Best of Maui: Iao Valley, Maui Tropical Plantation and Maui Ocean Center
Lahaina, Maui, Hawaii, USA
- Maui Tropical Plantation: Mango, papaya, coffee, macadamia nuts and more are a treat for your taste buds and the vast array of colors is a delight to the eyes.
- Iao Valley and Iao Needle: A former battlefield, this lush valley, where King Kamehameha defeated Maui forces, is home to a 1200 foot rock formation that towers over the Iao River.
- Maui Ocean Center: Walk through a transparent underwater tunnel in an aquarium devoted to the unique Hawaiian marine environment without getting wet!
About this Lahaina, Hawaii tour
From below the surf to high above the turf, walk with indigenous sea life without getting wet and look down at the Iao Valley on this unforgettable experience. Start your day off by getting the energy boosting vitamins you need for the day from the fruits found at the Maui Tropical Plantation. Enjoy samples as your stroll through gardens teeming with fresh mangos, papayas, kalo (the main ingredient for poi), macadamia nuts, coffee beans, sugarcane and more.
GoBe remembers what it's like to be young, so we make sure your plantation stop has something for everyone in the family. Kids can feed the ducks and fish or explore the gift shop. Adults and kids alike will love indulging in some macadamia nut ice cream made fresh with local ingredients.
After the plantation you'll take a paved path through Iao Valley, where King Kamehameha famously clashed with Maui forces in the Battle of Kepaniwai. Your route leads all the way to the top of the Iao Needle, a natural rock formation that towers 1200 feet over the valley and the Iao Stream. The walk is relatively easy; especially when you consider the spectacular views from the top.
Finally, you'll get up close and personal with Hawaii's unique marine environment. The Maui Ocean Center is dedicated exclusively to animals who call Hawaii home, and many cannot be found anywhere else in the world. See one of the country's largest living coral collections, explore more than 60 exhibits and interpretive displays, and take the Underwater Journey through a transparent tunnel as sharks, sea turtles, and giant stingrays swim around you. On this unique experience two worlds collide as you walk amongst the sea life without even getting wet!
The Battle of Kepaniwai – or "dammed stream" – got its name from the extreme number of Maui warriors who blocked the Iao Stream after the battle. Luckily, the stream runs free and clear today; you only have to watch out for Pele, the goddess of fire, who sends bad luck to visitors who snatch rocks and natural artifacts from her land.
Lahaina pier: Please proceed pier side and look for our GoBe Representative with the displayed logo sign.
Lahaina Tender: If arriving from Lahaina port, please book your tender reservations with the ship 24 hours prior to tour time to ensure that you are at the pier side in time for your tour pick up. Inform the ship staff that you require a tender reservation (a tender reservation is a reservation with another vessel that will transport you from the ship to pier side).
To fully participate may require leisurely walking over primarily even surfaces. There may be a limited number of steps and some standing for extended periods of time. This experience is wheelchair accessible.
Bus Tour, Family Friendly, Shopping, Walking Tour
Tour Participation Requirements
This experience is rated mild. To participate fully, you may be required to walk over primarily even surfaces at a leisurely pace. You may encounter a limited number of steps, cobblestones, or uneven surfaces, and you may have to stand for extended periods of time.
Suitable for all ages.
Full refunds issued for cancellations made 7 full days prior to the date and time of requested services. Cancellations made within the 7-day and 72-hour window will receive a 50% refund of purchase total. Purchases are non-refundable inside of 72 hours.
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