E komo mai!
Welcome to Maui — one of the best islands in the world to visit for memorable vacation. On your Maui vacation, you can choose from any ocean activities imaginable, plus a ton of exciting and inspiring land adventures. Maui’s diverse nightlife scene varies from Kihei to Lahaina to Paia and upcountry, while Hana remains pretty sleepy … check our blog for information on annual events, local culture, our favorite properties and activities, plus art and entertainment happening in Maui. Maui Fridays are a guaranteed good time once a week with live music, shopping, local food and special entertainment in one of four Maui towns. The activities are countless.
Fun Activities to do on Maui vacation:
- Snorkeling with turtles, dolphins, fish, corals, eels, starfish, lobsters… and more, of course!
- Scuba diving with incredible sea life
- Whale watching / see dolphins
- Surfing, stand up paddling, kayaking, wake boarding
- Private tours
- Hiking with bamboo and waterfalls
- Drive the road to Hana; continue on the road and visit Kipahulu & Kaupo
- Ride horses
- Public skating rink in Kalama Park in Kihei courtesy of MauiHockey.com
- Up in the sky: helicopter tours, ziplining, parasailing, paragliding
- Haleakala Crater – bicycle tours, epic sunrise & sunset photos, hike, camp, even volunteer!
- Island hop to Oahu, Big Island, Kauai or Lanai
Maui offers a variety of activities as vast as the volcano that towers over it and the ocean which surrounds it. Below are a few of Andrea’s and Jill’s favorites:
Catch a wave: Maui popular surfing spots offer waves for surfing, windsurfing and kiteboarding pros and newbies — check out hot spots like Ho’okipa, Sand Box, Jaws, and Slaughterhouse for real action.
Put it in gear: The best way to experience Maui’s beauty is from behind the wheel. Rent a convertible and set out on the legendary road to Hana. From Kahului Airport, the road is 52 miles of 600 curves, 54 one-lane bridges, and sights that have to be seen to be believed. Park by a waterfall and rainforest filled with scenic wonders. If you’re not staying overnight at the Hotel Hana-Maui, allow plenty of time for the return trip. You don’t want to drive back in the dark.
Get wet: You MUST see some of the amazing underwater life around Maui! Snorkeling and diving is a way of life here, and it’s an affordable way to spend the day. Don’t miss the submerged volcanic crater of Molokini in glass-bottom boats. At the Maui Ocean Center, you’ll enjoy aquariums stocked with sea cucumbers, eagle rays, and sea turtles, too. Or, just ask us about snorkel excursions and packages.
Climb high: Upcountry Maui is an enjoyable and unexpected departure from the white sand beaches and palm trees, and a great way to see Maui in all its beauty. Horses, cows, quaint shops and authentic local life abounds here in the cooler part of the Valley Isle. Shop roadside stands for locally-grown tropical fruits, vegetables, and flowers, and visit Makawao for clothing, jewelry, and island art. Like wine? Try Maui’s Winery at Ulupalakula, situated in a lovely grove in the cool comfort of upcountry Maui.
Haleakala Crater: One of the many Maui activities we recommend for everyone is a visit to Haleakala Crater, a 10,023-foot volcano and national park. Brave souls can make the drive up for sunrise (bring a coat & warm accessories – it’s chilly, but breathtaking), and braver ones ride mountain bikes from the top to the bottom.
Saddle up: The best view of Maui is from the back of a sure-footed steed, and several stables offer trail rides on the island. Hawaiian cowboys, called paniolos, will saddle you up and move you out through Makena’s lava fields, Kapalua’s rainforests, and the rainbowed, misty sunsets of Upcountry. Ask us about riding stables and packages! One of Jill’s favorite activities.
Go artsy: Lots of artists and artisans make Maui their home, and it shows. On Friday nights in Lahaina, you can gallery-hop to your heart’s content, with ample supplies of complimentary wine and pupus. At Hui No‘eau Visual Arts Center, they offer classes in art history, photography, and ceramics and soft glassblowing. You’ll also find art programs at hotels and resorts in Wailea, Kapalua, and Ka’anapali.
Beach it: Maui has arguably the Hawaiian Islands’ best collection of beaches, with a total of 81 stretches of sand. Check out Kaanapali’s three-mile beach, Makena’s famous Big Beach, or Wailea’s classic stretch of sand on southwest Maui.
Maui Late Night: If you want to get away from the tourist activities, you can find nightlife, although it’s as laid-back as the local surfers. In Lahaina & Wailea, the hot spots come alive with foodies waxing eloquent over award-winning cuisine. In Kihei, bartenders mix up great Mai Tais in lively restaurants & bars.
Hello, lū’au: Hawaii’s most authentic luaus happen in Maui, and the Old Lahaina and Wailea Marriott luaus are well worth a visit. Dine on authentic Hawaiiian dishes like roasted pig, poi, and haupia (the local coconut pudding). Ask us about our favorite luau packages! Don’t miss one of Maui’s best activities.