In a tropical valley with its own tropical microclimate, Iao Valley attracts visitors with its spire-shaped Needle. Take a walk through the botanical garden to overlook the Needle, a 370 m (1200 ft) tall lava remnant. The valley itself was once a burial ground for rulers, and the monument was used as a sacrificial altar. One of the bloodiest battles of Hawaii also occurred at this spot. For these reasons, hiking through the area is not permitted. Instead, follow the paved paths and read the info boards. Put Iao Valley into our Wailuku trip planner to see other points of interest to visit during your vacation in Wailuku.
Tours to Iao Valley
$95 BOOK WITH VIATOR Maui Island Tour:(4Hr) Iao Needle/Tropical Garden/ Lahaina Town Tour
Duration: 210 to 300 minutes
$300 BOOK WITH VIATOR Maui Tour : Iao Valley, Hawaiian Distillery and Lavender Farm Tour
Duration: 5 hours
$30 BOOK WITH VIATOR Maui Adventure Bundle: 6 Epic Audio Driving Tours, Including Road to Hana
Duration: 6 days
Iao Valley reviews
Gentle hike with a mildly challenging finish (stairs) to get to the lookout point to view the Iao Needle. Great signage with history of the battle in the valley. Parking was easy, as was paying for... more »
It is a beautiful stop, but is only about a 30 minute max experience. Many visitors park on the side of the road just outside of the pay-to-park lot to save money. Be sure to stop at the banyan... more »
This was one of our first stops on the trip and it was cooler than we expected! The viewpoints are really close to the parking lot. And there are also some little hiking trails along the river. We... more »
We came here in 2008. What a beautiful park! Can't believe more people don't know about it. Everybody talks about other, lesser sites, but this is really spectacular!
The Iao valley is a beautiful place with important history surrounding it as it was the site of one of the most brutal conflicts in Hawaiian history. There is a swimming area in the creek many local residents converge on this location to swim. Parking was available but in order to park each car entering must pay a fee of twenty five dollars.
Dramatic scenery to view during your visit to Maui. Get there before the large tourist buses arrive. Get a few pictures and beat a hasty retreat.
This place is eerily peaceful and beautiful. A good stop on the way back to the airport in Kahului. Don’t forget to respect the land.
Fantastic spot with beautiful views!
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