Maui is known for gorgeous beaches, stunning waterfalls, and breathtaking mountains. While there are many popular places to visit and activities to try, there are also a number of less well-known spots that you will want to add to your travel itinerary. In today’s post, we’ll take a look at Maui’s unexpected side, and provide you with an insider’s look into some truly unique Hawaiian locales.

At Aloha Vacation Villas, we offer a variety of luxury vacation rentals to provide you with the space and amenities you need to get the most from your vacation. Browse our site to see all of our available rentals in Kapalua Bay Villas, and reserve your beach vacation rental today!

Sacred Garden of Maliko

The Sacred Garden of Maliko is a nursery, peace sanctuary, retreat center, botanical garden, school, creativity center, and temple! Open seven days a week, the garden is always free to the public. The Sacred Garden is housed inside of a 10,000 sq. ft. greenhouse, and offers an assortment of tropical plants, including orchids, succulents, water plants, palms, and more. Whether you are looking for plants, want to explore the labyrinths, or enjoy lunch at one of the picnic areas, you are sure to enjoy one of the most peaceful settings on the island!

Pa’ako Cove – Secret Beach

Pa’ako Cove is also referred to as Secret Cove or Secret Beach, but it’s not really a secret. In fact, it’s a popular place for weddings! It probably got its name due to its relatively hidden location between homes on Oneloa/Makena Beach, which is just north of Pa’ako Cove. Makena Beach is also referred to as Big Beach and is a very popular destination. Due to the number of weddings performed at Pa’ako Cove, you’ll have to plan the timing of your trip to the beach so that you can enjoy the sandy cove and lava rocks without a crowd.

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Great Buddha at Lahaina Jodo Mission

The Lahaina Jodo Mission is located about five minutes outside of Lahaina, and is a replica of a traditional Japanese Buddhist temple. It features an enormous bronze Buddha statue that is 12 feet tall and weighs around three and a half tons! The statue was installed in 1968 in honor of the 100th anniversary of the arrival of Japanese immigrants to the Hawaiian islands. Feel free to stroll around the grounds as they are free to the public, and donations are accepted.

Ho’omana Spa

Experience massage, relaxation, and healing when you plan your spa day at Ho’omana Spa. The massage therapists draw from ancient Hawaiian wisdom to offer you an experience of physical, spiritual, and mental healing. Located in Makawao, Ho’omana Spa is a unique oasis that will help you to receive the mana (life force) of the island.

Kahakapao Trail

Located in the Makawao Forest Reserve in upcountry Maui, the Kahakapao Loop Trail is just shy of six miles in length, features exotic wildflowers, and is rated as a moderate trail. The trail is about 4,000 feet above sea level, so make sure to pack appropriately to fully enjoy this cool rainforest environment. Since it is heavily trafficked, it would be a good idea to plan your hike during the slower times to avoid crowds of hikers. Dogs are welcome on the trail as long as they remain on leash.

These are just a few of the unique places to visit and things to do to help you discover the unexpected side of Maui. Your stay will be enhanced when you return to your home away from home at the end of each day, so be sure to reserve your luxury beach rental in Kapalua Bay Villas by contacting Aloha Vacation Villas today.

Maui — the very name invites images of turquoise waters, swaying palms, and miles of sandy beaches. Whether you’ve been there before or are considering your first trip, we invite you to consider a Kapalua vacation rental. There are so many benefits that these luxury retreats have to offer. Don’t resign yourself to the schedules, crowding, and lack of privacy that you are sure to find in various hotels. Contact Aloha Vacation Villas now to learn more about our Kapalua Bay Villas, and book your luxury villa today. 

Life on Maui

The pace of life on the island of Maui is definitely slow and relaxed. One of the best ways to start your morning is relaxing on your private lanai with a cup of Kona coffee and some sliced pineapple fresh from one of the plantations on the island. Take some time to stroll on the beach, swim in the ocean, or collect shells, and then repeat! After all, the beauty of Maui is constantly evolving with the movement of the sun and clouds. When you’re ready for a change, simply recline in a hammock under the shade of some palm trees.

Kapalua Bay Activities

Located in west Maui, Kapalua Bay boasts stunning landscapes, gorgeous views of the bay, world-renowned golf resorts, unique hiking trails, luxurious spas, fine dining, and world-class snorkeling at Molokai. Don’t worry about packing snorkeling gear, as there are plenty of locations that offer rentals by the day. 

Interested in living more like a local for the day? Be sure to visit the Napili Farmers’ Market, which is open every Wednesday and Saturday from 8:00 am until noon. You can take your purchases back to your Maui vacation rental and prepare lunch or dinner with some of the freshest local ingredients. 

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Kapalua Bay Rentals

Kapalua Bay is also home to many of our Maui vacation rentals, which offer a variety of amenities and features. At Aloha Vacation Villas, we offer vacation rental condos that feature beautiful views of the ocean, mountain peaks, and scenic golf courses! Additionally, our vacation rentals feature all of the appliances that you would expect to have in your own home — full-size refrigerator, washer and dryer, satellite television, and more. No matter what your preferences, we are sure to have the luxury rental that best suits your needs. 

Evenings on Maui

As magical as the mornings are, be prepared for jaw-dropping beauty as the sun sets on Kapalua Bay! You can lounge on your lanai or in your hammock with a cool drink as you listen to the waves lap the shore and watch the sun slowly sink beneath the ocean. For a more festive way to celebrate the evening, be sure to make reservations at one of the luaus that the island boasts. From the authentic greeting with leis, and the unearthing of the underground oven to poi pounding authentic Hawaiian foods, you are sure to have a fantastic evening and many wonderful memories of your time on Maui. 

At Aloha Vacation Villas, we want to share the magic of Maui and the spirit of the Hawaiian islands with you. Browse our site to view all of our available luxury rentals, book the one that best suits you, and prepare for the best vacation you’ve ever had!