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 visitor, or a Hawaii resident, this article provides all the newest information about each unique attraction and Maui activity. We urge you to visit Maui and explore all the best she offers! Maximize your Hawaiian Island experience and create vacation memories that you will cherish forever.

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

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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 another must-do activity and one that your family and friends will endlessly thank you.

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

Regarding snorkeling in Maui, booking a snorkel tour to Molokini should not be missed. When snorkeling at Molokini Crater, guests can expect to see a vast array of Maui’s marine life, including marine animals and great schools 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 mini volcanic caldera island, there is no sand surrounding this snorkel site. That means the ocean depth allows for underwater visibility (up to 150 feet).

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


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Road to Hana

Traveling from the North Shore towards East Maui via the Road to Hana is one of the most extraordinary day activities in Hawaii. For those who have never been, this must-do activity should be done at least once in your lifetime.

The Road to Hana is one of the most popular activities on Maui for many reasons. It includes gorgeous scenery, visits to waterfalls, and a chance to check out less frequented areas. Most importantly, it is a chance to experience a rare glimpse into Old Hawaii. Visit awe-inspiring natural wonders and see local Hawaiian culture firsthand.

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

When planning your trip to Hana, start at Paia Town. We suggest you arrive in Paia by 7:30 am to avoid 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’re good to go!

There are numerous places to check out along the Hana Highway. Still, we suggest the following steps for first-timers: Twin Falls (mile marker 2) for a light hike to a waterfall and a refreshing smoothie or fresh coconut, Nahiku Marketplace (mile marker 29) for yummy treats and gifts, and Wai’anapanapa State Park (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, art galleries, and farmer’s markets. Just past Hana, guests can spend the day at Hamoa Beach or travel further towards Kipahulu to view the Seven Sacred Pools of Ohe’o. After, 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

Maui Whale Watching tours are undoubtedly one of the best activities to do on Maui. Hawaii, even! Seeing the North Pacific humpback whales gracing Maui’s oceans during their annual Winter migration is one of the most exciting experiences you will ever have!

With recorded sightings since ancient Polynesian cultures came to Hawaii shores, these god-like, majestic mammals have been traveling from North Alaskan waters to Hawaii’s oceans since at least 1300 AD.

Year after year, these glorious ocean creatures continue to visit Maui’s waters to give birth to their baby calves and lay low for the winter months. When witnessing this endangered and protected species in action, guests can expect to see a display of whale behaviors: tail slaps, breaching, and newborns frolicking and playing on the ocean surface.

On average, mature Humpback Whales are approximately 40-feet in length and 40-tons in weight. So, it is pretty hard to miss these massive ocean dwellers in movement. Indeed, it’s a breathtaking experience every time.

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


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Sunrise at Mt. Haleakala

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

There’s nothing quite like a Maui sunrise (except maybe a Maui sunset), and you will have more than one chance to check it out while on Island.

A great 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 also be just what you need to avoid jet-lag-induced tossing and turning in the early morning hours). You now must make reservations to visit Haleakala Crater.

When planning for this Maui activity, please consider that it will take about 1.5 hours to drive to Mt. Haleakala’s summit from Kahului. Depending on what part of the Island you are staying on, 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 sunrise to get oriented with the best view.

When venturing to Haleakala, know 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 are ready to go.

Seeing the sunrise from Mt. Haleakala is truly a thrilling experience. Watching the sun emerge from the clouds for another fabulous Maui day is almost sacred. It’s like watching a watercolor painting unfold before you, and as cheesy as this may sound, it’s also 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 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 educational displays about ocean ecology, whale life, and Hawaiian culture. All guests 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

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

At all golf resorts in the State of Hawaii, golfers and friends will indeed lavish in the luxury of immaculate conditions: 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 or visit anytime throughout the year for a 5-star golfing experience. Here, guests can rub elbows with the best golf professionals in the world while basking in magical West Maui views.

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

The Island of Maui is celebrated for its golf resorts. No matter your skill level, there’s a course for everyone!


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Sunset Luau Dinner Cruise

Surprise your loved ones with a special evening cruising at a comfortable speed 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 optimal placement to watch a magical Maui sunset!

This Maui tour is ideal for watching the Humpback Whales frolic on the ocean surface in the early evening if you’re visiting during whale season.

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

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


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Hawaii Mermaid Adventures

Undoubtedly, there’s an ocean full of things to do on Maui! Booking an experience with Hawaii Mermaid Adventures is probably one of the coolest, most memorable, and unique Maui activities to explore.

With Hawaii Mermaid Adventures, guests can learn how to swim like a mermaid in the ocean or a resort pool, and they can even purchase their very own mermaid tail. Maui mermaid swimming lessons are available 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 mermaid myths while wearing a mermaid tail.

Instructors at Hawaii Mermaid Adventures are lifeguard/CPR certified, and they’re also certified naturalists. Mermaid swimming lessons begin with safety information and continue with practice swims, feedback, tips and tricks, Maui marine information, and more learnings about how to protect Maui’s coral reefs.

Mermaid swim classes are available in South Maui and West Maui. Guests can book a swim class at a Maui resort swimming pool or in the ocean. All 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.

Here is an excellent adventure for families on vacation in Maui and couples celebrating a holiday or a 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 the perfect activity for you. Maui Ocean Vodka is an award-winning spirit made right here on Maui.

Guests visiting this family-run vodka distillery will be amazed by the spectacular location. Make sure to bring your camera to this gorgeous 80-acre property. Enjoy the majestic Mt. Haleakala as your backdrop, the West Maui Mountains below, and unobstructed ocean views. The photo opportunities are countless here.

The tour begins with an overview of the process involved in growing more than 30 varieties of Polynesian sugar cane needed to produce Maui Ocean Vodka. Visitors will also learn about sustainable farming and organic practices used in growing and harvesting sugarcane. Next, you will witness precisely how Ocean Vodka is distilled. They use organic sugar cane juice in combination with the Hawaiian sea minerals that are found 3,000 feet under the ocean’s surface. Hence the name, “Ocean Vodka.”

The best part of the tour is tasting it for yourself. All visitors 21+ are invited to sample this amazingly smooth and certified 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

When 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, visitors can explore beaches and scenic areas, peruse boutiques and art galleries, and dine at various restaurants.

Paia and the North Shore areas are, without a doubt, unique communities in Hawaii. Paia Town has earned the name “The Coolest Little Town on Maui” for many reasons. The town was the hub of the bustling sugarcane agricultural business that began dominating Maui’s North Shore areas during the 1870s. In 1896, the Town of Paia was declared a U.S. Census-designated Hawaii township.

Once home to plantation workers, Paia and the North Shore now consists of a funky hybrid of residents. The heartbeat is the locals that 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 international residents, all drawn to the North Shore for its bohemian nature and excellent ocean conditions for surfing and water sports.


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Spa Day

Plan an out-of-this-world spa day on your next vacation to the fabulous Island of Maui. All guests will love this experience with a host of the best Maui spa locations available at your fingertips. Maui spa menus are full of healing services for your body, mind, and soul.

Located in West Maui, the Ritz Carlton Spa in Kapalua is among the best. Their menu highlights healing therapies that draw upon ancient Hawaiian healing remedies.

The menu is broken down into massages, facials, a men’s specific menu, beauty services, and enhancements. Spa facilities at the Maui Ritz Carlton Spa include 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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Surfing

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

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

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

Visitors travel to Maui from all corners of the world for surfing each year. Surfing is prevalent on all the Hawaiian Islands, with some of the most renowned Hawaiian surfing locales 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 survey the beautiful Island of Maui and the outer islands of Molokai and Lanai with a bird’s eye view! See lush valleys, secret waterfalls, dramatic coastlines, erupting volcanoes, and colorful reef formations from the skyline.

There are various helicopter tour companies and tours to choose from in Hawaii. However, they offer different experiences.

For over ten years, Blue Hawaiian Helicopters has been awarded TripAdvisor’s Certificate of Excellence and has been subsequently inducted into their “Hall of Fame.”

We love this leader in Hawaii helicopter tours. With Blue Hawaiian, guests can choose from five tours in Maui County: Complete Island of Maui, Hana & Haleakala, Maui Spectacular, Waterfalls of West Maui & Molokai, or Private Charters. Private Charters are an excellent option for a Maui honeymoon and celebration-related sky adventures.

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

Air Maui is a helicopter tour company with 25+ years of perfect safety. Air Maui offers eight helicopter tours: 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 private custom 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 digital stereo music. The cabin is comfortable, and an unobstructed 180-degree view is available from every seat. A MultiVision video system records your tours and the pilot’s narrations and background music in HD 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 sincerely 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 created from the vision of Laurelee Blanchard, ‘to establish a shelter for Maui’s animals who have suffered from abuse and have been abandoned.’

Visitors will enjoy wandering through this gorgeous eight-acre property in some of Maui’s most beautiful tropical lands. With its hundreds of trees and rolling green pastures, you and your family will love investigating Maui’s nature while encountering some very friendly animals.

The animals residing at this great sanctuary include donkeys, pigs, goats, sheep, cats, rabbits, geese, tortoises, ducks, deer, and even a happy cow. Due to Blanchard’s intention to offer humane animal education to the community, the sanctuary also provides educational programs for school groups and special needs visitors. Of course, tours are also available to the public.

We highly recommend a guided tour of Leilani Farm Sanctuary while visiting Maui. You and your family will delight in the tremendous sense of love for mother nature and all her creatures in this peaceful haven for animals on Maui.


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Jaws Surf Break (PE’AHI)

Whether you are a surfer or not, Jaws is a massive attraction 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 popular hyped-out spots on the international surfing train.

Named after the unpredictability of a shark, Jaws Maui is one of the world’s largest and strongest surf breaks. Wave sizes can exceed 70 feet in the Winter (December-March). The wave is inconsistent; 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, due to its remote location down an almost always thick and muddy 4-wheel drive road, we suggest you lace up your hiking boots or throw on some sturdy rain boots and hike down. DO NOT attempt to drive down in your rental car, just 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 grab you!

So, get ready for an incredible adventure! Bring some drinking water, a camera, and remember that this hike is not for the lighthearted.

To find Jaws Maui, travel down Hana Highway towards Haiku. Park your vehicle somewhere out of the way of traffic between mile markers 13 and 14, and start walking towards the ocean. Please don’t 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. GPS Coordinates: 20.942202,-156.300688


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Ohe’o Gulch (The Seven Sacred Pools)

The Ohe’o Gulch Pools, more commonly referred to as the Seven Sacred Pools, are one of the most popular Maui attractions to see. This area is a natural spectacle, with a string of pools and waterfalls cascading from East Maui Mountain valleys to the blue Pacific Ocean coastline.

Ohe’o is a beautiful place to explore when venturing to Hana. Please note that the pools are not open for swimming anymore. Ohe’o is part of the Haleakala National Park system and hosts a ranger station, public restrooms, large parking lots, and amazing camping facilities.

The best way to experience the Seven Sacred Pools is by planning a camping trip to Hana! Spend a day exploring the historic Road to Hana, 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 lies 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 Maui residents and visitors. At an elevation of 4,000 feet, the Kula Lavender Farm on Maui is home to over 45 varieties and approximately 55,000 lavender plants.

Spend an afternoon visiting the Ali’i Kula Lavender Farm and stroll through the elaborate gardens while enjoying a sweet conversation with your friends at one of the hidden rest areas. The view faces the South Maui coastline, allowing for breathtaking water-colored scenes of the Pacific Ocean stretching to the West Maui Mountain Range.

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

Check out the onsite Lavender boutique, where you can find an abundance of locally made Lavender-infused goods. Each product has been developed by the Ali’i Kula Lavender Farm, integrating sustainability, innovation, and a love for the Island of Maui.


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Sport Fishing

Enjoy awe-inspiring Maui scenery and the most optimal ocean conditions in the world when sport fishing on Maui. On the island, there are many options for Hawaii Sport Fishing, including small and large game fish. Guests can easily book a 2-hour or full-day group tour or embark on a private chartered sport fishing adventure with family and friends.

Guests are not required to have a fishing license in the State of Hawaii to partake in Maui sport fishing, and some private charters will allow you to keep the fish you catch!

The best private sport fishing charters on Maui are Maui Fun Charters and Start Me Up Fishing out of the Lahaina Harbor. They have the newest and fastest vessels, modern fishing equipment, and a professional staff full of the valuable local knowledge you’d like to have when game fishing on Maui.

The most popular large game fish caught when sport fishing on Maui are Blue Marlin, Striped Marlin, Black Marlin, Hawaiian Ahi Tuna, Kawakawa (Mackerel), Skipjack (Tuna), Mahi-Mahi (Dolphin Fish), Ono (Wahoo), and Spearfish.


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Makena State Park

Just south of Wailea lies Makena State Park, composed of over 165 acres. 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 the Hawaiian Islands for bodyboarding and skimboarding.

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

Little Beach is a small beach cove located just north of Big Beach. At one point in time, there was a trail that led from one beach to the next, but due to coastline erosion, it’s now accessed by a 5-minute hike over a steep lava outcropping. Once you fare the trek, 660-ft long Little Beach is below with calm swimming conditions and good times. Little Beach is also one of the only nude sunbathing beaches on Maui, and 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 rapidly becoming one of the most famous ocean activities in the world. Available to the masses and easy to learn, spend a day “sweeping the ocean,” relaxing, and enjoying gorgeous ocean and shoreline views. Strengthen your core, find your balance and feel a true sense of achievement learning stand-up paddling in Hawaii.

Not only is “SUP” a super fun Maui ocean activity for children and adults, but it is also gaining particular popularity as a growing women’s sport. You can practice learning on flat water, attempt small wave riding and finally achieve 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 on Maui are a great day adventure!


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Kapalua Golf Resort

Golfing is undoubtedly one of the most popular activities 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 Maui’s top golf courses are the Plantation and Bay courses at the Kapalua Resort.

For guests seeking a memorable vacation in Hawaii while focusing on their golf game, Maui is the best island for a load of golf instruction at all levels. At the Kapalua Resort, guests can refine their golf craft at the Plantation and Bay courses or pick up some more instruction from PGA professionals at the Kapalua Golf Academy. Created by PGA Touring Professional Athlete Hale Irwin, the Kapalua Golf Academy sits on a 23-acre practice area at the Kapalua Resort. Golf instruction is offered to all levels and includes: putting, wedge and bunker play, chipping, full swing, and specialty shots.

The Kapalua Golf Academy staff is a wonderful collection of PGA professionals specializing 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 PGA Tour season-opening with the Sentry Tournament of Champions in Kapalua. Always held at the Kapalua Golf Resort, this is the most exciting yearly golf event in the Hawaiian Islands.


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MauiWine

Since 1974, Maui’s only operating winery has been one of the most fabulous attractions to visit in Hawaii. The wine varieties and selections vary, famously offering their time-told Sparkling Pineapple, Grape, and Raspberry dessert wines.

Following innovation, the Maui winery was in the process of collaborating with the Ulupalakua Ranch by cultivating grape crops. While in this process, they developed an idea surrounding the creation of wine selections out of the most popular agri-crop in Hawaii: Pineapple. Since then, Maui Winery has been most widely regarded for its famous Pineapple Sparkling wine called the “Maui Brut Sparkling.” Although this Maui winery has built its name upon various tropical fruit concoctions, they also produce beautiful and more traditional Maui wines. When visiting their property, 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, adjacent to far-reaching pastures of horses, cattle, and an abundance of livestock. This area is unique to Maui’s history, agricultural and colonial heritage. All staff and operators of MauiWine pride themselves as “stewards of the land” and those who support the sustainability and thriving agriculture of this Upcountry locale.


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Lahaina’s Banyan Tree

Lahaina’s Banyan Tree is over 140 years old and almost spreads across an entire acre of downtown Lahaina. This species is the largest in the United States but is not indigenous to Hawaii. In 1873, Sheriff William Owen Smith planted this Banyan Tree to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of Protestant missionaries in Lahaina.

Due to this species’ aerial roots, the once single trunk has now expanded into over 16 trunks. The Banyan Tree in Lahaina is a historical landmark and a jaw-dropping sight. As a notable meeting place in Lahaina, visitors can often find local art vendors below the Banyan’s canopies, making for a nice little walk in the square.

Within a short walk from the Banyan Tree in Lahaina, guests can find many shopping and dining opportunities, and more activities to do in Lahaina. During your next walking tour of the historic town of Lahaina, check out the Banyan Tree to learn more about Maui’s roots!


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PWF Ocean Camps

If you have kids who love the ocean, are interested in marine life, and are currently in 1-5 grade, they will love the Pacific Whale Foundation’s Ocean Camp. This camp offers a fantastic experience for children visiting Maui as well as residents of the island.

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

Ocean Camp is offered for a single day or week-long registration. Each day begins at the Pacific Whale Foundation Discovery Center in Maalaea with 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 return to the Pacific Whale Foundation for the daily science lesson, games, and a creative craft project.

Rest assured, the staff members at the Ocean Camp are energetic and kid-friendly professionals who 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

Offering over 14,000 square feet of trampoline entertainment, Ultimate Air Maui is Maui’s only indoor trampoline park. Whether you are a resident or just visiting Maui, this is a fantastic place for birthday parties, corporate events, and group events. Activities include freestyle, extreme trampolines, jousting, basketball, dodgeball, and a keiki (children’s) court.

To save time, go online and fill out their online waiver; just one per family is required. Once this is complete and you have watched the safety video, you are free to enjoy all the activities offered for up to one-year (without requiring another waiver).

Ultimate Air welcomes people of all ages and physical abilities. Parents will be happy with the separate jumping zones for age/size, so your little ones are safe to enjoy in their zone to explore. Walk-in customers are accepted during all open hours of operation, subject to availability. However, reservations are highly recommended. They frequently offer a 30-day individual membership pass for a discounted price. Membership includes 30 days of jumping for up to 2 hours a day.


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Iao Valley State Park

One of Maui’s most rewarding must-do activities is a day at Iao Valley State Park. Iao Valley is not only a Maui cultural landmark but also a sacred site for housing ancient Hawaiian demigods and has served as a critical location in Hawaii’s history.

Lush, magical, and inviting, Iao Valley is stunningly beautiful. This location is perfect for a family day on Maui, hiking through easy trails, swimming in the waterfall and pools, and having a picnic or a BBQ. While venturing 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 up-to-date information about visiting the park facilities.


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Hiking

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

On Maui, visitors can venture up to the 10,023-foot-high dormant Mt. Haleakala Crater for backpacking 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 mellow 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 waterfall tropical adventure. They offer waterfall nature hiking tours, including a beautiful waterfall and where you get to learn all about the history of chocolate and enjoy tasting yummy samples!


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Bailey House & Museum

Maui’s Bailey House and Museum belong 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.” (www.MauiMuseum.org, 2022)

Built in 1833, the Bailey House was once the home to missionary teacher Edward Bailey and his family. Little known, the home is located on a historic Hawaiian site, the royal compound of Kahekili, Maui’s last ruling chief. The Bailey house became a museum in 1957 and in 1972, the 7-acre property became 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 archeological items like 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 most popular beaches worldwide for professional surfing and windsurfing. In the ancient Hawaiian language, “ho’okipa” translates to hospitality, precisely what this Beach Park offers!

Visit Ho’okipa Beach Park, and witness a handful of the world’s best watermen and women set the stage. At Ho’okipa, visitors can see the powerful North Shore Maui coastline and gorgeous reef formations from the top parking lot. Alternatively, you can venture to the sand for people-watching, afternoon BBQs, and soaking up the glorious Maui sunshine.

During the winter, the current can be strong, and we suggest that only strong swimmers venture out. Ho’okipa offers one of the best areas 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, loving life in Hawaii.


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See the Dolphins at La Perouse

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

Pods of Spinner Dolphins visit 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 areas of La Perouse are protected Hawaiian historical sites. La Perouse Bay marks one end of Maui’s historic King’s Trail. Guests can view archeological sites and breathe in the peace and tranquility of this beautiful area in South Maui.

At La Perouse, you’ll see beautiful lava formations as they lead out to the sea. Sometimes you may see some people riding horses at La Perouse, and 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 no public restrooms or facilities. After your visit is complete, you can head back to Highway 31 to visit 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 East Maui coastal land. Visitors can travel through two trail loops in this gorgeous area and see a dramatic coastline. Highlights include 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 several picnic and BBQ areas, 12 cabins available to rent (make sure to book ahead of time), restroom and shower facilities, and a large parking lot. This area is frequented by both residents and visitors, with a handful of tour buses that stop through daily. Wai’anapanapa is one of the most popular places to visit in Hawaii, but only for those in the know.

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

While exploring Wai’anapanapa trails, guests should follow the information on ALL signage. If it says ‘kapu,’ that means stay out! This park has over 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 venue for arts entertainment on Maui. Here, guests can enjoy Hawaiian culture programs, live music, comedy, dancing, stage shows and plays, concerts, festivals, art exhibits, galas, and more. The MACC is the only venue of its kind on the island of Maui!

Whenever a big name comes through 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.

A few of the most popular annual events held at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center 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, like Starry Night movie screenings, the Ki Ho’alu Guitar Festival, and the Maui Ukulele Festival.

Whether you are a Maui resident or a visitor, the Maui Arts & Cultural Center is a great place to visit. They offer so many fantastic 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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Front Street

Peruse restaurants, boutiques, surf shops, and galleries in Lahaina! Front Street is located on the oceanfront in West Maui’s historic Lahaina Town. Hanging out down on Front Street is a must-do when in West Maui. Here, guests can find great souvenirs, check out local art vendors and events, and grab a bite to eat and a refreshing tropical cocktail from any of Lahaina’s beachfront eateries.

On Front Street, guests can find rare Maui-made art, a variety of clothing boutiques, and many Hawaii craft vendors. Our favorite thing about Front Street is that it’s one of the richest historical locations in Maui. It’s full of adventurous activities and great people-watching, and the town is one of Maui’s most famous hubs.

When planning a time to check out Front Street in Lahaina, you should plan for a whole day excursion. Book a whale watch or snorkel tour in the morning, grab lunch at a restaurant with an ocean view, and stroll around Front Street, going from business to business all afternoon. We suggest you check out all the local art under the Banyan Tree on the weekends and check out all the fun surf shops and local art galleries.


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Maui Zip n’ Dip Tours

Plan an adventurous 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, offered only through Skyline Eco-Adventures on Maui. This activity is becoming increasingly more popular, so make sure to book this Maui activity early.

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


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Feast at Lele

Feast at Lele is such a great Maui activity; we cannot possibly say enough about it! It is like the tour-de-force of traditional luaus, with a superb display of Polynesian culture throughout the menu, music, dance performances, and presentation.

Feast at Lele is presented 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 and restaurant business. If you are looking for a fabulous Polynesian foodie experience at one of the best luaus in Hawaii, you’ve found it!

Feast at Lele offers all guests a truly remarkable Maui experience. First, the Feast at Lele location is the same beach where Hawaiian royalty once entertained 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 experience begins at sunset, where guests are welcomed with a fresh flower lei and a Mai Tai greeting. Guests will enjoy a delicious, private sit-down 5-course dinner and an open bar throughout the night. The cuisine and evening performances amicably coincide and are drawn upon four Polynesian cultures from Hawaii, Aotearoa, New Zealand, Tahiti, and Samoa. Guests can expect to taste delights from Hawaiian culture while watching a Hawaiian performance. Seriously, everything about Feast at Lele is fabulous!

We suggest you book Feast at Lele ahead of time; these seats go fast! For more, 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 brewed on Maui. Their brewery tours include tastings of their four flagship beers: Bikini Blonde Lager, Big Swell IPA, Coconut Hiwa Porter, and Pineapple Mana Wheat.

Guided tours last about 45 minutes. Arrive at least 20 minutes early as tours are only 15 people, and they will start reassigning reservations 10 minutes prior. Call ahead on the weekend or make your reservation online. Tours cover history, distribution, beer brewing methods, and packaging.

If you miss the tour, you can still buy a beer, wine, or cocktail and enjoy the ocean view 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 9am-4pm, seven days a week. This Maui botanical garden spans 8 acres and is a wonderful place to go for a quiet stroll through Upcountry Maui.

The environment at the Kula Botanical Garden isn’t just peaceful and relaxing; it’s also a feast for the senses! The air is fresh with vibrantly colored flora and fauna as far as your eyes can see. Tropical fragrances follow the paved pathway, and the property is expertly landscaped. See an array of exotic plants and tropical flowers: Protea, White Ginger, Rainbow Eucalyptus, Monstera, Orchids, Fuschia, and Bromeliads. A stream travels through the garden and a bird sanctuary for the native Hawaiian Nene birds (endangered).

When visiting the Kula Botanical Garden, 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 created sweet sitting areas for quiet reflection and picnic tables and chairs for those that would like to enjoy lunch in a nirvana-like 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 opened its doors in Wailuku in 1928. Built with a Spanish Mission/late Art Deco style, Wailuku’s famous theater features movie screenings, stage shows, plays, and performances. Past notable performers included Frank Sinatra, Bob Hope, Donald O’Connor, and Mickey Rooney.

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

Closer to the 1980s, the Iao Theater started to slowly decline due to a lack of care, service, infrastructure, etc. It was close to demolition. Between 1994 and 1996, the Iao Theater underwent a major renovation (over $1 million) led by the Wailuku Main Street Association. Thanks to Maui’s community and generous donors, the Historic Iao Theater has since parished and is home to Maui OnStage events. Maui OnStage offers youth and adult acting classes and produces a variety of plays and Maui stage performances.

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


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Honolua Bay

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

During the winter, Honolua is a popular surf spot for experienced surfers. During the calmer Summer months, Honolua is one of the best places on Maui for snorkeling and scuba diving. The bluffs above the beach area provide a perfect spot for watching surfers from a safe distance or watching an incredibly gorgeous West Maui sunset.

To snorkel at Honolua Bay, guests have a couple of options. You can book a snorkel cruise that will bring you to the bay, or you can 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 snorkeling at Honolua Bay, enter the water on the right-hand side of the rocky beach. Most people go left to the sandy entrance, but the water 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 imagined possible on one of Maui’s most unique tours. Journey through a 26-acre privately owned Maui rainforest and botanical garden, and become a Hawaiian-style canyoneer that rappels down lava rock framed waterfalls.

Guests will begin their morning traveling down the renowned Hana Highway towards East Maui. With a professional tour guide, participants will receive expert levels of information about the Hawaii rainforest environment, a tour of the botanical gardens, get decked out in canyoneering equipment, and receive Rappel training and safety instruction.

Canyoneers will then lead guests on a short hike into a Maui jungle, receive more hands-on training, and then get a chance to practice their new skills on a 60-foot dry jungle wall. After an approved “show-and-tell” session, guests have the option to continue to a 50-ft waterfall where they can rappel into a large freshwater pool. If they continue further, guests 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! One of the most exciting aspects of Maui is its diverse topography and microclimates. In one day, guests can travel from sea level to the 10,000-ft high dormant Mt. Haleakala.

Through elevation and the fact that two volcanic eruptions created Maui, there is just so much to see and experience. On the slopes of Mt. Haleakala is an area known as Upcountry.

The Upcountry areas of Maui include Makawao, Olinda, Kula (lower and upper), Keokea, and Ulupalakua. When visiting these areas, guests are sometimes shocked because they never expect to see the rolling hills, farms, pastures, and sweet and quaint communities.

Next time you’re on Maui, take a scenic tour of Upcountry. Indeed, exploring this area will add to many more unique Maui vacation memories.

Check out historic Makawao Town for a glimpse of Maui’s paniolo (cowboy) culture, shopping, 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 in Kula. Stop 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 burger or a plate lunch from the Ulupalakua Ranch Store before visiting the tasting room at Maui’s winery in Ulupalakua.


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Charles Lindbergh’s Grave

The Palapala Ho’omau Congregational Church (near mile marker 41) is not only one of the most interesting historical sites on Maui but also the site of Charles Lindbergh’s grave.

Okay, so who was Charles Lindbergh?

“If it takes 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 (1902) and died in Kipahulu, Maui (1974). He was the first pilot to fly non-stop from New York to Paris when he was just 25 years old. He was a stunt pilot, and when his child was kidnapped (1932), Al Capone (“Scarface”) offered to help him find his baby. Lindbergh also invented one of the first artificial hearts (1936) out of Pyrex glass, amongst many other crazy things! He was a big deal in his day and absolutely massive in the media.

Like many, Charles Lindbergh found the Island of Maui to be one of the most desirable locations he ever visited, making it his home.

Palapala Ho’omau Church was built in 1857. Made from limestone and coral, this historical Maui church offers much more 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 well worth the effort. The Palapala Ho’omau Church is still active and 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 is located adjacent to Hawaii’s largest sugar factory (now closed). The museum is just 1,800 square feet but should not be overlooked when visiting historical attractions on the Valley Isle. Maui’s Sugar Museum has a comprehensive collection of exhibits and historical information about Maui’s agricultural history and colonial past.

The A&B Sugar Museum consists of six exhibit rooms: 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, all visitors should have a pretty good idea of what sugar production in the late 1800s looked like. Outside the museum, guests can also see interesting outdoor exhibits such as a Portuguese oven from the 1920s, a Cleveland Model J36 trench digger, a cane hauler, vintage Caterpillar tractors, and more.

The A&B Sugar Museum is a great place to check out for the whole family. You can experience the entirety of the museum in under an hour. There’s also a sweet little gift shop for those looking for the perfect Maui gifts for friends and family at home.


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Horseback Riding Tours

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

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

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

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

Lastly, Makani Olu Ranch in Central Maui is fantastic! They offer Maui horseback riding lessons, private rides, and their famous Waikapu Plantation Ride. By horseback, the ride traverses picturesque Mauna Kahalawai Valley on the slopes of the West Maui Mountains. The tour accommodates a maximum of 6 riders, with 2-hour and 3-hour options. This is an ideal choice for a memorable family outing or holiday excursion with 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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See The House Shakers Perform at Fleetwood’s on Front Street

Head to Historic Lahaina Town to see and hear the House Shakers perform at Fleetwood’s on Front Street, owned by Mick Fleetwood of the legendary band Fleetwood Mac. Guests here will love a romantic sunset dinner and a show with his incredible house band.

The House Shakers play at least once a week at Fleetwood’s, and if you’re lucky, you might be on Maui at the right time to see Mick Fleetwood play the drums with them. Band members include many hot local musicians like Mark Johnstone (also in Mick Fleetwood’s Blues Band), Rick Vito (formerly of Fleetwood Mac), Rock Hendrix, Eric Gilliom, and Gretchen Rhodes.

Johnstone is a musical prodigy with piano keys, drums, guitar, and harmonica skills. Just wait until you hear his passion-filled bluesy voice! Rock Hendrix plays the sax, Rick Vito dominates with his guitar magic and vocals, and Gretchen Rhodes has lungs of sweet steel with her powerful and soul-moving voice.

Expect to hear all types of cover songs from the 60s through today and know that you will surely hear some Fleetwood Mac hits. Guests are always excited to hear Miss Gretchen Rhodes sing the female verses to songs originally sung by original band members Christine McVie, Lindsey Buckingham, and Stevie Nicks.

Make reservations for dinner in Lahaina at Fleetwood’s, then stay for the late-night show. You definitely won’t regret it! If you don’t live on Maui, it’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.


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Maui Pineapple Tours

Located at the Hali’imaile Pineapple Plantation, everyone will enjoy checking out the only pineapple tour in Maui and the only tour of a working pineapple plantation in the United States!

The Maui Pineapple Tour is perfect for the whole family. It’s an eco-friendly and educational tour that allows participants to learn about Maui’s pineapple growing history, growing cycles, and cultivation techniques.

The guided tour begins with seeing how pineapples are harvested and then watching how they are packed and shipped. Every guest has an opportunity to taste pineapple at different stages, and every guest will be gifted a fresh and tasty Maui pineapple as a souvenir.


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Parasailing

Parasailing is one of the most exciting ocean activities you can do on Maui! Please remember that this activity is only allowed 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 most popular 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 UFO staff.

You can expect a small group on a Maui parasailing adventure. The group is usually limited to eight people, so 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 activity for all ages and guests 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 immersion educational programs in Hawaii since 1981. Located on Oahu and Maui, the Maui field site locations are Iao Valley and Kealia Pond. Since its creation, over 850,000 children have participated in its programs.

The mission of the Hawaii Nature Center is to foster awareness, appreciation, and understanding of Hawaii’s environment and to encourage wise stewardship of the Hawaiian Islands by educating children with an interactive immersion approach.

Offering both Maui Community and Maui School programs year-round, this non-profit organization most definitely adds value to all participating in their customized activities in Maui.

During your next vacation in Maui, check out the Hawaii Nature Center to learn more about Hawaiian environmental culture and the innate characteristics of Maui preservation that are important. This is an excellent place for kids and a wonderful place to offer your philanthropic nature 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 visiting Maui. Formerly known as Maui Chocolate Tours, Maui Chocolate Tasting’s new production kitchen is located in North Kihei behind the Tesoro Gas Station on Maui’s South Shore.

Owner and Master Chocolatier Virginia Douglas knows how to celebrate Maui’s unique flavors. Her expertise shows in her unequivocal 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. You and your loved ones will enjoy discovering everything you ever wanted to know about chocolate making and learning how cacao is grown on Maui.

If tasting delicious chocolates that have been hand-made in small batches by a true artisan sounds enjoyable, we recommend that you book your reservation to visit Maui Chocolate Tasting ahead of time. This is a very popular excursion with limited space. Don’t miss out on this rare and unique chocolate activity!

If you decide to visit the upcountry farm where cacao is grown, please note that they cannot accommodate those with limited mobility and any physical disabilities at this time. With a higher elevation of 1900 feet, moderate walking up and downhill on steeper grades is required.


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Maui Escape Rooms

Do you need a break from the sun? Are you ready for a live-action immersive adventure on Maui that will test your wit? 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 others will be physically trapped in a room dispersed with gadgets and puzzles. There is only one goal: you have to collect the hidden clues, crack the devices and decipher the codes to solve the mystery and escape before you run out of time! Please note: each room has a panic button that allows for an exit if needed.

Currently, Maui Escape Rooms offers five escape games, including Saving Sherlock, Tesla’s Secret, Prison Break, Pirate Ship, and Ka Puka Bunker. Each game is unique and challenging, and games are designed to build teamwork while creating social interactions that initiate bonding.

Maui Escape Rooms will leave you and your loved ones with fond memories of this fun Maui excursion. Book a Maui Escape Rooms adventure now to see 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 article. There are just so many wonderful activities and adventures to explore 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)