When most people envision their trip to Maui, they think about sandy beaches, coconuts, and fancy restaurants, all at some fancy resort that they don’t need to leave in order to enjoy them all. That’s not to say that it’s uncommon for people to get out and go for a drive around the island to take in some sights, as is evidenced by the traffic on the road to Hana. In truth, they rarely get out of the car.
Nonetheless you can still have a great experience, and that’s exactly what some people are looking for, it’s just not the kind of experience that I look for. I try to break away from the crowds a little bit more and see parts of the Island that are off the beaten path. In a place like Maui, that is generally oversaturated with tourism, it can be hard to find those unique spots, but here are a few of my favorite places that are close enough to the main sights to have easy access, but where I think you might be able to find a little bit more breathing room.