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Maui Sunsets & Sunrises
Maui is famous for romantic sunsets and breathtaking sunrises. The sunrises from the western resort coast are some of the best in all of Hawaii, but there are actually a number of places to see a great sunset or sunrise. Here are some of our favorite Maui sunset and sunrise spots.
Romantic Maui Sunsets
Sunsets over Lanai can be great from the bay between Maui and Lanai. A number of tour operators offer these "sunset harbor" tours. Our favorite is the Trilogy Tours Lanai Sunset tour, which includes a trip to Lanai, snorkeling, and sunset on the way back to Maui. It is expensive, but with this trip you get what you pay for.
> Inter Island Tour - Trilogy Discover Lanai - CLICK HERE!
The southwest coast of Maui also has some great spots to see the sunset. For instance, the area around La Perouse Bay includes a hill that is great for watching the sunset. From Makena Point it is sometimes possible to see the sunset over Molokini offshore. And the entire Kihei area is prone to great sunsets as well.
It is possible to see an outstanding and different sunset from the slopes of Haleakala (near Kula) facing west toward the rest of Maui. We don't recommend the sunset from the summit area, however, because the weather is less predictable than at sunrise. Also, at sunset the sun is behind you from the summit area, making it difficult to appreciate the mountain and the sunset all at once. So although sunsets on the actual summit of Haleakala can be nice under the right conditions, we suggest you take in a sunrise here instead.
> Sunset Cocktail Cruises on the island of Maui - CLICK HERE!
Best Maui Sunrises
If you want to do the sunrise at Haleakala, the best way is to drive your rental car to the top of the mountain. The road is very well maintained and there is parking available at the summit. However, if you are staying on the coast, and you would like someone familiar with the area to drive you to the top, a tour might be the thing for you. One bonus of the tour option is that you can catch some sleep on the bus on the way up. Here is a link to one good option:
> Spectacular Haleakala Sunrise Tour - CLICK HERE!