If you haven't seen the latest craze of selfie sticks, you haven't been going to the coolest selfie spots on Maui! While everyone wants an epic selfie while on vacation in paradise, you want to make sure your backdrop is as jaw dropping as your coiffed hairdo. Check out these 10 Best Selfie Spots on Maui!
One of the best views of the Waikapu Valley is found at Maui's favorite hot spot, the Mill House Restaurant. Grab a spot with a view of the lagoon, and you'll be front and center to one of the best views on the island. And this valley has a fantastic legend, which gives you another reason to snag a picture. According to the legend, there was a lava tube that extended from the Waikapu Valley all the way to the other side of the island. There was a Pu, (conch shell trumpet) that if angled just so, the trumpet could be heard for miles. Naturally, this gained some attention, and a prophet from Kauai journeyed to Maui in search of this magical Pu. However, as any good legend has, there was a mischievous dog named "Puapualenalena" who lived at the entrance of the lava tubes and quickly hid the shell. While the shell is now silenced, Maui still retains bragging rights of keeping the Pu on our island!
#2 Iao Valley
Seattle may have the Space Needle, but Maui is home to its own needle. Tucked into the lush greenery of the Iao Valley, selfie spot #2 isn't hard to miss. This gorgeously green needle-like mountain stands 2,250 feet above sea level. And if you want a little history to go along with your picture, this spot is known as one of the most historic battles on Maui. King Kamehameha fought against the Maui army in 1790 with the intention of conquering and gaining control of Maui. He wanted to join the Hawaiian Islands under one ruler. Don't be surprised if a ghost or two photobombs your selfie!
Thanks to the invention of the GoPro, you can catch your Kodak moments while riding one of Maui's ever-exciting waves. First time surfers will find their perfect selfie wave in Kihei or Lahaina, where the breaks are small and manageable. These waves don't eat tourist like some of the breaks on the North Shore. And the locals are happy to share these spots. If you think you've got what it takes to hang with the big boys, you can try Ho'okipa. However, respect the fact that the locals and better surfers always get the right of way. You may be adding a black eye to your selfie if you step on the wrong toes!
You'll be taking plenty of beach and poolside selfies, which makes this spot a breath of fresh air. Being the only real downtown on the island, this salty sea town has character and history that makes for a well-rounded selfie. What started as a Pacific whaling port as become the hub for great restaurants, fun bars and an actual nightlife! If you hadn't noticed, Maui isn't one to stay up late. Which makes the bustling Lahaina even more popular if you feel like staying up past 8:00 pm. Selfie set ups are usually in front of the famous Banyan Tree. What looks like a dozen trees is actually one 8 foot tree brought over from India and planted in 1873. This Banyan Tree has a dozen main trunks and covers about one acre. Other popular selfie spots are the rooftop lounge at Fleetwood's on Front Street, the harbor with the cruise ships bobbing in the distance or the ever popular Halloween on Front Street.
If you don't have the money to take a rocket ship to the moon, the Haleakala Crater is the next best thing. If you can drag yourself out of bed early enough, watching the sunset from the top of this crater is otherworldly. Granted, your selfie may look like a sleep-deprived Chewbacca, but the backdrop will be so beautiful, you won't care. Sunset is also a stunner up here, so if your selfie matters more than the location, this would be your time slot. No matter when you go, your breath will be taken away by this gorgeous location.
Looking for the world's best photo bombers? Look no further than these gentle giants. No one seems to complain when a humpback whale decides to breech while you're selfie snapping. In the winter months, Maui is known for being the whales playground, and you might end up taking more pictures of their antics than of yourself! Well-worth the windblown hair look when you get to see the magic of whale season!
Nothing beats a selfie from 50 feet above the ground as you zip through the rainforest. Maui Zipline offers a ride the whole family can take a selfie on, and that adrenaline rush makes for some very fun faces! With views of the island and rainforest, these selfies will definitely make it into your vacation scrapbook.
There are certain things that can only be seen from the sky, and if you want your face next to a 1,000 foot waterfall without drowning, a helicopter tour is the way to go. These tours take you where very few selfies has ever gone, making you the coolest kid on the block. Oh, and you get to see some incredible views, from pristine coastlines to hidden rainforest valleys and historical landmarks. Selfie heaven!
We can thank GoPro again for making their cameras water friendly. Snorkeling in Maui is rad, snorkeling with tropical fish is even better, but snorkeling with giant green Hawaiian sea turtles is the best! Sharing a selfie with these fellows makes for some lovely vacation memories.
#10 Hana Waterfalls
You probably won't be the only one taking selfies at these spots, but for good reason. Hana has bragging rights to some of the most magnificent waterfalls, and they're just waiting for you and your selfie stick! Check out the roadtohana.com if you want to check out a great guide to all things enchanting in Hana. Waterfalls are a dime a dozen in the lush rainforest, so take your pick and strike a pose!
With these backdrops, you will definitely be stepping up your selfie game! Now get out there and start snapping!
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