Top 25 Things To Do in Maui
Below we've listed our favorite top 25 things to do in Maui for fun and relaxation on your next vacation.
#1 Molokini Snorkeling
There are plenty of great spots to snorkel and scuba dive around Maui, and we like to suggest Molokini because it offers a whole package of fun in one trip. You'll cruise on the water and see Maui from a different perspective, You may see dolphins or whales while in season. You can dive Molokini Crater at many spots within the crater as well as on the back side, which drops straight down 300+ feet.
We love Maui luaus. Maui is home to around a dozen different luaus that all have their different personalities. Some are built for the families with kids, some for romantic couples, and others for pure authenticity. Some of the reasons why it's a MUST DO for anyone visiting Maui: sunrise over the ocean, great drinks, epic feast, authentic music, hula dancing, local crafts and fire dancing. Again, a MUST DO!
Maui has always attracted gifted chefs and big-name restaurant owners. In the last 5-10 years, Maui has an additional blast of culinary brilliance with the emergence of true talent via the Maui Culinary Academy. We're very lucky to enjoy food from the best of the best, and many of our Maui restaurants reflect this in every bite. You might notice on our social media that we're at the Mill House quite a bit. Definitely worth checking out!
#4 Bike Haleakala
For the adventurous, riding a bike down a volcano sounds like a great start to the day. Luckily, many Maui bike companies offer van tours for those looking to see the crater in complete comfort. Either way, viewing sunrise from on top of the World is something you'll never forget. It's a blissful moment that can only be matched by many effortless miles downhill on a bike. Check out Skyline Hawaii for Haleakala Tours along with bike and zipline.
#5 Chef's Table
Experience the ultimate in farm-to-fork dining during this intimate and unforgettable epicurean experience. Casual and yet elegant, fun and yet instructional, Maui Chef's Table —which is put on by The Mill House at the Maui Tropical Plantation—presents nine exquisite courses informed by the best of the island’s bounty. Relish a range of flavors as the talented team of chefs prepares dishes in plain sight in their open-concept kitchen—and “talk story” with the team as they push the envelope on innovative flavors. They book up sometimes months ahead of time, so make your reservation right now!
Wherever you are on the island, there's a zipline near you. This adventure is so much fun, and it allows for some unexpected pluses along the way: You'll have great views, some fun hiking, and informational guides that will tell you about the foliage and animal/bird life you'll likely encounter. It's a perfect mix of beauty and excitement. Like Piiholo Ziplines, Skyline Ziplines and Maui Zipline Company.
#7 Private Ocean Activities
Maui being an island surrounded by water, ocean activities will no doubt make your list of things to do, But not all ocean activities are created equally. Get away from the crowds and go on a private kayak tour or stand up paddle board lesson which will allow your guide to cater to your skill level and comfort in the ocean. Although not exclusively private an outrigger canoe tour is a great alternative for whale watching or snorkeling over a large passenger boat. Though you can always do a private charter on one of the large boats like Pride of Maui.
#8 Sunset Cocktail Cruise
When we think about a true place of serenity, we think about sitting on the bow of a sailing catamaran with a cocktail in hand, enjoying warm winds blow over us with island music humming in the distance. Nothing beats a sunset cruise in Maui, unless of course it happens to also be whale season at the time.
#9 Pineapple Tour
Enjoy scenic views while visiting pineapple fields, tour the Maui Gold Pineapple Packing Factory, taste different varieties of the freshest pineapple you've ever had, and take a pineapple home with you! This is a really fun tour where you learn about the history of Maui. You can opt to eat at the Hali'imaile General Store after the tour for a small amount more.
Be it a snorkel trip to Molokini Crater or a whale watch adventure, rafting offers a unique ocean experience unlike the bigger boats. With a smaller group, you never feel crowded when snorkeling. When whale watching, you can be closer to humpbacks than any other boat thanks to your proximity to the surface of the water at any given time. AND, it's an absolute thrill speeding across the ocean on these Molokini snorkeling tours.
#11 Island Art Party
When was the last time you painted a masterpiece in paradise? While others are scrolling their pay-per-view at the hotel, you could be sipping a glass of wine and painting a sunset or a sea turtle! With the guidance of their Partisita (Party Artist), your level of expertise won't matter. You'll take home a work of art and a few priceless memories. For more information, please visit Island Art Party or call (808) 419-6020.
Maui waters are abundant with tropical fish of many kinds. There are plenty of boat that can take you out, but in our opinion, only a handful know the best waters from day to day for fishing. Take advantage of seasoned, skilled fishermen captains when choosing the right vessel for your Maui fishing trip.
Everyone loves a great massage, and Maui's Best Massage not only offers exceptional massages, they are an massage outcall service provider and will come to you! From a relaxing massage to a the ancient art of the Lomi Lomi massage, their expert massage therapist will take you from "ow" to "wow" in no time! For more information, please call (808) 426-7418.
Maui has so many amazing hikes, it's hard to know where to start. It's important to choose a hike that's not on private property (unless you have permission), and while there are many options, the safest way to experience these is during a tour with Hike Maui. Let a local, professional hiking guide show you the best hidden sites, including waterfalls, freshwater streams, bamboo forests, and saltwater pools on Maui's north shore!
#15 Learn to Swim Like a Mermaid
Some people sign up for Hawaii Mermaid Adventures in order to get incredible photos of them in our tropical waters as a mermaid. What they might not realize before getting into it is that the experience is all-encompassing and unforgettable. Experienced, certified instructor and lifeguard will train you how to swim like a mermaid, including young children!
#16 Visit Haleakala Crater
There are few jaw-dropping sights on this planet as impressive as watching Haleakala Sunrise. Watching the sun come up past the ocean and through the clouds in one of the world's quietest places can be life altering. If you don't do a tour, make sure to book your driving reservation well in advance. You can learn more about the park, trails, sunrise, and more at Haleakala Crater.
#17 Maui Tropical Plantation
Established over thirty years ago with the aim of showcasing Maui’s most captivating flowers, fruits, herbs, and veggies, Maui Tropical Plantation has grown into a working plantation and leading tourist destination. Situated in the heart of Waikapū Valley, and framed by views of the majestic West Maui Mountains, Maui Tropical Plantation offers tram tours of its field crops, ziplines suitable for the whole family, a farm stand brimming with fresh produce, and historical displays of the rich, legendary region. A duck pond, serene lagoon, coffee roaster and café, gift shops, and The Mill House—an award winning restaurant that highlights the plantation’s harvest—complete the stunning package.
#18 Rappelling Waterfalls
For some, seeing a waterfall isn't enough, they just need to get in the water, climb and explore. Rappel Maui gives these adventure-fiends what they crave, offering guided tours with hiking, swimming, and rappelling down the lush jungle cliffs and waterfalls along Maui's North Shore.
#19 Food, Drink & Farm Tours
Maui is now known for locally-sourced, handcrafted food and beverages. with Maui Craft Tours, you'll be introduced to several of the island's most talented beer, wine and spirit artisans to explore their processes and enjoy the final product. You'll experience first-hand the passion that goes into each dish and glass as well as learn about the Valley Isle.
#20 Take a Glassblowing Class
Created by Master Glassblower Ryan Staub, head to Lahaina Town for a special glassblowing class with friends and family at Moana Glass. Select the glass piece you want to make, from a glass heart to a starfish or bowl, and receive a tailored lesson in crafting your very own glass blown piece of art. Classes include all safety instruction and materials, and are available 7 days per week. Learn the ins and outs of a highly creative skill while making a gorgeous, Maui-inspired souvenir at Lahaina’s only furnace glassblowing studio.
#21 Road to Hana
We can't say enough about doing the Road to Hana. Driving this road and enjoying the sights, smells, and people along the way is something you'll never forget. Waterfalls, coastal cliff line, and lush jungle will make you think you've gone to heaven (if that's your sort of thing.)
#22 Ultimate Air Trampoline Park
One of Maui’s most highly recommended land activities for families or friends looking for offbeat fun on The Valley Isle, Ultimate Air Trampoline Park in Wailuku provides 25,000 square feet of trampoline fun, including onsite events, foam pits, basketball, dodgeball, and even massage chairs for those in need of a break. Put your jumping skills to the test at this family-friendly Maui must-do, and reserve your spot online to ensure you have the best trampoline experience possible.
#23 Mystery Maui
For those of you seeking a different kind of excitement on Maui, Wailuku’s newest Mystery Maui escape room offers families, friends and couples the chance to participate in one of two ultra-fun scenarios. Use the given clues to solve the mystery and escape from the room in 60 minutes or less, or enlist the help of your game marshal for extra assistance. This is an excellent way to spend a rainy day on Maui, or escape the heat for an hour while having tons of fun!
#24 Oahu Day Trip
While we love exploring the many natural wonders of Maui, we recognize the appeal of exploring more than one Hawaiian Island on your next trip to the Aloha State. Pearl Harbor Tours offers an array of convenient guided and self-guided day trips from Maui to Oahu, all of which include round trip airfare and car transportation around Oahu. Whether you want to brush up on your history with a tour of the Battleship Missouri and USS Arizona Memorial, or take a driving tour to Oahu’s most spectacular natural landmarks, there’s plenty to look forward to on an interisland day trip to Hawaii’s most visited island.
#25 Snorkel Turtle Town
Turtle Town is one of those elusive places that exists in a few areas of Maui. There are spots that are well-known for having many turtles every day. There are also spots that captains have recorded as having had an unusually large amount of turtles recently. Either way, it's best to have professionals show you exactly where to snorkel if you want to see the most turtles in one snorkel session. Both Malolo and Calypso will take you to both Turtle Town and Molokini Crater in a single trip.
BONUSES! Because there's so much more to do on Maui than just 25 things!
#26 Iao Valley
Visiting Iao Valley feels like you've stepped directly into a scene from Jurassic Park. Incredibly lush, towering cliffs surround you and in the center is the famous Iao Needle. The land here is rich with history and the water sacred to Hawaiians.
#27 Visit Maui Farms
Visiting the shops at the tourist centers is fun, but there's really only so many knick knacks you can bring home. Maui is experiencing a renaissance in agriculture, where our farms are putting out the highest quality product in the world. From fresh lavender to delicious goat cheese, you'll be wondering why you haven't visited these farms sooner! Learn more about Hawaii's agricultural renaissance. One farm in particular worth checking out is the Ali'i Kula Lavender Farm.
#28 Maui Waterfall Hike & Garden Tour
Located on Maui’s breathtaking north shore, Kings Gardens Maui invites you on a fun two hour hiking tour through some of the island’s most lush, untouched areas. View one of Maui’s most remote waterfalls and some of the world’s tallest prehistoric ferns, and enjoy a chocolate tasting along the way (when on the chocolate tour.) Experience the real Maui during this authentic, fun-filled and informative tour, and be prepared to see The Valley Isle in all its natural glory. We Say It’s A Must Do While On Maui!
If you've always wanted to surf, but have never tried, this is a great place to learn. Take Maui surf lessons, and stand up in the same day. Or learn to kite or wind surf! If you want to see some serious surfing in big waves, we have some brave enthusiasts you can watch as well (and leave it to local professionals.)
If you're into yoga, or a beginner that's curious, Maui is THE place for working with other enlightened individuals that practice regularly. There are many classes as well as group workshops going on regularly. Your best bet is to start in Paia Town for the lucid and limber.
#31 Photo Session
It's usually not the first thing on people's minds, and that's why we suggest booking a Maui family portrait ahead of time. This way you can enjoy your trip, then take a quick hour capturing some amazing sunset moments with the ones you love. Taking your own photos will be a lot of fun, but having a pro photograph you will be high and above anything you could do on your own with a timer. Worth every dime!
#32 Beach Time
Most visitors stay on the south or west side for our beautiful Maui beaches. Take advantage of the pristine quality of our sandy stretches of beach with some sun tanning, BBQ, games, snorkeling, swimming, and even sunset. Make sure to bring plenty of water and sunblock, because the sun can kick you when you least expect it!
Every year, Maui is home to some unforgettable and unmatched celebrations and events. Our Hawaii Halloween has been deemed "Mardi Gras of the Pacific". Our Maui Film Festival attracts celebrities of every kind in droves (and has some of the best parties ever!) And our theaters bring some of the most talented concert shows ever (and in smaller venues!)
Want to see Maui from a different vantage point? Get your adrenaline going while soaring hundreds of feet above the water while parasailing! Not only do you get great views, but the excitement of take off and landing will give you another reason to have a mai tai when on dry land.
From the Cathedrals of Lanai to the backside wall-dive of Molokini Crater, scuba diving in Maui waters is exceptional. We're lucky to have rich tropical reefs, abundant sea life, and unique sites to dive. Try diving a shipwreck, or better yet, try diving a World War II tank wreck! Bet you've never done that before!
#36 Maui Ocean Center
We love our aquarium at Maalaea Harbor. Not only can you touch starfish and baby turtles, but you can also completely surround yourself in a glass tunnel below tons of ocean water filled with tiger sharks, manta rays, and all kinds of sea life. Our favorite tank at the Maui Ocean Center has to be the one with the jellyfish in the massive cylinder tank.
Not only does Maui have some top-notch, world-class golf courses, but we've got the views to match. There are very few complaints that come from golfing on Maui: distraction from whale breaches in the distance and time away from swimming in the ocean. Fortunately, you can still get a bunch of beach time in a golf day here.
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