to do in Lahaina
The historic Town of Lahaina was once the original seat of the Hawaiian Monarchy, a bustling seaport, and a whaling village. It is now one of the most popular areas in Hawaii for all kinds of entertainment; ocean sports, boat trips, Maui whale watching tours, museums, restaurants, shopping, art galleries and so much more. The Ka’anapali Beach coastline is lined with resorts, condominiums, restaurants, ocean activities, and shopping. Historically an ancient Hawaiian fishing community, Ka’anapali is now one of the most popular resort areas in Maui.
Both Lahaina and Ka’anapali are full of a multitude of Maui vacation amenities and conveniences. When in West Maui areas, you will definitely be savoring your vacation days! Enjoy all the best of West Maui with gorgeous views all day long, seasonal Maui ocean activities, basking in the sun, swimming in warm Hawaiian waters, eating at some of the best Maui restaurants, shopping and creating memories that will last a lifetime!
Without a doubt, one of the most amazing marine wildlife adventures you’ll ever have an opportunity to partake in is a chance to witness the pure magic of the North Pacific humpback whales! On Maui, West Maui visitors can see the whales in their natural Hawaiian environment (roughly November-May, though in highest numbers from January-March). Yes, year, after year, these gorgeous prehistoric mammals grace Hawaiian waters and shorelines during their annual Winter migration through to North Pacific Ocean. For those that don’t know, the North Pacific humpback whales travel to Hawaii every year to breed and birth their baby calves.
Pride of Maui Whale Watching Tour
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.
Most visitors don’t know that Lahaina is full of Hawaiian history! Lahaina was the first capitol of the Hawaiian Kingdom, a notorious sea trading port, a popular destination for whaling, and one of the first areas of Hawaii to be infiltrated by Christian missionaries and some of the first Western born settlers. With all of this in mind, there are a profusion of historical sites in Lahaina.
West Maui is home to a few of the most internationally renowned golf courses in the world. Hands down, golfing is definitely one of the most popular activities in Hawaii, and there are many reasons why. Imagine golfing in Maui with perfect weather, impeccably landscaped grounds, the best instruction possible and the most beautiful views in Hawaii. That is what golfing in West Maui is like. It’s luxurious, comfortable, beautiful, challenging, and better believe, you’ll always receive top service. If you’d like to include a West Maui golf outing during your vacation in paradise, check out the Ka’anapali Golf Resort and the Kapalua Resort.
Moana Glass is a glass blowing art studio located in Lahaina. Owned by artist Ryan Staub, this is not your usual Maui glass art studio. At Moana Glass, there’s a glass blowing studio for lessons, events, and active participation. Here, you’ll find an excellent West Maui activity that allows you to design, and create your very own Maui souvenir.
Parasailing is one of the most unique ocean adventures you can enjoy in West Maui. Legally, parasailing activities are only allowed to operate from May-December due to the annual migration of the North Pacific Humpback Whales in this distinct area. Parasailing flights are only available in West Maui; Lahaina and Ka’anapali. Without a doubt, parasailing can be one of the most exhilarating experiences of your life!
Guests will embark on a boat-led take-off, and experience a birds eye view of the West Maui Coastline and Pu’u Kukui (West Maui Mountain range). Just imagine the stillness, the fresh ocean air and the excitement!
Parasailing can be done on your own or with a friend. Guests will be strapped into a harness with their legs dangling. If you have a friend that would like to join you on the boat but not in the sky, this is possible. Maui parasail flights last approximately 1-15 minutes, and fly at heights that range between 25 and 50 stories high.
If you’re interested in parasailing on Maui, please note that June and July are the two most popular months for this activity. It would be advantageous to book this Maui activity ahead of time. If you have any health contraindications, please check with your medical provider before booking a Maui parasailing adventure.
Without a doubt, one of the most popular things to do in Lahaina is sport fishing. It’s one of the few and best places you can enjoy sport fishing charters in Maui. Located right off Front Street is Lahaina Harbor. The harbor offers a variety of ocean tours and West Maui sport fishing charters. Depending on your sport fishing desires (deep sea and offshore trolling), there are many options to choose from including morning trips, afternoon trips, and full day adventures.
Since 1988, Atlantis Submarine has been sharing their undersea adventures in Hawaii. Their submarine adventures operate on the Island of Maui and Oahu. On Maui, guests can travel underway with the Atlantis crew in West Maui waters.