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Where to Find the Best Views on Maui

Make the most of Maui's most spectacular viewpoints and vistas.

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Lined with picturesque beaches, rugged coastlines, and volcanic peaks and craters, Maui is not lacking when it comes to spots to watch the sunrise or capture a top-notch selfie. For the best spots to see this tropical paradise in all its glory, check out our guide below. 

The Road to Hana

The journey rivals the destination.

In order to take in the views on the rugged Hana Highway (or Road to Hana), it’s essential to have someone else do the driving. Luckily, tours provide drivers who are experienced at driving the island’s narrow, cliff-side roads, so you can stare out the window without worrying. Plus, having a guide ensures that you don’t miss any of the best viewpoints along the way. 

Haleakala summit

Unrivalled sunrise views.

While there are plenty of places to catch the sunrise on Maui, nothing compares to watching dawn creep up over the Haleakala Crater from the top of the dormant volcano. Tours with early morning hotel pickups will drive you to the top of the peak, making the mission effortless.

Related: Know Before You Go: Visiting Haleakala at Sunrise

Visitors take in the view at the Haleakala Crater.
For the best sunrise vistas, head to the Haleakala Crater.Photo Credit: Tony Novak-Clifford / Viator

Sunset cruises

Romantic vistas, nightly.

Get a different view of Maui by taking a cruise that passes by the island’s white-sand beaches, jagged cliffs, and lush shorelines and offers unobstructed views of the sun setting over the water. If you visit during whale season (November–April) you may even catch a glimpse of the majestic sea creatures. 

Helicopter flights

Bird's-eye panoramas.

For an unparalleled view of Maui’s iconic coastlines and craters, book a helicopter sightseeing tour of the island. The trip grants you a bird's-eye view of the island’s mountains (including Haleakala), the off-shore Molokai crater, and lots of lush cliffs and waterfalls along the way.  

Passengers board a helicopter at the Kahului Heliport.
There are few better ways to admire the island than by helicopter.Photo Credit: Tony Novak-Clifford / Viator

Molokini Crater

An alternative to Haleakala.

While crescent-shaped Molokini is beautiful from above, it is best explored below the surface. To see one of the highlights of Maui’s underwater world, book an excursion to Molokini Crater where you can take advantage of the area’s excellent visibility while snorkeling or scuba diving.

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