Top 10 Maui Land Tours and Activities

Local ExpertLast updated: July 10, 2017

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land activitiesHawaii is full of adrenaline junkie activities, and the Valley Isle is best known for it’s awesome Maui land tours. Playing host to a variety of activities guaranteed to get your blood pumping and heart racing, check out the below list of some of the most exciting activities to do in Maui.

When on island, there’s a whole range of adventure activities on Maui to take advantage of. Some of the most popular activities include surfing at Honolua Bay, windsurfing at Ho’okipa and parasailing in Ka’anapali. These are all classic adrenaline-inducing ventures on the ocean, but there are also some more adventurous land tours and activities awaiting you just a short distance inland.

Check out Pride of Maui’s Top 10 Maui Land Tours and Activities article below. We’ve included a variety of different thrill-seeking Maui land activities from family-friendly to extreme. Enjoy…

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10 BEST MAUI LAND TOURS AND ACTIVITIES

#1 Maui Land Activity – Jump Off A Cliff

Just because you’re inland, doesn’t mean you have to be on land! Maui is truly a cliff-jumpers paradise. If jumping off of waterfalls is your thing, Maui will be your mecca. There are countless waterfalls with deep pools in the East Maui/Hana area, and most of these waterfalls come with the added bonus of a short hike and a relaxing swim. When venturing to East Maui land activity destinations, make sure to bring a swimsuit, hiking shoes, a dry bag, and a change of clothes for the departing hikes.

Safety Note: We never recommend jumping off anything without first testing both the water depth and the presence of hard-to-see rocks below the surface. It never hurts to make friends with a local who is up to date on the current conditions, or ask others who have jumped ahead of you about what to expect. Always bring a buddy. Conditions can change rapidly, especially when raining, causing anything from slippery rocks to flash floods. Never disregard closed trail signs due to flooding; don’t turn your adrenaline-fueled trip into a life or death situation.

Cliff Jumping

Popular Jumping Spots on The Road to Hana include:

  • Twin Falls (Mile Marker 2.1)
  • Waikamoi Stream and Waterfalls (Mile Marker 9.9)
  • Puohokamoa Falls (Mile Marker 12)
  • Ching’s Pond/Blue Sapphire Pools (Mile Marker 16.9)
  • Ohe’o Gulch/Seven Sacred Pools (Mile Marker 42)
  • Waioka Pond/Venus Pools (Mile Marker 48.1)

*Any article on land activities in Maui would be incomplete without mention of the infamous “Commando Hike” (Hana Highway, Mile Marker 6.5). This super local, expert-level hike involves wading through deep pools, crawling up and through lava tubes with flowing water, ascending down slippery chutes, and ending with a mandatory 50-foot waterfall jump. We recommend that you take this journey with an experienced local, proper Maui adventure equipment, and definitely let friends know what you’re up to. Safety first, always*

For more information about Maui waterfalls and trail info, please visit the Path Maui website.

#2 Maui Land Tour – Rappel Down A Waterfall

Waterfall RepellingIf you like waterfalls but don’t like the idea of jumping off of them, maybe having a rope attached to you is the way to go. Rappel Maui offers a super cool, out-of-the-box activity you don’t want to pass up. Rappel Maui operates on privately owned land, so it’s a welcome change to some of the overcrowded beaches and hiking trails. The six-hour pre-planned Maui adventure involves a combination of hiking, swimming and rappelling. Here, Maui thrill seekers can venture to two waterfalls that are up to 50 feet high, and scale dry jungle walls that you must rappel down about 150 feet. With expert guidance, participants receive safety and equipment training, practice in-action training, and when ready, you head to the real deal part of the day. Rappel Maui assesses the conditions, especially recent rainfall, and takes all the guesswork out of where to go in a seemingly infinite jungle landscape. They are most definitely dedicated to safety first, and this Maui activity is open to healthy adults, and families with adrenaline-inclined children over the age of 10 years old.

This Maui land tour includes Lunch (they can accommodate a range of dietary restrictions), snacks and drinking water. Shoes and backpacks are provided, but you should bring clothes that can get wet plus a set of dry clothes. All of Rappel Maui’s staff are experts at the canyoneering technique, so don’t let your fear of heights hold you back!

For more information about rappelling in Maui, please visit Rappel Maui.

#3 Maui Land Tour – Try Maui Ziplining

There are a handful of options to choose from when searching for the best place to zipline in Maui. With more than a handful of companies offering tours in several parts of the island, all guests can easily find their ideal Maui zip lining tour. The most important decision you’ll have to make is what landscape you prefer to look at. Countryside, jungle or desert, Maui has it all. Do you want to see Eucalyptus forests or tropical plantations? Tree tops amidst lush vegetation? Or, striking 360-degree views of volcanic formations?

Ziplining

Maui zipline tours range between an average of 2-4 hours long. Most Maui zipline courses offer tandem lines, so you can also share your experience with a friend or family member. Make sure to bring closed toed shoes, drinking water, sunscreen and wear longer shorts or pants. The hands free thrill of being 700-feet in the air is sure to ignite your inner adrenaline junkie! Maui is the best island in Hawaii for zip lining activities, so definitely take advantage of this Maui land tour on your next family vacation, or upcoming honeymoon trip in Maui.

Popular Maui Zipline Companies:

For more information about Maui ziplines, please visit the following link.

#4 Maui Land Activity – Go Paragliding

Perhaps your need for the extreme can’t be satisfied on land. If this is the case, Maui paragliding can take you where zipling cannot, thousands of feet up into the sky. Proflyt Paragliding allows guests to take a variety of solo and tandem Maui paragliding flights; a 1,000 foot 3-5 minute ride, and a 3,000 foot 12-15 minute ride. All of the Proflyght Maui instructors are USHPA-certified, so you can feel safe knowing that you are in professional, experienced company. They will insure that all safety measures are in place, and all you’ll have to do is ‘just run down the hill, and fly like a bird.’ You will surely be in awe while soaring with a birds eye view on this in-the-know Maui land activity.

Paragliding

Guests can expect to see all of the diverse views that Maui offers including pristine Pacific Ocean coastlines, Mt. Haleakala’s lower zones, rural lands and pastures, a verdant countryside, and an arid expanse of island living.

For more information about paragliding in Maui, please visit the following link.

#5 Maui Land Activity – Go Hang Gliding

On Maui, guests have an amazing opportunity to go hang gliding in Maui in one of the most beautiful areas in the world, Hana. This activity is an adrenaline rush like none other, and definitely one of the more exclusive Maui land activities. Hang Gliding Maui offers one-on-one flight instruction for gliders of all levels, beginner to experienced. They offer interactive flight lessons using their Airborne XT 912, a micro-light aircraft that is powered by a 912cc 4-cycle Rotax aircraft engine. This Maui activity offers guests a chance to experience traditional hang gliding with comfort, safety, and more control in various weather situations.

Hang Gliding

Your flight includes stunning views of Hana as well as jaw-dropping vistas over rainforests, the backside of Haleakala crater, waterfalls, ocean reef formations, and if you’re lucky- rainbows! You can also experience the feeling of turning the engine off and gliding at 10,000 feet, even grazing over water. The age limit for hang gliding in Maui is based on desire and your health. They have flown guests from 12-92 years old, and have a 100% perfect safety record. Leaving from the Hana Airport, there are approximately 350 flyable days per year, so you can enjoy this Maui land activity during all seasons. Each tandem flight is with one student and an instructor, so you cannot do this activity as a couple, unless you’re both partnered with instructors.

Hang Gliding Maui provides safety and technical training, helmets, flight suits and headsets. Shorts and tank tops are fine because you will be geared up in a flight suit, but make sure to wear closed toe shoes and socks for this awesome Maui adventure!

For more information about hang gliding in Maui, please visit the following link.

#6 Maui Land Activity – Hike Sliding Sands

Maui is renowned for its hiking trails, but some expert hikers might crave more of a challenge. While hiking isn’t generally thought of as an adrenaline-fueled activity, Sliding Sands is an 11.2 mile one-way trail that requires the mental stamina and preparation needed for a successful completion. If you don’t hike much, Sliding Sands is not for the beginner. If you’re an avid hiker, or up for a fitness challenge, definitely check out this beautiful, peaceful and challenging Maui hiking activity.

Hiking Sliding Sands

Due to the elevation and heat, this hike is a bit more difficult than most hikes over 10 miles. The landscape is dry and barren, without much sun coverage. You are going to want to bring a hat, sunscreen, hiking stick, energy fueled snacks, drinking water, and only hike after a full night’s sleep. Start hiking at sunrise to give yourself plenty of time to explore this trail, or plan on camping overnight. Prepare for all weather elements, and definitely check the weather reports and be informed on any warnings or posted trail signage. Don’t be deceived by the downhill hike into the crater; allow yourself twice as much time to hike out as to hike in. Sliding Sands visitors can explore Haleakala Crater trails in a few days, or if you are especially adventurous, you can venture to Sliding Sands via the Halemau’u route in one day.

When hiking Sliding Sands, expect to feel like you’re hiking on the moon or even another planet, sometimes well above the clouds. Some of the sparse vegetation and wildlife in this area can be found nowhere else in the world. On a clear day, you will surely enjoy panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean coastline, and tri-island views of Kaho’olawe, Lana’i and Moloka’i in the distance.

For more information about Mt. Haleakala’s Sliding Sands trail, please visit the following link.

#7 Maui Land Tour – Bike Down Haleakala

A visit to the summit of Haleakala is an adventure in itself, but a marathon-length bike ride down the windy roads of the volcano takes the experience to a different level. It is possible to take the 26-mile ride from the Haleakala Park entrance all the way to the bohemian-style beach Town of Paia.

When biking down Haleakala, expect to see the tranquility of the West Maui coastline, the vast stillness of Mt. Haleakala, historic Makawao Town and countryside, and expansive views of Maui’s Pacific Ocean coastline in the distance.

Bike Haleakala

Closed-toe shoes and helmets are required for biking down Haleakala, and you should also have the ability to maintain an 18-25 mph pace for guided tours. There are many options to choose when looking to book a Haleakala bike tour. Make sure to wear layers, sunglasses, and be equipped with drinking water and a good nights rest. If you are starting at the top of Mt. Haleakala (10,023 feet), you will need layers because it does get cold up there. The closer you reach to sea level, the temperature will start to get warmer. Make sure to dress appropriately and comfortably for this Maui adventure tour.

Make sure to dress appropriately and comfortably for this Maui adventure activity.

Popular Haleakala Bike Tour Companies:

#8 Maui Land Tours – Dive with Sharks

Diving with sharks in Hawaii should be on every adrenaline junkie’s bucket list! Maui Ocean Center in Ma’alaea gives certified divers the rare experience of diving with up to 20 sharks in their 750,000-gallon tank. The dive lasts about 30-40 minutes and includes encounters with Sandbar Sharks, Blacktip Reef Sharks, Whitetip Reef Sharks, Grey Reef Sharks, Hammerhead Sharks and Tiger Sharks. Experienced divers may also have encounters with Stingrays, Spotted Eagle Rays and various tropical fish. Make sure to keep an eye out for shark teeth in the tank! Maui Ocean Center allows divers to take them as a complimentary souvenir.

hammerhead shark maui

maui ocean center shark diveDivers are allowed to bring one complimentary guest to the viewing center to watch them during their dive. Your complimentary guest will also have a chance to walk through a 54-foot long tunnel to get the very best views of their loved one from every angle. This is a great photo opportunity! In addition, four added guests are welcome in the viewing area with a 20% discount.

Dives can be scheduled at 8:15am on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. This super exclusive activity includes certain things you’ll need like an air tank, weight belt, gear, and a ‘Shark Dive Maui’ t-shirt. Divers are required to bring all of their own diving equipment (wetsuits, fins, etc.), as well as a copy of their diving certification. Reservations need to be made at least 48 hours in advance, and only four divers are allowed per day. Booking in advance is highly recommended, especially during peak travel seasons in Maui. Maui Ocean Center welcomes the use of personal cameras for both divers and observers.

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For more information about diving with sharks in Maui, please visit the following link.

#9 Maui Land Activity – Play Paintball

Located just minutes away from the historic Lahaina Town, the 10-acre playing field at Maui Paintball offers the one and only place for paintball on Maui. Maui Paintball claims getting hit by paintballs feels like “being snapped with a rubber band.” If that appeals to you, they offer both open play or by reservation 7-days a week from 11am-5pm. Group specials are available at a discounted rate.

Paintball

The basic rental package includes paintball equipment; semi-auto marker, protective mask, and optional chest protector. For an additional fee, guests can also rent camouflage coveralls and an electro-pneumatic vibe/envy gun upgrade. Maui paintball games can last from 5-25 minutes. The paint won’t stain clothes, but you may get dirty from rolling in mud while in battle, so dress appropriately and bring an extra change of clothes. Most definitely wear closed toe shoes. Maui Paintball also offers group pricing specials, so this is a great activity for those that are traveling to Maui on a multi-family vacation, in a large group or as part of a wedding party.

For more information about paintball on Maui, please visit mauipaintball.com.

#10 Maui Land Tour – Rent an ATV

Situated in West Maui, Kahoma Ranch near Lahaina offers a unique adrenaline-filled experience. Guests can rent their own all-terrain vehicle for the day with the option of adding a water slide adventure. The summer tour schedule starts in June, and offers four tours daily, two with waterslide activities included. This super fun Maui adventure activity includes off-roading on 600-acres of a private cattle ranch land; winding dirt roads, awesome views, and chance encounters with cows, horses, peacocks, and wild pigs.

ATV

Rain or shine, guests can rent ATVs at Kahoma Ranch. In fact, muddy, wet conditions will help to heighten the adventure factor for this Maui activity! Definitely wear closed toed shoes, and wear clothing that you don’t mind getting dirty. Helmets, eye protection, bandannas, and local fruit to snack on are provided. ATV experience is not necessary, the staff at Kahoma Ranch will go out of their way to ensure you are in control of the ATV before they let you loose. The Kahoma Ranch guides will teach you everything you need to know about the ATV, and run you through an extensive list of safety procedures. If you want to get away from the resort hustle and bustle, but still want an exciting new experience, an ATV tour at Kahoma Ranch is a perfect choice!

For more information about ATV tours in Maui, please visit the following link.

Mahalo for reading Pride of Maui’s Top 10 Maui Land Tours and Activities article! We wish you memorable and safe adventures you’ll tell stories about for years to come. What is your favorite thrill-seeking Maui land or ocean activity? What other heart-racing activities do you know of in Maui?

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