The best way to end a full day of fun is with a spectacular Maui sunset. Each evening, Mother Nature paints the sky with hues of red, orange, and pink, casting our island in a warm, gentle glow. Shifting shadows mask and highlight the mountains and valleys. Maui’s sunsets are not just beautiful to watch; they symbolize the end of a day well spent, the turning of a page. Witness this natural phenomenon during your next vacation and use our free Vacation Guide to plan your trip!
Here’s Where to Watch the Sunset on Maui
Whether you’re driving, sailing, or hiking around the island, there are plenty of places to pause and admire the sunset on Maui. Here are a few of the best-loved spots.
1. Haleakala Volcano
For a front-row seat to nature’s performance, head to the top of Haleakala. This dormant volcano is known for its epic sunrises, but it’s also a popular place to watch the sun go down. The summit offers views that span all the way from Maui to the Big Island. Plus, the landscape is other-worldly; you’ll have the chance to see rare plants and animals just before dusk. If you’re wondering, “What time is sunset?” check the Haleakala National Park website.
Note: Haleakala’s summit is 10,000 feet above sea level, and temperatures drop when night falls. Make sure you bring a jacket!
2. Big Beach
Makena Beach, also known as Big Beach, is another hotspot for sunset viewing. Pack a blanket, some chairs, and your camera, and head to this expansive beach for a relaxing evening. There are plenty of parking spots, and the beach is just a short walk from the lot. You’ll love feeling your toes into the sand and the breeze in your hair as the sky bursts with color!
3. Sail Maui
Are you searching for unobstructed views of the horizon? Book a sunset cruise with Sail Maui. The catamaran departs Lahaina Harbor Monday through Saturday. Once onboard, find a comfortable seat and enjoy panoramic vistas of the sea and sky. Each cruise includes hors d’eouvres, and you can bring your own bottle of bubbly from MauiWine.
Bonus: If you’re visiting during whale season (December – May), you’re in luck! Boaters can watch as humpback whales breach and play in the early evening hours. It’s an unforgettable experience!
Come Home to The Old Wailuku Inn at Ulupono
Of course, our favorite place to watch the sunset is right here at our inn! You can walk through our peaceful garden or sip a beverage on the lanai. When it’s time to retire for the night, head to one of our comfortable guest rooms and sink into the plush linens. Then, join us for a delicious, homemade breakfast in the morning! We serve a fresh fruit course daily and prepare a hot entrée every day of the week.
Check our availability and book your Hawaiian vacation today! We look forward to hosting you.