Some of the most popular tourist attractions on Maui island in Hawaii include Haleakala National Park, the Tedeschi Winery, whale watching tours and the Maui Ocean Center, as of 2015. This is in addition to the dozens of beaches that offer surfing, snorkeling and sunbathing.
Haleakala means "house of the sun." The best time to catch the sun is at sunrise or sunset. Tour companies offer sunrise Haleakala biking tours where guests are driven up to the summit before dawn to watch the sun rise. After the sun comes up, guests ride bicycles down the 23-mile twisting roadway to the sea.
Tedeschi Winery, also known as the Ulupalakua Ranch, is in upcountry Maui. It's best known for its pineapple wine, one of many flavors available for sampling and sale at the winery's tasting room. Wines made with locally grown grapes are also available.
Between November and May, the waters off of Maui become one giant nursery for humpback whales. They come to mate and give birth and are easily seen from shore. Several tour operators offer whale-watching cruises that let guests get as close as legally possible to these animals. Some tours include snorkeling at Molokini Island, a half-sunken volcanic crater known for its clear waters and abundant fish.
Maui Ocean Center is a large-scale aquarium near Lahaina that focuses on the marine life of the Hawaiian Islands. Certified divers may even enter the Open Ocean Exhibit to swim with sharks, stingrays and other fish.