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Gardens and Nature

Gardens and Nature
Gardens and Nature

© Mark Krynsky

Akin to the vibrant greens, soft pinks, and electric blues of the coral reefs below Maui's sparkling waters, another world of color awaits among the flora and fauna of the island's lush gardens and nature sites. Enjoy the cooling shade of a 60-foot banyan tree, the melodic call of the pink-legged Hawaiian coot bird, or a barefoot stroll through Haleakala's lavender-laced country garden, just some of the experiences to be found in Maui's botanical oases.

Maui | Gardens and Nature

'Iao Valley
  • 'Iao Valley
  • You can certainly experience luxurious Maui rainforest without maneuvering the 52 winding miles to Hana. Simply drive to Wailuku, head west on Highway 32, and within minutes you'll find yourself surrounded by soaring verdant cliffs etched with sky-high waterfalls and exotic flora abloom.
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Ali'i Kula Lavender
  • Ali'i Kula Lavender
  • Ali'i Kula Lavender provides a sense of tranquility and peace of mind that cannot be found at the beach. This Upcountry farm rests 4,000 feet up the slope of Haleakala, providing marvelous views of South Maui, the West Maui Mountains, and the sea.
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Banyan Tree Park
  • Banyan Tree Park
  • Rooted on Front Street in Lahaina town, Maui's Banyan Tree Park is a natural attraction you simply, and literally, cannot miss. The tree stands 60 feet tall, has 12 major trunks, and provides two-thirds of an acre of shade for sun-wary pedestrians.
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Hana
  • Hana
  • Possibly the best representation of Hana is the multitude of bumper stickers reading "Thank God For Hana" that cruise the highways of Maui. It suggests that, to its residents, there is no place else on earth quite as wonderful as this quaint island town.
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Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary
Kanaha Pond State Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Kanaha Pond State Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Peaceful and pristine, the Kanaha Pond State Wildlife Sanctuary consists of 143 acres of untouched expanse. Roughly 90 species of birds take advantage of the Sanctuary's pond and adjacent wetlands for breeding and nesting, including the endangered Hawaiian duck, stilt and coot.
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Kealia National Wildlife Refuge
  • Kealia National Wildlife Refuge
  • Hugging Maui's south coast between the towns of Kihei and Ma'alaea, the Kealia Pond National Wildlife Refuge exists as one of the last naturally-occurring wetlands in Hawaii.
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Kula Botanical Gardens
  • Kula Botanical Gardens
  • Kula Botanical Garden demonstrates Upcountry Maui's charms – magnificent views, fresh mountain air, vegetation abloom, and quaint, small town character – in an intricately designed tropical garden setting.
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The Hana Highway, Route of Royalty
  • The Hana Highway, Route of Royalty
  • Take a journey down a curved road with thick, green rainforest on one side and the expansive Pacific Ocean on the other. Vibrant smells of the lush tropics and salty sea air tickle your nostrils.
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