Amazing Upcountry Maui – Explore Upcountry Hidden Gems
Start with the famous West Mountain Valley recognized as a very special place for both its spiritual value and spectacular scenery followed by the Kepaniwai Park & Heritage Gardens, known for its unique and beautiful park with various ethnic groups of Hawaii by displaying a building for each one. West Mountain Valley State Monument is the place to be if you like the tropical flora of Hawaii. Take a walk on the West Mountain Valley Lookout Trail and Ethnobotanical Loop to learn about the plants that Hawaiians brought. West Mountain Valley State Monument also has historical relevance as the site of the battle of Kepaniwai where Kamehameha I defeated the Maui army in 1790.
Our second stop is at the Lavender farm, where you get to choose from either a self-guided walking tour, Guided cart tour (needs to be arranged ahead of time for additional charge of $25, so please let us know when making reservation) for an extended journey around 13.5-acres, allowing you an exclusive look at the farm from the seat of our five-passenger vehicle.
Created by Agricultural Artist and Horticultural Master, Ali’i Chang, this 13.5-acre farm resides at an elevation of roughly 4000 ft. and is home to approximately 55,000 lavender plants and 25 different varieties of lavender. You’ll find also Olive trees, Hydrangea, Protea, succulents and an exceptional variety of other plants on the farm, which offers the first and only Lavender Lifestyle experience on Maui. Thriving in Kula’s Mediterranean climate, lavender blooms year-round in the cool, dry climate on the Haleakala slopes.
Every step on the farm comes with stunning views, panoramic out-of-this-world landscapes, birds-eye views of the Maui central valley, you will learn about the flora and fauna that exist nowhere else in the world.
Our last but not least stop is at the Botanical Garden located on the slopes of Haleakala volcanic crater. This site encompasses 8 acres of colorful and unique plants, amazing rock formations, a covered bridge, waterfalls, koi pond, aviary, and new attractions including the carved tiki exhibit. The garden has hundreds of varieties of plants for you to enjoy and photograph. Plants are labeled with their botanical name, common name, and country of origin. Included in the garden is a collection of native Hawaiian plants. You might especially enjoy the Jackson Chameleon exhibit, native Nene geese, and aviary. This Botanical Garden also features a gift shop with made-in-Hawaii items and items of botanical interest. We also offer snacks for sale, restrooms, and a comfortable deck with a beautiful view.
We’re staying on Haleakala slopes on the way down, coming through old Painiolo (Cowboy) town and Paia (Hippie town) located on the North Shore of Maui which is a mecca to the windsurfing, kitesurfing and surfing world. There are professional surfing competitions held here, and on just about any day with the wind (most) you can watch pros doing their thing.
Make sure to bring warm clothes, a camera or a video camera to view one of the most beautiful sights in the world. You can count on your friendly, professional chauffeur to be your photographer and cater to your every need.
Facts and Requirements
- Operates: Friday
- Tour Times: Morning – flexible
- Departure Point: Pick-up & drop-off from hotel or condo or pickup from Kahului harbor. Napili or Kapalua with extra charge
- Included in Mini Bus tour: Admission to the state park, all farms admission, Ham & Cheese sandwiches, Snacks, Hawaiian Juice, and Maui Gold Pineapple, and Bottled water.
- Duration: up to 6 hours
- Recommended: Bring walking shoes, sunscreen, sunglasses and a camera, warm clothes.
- Restrictions: Kids are welcome. Participants must be physically and mentally capable of following instructions given by our private guide.