If you’re not certified and would still like to experience the waters, check out the Snuba Diving Experience at Molokini.  

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With so much abounding beauty, it’s no wonder people can’t wait to book a trip to Maui. What are you waiting for? Stay with us and see the best nature that Maui has to offer! At Maui Condo, we’re here to meet all of your vacation rental needs. Browse our available vacation rentals now and book your stay directly with Maui Condo!