Maui Sightseeing Tours: Maui Sights, Aquarium & Ocean Center

Sightseeing

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The Haleakala National Park

The Haleakala National Park is home of the world's largest dormant volcano. Rising 10,023 feet above sea level, this beautiful marvel of nature last erupted in 1790 A.D. From the crater's top most rim to its floor is a drop of 3000 feet. The floor measures 25 square miles, a fascinating area of richly colored cinder cones. A public observatory stands on the rim of the volcano's crater. The park also offers hiking, sightseeing, horseback riding, downhill biking and unforgettable sunsets and sunrises. Haleakala National Park is located near Kula, in East Maui, approximately 52 miles from Wailea.

Hours of Operation: Open daily from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Information: 1 (808) 572-9306

The Kula Botanical Garden

The Kula Botanical Garden was established in 1968 and is Maui's first scenic, educational and native Hawaiian plant reserve. Kula Botanical Garden is home to several varieties of tropical and semi-tropical flowers including Maui's hallmark flower, the protea. Visitors can also view orchids, bromeliads and other native plants. This six-acre garden is designed for casual strolling and identifying plants. Resting on the slopes of the dormant Haleakala Volcano, the plants thrive at the cool 3,300-foot elevation. Unusual rock formations, waterfalls, ponds and panoramic views of the West Maui Mountains are just some of the other visual treats this attraction has to offer while sightseeing. Located in Kula, approximately 30 driving miles northeast of the resort.

Hours of Operation: Open daily from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Rate: Adults: $10.00; Children (6-12 years): $3.00
Information: 1 (808) 878-1715 
Location: Kula, Maui, HI -- Take the Kula Highway on Kekaulike Road, Central Maui.
Visit the Kula Botanical Garden website for more information.

Lahaina

Lahaina wouldn't be the place that it is today without the influence of the whaling era of the 1800s. The Lahaina Whaling Museum is located on the ocean side of Front Street inside the Crazy Shirt Shop at number 865 Front Street. This small museum features exhibits that include relics, artifacts and artwork from the 1800s whaling era. Visitors can view weathered harpoons, old photographs, intricately carved ivory scrimshaw, and other whaling artifacts. Located in Lahaina, approximately 35 miles North West of the resort.

Hours of Operation: Open daily from 9:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. 
Rate: Free admission.
Information: 1 (808) 661-4775 
Location: 865 Front Street, Lahaina, Maui, HI 96761 
Visit their website for more information

The Maui Ocean Center

The Maui Ocean Center is a state-of-the-art aquarium which brings the intriguing underwater world within easy reach of Maui's visitors and residents. Located at Ma'alaea Harbor Village overlooking Ma'alaea Small Boat Harbor on the southwest shore of Maui, the Ocean Center is only 14 miles North of the resort. The aquarium features a combination of indoor and outdoor displays, with emphasis on exploring and discovering the ocean and its complexity. Participate in an experiential adventure in which you descend from black lava shorelines and white sandy beaches, underwater past colorful corals and unique fish, through lava tubes and sea caves, and deep into the open ocean!

Hours of Operation: Open daily from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. 
Rate: Adults (ages 13 and up) $25.95; Children (ages 3-12) $18.95; Senior & Group Rates available
Information: 1 (808) 270-7000 
Location: 192 Ma'alaea Road, Wailuku, Maui, HI 96793 
Visit The Maui Ocean Center website for more information.

The Maui Tropical Plantation

The Maui Tropical Plantation is a theme park of sorts -- Maui style! This 120 acre preserve is a working plantation and an entertaining crash course in Hawaiian agriculture, complete with 40 minutes of sightseeing on a guided tram ride through the fields. The plantation produces sugar cane, pineapple, coffee, bananas, mangoes, papayas, avocado, star fruit and macadamia nuts. The nursery is a feast for the eyes, featuring hibiscus, orchid, ginger and more. Demonstrations in coconut husking and lei making, historic displays, a restaurant and a great souvenir and product shop. Great fun for all ages. Located approximately halfway between Maalaea Wharf and Wailuku, right outside the town of Waikapu, 12 miles North of the resort.

Hours of Operation: Open daily from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Rate: Admission to grounds is free
Tram ride: Adults: $16.00; Children (under 12 years): $6.00
Information: 1 (808) 244-7643

Visit the Maui Tropical Plantation website for more information.

The Maui Arts and Cultural Center

The Maui Arts and Cultural Center is a 12-acre visual and performing arts complex overlooking Kahului Harbor, at the foot of dramatic Iao Valley. The Maui Arts and Cultural Center is Hawaii's finest and most comprehensive visual and performing arts complex. Having just celebrated its Fifth Anniversary, this $32 million complex offers a new level of sophistication in the Pacific Region: From hula to symphony, paintings to taiko drumming, ballet to children's art, slack key guitar to Chinese acrobats to popular singers, the center celebrates the richness of the cultural diversity that converges on Maui, the creativity that springs from artists of all ages, and the variety of arts disciplines that keep our stages and galleries exciting. Located approximately 26 miles North of the resort.

Hours of Operation: Open daily from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. 
Rate: Free admission to exhibits. A charge may apply for certain performances.
Schedule Information: 1 (808) 242-7469 
Location: 1 Cameron Way, Kahului, Maui, HI 96732
Visit The Maui Arts and Cultural Center website for more information.

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