Things To Do and Activities on Maui
Maui Sights & Activities
Safari Boat Excursions
Navigate the waters around Maui, choosing from the Lanai Safari or the Whale Safari. The Lanai Safari takes you out to areas that less than 1% of Maui tourists have the opportunity to see. Enjoy the complimentary breakfast and lunch and snorkeling. The Whale Safari guarantees you will have close encounters, as Maui holds the highest concentration of whales in Hawaii.
Blue Hawaiian Helicopters
In business since 1985, Blue Hawaiian Helicopters offers a variety of tours where you take in some spectacular views of Maui. Tours vary in length, price and areas of Maui you are taken to.
A dormant volcano measuring 10,000 feet above sea level, it is Maui's highest point. The crater is surrounded by Haleakala National Park, which is great for hiking, bicycling and taking in the gorgeous scenery.
Luaus are a huge part of Hawaiian culture and the Maui vacation experience. You will generally be treated to a buffet style dinner on the beach, an open bar, and plenty of entertainment in the form of Hawaiian song and dance.
Pony Express Tours
Choose from two locations on Haleakala – you can pick the Crater Ride or the Ranch Ride. There are a variety of ride lengths to choose from and your horse riding ability level will be taken into consideration as well.
Maui Ocean Center
Hawaii's top rated family attraction (Zagat Survey US Family Travel Guide), the Maui Ocean Center is a state-of-the-art marine park and the only facility in the world dedicated to fostering understanding, wonder and respect for Hawaii's marine life. Visitors can see spectacular live coral displays (the largest collection in the nation), enjoy playful swimming displays by Hawaii's beloved green sea turtles, awe at close encounters with sharks, rays and more.
Drive the Hana Highway
The Hana Highway is the 68-mile stretch of road which connects Kahului and Hana. The drive takes about 3 hours and it brings you through winding roads with breathtaking views and over 59 bridges, 46 of which are only one lane. Waterfalls, lush rainforest and beautiful attractions are there for you to stop and investigate along the way.
Alii Kula Lavender
Stroll through Maui's ultimate serenity amongst 45 varieties of lavender in a wonderland of purple hues. The gift shop is filled with lavender products and a variety of tours are available.
Surfing Goat Dairy
A fun and unique Maui AgTourism experience for the whole family with gourmet cheese, baskets and gifts.
Established in 1974 from a historical plantation with red, white, sparkling and speciality wines for tasting today. The tasting room is an 18-foot long bar cut from the trunk of a single mango tree. Shelves are stocked with Hawaiian-made products and speciality foods and gifts.
Haleakala ATV Tours
2-hour, 3-hour and custom/private ATV tours to view Maui's most pristine and ancient native rainforests. Modern 350cc four-wheel drive quads are very easy to operate. Can be combined with zip line venture.
The venture starts with a walk through the woods in beautiful upcountry Maui, then gets your heart pumping as you sail across ziplines, and get a bird's eye view of the seasonal waterfalls and vegetation below. Beyond conservation, Skyline is committed to developing an extremely safe and well-researched zipline tour industry.
Recommended Maui Beaches
In 1991, Kapalua Bay gained worldwide attention by being ranked first out of a total of 650 beaches. It offers white sands, blue waters and plenty of water sports.
Kaanapali Beach is approximately three miles long, and is divided by a lava cliff, known commonly as "Black Rock" and by the Hawaiians as Puu Kekaa. There are some major resort hotels along the beach, so there are always plenty of things to keep you busy.
About 2/3 mile long, Makena (also called Big Beach) is one of the more popular beaches on Maui. It is known for its strong current and big waves, so it is important to stay alert.
A favorite for locals and a beautiful white sand beach. The current can sometimes be strong, but there is also a section at the end of the beach known as "Baby Beach." Families frequent this area because it is separated from the surf by a flat reef wall and the waters are calm for the kids.
Located on the North Shore, Ho'okipa Beach is well known for its great windsurfing because of its good winds and waves. This is not a great site for beginners, but more seasoned surfers and windsurfers love it.
Another great windsurfing beach. It is fairly large, so there's always plenty of room for relaxing or participating in various land and water sports.
Hawaii is probably best known for its amazing surfing, and it's only natural that many visitors take an interest in the local culture and hop on a surfboard (or at least try to!). There are many surfing classes available across the island for all skill levels.
Golf is a very popular sport in Hawaii and Maui courses are in three major areas: Central Maui – which includes Pukalani Upcountry, Maui C.C. in Sprecklesville, and Waiehu on the North shore; South Maui – which includes the Wailea and Makena Resorts, as well as Elleair; and West Maui – where you will find Kapalua and Kaanapali.
Maui Snorkeling and Maui Scuba Diving
Maui is surrounded by gorgeous waters filled with interesting creatures and beautiful coral. There are dozens of certified instructors across the island of Maui that will take you out exploring.
Spend the day sailing around Maui. You will have no trouble finding a variety of sailing excursions ranging from sunrise sails, sunset sails, whale watches, scuba sails, snorkeling sails and private sail charters.
Maui has plenty of great free public tennis courts, and some even stay lit until 10pm. Private tennis courts are available at most hotels and resorts on Maui.
Set out on foot and explore Maui alone or with planned group excursions. There are many hiking tours available anging from a couple hours to all day trips – climb cliffs, duck under waterfalls and even go rappelling.
North Shore and Upcountry
The main street (Hana Highway) and Baldwin Avenue of Paia are filled with boutiques, swim shops, restaurants, galleries and a grocery store.
Baldwin Avenue is filled with galleries, high-end boutiques, gift shops and restaurants.
The Shops at Wailea – high end shops including: Louis Vuitton, Bottega Veneta, Fendi, Gucci, St. John, Tiffany & Co., Tommy Bahama, Banana Republic, The Gap, salons, restaurants etc.
Front street is filled with boutiques, tourist and t-shirt shops, galleries and restaurants.
Whaler's Village with Louis Vuitton, Tommy Bahama, Crazy Shirts, White House/Black Market, Coach, The Body Shop, Ritz Camera, Sunglass Hut, restaurants.