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Best Maui Aerial Photos

Best Maui Aerial Photos

best maui aerial photos infographic
best maui aerial photos infographic

With the technology of drones, many people are able to capture their vacation from a high bird's eye perspective without having to spend money on helicopter rides.

You may have seen these drones buzzing around, but have you seen the result of the captured aerial photography of these machines? Some of these images captured of Maui are absolutely breathtaking. We have handpicked 26 beautiful photographs contributed by local drone photographers around Maui.

randy jay braun maui drone 2
randy jay braun maui drone 2

Hawaiian Outrigger Canoe

The canoe crew of the Beach Club at Andaz Maui Wailea Resort practicing in the morning. The crystal clear waters show the different shades of blue coral at Ulua Beach in Wailea.

hawaiian canoe maui
hawaiian canoe maui
Photo by Randy Jay Braun Photography.

Olowalu

Olowalu, also known as Turtle Reef, is home to one of the most magnificent coral reef systems in Maui. Located just 4 miles south of Lahaina, the strip of beach is small, but one of the best snorkeling spots in Maui. You can swim past walls and walls of endless coral reefs to view various tropical marine creatures thriving in this coral.

olowalu maui
olowalu maui
Photo by Russell Hanson of EpiCapture Productions.
olowalu maui multicopter
olowalu maui multicopter
olowalu Maui Russell Hanson
olowalu Maui Russell Hanson
Photo by Russell Hanson of EpiCapture Productions.

Maui Tropical Plantation

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maui-tropical-plantation

Maui Tropical Plantation is about to launch a project that will blow your mind! The first "Drone to Table" of Maui will provide freshly picked organic vegetables via drone directly to restaurants. A part of Maui Tropical Plantation's property is operated by Kumu Farms, which grows and produces organic seasonal fruits and vegetables. 

drone to table maui
drone to table maui

La Perouse

La Perouse is known for its great snorkeling and its rocky lava landscape. The lava rocks feature numerous small coves that offer good visibility for snorkeling. The bay itself is does not have the best visibility.

la perouse maui
la perouse maui
Photo by Russell Hanson of EpiCapture Productions.

Sugar Cane

When we think of Hawaii's landscape, we think of relaxing beaches, luscious greenery, and the crater or volcano that make up the island. But did you know that most of Maui's land is covered in sugar cane that produce raw and specialty sugar?

Photographer Randy Jay Braun captured a beautiful sunset overlooking the sugarcane field, with no structure in sight, which is representative of Maui’s natural beauty.

randy sugar cane
randy sugar cane
Photo by Randy Jay Braun Photography.

Kumu Farms

Kumu Farms grows organic vegetables on the property of Maui Tropical Plantation. The variety of  produce is sold at their Farmer's Market, open Tuesday-Saturday from 10 am to 4 pm.

The newest project that Kumu Farms will be starting is the "drone to table" delivery service. The freshly picked produce will be delivered from farm to table by a drone, ensuring your delicious lunch and dinner served with fresh vegetables picked 20 minutes prior.

kumu farms
kumu farms
mill house maui
mill house maui

Baldwin Beach in Paia

With a long stretch of sandy white beach, this is a perfect spot to bring your family, and even your dog. A scenic path through a forest follows the shoreline. The best time to visit is in early mornings, before the wind picks up in the afternoon. During the winter, the water is rough, often with big waves, but you will still see local kids used to the conditions enjoying body boarding and boogie boarding. Baldwin Beach is just a 2-minute drive or 10-minute walk from the town of Paia. Ample parking and bathroom facilities.

blue hawaiian baldwin beach maui
blue hawaiian baldwin beach maui
Photo by Blue Hawaiian Helicopters.

Manawainui Gulch

Manawainui Gulch is one of the driest parts of Maui, with “crispy” landscape tones of yellow and light and dark brown. Even though it is located right next to the ocean, this part of the land does not get much rain or humidity.

Historially, Manawainui Gulch was filled with flowing fresh water, giving life to the surrounding land areas with its tall koa and sandalwood trees. Old Hawaiian families used to thrive in this back-end of Hana when water flowed freely. Even without the water flow (and only the rare flash flood), the gulch still has its charm, expertly captured in this photograph.

Manawainui Gulch maui randy j braun
Manawainui Gulch maui randy j braun
The photograph was captured by Randy Jay Braun Photography.

Old Maui High

Old Maui High was the island’s first co-educational school. It opened in 1913. By 1939, the number of students had reached over 1000, and school life was thriving with student clubs, activities, and athletic groups. After Baldwin High School and Maui High School opened, the number of students declined and Old Maui High closed its doors in 1972.

Today, a group of alumni and construction specialists all volunteer their time to preserve Old Maui High. It still stands strong, symbolizing a community's values, aspiring students' dreams from hard-working families of nearby sugarcane fields, and the many accomplishments achieved from its thousands of alumni.

old maui high
old maui high
Photo by Justin Edwards of DroneAbove.com.

Shadowfax Sailing

Captain Mike sails Shadowfax Yacht for private snorkeling or whale watching excursions. This 44-foot-long yacht has all the cozy amenities inside the cabin.

The Shadowfax floats gently on the turquoise water of Maui while people enjoy snorkeling nearby.

shadowfax-west-maui
shadowfax-west-maui

Windsurfer at Ho'okipa

Located on the North Shore of Maui, Ho'okipa is a world-renowned windsurfing spot. During the winter when the waves are big, you are likely to see many windsurfers and if you're lucky you may run across a windsurfing competition. On many summer days when the water is calm, you can enjoy the sea turtles that nestle up on the shore, have a BBQ on the beach, or watch young surfers enjoy their time in the water.

hookipa maui drone above
hookipa maui drone above
Photo by Justin Edwards of DroneAbove.com.

Cow Bunker, Hookipa

cow bunker hookipa above drone maui
cow bunker hookipa above drone maui
Photo by Justin Edwards of DroneAbove.com.

Maui Fun Charters

Looks like Maui Fun Charters had a non-windy day aboard The Majorie Ann, a 36-foot-long fishing boat that offers Bottom Fishing Tours. Not a single ripple can be seen in the calm ocean, with a picturesque landscape of West Maui Mountains.

maui-fun-charters
maui-fun-charters
Photo by Hawaii Web Group.

Travaasa Hana

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travaasa-hana

You can see that Hana is truly remote from the rest of Maui—truly a quiet and secluded place. The photo captured Travaasa Hana, a tropical resort sanctuary that offers many activities such as spa & wellness treatments, plus adventure, fitness, cultural, and culinary experience.

Photo by Hawaii Web Group.

Honomanu Bay

Honomanu Bay is one of the beaches located on “The Road to Hana.” Right past mile marker 14, there is a sharp turn that goes on for half a mile and will take you to this beautiful bay surrounded by tropical valleys on both sides.

Honomanu Bay Maui Epicapture productions
Honomanu Bay Maui Epicapture productions
Photo by Russell Hanson of EpiCapture Productions.

Waihee Ridge Trail

The Waihee Ridge Trail's 4.5-mile round-trip hike takes you through the West Maui Forest Reserve to the magnificent view of the valley and of course the fun ridge-line hiking. This hike is often a “wet” hike, so be prepared to get a little wet and muddy. The waterfalls have plenty of water and the surrounding area are luscious, as you can see in the photo below.

waihee ridge trail - randy jay braun
waihee ridge trail - randy jay braun
Photo by Randy Jay Braun Photography.

Waihee Valley

waihee valley maui byron yap
waihee valley maui byron yap
Photo by Byron Yap.

Molokini Crater

When you're in Maui, you have to take a boat ride! You can easily access Molokini Crater from a boat right off Maalaea Harbor. The most common excursions offer snorkeling at the crater. The clarity of the water is usually very clear, unless stormy weather is about. A great snorkeling destination to enjoy various tropical marine creatures.

molokini maui epicapture
molokini maui epicapture
Photo by Russell Hanson of EpiCapture Productions.

Honolua Bay

This drone captured the most northern tip of Maui, the rough cliffs of Honolua Bay, and the Kapalua Golf Course. In the distance, you can make out Molokai, a remote 38-mile-long island.

Honolua bay MulticopterMaui
Honolua bay MulticopterMaui
Photo by Dino Tassara of MulticopterMaui.com

Molokai Maui

If you don't like big cities and traffic, and really want to experience how local Hawaiians live, Molokai is a perfect place for you. This 38-mile-long island has no traffic lights and is known to have the highest sea cliffs in the world. Molokai can be enjoyed in many ways, including such outdoor adventures as snorkeling, drives into the rough with 4-wheel-drive vehicles, hiking, and relaxing on white sandy beaches.

molokai-maui
molokai-maui

Ukumehame Beach Park

Ukumehame Beach Park is located right between Maalaea Harbor and Lahaina. Ukumehame is known as a beginner's surf spot with gentle waves. The two girls enjoy a sunny day on their longboards, and you can see the coral beneath them. Watch out for low tide and shallow waters as you don't want to touch the coral. Learn to fall flat on the water, instead of falling feet-first.

ukumehame beach park maui
ukumehame beach park maui
Photo by Justin Edwards of DroneAbove.com.

Lahaina Harbor

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lahaina-town

Lahaina is one of the most bustling cities of Maui. In the 19th century, Lahaina Harbor was the center of the whaling industry. Front Street is lined with touristic shops where you can buy Hawaiian souvenirs, grab a meal, and occasionally attend outdoor concerts or shop in markets at the Banyan Tree Park.

Now that we've shared our top aerial photographs of Maui, it's time for you to try your hand at the unique photo opportunities Maui offers.

what are your favorite maui aerial photos? comment below!
what are your favorite maui aerial photos? comment below!

All photography was either taken by Mill House staff, from owners that have given us written permission, and/or purchased for use. We have all the rights necessary to use these images on our website.

Top 10 Places for Maui Coffee

If your morning isn't complete without a cup of joe, paradise has a pleasant surprise waiting for you!  Maui's temperate environment makes for happy coffee trees, and we've found the top ten places that take their Maui coffee very seriously.  If you're ready to get your buzz on, here are the best places to caffeinate on Maui!

best places for coffee on maui infographic
best places for coffee on maui infographic

1. The Mill House Roasting Company

The guest experience comes first at The Mill House.  The Mill House Roasting Company was created in order to roast beans from the fields on property.  This ensures the absolute freshest cup of coffee is delivered to each guest.  If you're looking for a little extra pizzaz, try the Irish Coffee next door at the Mill House Restaurant and Bar:  Cold Brew 100% Maui Coffee, Tullamore Dew, Hand Whipped Cream, Fresh Vanilla Bean.  This is just one of our favorite Maui cocktails.

Mill House Coffee
Mill House Coffee

2. Kuau Store

Before Kuau opened their doors, the first thing they did was customize a coffee blend just for the store.  Working with Maui Oma Coffee Roasters in Wailuku, they made magic with three different beans to create the Kuau Store House Blend.  You can enjoy their coffee in a variety of ways.   The Cold Press Maui Vanilla Bean Latte uses their 24 hour cold brew coffee with house-made almond milk, Maui preserve vanilla.  The Cold Press Cacao Mocha adds raw cacao to the vanilla bean latte.  If you're curious about the benefits of the cold press coffee, it's lower in acidity while maintaining a strong, smooth flavor.

Kuau Store
Kuau Store

3. Sporting Club

If choosing from a list of 100 different coffee preparation makes your uncaffeinated head spin, head straight for the Sporting Club.  Three choices, each perfect and simple.  Black:  100% Maui Beans Custom Roasted and Cold Brewed. Served on ice.  White:  Black, shaken with House Coconut Cream. Served on ice.  Blended White:  Cold Brew Concentrate, blended with House Coconut Cream, Maple Syrup, Ice.  This list is all about coffee, but don't pass up their bowls and fresh juices while you're there!

sporting club of the pacific cold brew coffee
sporting club of the pacific cold brew coffee

4. Akamai Coffee Company

In Hawaiian, Akamai means "smart or intelligent."  The Akamai Coffee Company takes pride in implementing the smartest techniques in production and presentation.  Their 100% locally grown and roasted coffee highlights the best parts of Maui, and you can taste the aloha in every cup!  Akamai Coffee Company knows that quality coffee comes from a true love for both coffee and people, and that's what makes their customer service so award-winning!

Akamai Coffee
Akamai Coffee

5. O'o Farm

You rarely get a glimpse into the entire coffee process.  If you want a little background information on the amazing cup of coffee you're about to enjoy, head upcountry to O'o Farm, where they will proudly walk you through the coffee plants, spouting books of fascinating information along the way.  Their new roasting house is stunning, and you'll get a play-by-play as they showcase the roasting process.  And once you take your first sip of freshly roasted and brewed coffee, you will thank the goats that found the first coffee plant (for more information on the goats, you'll have to take the O'o Farm Seed to Cup tour!)

O'o Farm
O'o Farm

6. Grandma's Maui Coffee

Grandma began roasting and blending organic Maui coffee in 1918, way before it was the cool thing to do.  Four generations later, this coffee-house is still in the family and they continue to support the organic growing process that keeps our island and coffee chemical free.  If you want to experience a true Maui tradition, grab a seat at Grandma's.  As they always say, "have a taste of Maui, and enjoy a cup from the end of the rainbow".

Grandma's Coffee Shop
Grandma's Coffee Shop

7.Wailuku Coffee Company

No two coffees are created equal, and everyone has their own preferences as to how they like to take a cup.  The owners of Wailuku Coffee Company know this and have a very detailed way of pairing a person with their coffee.  From acidity to mouthfeel, they'll find the blend that makes your mouth sing!  And everyone wants a happy cup of joe!  With the slogan of "where the hip come to sip", you'll find yourself in very cool company here!

Wailuku Coffee Company
Wailuku Coffee Company

8. Maui Grown Coffee

Maui Grown Coffee is grown on 500-acre estate in Ka'anapali, which has made a home to the Red Catuai, Yellow Caturra, Typica and the Moka variety.  These arabica varieties were selected based upon cup quality and their ability to produce at various elevations.  This level of knowledge allows the customer to be the recipient of a "quality seed to cup" of coffee!

Maui Grown Coffee
Maui Grown Coffee

9. Kupa'a Coffee

Just like wine has different notes and favors, coffee also has a personality!  Kupa's Farm is known to have be sweet, fruity, well-balanced, with notes of blackberry and fuller tones of butterscotch and malt.  This 100% estate grown coffee takes its flavors from the blend of blend of red & yellow Catuai, Kona Typica, Orange Bourbon, and Gadaloupe trees on the estate.  If you're looking for an in-depth cup of joe, Kupa's Coffee is for you.

Kupa'a Farms
Kupa'a Farms

10. Maui Coffee Roasters

When you drink a cup of coffee, you don't want any unpleasant surprises like pesticides, herbicides or fungicides.  Maui Coffee Roasters have an organic line of coffee that is grown sustainably with minimal impact on nature.  The young volcanic soil is naturally fertile and rich in micro nutrients and minerals, which balances out the ph of the soil.  This GMO-free coffee tastes good as well as keep Mother Earth clean and happy!

Maui Coffee Roasters
Maui Coffee Roasters

Now that we've shared the top 10 spots on Maui to get a great cup of coffee, its time for you to go get your buzz on!

where's your favorite coffee spot on maui? comment below!
where's your favorite coffee spot on maui? comment below!
All photography was either taken by Mill House staff, from owners that have given us written permission, and/or purchased for use. We have all the rights necessary to use these images on our website.