10 free things to do or see on Maui: No. 8 scenic drives


Note: Links to other posts at end.

Maui has plenty of wonderful scenic drives that offer free waterfalls, beaches, tidal pools, wildlife and trailheads. The stunning views are worth it even if you don’t get out of the car. Be prepared for some stomach-churning turns.

Perhaps Maui’s best scenic drives is the serpentine Road to Hana on the eastern coast (in the featured photo at top by abbs johnson via Unsplash). I recently wrote about the Road to Hana in another blog post.

On the opposite side of the island, the rough and wild northwest coast offers another fantastic drive, one framed in volcanic rock. The Hanoapiilani Highway, or Highway 30, takes you by beautiful beaches, such as DT Fleming Beach Park (great for body surfing and boogie boarding) and Honoloa Bay (a top snorkeling spot), and the Honoloa Bay Access Trail.

Along Kahekili Highway, or Highway 340, you’ll find more trails, the Nakalele Blowhole and the Olivine tidal pools. Last week, I wrote about the Nakalele Blowhole.

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I traced two of the drives — the Kahekili Highway to on the left and the Road to Hana on the right (the lighter blue part is optional) — on this Google Map.

Links to the other nine free things to do or see on Maui:

1. Shows

2. Beaches

3. Lessons

4. Farmers markets

5. Trails and nature

6. Wildlife

7. Art and festivals

9. Transportation

10. Parking