list of the best
Colorful umbrellas dot the beaches and children splash through the tropical waves. It’s all well and good if you’re traveling to join the yearly 2.2 million Maui visitors but if you’re in need of some serious space and deep relaxation away from the masses, we’ve got you covered with this comprehensive list of the best secret spots on Maui. Enjoy!
Lavender is a natural health superstar and is the perfect partner on a peaceful trip. In fact, in ancient times, they used to use it to tame lions and tigers! If you feel like you need a heavy dose of calming love, this place is for you! This Kula agricultural organization is here to nurture our island as well as your anxiety.
You’ve come all this way to Maui so it’s no surprise that you want to find a piece of sandy paradise to call your own. In fact, while you’re on Maui you actually don’t need to battle the mobs to make this dream come true! Oneloa Beach is one of Maui’s most remote and in-the-know beaches on the island.
It’s just you and the deep blue, gently bobbing above Maui’s vibrant coral reef and sea life. Take a moment to appreciate all that snorkeling on Maui with turtles can offer you! If you’re looking to make a friend or two, glance around and you may very well find yourself in the quiet company of our incredible Hawaiian Green Sea Turtles. These gentle souls appreciate the harmonious balance that life in the ocean offers, and most definitely extend their peaceful demeanor to you just by being in their presence. Watch their playful antics and laissez faire movements, and you’ll soon find your peaceful rhythm.
If you’re ready to explore more than sugary sand and crystal-clear waves, then head Upcountry to the slopes of Mt. Haleakala. Thompson Ranch is a family-owned Maui ranch that sits high above the hub of tourists. Their professional guides will take you and your loyal horse along a country trail 4,000 feet above sea level.
The Garden of Eden isn’t just one of Maui’s most peaceful spots; it’s also one of the most in-the-know sights to see on the Road to Hana. Part of the first Jurassic Park movie was filmed at the Garden of Eden in Maui. This is one of the most incredible outdoor botanical gardens in Maui and visitors should make sure to stop here while en route to East Maui.
The Sacred Garden of Maliko is tucked away in the rainforest of the North Shore’s Haiku area. It’s an incredible botanical nursery, spiritual center and hub for the Maui health and wellness community. Within the Sacred Garden, you’ll find two medieval-style labyrinths, a sweet spiritual gift shop, a nursery, the “Mother Shrine,” and so much more.
As you drive up towards Upcountry Maui and Mt. Haleakala, you may start to wonder if you’re even still on the Island of Maui. The road curves its way around ancient Eucalyptus trees and rolling hills speckled with goats and horses munching its grassy fare. The topography changes entirely as you travel higher in elevation, and suddenly you’ll see some of the most spectacular island views on Maui.
Maui’s Temple of Peace is located in the gorgeous Haiku area of Maui’s North Shore. It’s a place where a beautifully tiled temple greets you, and then you’re taken to a place of tranquil energy. Their eco-friendly cleansing spa offers an infrared sauna, herbal steam room, a cold plunging pool, colon hydrotherapy services and more.
The magical Maui sunrise at the 10,023 foot high Mt. Haleakala Crater greets many bleary-eyed travelers and residents who are willing to wake up as early as 3 am to make the trek to experience it. If you’re craving a breathtaking view without all that company, consider strolling up before sunset instead. Pack a picnic dinner and some libations, and cheers to a stunning display of color and sunbeams as they descend into the clouds. Maui is No Ka Oi (the best) for good reason!
The Lahaina Jodo Mission is one of Hawaii’s most famous Japanese Buddhist temples. A visit here is truly a peaceful and serene experience. It’s one of Lahaina’s lesser-known and less frequently visited historical attractions. It’s popular for Hawaii resident visitors and local Maui folks, but is not as well known by the average tourist.
With 8 acres of beautifully landscaped and impeccably maintained grounds, you’ll surely find pockets of peace all over Maui’s Kula Botanical Gardens. Waterfalls and koi ponds add charm and tranquility to your visit as you sit in simple contemplation and appreciation of Maui’s beauty. If you would like more information, attach yourself to one of their guided tours and get the insider’s scoop on the local botanicals we cherish. The Kula Botanical Gardens in Upcountry Maui is not to be missed!
The view at the Leleiwi Lookout is magnificent, however it’s not even the best part of this Maui site. There is a phenomenon that happens here that occurs in only two other places on the planet: Scotland and Germany. If you arrive around sunset and the sun is setting behind you, and the clouds are low, you can see the reflection of your own shadow on the clouds (ringed with a rainbow halo). In ancient Hawaiian, this breathtaking display is called Akaku Anuenue (reflection rainbow) and the indigenous people likened it to seeing your soul. That is so very cool!
As the Buddhist prayer flags gently float in the breeze, you can feel the energy of this alluring temple draw you in as soon as you arrive at the Maui Dharma Center. Spend some time alone or join the local monks for a morning or evening prayer (which are all chanted in Tibetan). If you’d like a keepsake, walk over to their gift shop which showcases blessed mala beads and Tibetan singing bowls.
While Wai’anapanapa State Park is not a secret, it’s so serene, so it just had to make it on this list! The translation for Wai’anapanapa is “glistening water” or “water flashing rainbow hues” in the ancient Hawaiian language. The black sand beaches and the vibrant colors that surround this Maui attraction are most definitely a sight sore eyes. No matter your vacation function, do not miss visiting Wai’anapanapa State Park and Black Sand Beach while you’re on Maui.
Named a “National Historic Landmark” in 1972, Iao Valley is rich with lush beauty and Hawaiian history. It’s easy to see why the ancient Hawaiians considered Iao Valley a place of “mana” (divine power and life force energy). Within a 5-minute drive from Wailuku town, this 4000-acre State Park is one of the most gorgeous and peaceful areas on Maui, hands down.
South Maui’s Secret Beach isn’t quite a secret anymore, but it’s still well worth a visit! This Maui beach is one of the most popular wedding beaches on Maui so if you find yourself at Secret Beach, you may also be a witness to some I Do’s.
O’o Farm is located in Maui’s Upcountry farming community of Kula. Located on 8 acres of impeccably maintained, bio-dynamically cultivated land, guests will love the chance to visit this peaceful Maui paradise. If you’re headed Upcountry to check out Maui farms and MauiWine in Ulupalakua, make sure O’o Farms is on your list.