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The 5 Best Hawaii State & National Parks to Visit on Maui

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July 31, 2020
Haleakala Crater

Ever wonder “How many State and National Parks are in Hawaii?”. As of the writing of this blog, there are 8 National Parks, 21 Natural Area Reserves, and 53 State Parks throughout the Hawaiian islands. Phew, that’s a lot! So it’s no wonder that it can be difficult to choose the best ones to spend your leisure time. Not only that, but it may play into the area of the island you want to buy a home so you can get right to the fun stuff in your spare time. And of course, our favorite place is Maui.

One of the many amazing benefits of buying a home or condo and living on Maui is the access to so many incredible outdoor locations. All over the island are hidden gems, from hideaway coves near the ocean to hikes in the tropical landscapes, so many people just adore the treasures found only on Maui including 8 state parks, 5 natural area reserves, and one spectacular national park. So if you’re looking for a new place to explore to really take advantage of the lush surroundings and enjoy Maui’s full beauty, make sure to check out these top Hawaii parks.

Haleakala National Park

Surely by now, you have heard of this amazing Maui destination, so why not come and experience one of the tallest mountains in the Hawaiian island chain. Haleakala National Park is home to none other than the very special and captivating Haleakala Crater. It’s known as the island’s number one tourist attraction and has the best place to watch a sunrise or sunset. Just like anyone that buys West Maui Maui luxury beachfront real estate!  

You’ll also have the opportunity for some amazing hiking, camping, and it has the perfect locations for sky watching. Photography opportunities abound from the volcanic vistas, rare plant, native birds and amazing skies at the Summit area to the lush green forests, streams, waterfalls, freshwater pools and rocky coastline in the Kipahulu area. Haleakala National Forest is a MUST! 

Iao Valley State Park

This luscious area of native Hawaiian plants and birds and more are home to so much history and equally as great trails to explore. The best part is Iao Valley is located not too far from Central Maui so while you’ll feel like you’re in a whole other world, you’re not far from the island’s central hub of Wailuku. Pack your water bottle and head up for a dip in the river and a walk along the trails.

Wai’anapanapa State Park

Located in the acclaimed area of Hana, you’ll love being able to camp out near a black sand beach with views like no other! This is one of the top parks on the island for its beauty, remoteness, and peace and quiet. 

Polipoli Spring State Recreation Area

Also in the Upcountry area of Maui, this recreation area includes activities such as camping, mountain biking, and hiking. At 6200 foot elevation and within the fog belt of the Kula Forest Reserve, the hiking is amazing!

Ahihi-Kinau Natural Area Reserve

Now here is a unique park to explore! This natural reserve area is home to globally rare anchialine pools which are surface brackish‐water pools, fed underground from both marine and freshwater sources. The pools provide the perfect habitat for water, shore, and migratory birds, a diversity of shrimp, native herbs, and algae. There are also some pretty epic snorkeling spots nearby as well. Check it out today! 

That is our list of five of the best parks on Maui. If you are looking for some of the best real estate on Maui, we can help you there too. Check out our luxury West Maui properties for sale, including coveted oceanfront real estate listings, and contact us when you find the property of your dreams! 

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