For those wanting to experience the lush green of the West Maui mountains we definitely recommend a trip to the Iao Valley State Park.
The Iao Valley (pronounced EE-ow) is a beautiful stream-cut valley situated just 5 kilometres away from Wailuku in West Maui.
By accessing the state park you can follow the paved trails which take you across the Iao stream, through interesting Hawaiian plants and trees and up to a viewing platform in-front of the iconic Iao needle.
The State Park was closed for a while after it suffered some severe damage due to flooding in 2016 but it has recently been reopened again, so we decided to take a trip up there.
We hope you enjoy some of our photos from the beautiful Iao Valley State Park.
We really enjoyed our time at the Iao Valley State Park. The trail is short and so you won’t spend much more than an hour here. However it is really beautiful and a great way to see another side to Maui.
The park is open from 7:00 am – 6:00 pm everyday. We went during the middle of the day so it was fairly busy. We would recommend going earlier in the morning.
Parking costs $5.00 per car for non-residents, and there is no entry fee for the park. Find out more about the park here.
Have you visited Iao Valley? Let us know in the comments section below.
If you want to explore more of this area of Maui, check out our blog on the West Maui Circle Drive.