While some may be happy with a book and a beach while the kids play in the surf, I’m restless – even on vacation. So on our winter escape to Maui, I packed up my new camera bag and my new lenses, and wandered around some different corners of Maui to find the most Instaworthy places to photograph.

Yes, beaches are part of the equation, and the sunsets in Hawaii are Instagrammable every single night, but there are hidden gems around the island you need to seek out as well if you want to find the best Instagram spots in Maui.

Here are 19 places you can make some Maui magic happen on Instagram, you can scroll right to the bottom to see a map to find exactly where they all are.

1. Iao Valley

Iao Valley State Park is just a few miles outside Wailuku. The famous Iao Needle is the attraction to the area and its literally less than an 800m walk from the parking lot. You feel like you’re deep in the Jurassic World jungle, but it’s just … right there. 

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Feeling the mana in Iao Valley. #mauinokaoi

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2. Rainbows

With so many sub-climates surrounding the island, there are rainbows everywhere on Maui. Be ready when one pops out to make your instagram magic.

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🌈A rainbow is a promise🌈 🌞of sunshine after rain 🌧 😌of calm after storms💨 🤗of joy after sadness😞 ☮️of peace after pain😖 ❤️of love after loss💔 • The weather on Maui has been so rainy and what we consider “cold”. It’s really set me in a funk and without going into detail it’s given me a lot of time to think negative thoughts. • It’s so easy for us to use little things like weather as an excuse for not being active, for allowing the negative thoughts to take over and for letting ourselves throw little pity parties for ourselves. • When we chased this rainbow 🌈 through a field I was reminded that our happiness isn’t a matter of circumstance, it’s a constant choice. A choice to see the light 💡 in the dark ◾️ a choice to see that even when times are hard, blessings are just around the corner. • Though the rain will persist through our wet season here in Maui it will not stop me from chasing my rainbow 🌈 in life. I hope you too will find your rainbow 🌈 🖤 . #maui #hawaii #womensupportingwomen #empoweredwomenempowerwomen #empoweredwomen #inspirationalwomen #seasonaldepression #seasonalaffectivedisorder #westmauimountains #rainbows #mauirainbows #chasingrainbows #happinesisachoice #choosinghappiness #happylife #inspirationalwords #lightinthedark #negativitybegone #oahu #bigisland #hawaiianislands

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3. Sunrise At Haleakala Crater

When we visited Maui, it was during a freak week of storms. There were flash flood warnings, 60 foot surfs attacking Oahu, and snow falling at the top of Haleakala. So much snow, in fact, the roads were closed and some fell in Polipoli Spring State Recreation Area just below the National Park at the summit. I didn’t make it on this trip, but if you can catch sunrise at Haleakala, you need to try.

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life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all. // this will probably always be one of my absolute favorite places on earth. I’ve been to the summit so many times, but every time is different and never fails to take my breath away. watching the sunrise from above the clouds – there’s nothing quite like it. #haleyelizaco • • • • #explorewildly #wanderingsoul #exploremore #letsgosomewhere #welltravelled #wanderlust #instatravel #travelgram #passportready #mytravelgram #travelphotography #aroundtheworld #traveler #openmyworld #adventuregram #goplayoutside #travelcaptures #womentravel #exploretocreate #keepexploring #postcardplaces #travelstroke #femmetravel #wearetravelgirls #dametraveler #haleakala #haleakalasunrise #mauihawaii #maui

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4. Sea Walls in Wailuku 

For colourful backdrops along the way, stop in Wailuku and check out Sea Walls Maui “Mauka to Makai” featuring the work of 16 artists. The artists for oceans project is hosted by the PangeaSeed Foundation. The goal is to reinforce a connection to the ocean in non-coastal towns. They’re fantastic.

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“Legacy” by supporting ARTivist @dulk1 (Spain) for @pangeaseed Foundation latest edition of our international public art program, @seawalls_ Artists for Oceans. . Location: Wailuku, Maui | Mauka to Makai . Swipe 👈🏽 for finished mural and detail photos. . Artist statement: “Last year 2018 I had the chance to visit the Hawai'i archipelago for the first time and I was very lucky to feel incredible sensations being very close to a humpback whale and her calf. . When Pangeaseed asked me for coming back to the islands for painting for a purpose I didn't hesitate in working with a piece based on these magical creatures. . Maui is one of the best places to see the humpback whales in the world and we were there while breeding season was happening so the opportunity was the best to create it. Working in this piece has been really emotional for me. . Legacy represents the eternal travel of a humpback mum and her calf traveling to a better place. . Our seas are being subjected to dramatic circumstances every day and their inhabitants flee without a way to a better place. They camouflage themselves between ecosystems trying to escape from an announced end.” . Thank you to our project partners, @countyofmaui @smalltownbigart @lushcosmetics @fromthebowseat @patagonia @pacificwhalefoundation @hpbaldwinhs @volcom @volcomhawaii_ @montanacans @behrpaint @coral_org @sustainablecoastlineshawaii, @start_streetartoronto, the Johnson Ohana Foundation, and more. . PC: @abovebelowphoto . #pangeaseed #seawalls #seawallsmaui #smalltownbigart #maui #mauinokaoi #hawaii #artivism #paintforapurpose #protectwhatyoulove #oceansmatter

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5. Surfboard Fences on Road to Hana

If you have the stomach, the twisty rollercoaster that is the Road to Hana is filled with all sorts of magical surprises (more on that down below). First off, let’s hit up some spots for those who can only just handle the beginning of the road before turning around – like these surfboards just east of Paia.

6. Ho’okipa

From sea turtles to surfers to wicked storm watching, Ho’okipa Beach on the north shore have all sorts of things to check out.

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H O N U 🐢 . Honu is the Hawaiian word for green sea turtle and it’s also a symbol for good luck. Well, with all the turtles we spotted in Maui it looks like we’ll have a lot of luck in the next months 🤗 . If you are in Maui make sure to stop at Ho’okipa Beach to have a look at the turtles chilling at the beach 🐢💤 . Check out our Instagram stories to follow our Surf road trip along Hawaii’s Coast 🏄‍♀️ #lifeisbetterwhenyoutravel 🤙 . #maui #travelblogger #gypsea #mauihawaii #hawaii #luckywelivehawaii #aloha #hilife #mauiliving #alohaland #exploringhawaii #thebeachismyoffice #hawaiistagram #visitmaui #hawaiiliving #mauibeach #exploremaui #exploringmaui #explorehawaii #hookipa #hookipabeach #luckyweliveinhawaii #surfer #surfinghawaii #turtles #honu #turtle #neverstopexploring #backpacker

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7. The Road To Hana

Now, that we’ve puttered around the edges of The Road To Hana, it’s time to dive in. The road is narrow, it hugs the backside of Haleakala twisting and turning through the jungle and over gorges.

It’s only 45 miles, but will take you more than 2 hours – if you don’t stop and check out any of the incredible sights. And just remember, once you get there – you have to go back (or continue on around the island on a more narrow dirt road for 3 hours to swing back around to Kahului via Kaupo)

8. Road To Hana Black Beach


9. Twin Falls on the Road to Hana

10. Pipiwai Trail

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Right as I walked into the bamboo forest at Pipiwai Trail it felt like I was in a new world. I loved hearing the beautiful musical sounds that came from the bamboo stalks bumping into one another from the wind. Also, bamboo is SO delicious and is one of my favorite things to eat with soup!⠀ ⠀ Have you tried bamboo?⠀ ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ ***⠀ #bamboo #bambooforest #pipiwaitrail #forest #gohawaii #nakedhawaii #visithawaii #visitmaui #mauihawaii #islandgirl #explorehawaii #travelhawaii #jungle #roadtohana #hawaiilife #hawaii #dametraveler #girlsabroad #ilovehawaii #islandlife #hiking #junglevibes #womenwhohike #ABMtravelbug #travelgirl #outdoorwomen #shetravelz #thetravelwomen #globelletravels #sidewalkerdaily⠀⠀⠀ ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ ⠀

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11. Sunflower fields

Between the two volcanoes on Maui lies a wide open valley. There’s some agriculture, towns, golf courses, and .. a wide open sunflower field. We know how much instagrammers love sunflower fields, so why not get one with some Hawaiian flare!?

12. Maui Ocean Centre

On a rainy day, the Maui Ocean Centre provides a great place to get inside without getting wet. There are great displays about humpback whales, turtles, reef sharks, and a step by step visit through life on the coral reefs of Maui. 

13.  Monkeypod trees in Olowalu 

The Honoapiilani Highway connects Ma’alaea with Lahaina and Ka’anapali and the northwest side of Maui. There are fantastic beaches all along this stretch near Olowalu, and the waters off the coast make a great backup plan for tours that can’t make it to Molokini, but for me it was the canopy of monkeypod trees stretching over the road that caught my eye.

14. Kings Trails at La Perouse Bay

Haleakala last erupted in 1790, but the lava that stretches to the ocean along the southwest corner of Maui leaves a lasting reminder of what she can do when she wants to. Once you leave Wailea-Makena, a narrow strip of asphalt weaves through lava fields to La Perouse Bay. Here you can get out and wander Kings Trails to see the destruction and rebirth. 

15. Big Beach

There are big beaches all over Maui. Park pretty much anywhere along the the west side of Maui and you can find a smooth stretch of sand to walk for an afternoon. But the Big Beach just south of Wailea-Makena is something else. The parking lot is small, and it is popular, so get there early (around 8:30a is when we went), and you’ll have the place to yourself. 

16. From the Rocks

Whether it’s Makena Cove or Kamaole Beach III or the north shore, walk away from the beaches and find a place where the surf meets the beach and the lava and you won’t be disappointed. 

17. From the Ocean

If you want a different perspective of your island, head out on a whale watching trip (we managed to sneak in some visits with the humpback whales while we were sailing with Trilogy on our snorkel trip.

18. Under the Ocean

When I first visited Maui, in 1987, our family took a snorkel trip with Trilogy to Molokini. The crater is a popular destination for daytrips, and when we visited this past time, we booked the trip again. Unfortunately, the weather wasn’t safe to enter the crater, so we played with the fish and honu at Olowalu instead. Whether you pick Molokini or Olowalu or the area around Makena Cove, get your camera under the ocean.

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Ladies first 📸: @chloe.underwater

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19. Sunsets

And then there’s the sunsets. It doesn’t matter where you grab yours from, Maui makes it so easy.

So there’s a list of 19 to get you started, and I’m sure there’s more. I didn’t really even explore Lahaina, the area north of Ka’anapali, or the north east coast of the island. Maui is an Instagrammers dream with everything from snow capped mountains to isolated beaches to soaking jungle forests. 

Where’s your favorite instagramming spot on Maui?

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