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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 vacation memories that will be cherished for a lifetime.
You know the saying, “When in Rome, do as the Romans do?” Well, when on Maui, do as the Mauian’s do and go snorkeling at Molokini Crater. This is another must-do activity and one that your family and friends will endlessly thank you for.
Traveling from the North Shore towards East Maui via the Road to Hana is one of the greatest day-long activities in all of Hawaii. For those of you who have never been, this is another must-do activity and one that should be done at least once in your lifetime.
Maui Whale Watching tours on Maui are without a doubt one of the best things to do in Hawaii. 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!
Venture to 10,000 feet above sea level and see a glorious Maui sunrise from the summit of Mt. Haleakala on Maui. This must-do Maui activity is one that will leave you with a jaw dropping grin upon your face, and many ooh’s and awe’s in the crowd! There’s absolutely 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 the island. A great time to see the sunrise at Mt.
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, whether it’s adults or children. It is most definitely one of the top things to do on Maui with kids!
Golfing in Hawaii is heaven on earth for all golf enthusiasts! Ranging from golf student to golf professional, the Hawaiian Islands offer a gorgeous golf experience for everyone. The golf community in Hawaii ranges from public courses to the uber-private and elite golf locales only available to the rare few.
Surprise your loved ones and friends with a special evening cruising at a comfortable speed on a Pride of Maui Sunset Luau Dinner Cruise. This must-do Maui activity featuring Polynesian dancers, luau cuisine, and a premium open bar is the best way to explore the Island of Maui, with breathtaking panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean, outer islands of Moloka’i and Lana’i, West Maui Mountains, Haleakala Volcano, and the most optimum placement to watch a magical Maui sunset fade into the ocean.
If you love vodka and/or have an interest in organic farming, then Maui Ocean Vodka Organic Farm & Distillery Tour is the perfect activity to enjoy while exploring Maui’s Upcountry area. Maui Ocean Vodka is an award-winning spirit made right here on Maui!
When on Maui, absolutely do not miss out on a chance to check out the Historic Town of Paia and the North Shore area. This can quite easily become a day-long outing, so make sure that you plan for the time to explore. When on the North Shore, visitors can explore beaches and scenic areas, peruse boutiques and art galleries, and dine at a variety of restaurants.
Spa MontageOn your next vacation to the fabulous Island of Maui, plan an out of this world spa day at the Ritz Carlton Spa in Kapalua. Here, guests will surely love their spa menu full of healing services for your body, mind, and soul.
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. In history, hee nalu (surfing) was an activity reserved for Hawaiian royalty, and termed the “Sport of Kings.
Helicopter MauiSoar above the Hawaiian Islands and survey the beautiful Island of Maui and the outer islands of Moloka’i and Lana’i with a bird’s eye view! See lush valleys, secret waterfalls, dramatic coastlines, erupting volcanoes and colorful reef formations from the skyline. When in Hawaii, there are a variety of helicopter tour companies and tours to choose from. However, as they all offer different experiences we have written about a couple of Maui helicopter tour companies for your consideration.
If you are a true animal lover, a guided tour of Leilani Farm Sanctuary is a Maui activity that you will most sincerely enjoy. Leilani Farm Sanctuary is an all-volunteer, non-profit animal refuge located 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/or have been abandoned.’
Whether you are a surfer or not, Jaws is a huge 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.
The Ohe’o Gulch Pools, more commonly referred to as the Seven Sacred Pools, is one of the most popular attractions on Maui. 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.
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 of lavender and approximately 55,000 lavender plants.
Enjoy awe-inspiring Maui scenery and the most optimum ocean conditions in the world when Sport Fishing on Maui. When on the island, there is a host of 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.
Just south of Wailea lies Makena State Park, composed of over 165 acres. Perched upon the coastline sits two of the most fabulous beaches in Maui; Makena’s Big Beach (Oneloa Beach) and Little Beach (Pu’u Olai Beach).
Big Beach is one of the most popular spots in all the Hawaiian Islands for bodyboarding and skim boarding.
Stand Up Paddling is rapidly becoming one of the most popular 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.
Without a doubt, golfing is 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 choose from. Two of Maui’s top golf courses are the Plantation and Bay courses at the Kapalua Resort.
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.
Lahaina’s Banyan Tree is over 137 years old and spreads across an almost complete 1-acre of downtown Lahaina. This species is the largest of its kind in the United States, but not indigenous to Hawaii.
In 1873, Sheriff William Owen Smith planted this Banyan Tree to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of Protestant missionaries in Lahaina.
If you have kids who love the ocean, have an interest in marine life and are currently in 1-5 grade, they will absolutely love the Pacific Whale Foundation’s Ocean Camp. This camp offers an amazing experience for children visiting Maui as well as residents of the island.
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 an awesome place for birthday parties and/or corporate events or just an all-around fun activity to enjoy with the whole family. Activities here include freestyle, extreme trampolines, jousting, basketball, dodgeball and a keiki (children’s) court.
One of the most rewarding must-do activities on Maui is a day at Iao Valley State Park. Iao Valley is not only a Maui cultural landmark, but it is also a sacred site for housing ancient Hawaiian demigods and served as a pivotal location in Hawaiian history.
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 the size of your group, there are many exciting hiking opportunities for everyone.
Maui’s Bailey House and Museum belongs to the Maui Historical Society, a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization that was founded in 1951. Officially chartered in 1956, the Maui Historical Society mission is “To collect, preserve, study, interpret and share the history and heritage of Maui.” (www.MauiMuseum.org, 2015)
Ho’okipa Beach Park is one of the most famous beaches in Hawaii, and one of the most infamous beaches in the world for professional surfing and windsurfing. In the ancient Hawaiian language, “ho’okipa” translates to hospitality, which is exactly what this Beach Park offers!
One of the coolest things you can do in South Maui is see the dolphins at La Perouse Bay.
Pods of Spinner Dolphins visit La Perouse every day! After a rare chance to watch the Hawaiian Spinner Dolphins in their natural habitat, take a short walk thru the marked trails at La Perouse Bay.
Wai’anapanapa State Park sprawls over 122 acres of East Maui coastal land. Within this gorgeous area, visitors have a chance to travel through two trail loops, see a dramatic coastline with sea-sculpted lava shelves, ancient Hawaiian burial sites, a blowhole, 5 sheltered caves, and the gorgeous Pa’iloa Beach, also known as Black Sand Beach.
Maui Arts and Cultural CenterSince 1994, the Maui Arts and Cultural Center (MACC) has been providing Maui residents and visitors with the most amazing venue for arts entertainment on Maui – Hawaiian culture programs, live music, comedy, dancing, stage shows and plays, concerts, festivals, art exhibits, galas and more. In fact, the MACC is the only of its kind on the Island of Maui.
Peruse restaurants, boutiques, surf shops and galleries in Lahaina! Front Street is located oceanfront in West Maui’s historic Lahaina Town. Hanging out down on Front Street is definitely a must-do when in West Maui. Here, all 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.
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 zip line 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.
Feast at Lele (Lele is Lahaina in the ancient Hawaiian language) is such an amazing Maui activity, we cannot possibly say enough. It is like the tour-de-force of all traditional luaus, with a superb display of Polynesian culture throughout the menu, music, dance performances, and presentation.
Maui Brewing Co (605 Lipoa Pkwy Kihei) proudly holds claim to being the first craft beer brewed on Maui. They offer daily brewery tours for only $15. The price includes tastings of their four flagship beers – Bikini Blonde Lager, Big Swell IPA, Coconut Hiwa Porter, and Pineapple Mana Wheat – a token for a free full beer (or Island Root Beer), and a souvenir glass to keep.
Perched at 3,300 feet above sea-level, the Kula Botanical Garden is open to all guests from 9am-4pm, 7 days a week. This Maui botanical garden is 8 acres in total and a really wonderful place to go for a quiet stroll through Upcountry Maui.
The Historic Iao Theater opened its doors in Wailuku in 1928. Built in a Spanish Mission/late Art Deco style, Wailuku’s famous theater featured movie screenings, stage shows, plays and performances. Past notable performers included Frank Sinatra, Bob Hope, Donald O’Connor, Mickey Rooney and more.
Honolua BayHonolua Bay is about a 20-minute drive North of the Historic Town of Lahaina. Not only is Honolua Bay a famous Maui surfing and snorkeling beach, but it is also one of the most beautiful, most colorful and vibrant beaches within all the Hawaiian Islands.
Explore Hawaii as you never imagined possible on “Maui’s most unique tour.” 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. This is truly a one of a kind Maui activity, and the only adventure of its kind in the whole State of Hawaii!
Maui is the best island in Hawaii for so many reasons that it’s too many to list! One of the most interesting aspects of Maui is the diverse topography and microclimates. In one day, guests can travel from sea level to the 10,000-ft high dormant Mt. Haleakala.
The Palapala Ho’omau Congregational Church (near mile marker 41) is not only one of the most interesting historical sites on Maui, but it is also site to Charles Lindbergh’s grave. Ok, so who is Charles Lindbergh?
“If it takes the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea…”
Located adjacent to Hawaii’s largest sugar factory is the Alexander & Baldwin Sugar Museum in Puunene, Maui. The museum is just 1,800 square feet, but should not to be overlooked when visiting historical attractions on the Valley Isle. Maui’s Sugar Museum has a pretty thorough collection of exhibits and historical information about not only Maui’s agricultural history with sugar production but also glimpses into Maui’s colonial past.
Enjoying a horseback riding tour in Maui is one of the best ways to explore Maui’s aina (land). From atop of a horse, you can enjoy the terrain up close and personal, and have a really wonderful vantage point for checking out Maui’s amazing mountain and coastal views.
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, all guests will love a romantic sunset dinner and a show with his awesome house band.
Maui Pineapple Tours are now available twice a day, 7 days a week. 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 whole United States!
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 creation, over 850,000 children have participated in their programs.
Visiting a local farms on Maui is a fabulous way to explore the agricultural history of Maui, taste new things, and pick up some exclusive Maui made gifts and souvenirs. Located on the Ka’anapali Estate, MauiGrown Coffee Farm is one of the few coffee farms open to the public on Maui.
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 is located in North Kihei behind the Tesoro Gas Station, on Maui’s South Shore.
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, guest can put on the hat of treasure-hunter, clue finder, cryptologist and more! This is a fun packed 60-minute experience that can be enjoyed by families, friends and/or co-workers alike.