Top 50 Maui Activities & Things To Do

We are excited to provide our readers with our list of the best things to do and see in Maui. Whether you are a first-time visitor, a repeat guest, or a resident of Hawaii, this article will give you all of the most up-to-date information about each unique attraction and activity on Maui. We urge you to visit Maui and explore all of the best she has to offer! Make the best of your Hawaiian Island experience and make some vacation memories that you will cherish forever.

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Learn all about some of the most popular things to do on Maui, and savor every moment of your vacation with your kids, family, and friends. Enjoy full days of adventure in paradise, and create lasting vacation memories.


Snorkel Trip to Molokini

You know the saying, “When in Rome, do as the Romans do?” When on Maui, do as the Mauians do and go snorkeling! Snorkeling is a must-do activity and one that your family and friends will totally love.

The Island of Maui is home to one of the few volcanic islets in the world, the Molokini Crater. Just under 3 miles from the South Maui shore, this Marine Life Conservation District is one of the most popular places to snorkel in all of Hawaii (and the world!).

If you have plans to snorkel while in Maui, booking a snorkel tour to Molokini should not be missed. While snorkeling at Molokini Crater, guests can expect to see a vast array of Maui’s marine life. There are sea urchins and huge schools of many types of tropical fish. It’s also common to see Manta Rays and Hawaiian green sea turtles. This site hosts over 100 types of algae, 35 species of coral, Yellow Tang, Parrotfish, Moorish Idols, Raccoon Butterfly Fish, and so much more.

Since Molokini is a partially-submerged volcanic cone, there is no sand surrounding this snorkel site. That means the ocean depth here allows for clear underwater visibility, up to 150 feet.

Guests can visit Molokini on both morning and afternoon Maui snorkel tours. Make sure to book this Maui activity for your next trip to the Valley Isle!

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Road to Hana

Heading from the North Shore towards East Maui on the Road to Hana is one of the most incredible things you could do on a perfect day in Hawaii. If you have never been, you should make sure to do this at least once in your lifetime.

The Road to Hana is one of the most popular things to do on Maui for many reasons. There is so much gorgeous scenery, and many stops where you can see waterfalls and check out some of the best, less-frequented areas. Most importantly, the Road to Hana is a chance to have a rare glimpse into Old Hawaii. Visit some of the awe-inspiring natural wonders on the way and see local Hawaiian culture firsthand.

Some visitors here choose to explore the Road to Hana as part of a tour. That’s a great idea, but we suggest that you rent a vehicle, plan out your ideal Hana itinerary, and set out on your own personal adventure. Many guidebooks and websites direct tourist traffic down the Road to Hana but fail to mention that some of the sights are on private property or adjacent protected lands. The first and foremost rule for traveling down the Road to Hana is to show respect. Do not litter, do not trespass, and please do not be rude to Maui’s local community. Share the aloha!

When you plan out your trip to Hana, make sure to start at Paia Town. Try to arrive in Paia by 7:30 am to avoid the Hana Highway traffic and get the most out of your day. Gas up your car, grab some coffee, water, snacks, and a picnic lunch at Kuau Store, and you’ll be good to go!

There are so many great places to check out along the Hana Highway. Still, we have a few stops that we suggest for first-timers. Twin Falls at Mile Marker 2 is perfect for a light hike to a waterfall and a refreshing smoothie or fresh coconut. Nahiku Marketplace at Mile Marker 29 is a prime place to go for some yummy treats and gifts. Last but not least, make a stop at Wai’anapanapa State Park at Mile Marker 32 to see a black sand beach, a gorgeous coastline, and a rare glimpse into Old Hawaii. In Hana Town, check out Hana Bay, the art galleries, and the farmer’s markets. Just past Hana, guests can spend the day at Hamoa Beach or travel on towards Kipahulu to see the Seven Sacred Pools of Ohe’o. After that, you can backtrack to Paia Town or continue on the back route that will bring you to Upcountry Maui.

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Whale Watching Tours

A Maui Whale Watching tour is one of the best things to do on Maui, hands down. Seeing the North Pacific humpback whales grace Maui’s oceans during their annual Winter migration is one of the most exciting experiences you could ever have!

There have been recorded sightings of whales since the days when the ancient Polynesian cultures first came to the shores of Hawaii. These god-like, majestic mammals have been traveling from North Alaskan waters down to Hawaii’s oceans since at least 1300 AD.

Year after year, these glorious ocean creatures come to the waters of Maui to give birth to their baby calves and to lay low for the winter months. As guests get to witness this endangered and protected species in action, they can expect to see a display of whale behaviors. They breach and perform tail slaps, while the newborns frolic and play on the ocean surface.

On average, mature Humpback Whales are roughly 40-feet in length and 40-tons in weight. As such, it is pretty hard to miss these massive ocean dwellers, and it’s a breathtaking experience every time you see them.

Maui’s whale season can start as early as November and end as late as May. The peak time for whale watching on Maui is roughly December 15th-March 31st, and it is best experienced aboard an ocean vessel. Although people can spot the tremendous Humpback Whales from the shoreline, a Maui Whale Watching Tour is a much more up-close experience.

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Sunrise at Mt. Haleakala

Venture up to 10,000 feet above sea level and take in a glorious Maui sunrise from the summit of Mt. Haleakala. This Maui activity will leave you with a jaw-dropped grin, and there will be many oohs and awes from the crowd!

There’s nothing quite like a Maui sunrise, except maybe a Maui sunset! You will have more than one chance to take it all in while on the island.

The best time to see the sunrise at Mt. Haleakala is during your first morning on Maui. Not only will it set the pace for your perfect Maui vacation, but it could be just what you need to avoid some jet-lag-induced tossing and turning in the early morning hours. Please note that you now must make reservations to visit Haleakala Crater.

When you plan to do this Maui activity, please consider that it will take about 1.5 hours to drive to the summit of Mt. Haleakala from Kahului. Depending on which part of the Island you are staying, check with your concierge or the closest local and ask them how long it takes to get to Kahului from where you are. Next, check the local sunrise time, and plan to reach the Haleakala Visitor Center about 30 minutes before then to get set up for the best view.

When you venture out to Haleakala, keep in mind that the weather will be much cooler at a higher elevation, so be sure to bring a hoodie and blanket for some snuggle time. Fill up your gas tank, grab some coffee and snacks, your camera and smartphone, and you will be ready to go.

Taking in the sunrise from Mt. Haleakala is truly a thrilling experience. To see the sun emerge from the clouds for another fabulous Maui day is almost sacred. It’s like watching a watercolor painting unfold right before your eyes. As cheesy as this may sound, it’s truly heartwarming, literally and figuratively. Soak up the sun and savor this awe-inspiring Maui activity!

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Maui Ocean Center

Enjoy an afternoon with your family and friends and visit the only aquarium in the world that is dedicated to displaying and preserving Hawaiian marine life. The Maui Ocean Center offers full exploration for all visitors, adults or children. It’s also one of the top things to do in Maui with kids!

The Maui Ocean Center exhibits Hawaiian sea life and has educational displays about ocean ecology, whale life, and Hawaiian culture. Guests here will love their rare attractions, like the turtle lagoon and the Humpbacks of Hawaii exhibit and sphere. This aquarium is also well known for its 35-foot open ocean tunnel that opens up to a 750,000-gallon tank that houses Hammerhead Sharks, Tiger Sharks, White Tips, Grey Tips, Sting Rays, and a variety of deep-sea fish.

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Golfing in Hawaii is heaven on earth for all golf enthusiasts! From golf students to golf professionals, the Hawaiian Islands offer a perfect golf experience for everyone. The golf community on Maui ranges from public courses to the private and elite golf locales only available to the rare few.

At all of the golf resorts in the State of Hawaii, golfers and their friends will lavish in the luxury of immaculate conditions. Take in the warm sunshine, pristine greens, a luxurious atmosphere, privacy, and fabulous 360-degree panoramic views.

Explore the Island of Maui in early January and attend the PGA’s Annual Sentry Tournament of Champions at the Kapalua Resort. Visit any time throughout the year for a true 5-star golfing experience. Here, guests can rub elbows with some of the best golf pros in the world while basking in the magical views of West Maui.

In South Maui, golfers can refine their skills at David Leadbetter’s Golf Academy. They can also spend some long days on the greens at the famous Wailea Golf Resort’s Gold, Emerald, and Old Blue courses.

The Island of Maui is known the world over for its golf resorts. No matter what your skill level is, there’s a course for everyone!

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Sunset Luau Dinner Cruise

Surprise your loved ones with a special evening on a Pride of Maui Sunset Luau Dinner Cruise. This must-do Maui activity features Polynesian dancers, luau cuisine, and a premium open bar. It’s the best way to explore the Island of Maui with panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean, the outer islands of Moloka’i and Lana’i, and the West Maui Mountains. This Maui activity also provides the ideal place from which to take in a magical Maui sunset!

Depending on the time of year that you visit, this Maui tour is perfect for watching the Humpback Whales frolic on the ocean surface in the early evening.

A Pride of Maui Sunset Luau Dinner Cruise is one of the best ocean activities in all of Hawaii. Only onboard the famously stable Pride of Maui can guests make the most beautiful, everlasting vacation memories! Like viewing a watercolor painting but with a cocktail in hand, guests will be in awe of the true beauty of the Magic Isle.

From the sounds of the rolling waves to the scent of fresh sea air, this activity is no ka oi (the best). Do not miss out on an amazing opportunity and life experience with Pride of Maui.

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Hawaii Mermaid Adventures

There’s an entire ocean full of things to do on Maui! An experience with Hawaii Mermaid Adventures is probably one of the coolest, most memorable, and unique things to do on Maui.

With Hawaii Mermaid Adventures, guests can learn how to swim just like a mermaid in the ocean or a resort pool. They can even purchase their very own mermaid tail! Maui mermaid swimming lessons are offered for all children, women, and men between 50-220 lb. All aspiring mermaids and mermen are encouraged to swim and learn about Maui’s oceans and myths while wearing a mermaid tail.

The instructors at Hawaii Mermaid Adventures are lifeguard/CPR certified, and they’re certified naturalists. Mermaid swimming lessons start out with safety information first. They then continue with practice swims, feedback, tips and tricks, Maui marine information, and learning about how to protect Maui’s coral reefs.

Mermaid swim classes are available both in South Maui and West Maui. Guests can book a swim class at a Maui resort swimming pool or in the ocean. All of the courses include GoPro photography taken by the instructor, and if guests would like to book a professional photo shoot add-on, they can do so at the time of booking.

This is an excellent adventure for families on vacation in Maui or for couples on their honeymoon. It’s also a fabulous idea for friends traveling to Maui for a break in paradise.

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Maui Ocean Vodka Tour

If you love vodka and are interested in organic farming, then the Maui Ocean Vodka Organic Farm & Distillery Tour is perfect for you. Maui Ocean Vodka is an award-winning spirit made right here on Maui.

Guests at this family-run vodka distillery will be blown away by the spectacular location. Make sure to bring your camera to this gorgeous 80-acre property. Take in the sights of the majestic Mt. Haleakala as your backdrop, the West Maui Mountains below, and unobstructed views of the ocean all around. The opportunities for great photos are countless here.

The tour starts with an overview of the process involved in growing sugar cane. More than 30 varieties of Polynesian sugar cane are needed to produce Maui Ocean Vodka. Guests will learn all about the sustainable farming and organic practices used in the growing and harvesting of sugar cane. Next, they will see how Ocean Vodka is distilled. In addition to the sugar cane juice, they use Hawaiian sea minerals that are found 3,000 feet under the ocean’s surface, hence the name, “Ocean Vodka.”

Of course, the best part of the tour is tasting it for yourself. All guests who are at least 21 years of age are invited to sample this amazingly smooth, 100% USDA organic vodka. Once you taste the distinct and unique flavor of Maui Ocean Vodka, you will understand why it’s so popular.

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Visit Historic Paia Town & The North Shore

While you’re on Maui, do not miss out on a chance to check out the Historic Town of Paia and the North Shore area. This can easily be a day-long outing, so make sure that you plan for the time to explore. On the North Shore, you can explore beaches and scenic areas, peruse boutiques and art galleries, and dine at many first-rate restaurants.

Paia and the North Shore areas are, to say the least, unique communities in Hawaii. Paia Town has earned the name “The Coolest Little Town on Maui” for so many reasons. The town was once the hub of the bustling sugarcane business that would dominate Maui’s North Shore areas during the 1870s. In 1896, the Town of Paia was declared a U.S. Census-designated Hawaii township.

Once a place full of plantation workers, Paia and the North Shore are now home to a funky hybrid of residents. The true heartbeat is the host of locals who were born and raised in Maui. Over time, West Coast hippies migrated over during the CounterCulture Revolution. Next came the water sports athletes and New Agers. Now in Paia, you’ll see a blend of residents from all over the world who are all drawn to the North Shore for its bohemian charm and excellent ocean conditions for surfing and water sports.

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Spa Day

Plan for an out-of-this-world spa day on your next vacation to the fabulous Island of Maui. Guests will love this experience thanks to a host of first-class Maui spas available at your fingertips. Maui spa menus are full of healing services for your body, mind, and soul.

Nestled in West Maui, the Ritz-Carlton Spa in Kapalua is one of the best, hands down. Their menu highlights healing therapies that draw from ancient Hawaiian healing remedies.

The menu is split up into massages, facials, a men’s specific menu, beauty services, and enhancements. Among the spa facilities at the Maui Ritz-Carlton Spa are many private relaxation areas. They have volcanic stone grottos, women’s and men’s private relaxation lounges, Cedar saunas, Eucalyptus-infused steam rooms, private and co-ed indoor heated whirlpools, and a 24-hour fitness center.

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The first Western written account of surfing in Hawaii was in 1779 by Lieutenant James King. He colorfully described the Native Hawaiians riding planks of wood on the ocean swells of the Big Island’s Kealakekua Bay.

In the ancient Hawaiian language, surfing is known as “hee nalu” and was a spiritual practice that engaged the Native Hawaiians with the energy of their gods. Historically, hee nalu was an activity reserved for Hawaiian royalty and as such was termed the “Sport of Kings.”

Today, surfing is an ocean activity that is available to the masses worldwide. It is one of the most popular Maui ocean sports, constantly changing with new skills, trends, style, techniques, and craftsmanship. The Islands of Hawaii remain at the forefront as the best place in the world for surfing.

Visitors come to Maui from all corners of the world to surf each year. Surfing is prevalent on all of the Hawaiian Islands, with some of the most renowned surfing spots on Maui’s famous East and West side North Shore beaches.

Visit Maui and see professional watermen and women take the stage at Ho’okipa Beach Park, Jaws, and Honolua Bay.

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Helicopter Tours

Soar above the Hawaiian Islands and take in the beautiful Island of Maui as well as the outer islands of Molokai and Lanai with a bird’s eye view! See all of the lush valleys, secret waterfalls, dramatic coastlines, erupting volcanoes, and colorful reef formations from up high in the sky.

There is a wide range of helicopter tour companies and tours from which to choose in Hawaii. Of course, they each have different experiences to offer.

For over ten years, Blue Hawaiian Helicopters has been awarded TripAdvisor’s Certificate of Excellence and, as such, they have been inducted into their “Hall of Fame.” They are the leader in Hawaii helicopter tours and it’s no big surprise as to why. With Blue Hawaiian, guests can choose from five tours in Maui County. They offer the Complete Island of Maui, Hana & Haleakala, Maui Spectacular, Waterfalls of West Maui & Molokai, and Private Charters. Their Private Charters are a great choice for those who are on a Maui honeymoon and are looking for a top-notch sky adventure.

Since 2001, Blue Hawaiian Helicopters has been offering tours on their state-of-the-art Eco-Star helicopters. They use “quiet technology,” have an expansive cockpit, and feature first-class seating. All of their tours feature Bose aviation-grade noise-canceling headsets, 4-camera DVD in-flight recording, and two-way comms between the guests and the pilot.

Air Maui is a helicopter tour company with 25+ years of perfect safety. They have eight top-notch helicopter tours to offer. There is the Doors Off West Maui & Molokai, Hana & Haleakala, West Maui & Molokai Special (45-min), Complete Island, West Maui & Molokai (60-min), West Maui & Molokai with Oceanfront Landing, and the “Marry Me” Tour. They also offer custom private charters, which include catering and ground transportation.

Air Maui utilizes the “world’s best touring helicopter,” the American Eurocopter ASTAR, for all their flights. The ASTAR features air conditioning, leather seats, noise-reducing headsets, and a digital stereo. The cabin is quite comfortable, and every seat has an unobstructed 180-degree view. A MultiVision video system records your tours with the pilot’s narrations and background music, all in HD and on a USB flash drive.

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Leilani Farm Sanctuary

A guided tour of Leilani Farm Sanctuary is a Maui activity you will most certainly enjoy if you are a true animal lover. Leilani Farm Sanctuary is an all-volunteer, non-profit animal refuge in Haiku on Maui’s North Shore. It was molded from the vision of Laurelee Blanchard, “to establish a shelter for Maui’s animals who have suffered from abuse and have been abandoned.”

Guests will love wandering through this gorgeous eight-acre property in some of Maui’s most stunning tropical lands. With hundreds of trees and rolling green pastures to take in, you and your family will love perusing Maui’s nature while you encounter some very friendly animals.

There are so many animals that reside at this great sanctuary. You will find donkeys, pigs, goats, sheep, cats, rabbits, geese, tortoises, ducks, deer, and even a happy cow. Due in no small part to Blanchard’s mission to educate the community, the sanctuary also provides learning programs for school groups and special needs visitors. Of course, their tours are also available to the public.

We highly suggest that you go on a guided tour of Leilani Farm Sanctuary when you visit Maui. You and your family will delight in the tremendous sense of love for mother nature and all of her creatures in this peaceful haven on Maui.

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Jaws Surf Break (PE’AHI)

Whether you are a surfer or not, Jaws is a must-see spot on Maui. Popularized by legendary watermen like Laird Hamilton and Dave Kalama with their tow-in surfing skills, Jaws is now one of the most hyped-out spots on the international surfing train.

Named after the unpredictable nature of a shark, Jaws Maui is one of the world’s largest and strongest surf breaks. The size of the waves here can exceed 70 feet in the Winter (December-March). The waves are inconsistent, and many events held at Jaws can’t set firm dates. It’s just a waiting game for those monstrous sets!

So, how can you see Jaws on Maui?

Well, its remote location is down an almost-always thick and muddy 4-wheel drive road. As such, we suggest that you lace up your hiking boots or throw on some sturdy rain boots and make the hike down. DO NOT attempt to drive down in your rental car, just as an FYI. You can get stuck on this road even if you have a 4-wheel drive and a lift. And, we promise you, it will be a mess. If you get stuck, the rental car company won’t insure you because it will be considered “off-road,” and absolutely no tow trucks will come and pull you out!

Once you get down there, get ready for an incredible adventure! Bring with you some drinking water and a camera, and remember that this hike is not great for those who are new to hiking.

To find Jaws Maui, head down Hana Highway towards Haiku. Park your car somewhere out of the way of traffic between Mile Markers 13 and 14, and start walking towards the ocean. Please do not block driveways or roads with your car. If Jaws is going off, you’ll see lots of people in the area, so you won’t get lost. The GPS coordinates are: 20.942202,-156.300688

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Ohe’o Gulch (The Seven Sacred Pools)

The Ohe’o Gulch Pools, more commonly known as the Seven Sacred Pools, are one of the most popular things to see on Maui. This whole place is a natural spectacle, with a string of pools and waterfalls that cascade from the East Maui Mountain valleys to the coast of the clear, blue Pacific Ocean.

Ohe’o is a beautiful place to explore when one ventures out to Hana. Please note that the pools are no longer open for swimming. Ohe’o is part of the Haleakala National Park system and hosts a ranger station, some public restrooms, large parking lots, and top-notch camping facilities.

The best way to see the Seven Sacred Pools is by planning a camping trip to Hana! First, spend a whole day exploring the historic Road to Hana. Then, you’ll reach the Ohe’o campgrounds by sunset, and rise to a magnificent morning in Kipahulu.

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Ali’i Kula Lavender Farm

Nestled on the slopes of Mt. Haleakala is the fabulous Ali’i Kula Lavender Farm. Founded by Agricultural Artist and Horticultural Master Ali’i Chang, this farm has become a cultural landmark for both Maui locals and guests. At an elevation of 4,000 feet, the Kula Lavender Farm on Maui is home to over 45 varieties and roughly 55,000 lavender plants.

Spend an afternoon visiting the Ali’i Kula Lavender Farm and take a stroll through the elaborate gardens. Enjoy a sweet conversation with your loved one or spend time with friends at one of the hidden rest areas. The view from here faces the South Maui coast. This makes for some breathtaking scenes of the Pacific Ocean stretching to the West Maui Mountain Range.

Guests here can experience a true sense of aloha at the Ali’i Kula Lavender Farm. Check out their Guided Walking Tours to learn more about the cultivation of lavender, all of the many species, and Kula’s own micro-climate. The staff, gardeners, and groundskeepers are all very knowledgeable about sustainable horticulture and all of the species of lavender.

Check out the onsite boutique, where you can find a bounty of locally made goods that are infused with lavender. Each product has been crafted by the Ali’i Kula Lavender Farm, integrating sustainability, innovation, and a true love for the Island of Maui.

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Embark on a memorable experience with the Maui Spearfishing Academy during your next Maui vacation. This thrill-inducing tour operator specializes in tours and spearfishing instruction, offering a glimpse into this traditional Hawaiian practice.

Whether you’re a novice or a seasoned spearfisher, Maui Spearfishing Academy caters to all levels. Newcomers can enroll in a beginner’s course, learning essential skills such as safety measures, breath control, and handling spearfishing gear. For the more experienced spearfishers, the academy offers advanced excursions to Maui’s premier spearfishing locales, presenting opportunities to chase bigger fish and refine your technique.

The friendly and knowledgeable instructors at Mauiʻs only spearfishing academy are dedicated to imparting their expertise in spearfishing, ensuring a safe and enriching experience. They can provide guests with all necessary gear, from spears to wetsuits, and the only things required of students and guest spearfishers are respect for Mauiʻs oceans, enthusiasm, focus, and readiness for ocean adventure.

Check out Maui Spearfishing Academy for an authentic Maui adventure that is thrilling, educational, and fun. You can also keep the fish you caught for a beach BBQ or dinner!

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Makena State Park

Just south of Wailea lies Makena State Park. It stretches out over 165 acres of land. Perched upon the coastline sits two of the most fabulous beaches on Maui: Makena’s Big Beach (Oneloa Beach) and Little Beach (Pu’u Ola’i Beach).

Big Beach is one of the most popular spots in all of the Hawaiian Islands for bodyboarding and skimboarding.

Makena is a perfect South Maui beach for enjoying a day with your family and friends, sunbathing, and body surfing. Big Beach is about 1.5 miles long and 100 feet wide. It offers mostly calm conditions, although it can have a strong undercurrent and some rogue waves pending the season. Big Beach has three entrances, parking lots, public restrooms, and lifeguards.

Little Beach is a small beach cove just north of Big Beach. At one point in time, there was a trail that led from one beach to the next. Due to the erosion of the coastline, it can now only be reached by a 5-minute hike over a steep lava outcropping. Once you fare the trek, you will find the 660-ft long Little Beach below with calm swimming conditions and good times for all. Little Beach is also one of the only nude sunbathing beaches on Maui. On Sunday afternoons, it’s a popular spot for fire-dancing and drum circle parties.

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Stand Up Paddling

Stand Up Paddling is quickly becoming one of the top ocean activities in the world. It’s open to the masses and quite easy to learn. Spend a day “sweeping the ocean,” relaxing, and enjoying gorgeous views of the water and the shore. Strengthen your core, find your balance, and feel a true sense of achievement as you learn stand-up paddling in Hawaii.

Not only is “SUP” a super fun Maui ocean activity for both children and adults. It is also gaining a particular popularity as a growing women’s sport. You can start out learning on flat water, attempt some small wave riding, and finally gain the confidence to take this sport home with you. All across the world, water sports enthusiasts are taking stand-up paddling to oceans, bays, lakes, rivers, and even reservoirs.

Stand-up paddle lessons and workshops are a great way to spend a day on Maui!

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Kapalua Golf Resort

Golfing is without a doubt one of the most popular things to do in Hawaii. On Maui, sports enthusiasts have the best selection of Hawaii’s golf resorts, golf instruction, and annual golf events to attend. Two of the top golf courses on Maui are the Plantation and Bay courses at the Kapalua Resort.

If you are looking to have a memorable vacation in Hawaii while working on your golf game, then Maui is the place to be. It is the best island thanks to a host of great golf instructors for those of all skill levels. At the Kapalua Resort, guests can refine their golf craft at the Plantation and Bay courses or sharpen their skills a bit with some of the PGA professionals at the Kapalua Golf Academy. Founded by PGA Touring Pro Hale Irwin, the Kapalua Golf Academy sits on a 23-acre practice area at the Kapalua Resort. Golf instruction is offered to those of all levels here. It includes help with putting, wedge and bunker play, chipping, full swing, and specialty shots.

The Kapalua Golf Academy staff is a wonderful collection of PGA pros. They specialize in private golf lessons, corporate golf clinics, and personalized off-site instruction.

January is perhaps one of the most popular times for golfing in West Maui. It marks the annual opening of the PGA Tour season with the Sentry Tournament of Champions in Kapalua. Held at the Kapalua Golf Resort, this is the most exciting yearly golf event in all of the Hawaiian Islands.

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Since 1974, the only operating winery on Maui has been one of the most fabulous attractions to visit in Hawaii. The varieties of wine vary, and their most famous offerings are their Sparkling Pineapple, Grape, and Raspberry dessert wines.

Following its foundation, the Maui winery partnered with the Ulupalakua Ranch and began cultivating crops of grapes. During this time, they had the great idea to create wine selections out of the most popular agri-crop in Hawaii: Pineapple. Since then, MauiWine has been most well known for their famous Pineapple Sparkling wine called the “Maui Brut Sparkling.” Although this Maui winery has built their name upon their various tropical fruit concoctions, they also produce some much more traditional Maui wines. When you visit them, make sure to taste the Ulupalakua Red (a blend of Syrah, Merlot, and Malbec), Upcountry Gold (a Chardonnay aged in stainless steel), and Lokelani (an elegant sparkling Rose with hints of vanilla and orange blossom).

MauiWine is in the Upcountry area of Ulupalakua, right next to some far-reaching pastures that are full of horses and cattle. This area is a unique part of Maui’s history and agricultural and colonial heritage. All of the staff and operators here at MauiWine pride themselves as “stewards of the land.” Their main goal is to support the sustainability and thriving agriculture of this Upcountry locale.

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Visit Lana’i

Visit Lanaʻi, the smallest inhabited island in Hawaii’s island chain. It is also known as “The Pineapple Isle,” and most visitors are surprised to learn that it is part of Maui County. Lanaʻi allows visitors to experience Hawaii in its most authentic and peaceful form bar none.

Known for its rugged landscapes and serene beaches, Lanaʻi starkly contrasts the bustling tourist spots of the Hawaiian Islands. The island is accessible via a short ferry ride from Mauiʻs Maalaea Harbor, or an island hopper flight from Kahului Airport. Please note that once you’re on Lanaʻi, the best way to travel is by tour or rental car, especially for a day trip, so please make your on-island arrangements in advance.

Lanaʻi’s allure lies in its unspoiled beauty and rural Hawaii vibes. You won’t find any traffic lights here, only miles of gorgeous landscapes waiting to be explored. The adventurous guests can traverse Central Lanaʻi’s Munro Trail, which leads through rainforests and scenic points en route to Lanaʻihale, the island’s highest peak. Hulopoe Bay is a must-visit for beach lovers, with crystal-clear waters and a protected marine preserve abundant in colorful marine life. It is just perfect for snorkeling.

Lanaʻi’s small-town charm lives in Lanaʻi City, the island’s heartbeat. Here is where visitors can experience the islandʻs community and culture, eat at local restaurants, and shop at a handful of unique boutiques.

For the luxurious Lanaʻi experience, visitors can head to the Four Seasons Lanaʻi for premium comfort and service, plus one of the most famous golf courses in Hawaii, the Manele Golf Course.

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PWF Ocean Camps

If you have kids who love the ocean and its wildlife, and are currently in 1st-5th grade, they will love the Pacific Whale Foundation’s Ocean Camp. This camp offers a fantastic experience for both children visiting Maui as well as those who live on the island.

Ocean Campers will learn all about Maui’s ocean environment and make new friends while sharing adventures. Each week has a new marine theme with daily hands-on ocean science education, arts and crafts, and a nature-based or museum-type field trip.

Ocean Camp is offered by a single day or a week-long registration. Each day starts at the Pacific Whale Foundation Discovery Center in Maalaea. There is an initial warm-up that includes activities based on the weekly theme. Campers will then enjoy an adventurous field trip and a (BYOL) picnic lunch. After lunch, the kids come back to the Pacific Whale Foundation for the daily science lesson, some games, and a fun craft project.

Rest assured, the staff members at the Ocean Camp are energetic and kid-friendly professionals who will ensure your child’s safety. Whether for a day or the entire week, your kids will have an unforgettable Maui vacation experience with the PWF Maui Ocean Camp.

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Ultimate Air Trampoline Park

With over 14,000 square feet of trampoline entertainment, Ultimate Air Maui is Maui’s only indoor trampoline park. Whether you are a local or a guest on Maui, this is such a great place for birthday parties, corporate events, and group events. Activities here include freestyle, extreme trampolines, jousting, basketball, dodgeball, and a keiki (kids’) court.

To save time, visit their site and fill out their online waiver. Just one is required per family. Once this is complete and you have watched the safety video, you are free to enjoy all of the activities that they offer for up to one-year before having to fill out another waiver.

Ultimate Air welcomes people of all ages and physical abilities. Parents will be happy with the separate jumping zones. They are split up by age and size, so your little ones are safe to bounce around in their own zone. Walk-in customers are welcome during all hours of operation, subject to availability, but it is highly recommended that you make reservations. They frequently offer a 30-day individual membership pass for a discounted price. Membership includes 30 days of jumping for up to 2 hours each day.

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Iao Valley State Park

One of the most rewarding things to do on Maui is to spend a day at Iao Valley State Park. Iao Valley is not just a Maui cultural landmark but a sacred site known for housing ancient Hawaiian demigods. It has served as a critical location in the history of Hawaii.

Lush, magical, and inviting, Iao Valley is simply stunning. This is the perfect place for a family day on Maui. Spend time with each other while you hike through easy trails, swim in the waterfall and pools, and have a picnic or a BBQ. While you venture out of Iao Valley, check out the Kepaniwai Heritage Gardens and the Hawaiian Nature Center.

Visit the Iao Valley State Park page on the DLNR website to learn about park closures and get up-to-date information about the park facilities.

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Plan out an adventurous hiking expedition on Maui! The Island of Maui offers a host of incredible hikes that range from easy trail walks to challenging 3-day+ long excursions. No matter your skill and stamina level or the size of your group, there are many exciting hiking opportunities here for everyone.

On Maui, visitors can head up to the 10,023-foot-high dormant Mt. Haleakala Crater to backpack through one of the most geologically diverse areas in Hawaii. Travel East towards Hana and hike through a bamboo forest to a waterfall, start Up Country and explore the Makawao Forest, or journey South and take a stroll through La Perouse Bay. If you’re looking for a chill hike that’s more like a walk, do not miss out on a chance to visit Iao Valley.

Look to The Kings Gardens Maui for a lovely tropical adventure. They have nature hiking tours that feature a beautiful waterfall. You will also get to learn all about the history of chocolate and enjoy tasting some yummy samples!

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Bailey House & Museum

Maui’s Bailey House and Museum belongs to the Maui Historical Society, a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization founded in 1951. Officially chartered in 1956, the Maui Historical Society’s mission is “To collect, preserve, study, interpret and share the history and heritage of Maui.” (, 2022)

Built in 1833, the Bailey House was once the home of missionary teacher Edward Bailey and his family. The house sits on a historic Hawaiian site, the royal compound of Kahekili, the last ruling chief of Maui. The Bailey house became a museum in 1957 and in 1972, the 7-acre property was listed under the National and Hawaiian Registers of Historic Places.

The Bailey House Museum holds the most extensive collection of Hawaiian art exhibits in Maui County. Here, guests can view some rare archeological finds. There is a 100-year-old canoe, a surfboard that belonged to the Hawaii legend Duke Kahanamoku, 19th Century colonial artifacts, Edward Bailey’s paintings of Hawaii, Koa furniture, and so much more.

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Ho’okipa Beach Park

Ho’okipa Beach Park is one of the most famous beaches in Hawaii and one of the top beaches in the world for professional surfing and windsurfing. In the ancient Hawaiian language, “ho’okipa” means “hospitality,” and that is precisely what this beach park has to offer!

Check out Ho’okipa Beach Park, and watch more than a few of the world’s best watermen and women set the stage. At Ho’okipa, visitors can see the vast North Shore Maui coast and gorgeous reef formations all the way from the top parking lot. You can venture down to the sand for some great people-watching, afternoon BBQs, and soaking up the glorious Maui sunshine.

During the winter, the current can be quite strong, so we suggest that only strong swimmers venture out. Ho’okipa is one of the best spots to snorkel and explore during the summer months. Discover the excitement and international appeal while visiting Ho’okipa Beach Park. Experience the North Shore of Maui the way that the locals do! Kick back and relax, and love life in Hawaii.

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See the Dolphins at La Perouse

One of the most amazing things you can do in South Maui is to see the dolphins at La Perouse Bay.

Pods of Spinner Dolphins come to La Perouse every morning. After a rare chance to watch the Hawaiian Spinner Dolphins in their natural habitat, take a short walk through the marked trails at La Perouse Bay.

Make sure to stay on the trails because there are some areas of La Perouse that are protected Hawaiian historical sites. La Perouse Bay marks one end of Maui’s historic King’s Trail. Guests can view archeological sites while they breathe in all of the peace and tranquility of this beautiful part of South Maui.

At La Perouse, you will see beautiful lava formations as they lead out to the sea. From time to time you might see some people riding horses at La Perouse. If you look closely, you may even see some wild goats running around in the Kiawe trees.

You can find La Perouse at the end of Makena Alanui Road, Highway 31. There’s a gravel parking lot but there are no public restrooms or facilities. When you are done with your visit, you can head back to Highway 31 to visit some snorkeling coves or Makena State Beach Park en route back to Kihei.

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Wai’anapanapa State Park

Wai’anapanapa State Park sprawls across 122 acres of land along the coast of East Maui. Guests can hike through two trail loops in this gorgeous area and take in the stunning views of the coast. Some highlights are the sea-sculpted lava shelves, ancient Hawaiian burial sites, a blowhole, five secret caves, and the stunning Pa’iloa Beach, also known as Black Sand Beach.

Wai’anapanapa is one of the few Hawaii State parks on Maui that allow camping. The property has 12 cabins available to rent, but make sure to book yours ahead of time. There are also several picnic and BBQ areas, some restroom and shower facilities, and a large parking lot. This spot is frequented by both locals and visitors, with a few tour buses that stop in each day. Wai’anapanapa is one of the top places to visit in Hawaii, but only for those in the know.

Wai’anapanapa is near Mile Marker 32 on the Hana Highway. If you head East towards Hana Town, you will see a sign on the road’s makai (ocean) side where you will take a left to reach the State Park.

While exploring Wai’anapanapa trails, guests should follow the information on ALL signs. If one says “kapu,” that means stay out! This park has more than 34 ancient Hawaiian historical sites, so please respect the history, the ‘aina (land), and the aumakua (ancestors).

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Maui Arts & Cultural Center

Since 1994, the Maui Arts and Cultural Center (MACC) has been providing Maui residents and visitors with the most fantastic place for art and entertainment on Maui. Here, guests can enjoy Hawaiian culture programs, live music, comedy, dancing, stage shows and plays, concerts, festivals, art exhibits, galas, and much more. The MACC is the only venue of its kind on the island of Maui!

When a big name act comes to the Island of Maui, you can bet that they’ll be playing at the MACC. The MACC consists of the Castle Theater (indoor), McCoy Studio Theater (indoor), A&B Amphitheater (outdoor), and the Schaefer International Gallery.

There are so many great events held each year at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center. A few of the most popular ones are the Maui Film Festival, Made In Maui County Festival, Mayjah Rayjah Summer Music Festival, Maui Brewers Festival, and Maui Calls. Throughout the year, the MACC also offers a wide range of free events for the public. Some of the best ones are the Starry Night movie screenings, the Ki Ho’alu Guitar Festival, and the Maui Ukulele Festival.

Whether you are a resident of Maui or a visitor, the Maui Arts & Cultural Center is a great place to visit. They offer so many top-notch programs for everyone to enjoy. The Maui Arts & Cultural Center is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization run by a volunteer Board of Directors.

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Kihei Triangle

Discover Kihei Triangle to witness South Mauiʻs vibrant bar scene and nightlife. Just across the road from the beach, guests can have a tropical cocktail, do a little souvenir shopping at Kalama Village, get a quick bite, or catch a game and a local beer at a sports bar.

South Shore Tiki Lounge stands as Kihei’s quintessential South Maui bar, restaurant, and nightclub. It’s the best place to catch a game, and the dance floor comes alive on weekends, pulsating with house music by local DJs and attracting a youthful, energetic crowd.

Just a short walk away, Three’s Bar and Grill mixes dining with lively entertainment. They also have a VIP Surf Lounge with a stage for live music and entertainment. During weekdays, guests can enjoy tunes with dinner, while weekends turn up the tempo with performances lasting until the early hours. If you head to Threeʻs, 100% order the Coconut Crusted Shrimp as a starter.

More spots to check out at the Kihei Triangle and South Kihei include VIBE Bar, Kahale’s, Lava Rock Bar, Dog & Duck, and Haui’s Life’s a Beach.

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Maui Zip n’ Dip Tours

Plan out an exciting day and take your family and friends on one of Maui’s only Zip n’ Dip Tours! This is the latest craze in Hawaii zipline adventures, and it is offered only through Skyline Eco-Adventures on Maui. It is quickly becoming more and more popular, so make sure that you book this Maui activity early.

Guests have two options when they plan their Maui Zip n’ Dip Tour. The first tour is a 3-hour, 4-line adventure where guests will venture down three new lines and finally reach the 4th line, the “Zip n’ Splash.” This is where guests can spend roughly 45 minutes swimming, splashing, and stand-up paddle-boarding in a freshwater pool. The second choice is a 4.5-hour tour with a brand new 9-line zip tour, where guests will soar through 8 separate zip lines before reaching the 9th “Zip n’ Splash,” where they will spend 45 minutes of freshwater fun.

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Upcountry Farmers Market

The super popular Upcountry Farmers’ Market has graced Maui for more than four decades, making it the island’s longest-standing farmers’ market. Originally hosted at diverse Upcountry locales such as St. Joseph’s Church and the Eddie Tam Gym in Makawao, it now thrives each Saturday from 7am-11am at the Kulamalu Town Center (conveniently situated near Long’s Drugs off Highway 37). Renowned as a favorite among Maui’s weekly markets, it basks in the milder climate and breathtaking panoramic vistas only found in Upcountry Maui.

What truly sets this market apart is the eclectic mix of over 50 vendors that gather here weekly. Residents and visitors wallow in a cornucopia of amazing local offerings: organically farmed produce to ice-cold coconuts, handpicked macadamia nuts, fresh seafood, Maui coffee, local honey, fresh-cut flowers, and so much more. Morning market goers can also find exotic items like lilikoi (passion fruit) butter, a variety of juices, freshly baked bread, and a colorful array of tropical plants and trees.

The Upcountry Farmers Market also tempts the palate with a whole range of prepared foods. There are always delicious raw and vegan options and Thai and Indian dishes, with new tasty local surprises introduced weekly.

This Maui farmers market isn’t just a top thing to do on Maui; it’s a full-on sensory celebration of Maui’s beautifully diverse culture and community. With the crisp Upcountry air and stunning scenery, here’s a place you can relax in for a while.

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Feast at Lele

Feast at Lele is such a great thing to do while on Maui. We cannot possibly say enough good things about it! It is like the tour-de-force of traditional luaus, with a superb display of Polynesian culture all throughout the menu, music, dance performances, and presentation.

Feast at Lele is brought to you by the creators of Maui’s Pacific’O Restaurant of the Old Lahaina Luau. With this in mind, Feast at Lele has been expertly crafted by the best in Hawaiian hospitality. If you are looking for some fabulous Polynesian food at one of the best luaus in Hawaii, you’ve found it!

Feast at Lele offers all of their guests a truly remarkable Maui experience. First, the location of the Feast at Lele is the same beach where Hawaiian royalty once entertained their guests. This area of West Maui also housed the original seat of the Hawaiian monarchy, which we think is pretty sweet.

The Feast at Lele begins at sunset, where guests are greeted with a fresh flower lei and a Mai Tai. They will then enjoy a delicious, private sit-down 5-course dinner and an open bar throughout the night. The cuisine and evening performances pair with each other perfectly. They are both drawn from the four Polynesian cultures of Hawaii: Aotearoa, New Zealand, Tahiti, and Samoa. Guests can expect to taste some true delights from Hawaiian culture while watching a real Hawaiian performance. Seriously, every part of the Feast at Lele is fabulous!

We suggest that you book Feast at Lele ahead of time as these seats go fast! For more info, please see all of our favorite Maui luaus.

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Maui Brewing Company Tours

Maui Brewing Co (605 Lipoa Pkwy., Kihei) is the first craft beer to have been brewed on Maui. Their brewery tours include tastings of their four flagship beers. They are the Bikini Blonde Lager, Big Swell IPA, Coconut Hiwa Porter, and Pineapple Mana Wheat.

The guided tours last about 45 minutes. Make sure to get there at least 20 minutes early as the tours are each for only 15 people, and they will start reassigning reservations 10 minutes prior. Call ahead on the weekend or make your reservation online. The tours cover their history, distribution, beer brewing methods, and packaging.

If you miss the tour, you can still buy a beer, wine, or cocktail and enjoy the view of the ocean from their shaded patio. Guests can also play board games, buy merchandise, or have a 32-ounce growler filled to the brim.

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Kula Botanical Gardens

Perched at 3,300 feet above sea level, the Kula Botanical Garden is open to all guests from 9 am to 4 pm, seven days a week. This Maui botanical garden spans 8 acres and is the perfect place to go for a quiet stroll through Upcountry Maui.

The environment at the Kula Botanical Garden is peaceful and relaxing, and is a feast for the senses! The air here is so fresh with vibrantly colored flora as far as the eye can see. Tropical fragrances follow the paved pathway, and the property is expertly landscaped. See a huge range of exotic plants and tropical flowers, from Protea, White Ginger, Rainbow Eucalyptus, and Monstera to Orchids, Fuschia, and Bromeliads. A stream travels through the garden and a bird sanctuary for the native Hawaiian Nene birds, which are endangered.

When you come to the Kula Botanical Garden, make sure to give yourself at least an hour to truly check the space out on a self-guided tour. If you’d like to stay longer, be their guest! The owners have made some nice sitting areas for quiet reflection, and picnic tables and chairs for those who would like to enjoy lunch in a nirvanic setting.

If guests would like to book a guided tour of the Kula Botanical Garden, they must book in advance.

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Historic Iao Theater

The Historic Iao Theater first opened its doors in Wailuku in 1928. It was built with a Spanish Mission/late Art Deco style. Wailuku’s famous theater features movie screenings, stage shows, plays, and performances. Some notable performers from its past include Frank Sinatra, Bob Hope, Donald O’Connor, and Mickey Rooney.

In 1953 the Iao Theater was one of the first movie theaters in Hawaii to screen the film “From Here To Eternity.” In the early parts of the 20th Century, the Iao Theater was the most beautiful and unique venue on Maui.

By the 1980s, the Iao Theater had started to slowly decline due to a lack of care and service. It was close to demolition. Between 1994 and 1996, the Iao Theater underwent a major renovation to the tune of over $1 million. These efforts were led by the Wailuku Main Street Association. Thanks to Maui’s community and some generous donors, the repairs have been completed and the Historic Iao Theater is now home to Maui OnStage events. Maui OnStage offers acting classes for the youth and adults, and they produce a wide range of plays and Maui stage performances.

The Historic Iao Theater is an excellent place to visit while you are on Maui. You can easily spend a whole late afternoon checking out the boutiques on Wailuku’s Main Street. Then, grab some dinner at any of the delicious restaurants near the theater, and catch a Maui Onstage evening performance with your family and friends.

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Honolua Bay

Honolua Bay is just a 20-minute drive north of Lahaina. It’s a famous West Maui beach for surfing and snorkeling. Honolua is one of the most beautiful, colorful, and vibrant beaches in all of the Hawaiian Islands too.

In the winter, Honolua is a top surf spot for experienced surfers. During the calm summer months, Honolua is one of the best places on Maui to snorkel or scuba dive. The bluffs above the beach area provide a perfect spot to watch surfers from a safe distance or to take in a stunning West Maui sunset.

To snorkel at Honolua Bay, guests have a few options. First, you could book a snorkel cruise that will bring you right to the bay. You could also drive to Honolua, park near the sign for the Honolua-Mokule’ia Bay Marine Life Conservation District and take a short hike through Honolua’s forest.

When you snorkel at Honolua Bay, make sure to enter the water on the right-hand side of the rocky beach. Most people go left to the sandy entrance, but the water there is sometimes cloudy due to a freshwater stream on that side of the bay.

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Rappel Waterfalls Tour

Explore Hawaii as you never thought possible on one of Maui’s most unique tours. Journey through a 26-acre privately owned Maui rainforest and botanical garden. Here you can become a Hawaiian-style canyoneer while you rappel down waterfalls framed by lava rock.

Guests will start out in the morning by traveling down the renowned Hana Highway towards East Maui. With the help of a professional tour guide, they will receive expert levels of information about the Hawaii rainforest environment. Guests will embark on a tour of the botanical gardens, get decked out in canyoneering equipment, and receive rappel training and safety instruction.

The pro canyoneers will then lead guests on a short hike into a Maui jungle, where they will receive more hands-on training. Guests will then have the chance to practice their new skills on a 60-foot dry jungle wall. After an approved “show-and-tell” session, guests will have the choice to continue up to a 50-ft waterfall where they can rappel into a large freshwater pool. If they choose to go further, they can rappel down a more challenging 30-ft waterfall.

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Explore Upcountry Maui

Maui is the best island in Hawaii for so many reasons that there are too many to list! Two of the things that make Maui so special are its diverse topography and microclimates. In one day, guests can travel from sea level to the 10,000-ft high Mt. Haleakala.

Due to Maui’s wide range in elevation and the fact the island was created by two volcanic eruptions, there is just so much to see and take in. On the slopes of Mt. Haleakala is an area that is known as Upcountry.

The Upcountry area of Maui is made up of Makawao, Olinda, Kula (lower and upper), Keokea, and Ulupalakua. When you visit these areas, you might be shocked since you wouldn’t expect to see all of the rolling hills, farms, pastures, and sweet and quaint communities.

The next time you’re on Maui, take a scenic tour of Upcountry. Taking some time to explore this area will add to many more unique Maui vacation memories.

Check out historic Makawao Town to get a glimpse of Maui’s paniolo (cowboy) culture, and to find some great stores, galleries, and restaurants. Go to Olinda to hike through the Makawao Forest, check out the Ali’i Kula Lavender Farm, and explore the Kula Botanical Gardens. Stop by for some original Maui coffee and baked goods from Grandma’s Coffee Shop in Keokea. Do not miss out on a chance to grab a top-notch burger or a plate lunch from the Ulupalakua Ranch Store before you visit the tasting room at Maui’s winery in Ulupalakua.

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Charles Lindbergh’s Grave

The Palapala Ho’omau Congregational Church can be found near Mile Marker 41. It is not only one of the most interesting historical sites on Maui but it is also the site of Charles Lindbergh’s grave.

Okay, so who was Charles Lindbergh?

“If I take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea…”
(Charles Lindbergh inscription at the Palapala Ho’omau Church, Maui)

Charles Lindbergh, nicknamed “Slim,” “The Lone Eagle,” and “Lucky Lindy,” was an extremely influential aviator, inventor, explorer, social activist, and U.S military officer. He was born in Detroit in 1902 and died in Kipahulu, Maui in 1974. He was a stunt pilot, and was the first pilot to fly non-stop from New York to Paris when he was just 25 years old. When his child was kidnapped in 1932, Al Capone (“Scarface”) offered to help him find his baby. In 1932, Lindbergh also invented one of the first artificial hearts out of Pyrex glass! He was a huge deal in his day and was absolutely massive in the media.

Like many, Charles Lindbergh found the Island of Maui to be one of the most desirable places he had ever visited, and made it his home.

Palapala Ho’omau Church was built in 1857 from limestone and coral. This historical Maui church has so much more to offer than just a tiny graveyard. The craftsmanship alone is astounding for its time. Art history lovers will surely be in awe. One of the window paintings inside the church shows a Polynesian Chief dressed in a Hawaiian feather cape. This kind was reserved only for Hawaii’s highest-ranking Ali’i chiefs (royalty). It is kind of tricky to find but it is well worth the effort. The Palapala Ho’omau Church is still active and is visited daily by many residents. Please, PLEASE be respectful and courteous at this East Maui locale!

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Alexander & Baldwin Sugar Museum

The Alexander & Baldwin Sugar Museum in Puunene sits right next to the largest sugar factory in Hawaii, which is now closed. The museum is just 1,800 square feet but should not be overlooked by those who are touring historical attractions on the Valley Isle. Maui’s Sugar Museum has a vast collection of exhibits, and loads of information about Maui’s agricultural history and colonial past.

The A&B Sugar Museum consists of six exhibit rooms. There is The Geography Room, The Water Room, The Human Resources Room, The Plantation Room, The Field Work Room, and The Mill Room. After strolling through each exhibit room and checking out the view in Puunene, guests should have a pretty good idea of what sugar production in the late 1800s looked like. Outside the museum, guests can also find some interesting outdoor exhibits. There is a Portuguese oven from the 1920s, a Cleveland Model J36 trench digger, a cane hauler, a few vintage Caterpillar tractors, and more.

The A&B Sugar Museum is a great place for the whole family to check out. They can explore the entire museum in just under an hour. There is also a sweet little gift shop for those who are looking for the perfect Maui gifts for their friends and family at home.

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Horseback Riding Tours

Embarking on a horseback riding tour in Maui is one of the best ways to explore the ‘aina (land) of Maui. You can take in the views of the terrain up close and personal from the top of a horse. While engaging in this popular Maui activity, riders will have a fantastic vantage point to check out Maui’s amazing mountain and coastal views.

Horseback riding in Maui is an excellent activity for those of all skill levels. Throughout the Island of Maui, there are more than a few places where you can go horseback riding. In West Maui, the best place to ride horses or take horseback riding lessons is at the Ironwood Ranch. If you are in Central Maui, check out Makani Olu Ranch. Also in Central Maui is Mendes Ranch, a great choice to enjoy horseback riding tours and have a fun, cowboy-style BBQ lunch.

For those who are looking to enjoy island-style country living at its best, a Maui horseback riding adventure is the perfect choice. Mendes Ranch is located on Wailuku’s back road and is a superb choice for those looking for things to do with their kids on Maui. Besides the great trail adventures, Mendes Ranch also offers a top-notch BBQ lunch.

With rave reviews and high ratings, Ironwood Ranch in West Maui is a top spot for horseback rides. They offer rides from beginner to experienced levels, private lessons, sunset rides, and private events.

Lastly, Makani Olu Ranch in Central Maui is just fantastic! They offer Maui horseback riding lessons, private rides, and their famous Waikapu Plantation Ride. This ride traverses picturesque Mauna Kahalawai Valley on the slopes of the West Maui Mountains. The tour accommodates a max of 6 riders, with 2-hour and 3-hour options. This is an ideal choice for a memorable family outing or a holiday excursion with your close friends.

Please visit Mendes Ranch, Ironwood Ranch, or Makani Olu Ranch for more information about horseback riding tours in Maui.

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Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary

Situated in South Maui, the Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary is a haven for Maui’s majestic humpback whale visitors.

Encompassing approximately 1,400 square miles of ocean, the sanctuary is a crucial breeding and birthing area for these magnificent mammals. The sanctuary’s Visitor’s Center offers a unique opportunity for guests (and residents) to witness the awe-inspiring beauty of the North Pacific Humpbacks in their natural habitat.

Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary also conducts educational programs and community outreach, fostering a deeper understanding and appreciation for marine life and its preservation.

Visiting the sanctuary isn’t just a tourist activity; it’s an immersive experience that connects you with nature and underscores the importance of marine conservation in Maui.

Whether you’re a nature enthusiast, a photographer, or simply seeking a unique activity in South Maui, the Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary is a great choice.

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Maui Pineapple Tours

At the Hali’imaile Pineapple Plantation, guests will have a great time checking out the only pineapple tour in Maui. It is also the only tour of a working pineapple plantation in the US!

The Maui Pineapple Tour is a fun time for the whole family. It’s an eco-friendly and educational tour where guests can learn about Maui’s pineapple growing history, growing cycles, and cultivation techniques.

The guided tour begins with a display of how pineapples are harvested and then how they are packed and shipped. Every guest will have the opportunity to taste pineapple at different stages, and each guest will be gifted a fresh and tasty Maui pineapple as a souvenir.

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Parasailing is one of the most exciting ocean activities you can do on Maui! Please keep in mind that this activity can only be done during the late Spring and Summer months. Parasailing vendors are not allowed to operate during Maui’s whale watching season, which is roughly between late October and April.

Maui parasailing tours depart from Ka’anapali Beach. The top parasailing company in Maui is UFO Parasails. They are the best in the business and have a funny, knowledgeable, and professional crew. Safety and fun are the two most important things to the staff at UFO.

You can expect a small group on a Maui parasailing tour. The groups are usually limited to eight people so that everyone gets a reasonable amount of time in the air. When it’s your turn to get up and fly over the Pacific Ocean, you will be harnessed and perched in the back of the boat. You will slowly float into the air and quickly become the King or Queen of the Pacific, with all of West Maui in your sights. On your way down, you can get dipped in the ocean if you’d like, so tell the parasailing guides ahead of time!

Parasailing is a super fun thing to do for guests of all ages. You can even fly tandem! Time to put this Maui activity on your bucket list!

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Hawaii Nature Center

The Hawaii Nature Center has been providing environmental educational programs in Hawaii since 1981. Their Maui field sites are Iao Valley and Kealia Pond. Since the center was started, over 850,000 children have learned from its programs.

The mission of the Hawaii Nature Center is “to foster awareness, appreciation, understanding, and stewardship of Hawai‘i’s environment by educating children with an interactive and immersive approach.”

They offer both Maui Community and Maui School programs all year round. As such, this non-profit organization adds so much value to the lives of all who take part in their customized activities in Maui.

On your next vacation in Maui, make sure to check out the Hawaii Nature Center. You will learn all about Hawaiian environmental culture and the inner workings that are crucial to the preservation of Maui. This is a great place for kids and a wonderful choice to appease your philanthropic side by volunteering in Hawaii.

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Maui Chocolate Tasting

A visit to Maui Chocolate Tasting is the perfect activity for foodies and chocolate lovers who are visiting Maui. Formerly known as Maui Chocolate Tours, Maui Chocolate Tasting’s new production kitchen can be found in North Kihei, behind the Tesoro Gas Station on Maui’s South Shore.

Owner and Master Chocolatier Virginia Douglas knows how to showcase all of the unique flavors found on Maui. Her expertise shows through in her fusion of Maui’s fresh, locally sourced fruits, nuts, spices, and flowers with her fantastic chocolate. The result is a flawless blend of taste and color.

Guests will love this exclusive chocolate experience so much. You and your loved ones will have a great time as you learn everything you could ever want to know about chocolate making and how cacao is grown on Maui.

If it sounds like fun to spend the day tasting delicious chocolates that have been hand-made in small batches by a true artisan, then we suggest that you book your reservation to visit Maui Chocolate Tasting ahead of time. This is a very popular outing and it has limited space. Don’t miss out on this rare and unique chocolate activity!

If you choose to visit the Upcountry farm where the cacao is grown, please note that they cannot accommodate those who have limited mobility or other such physical disabilities at this time. With a high elevation of 1900 feet, some moderate walking up and downhill on steep grades is required.

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Maui Escape Rooms

Do you need a break from the sun? Are you ready for an immersive live-action adventure on Maui that will put your wits to the test? At Maui Escape Rooms, guests can wear the hat of a treasure-hunter, clue finder, cryptologist, and more!

So, what happens in the Escape Rooms?

You and your group will be physically trapped in a room filled with gadgets and puzzles. There is only one goal: you have to find the hidden clues, crack the devices and decipher the codes to solve the mystery and escape before you run out of time! Please note that each room has a panic button that allows for an exit if needed.

Currently, Maui Escape Rooms has five escape games to offer. There is Saving Sherlock, Tesla’s Secret, Prison Break, Pirate Ship, and Ka Puka Bunker. Each one is unique and challenging. All of the games are designed to build teamwork skills and promote social interaction.

Maui Escape Rooms will leave you and your loved ones with fond memories of this fun Maui journey. Book a Maui Escape Rooms adventure now to find out if you have what it takes to escape!

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Mahalo for reading Pride of Maui’s Top 50 Maui Attractions & Maui Activities. There are just so many wonderful activities and adventures to check out on Maui.


From all of us at Pride of Maui, we look forward to helping you create your best vacation to Maui yet! A Hui Hou Kakou! (Until we meet again)

Alexandra Mitchell

Alexandra is a marketing professional with a passion for writing about travel to the Hawaiian Islands, vacation rentals, and luxury real estate. She exposes readers to glimpses of 'Old Hawaii,' new destinations to explore, local events, and all the best things to do on Maui.