32 BEST THINGS TO DO IN MAUI: FROM THE MOUNTAINS TO THE SEA

There’s something for everyone on Maui. It’s serene and romantic, but also a thrill seeker’s paradise. Kids of all ages have a blast here, whether you spend your time on the beach or out hiking to waterfalls. 

Most people appreciate this island in Hawaii because it has enough to keep vacationers of all styles entertained, but it’s still rural enough to feel like a true getaway. 

There are so many activities and adventures on the Valley Isle, so we’re making it easier by picking out the best things to do here. We’ll head to each corner of the island and search high and low, so you can see everything Maui has to offer. 

Here are 32 amazing things to do in Maui that we know you and your crew will love!

32 BEST THINGS TO DO IN MAUI: FROM THE MOUNTAINS TO THE SEA
Waianapanapa State Park

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COOLEST PLACES TO STAY IN MAUI

  • Your Own Personal Resort: Need more space? Skip a hotel and rent an Hawaiian Cottage. This one is super private with a tiki bar and swimming lagoon. Bananas and papayas growing in the yard…and very little light pollution means you can swim under a ton of stars.
  • Best for Couples: If you’re traveling without kiddos then head to The Kulani near Kamehameha Iki Park Beach. The indoor/outdoor rooms give you the perfect tropical romantic ambiance you want on a couples-only escape. They are HIGHLY sought after accommodations so book early!
  • Luxe With The Family: We love Montage resorts across the country, and Maui is no different. Nestled on 24-acres in Montage Kapalua Bay is gloriously luxurious with the customer service the brand is known for.
  • Roomy but More Affordable: If the Montage prices have you gasping, consider a family suite at Fairmont Kea Lani. The cabana-style suites offer a ton of room, plus you’ve got a pool, on-site restaurant, full-service spa, and private beach access.

WATCH THE SUNRISE AT HALEAKALA NATIONAL PARK

It’s one of the most iconic experiences in Hawaii: watching the sunrise from the summit of Haleakala. At over 10,000 feet above sea level, the views here are unparalleled. You’ll be above the clouds yet still treated to endless views in all directions. 

This is the world’s largest dormant volcano and the highest point on Maui. Once it’s daylight, you can spend some time in the National Park, exploring its hiking trail, learning about its native and endemic wildlife, and taking in the otherworldly sights. 

Haleakala National Park requires reservations if you’re visiting for the sunrise. If you’re not privy to the early morning start, you can also come up for the sunset, which doesn’t require reservations and still features incredible views. 

Get Your Guide also offers a Haleakala National Park Sunrise Tour that includes pick-up from your hotel and breakfast afterwards!

DRIVE THE ROAD TO HANA

Driving the Road to Hana is a must-do excursion. And like some of life’s best adventures, this experience isn’t about the destination – it’s about the journey getting there. 

You’ll begin your scenic drive to east Maui in Paia, a quirky surfer town on the island’s north shore. The winding road takes you along the edges of sea cliffs, over century-old bridges, and next to countless waterfalls. 

Plan an entire day for your trek along Hana Highway. You’ll spend several hours driving along and making stops at parks, overlooks, hiking trails, and fruit stands. When you arrive in Hana, you can kick back in the small scenic town or keep going to the National Park, which features even more waterfall hikes. 

PRO TIP: Keep in mind that there are two separate areas of Haleakala National Park: The summit at Haleakala Crater and then the coastal Kipahulu area past Hana. You can’t quickly drive from one location to the other, so you’ll want to plan each adventure on a separate day. One entry fee grants you access to both areas of the park for three days. 

If you want someone else to take the reins, Get Your Guide offers a full-day Road to Hana Guided Sightseeing Tour that includes lunch.

Read More: 18 MAUI WATERFALLS ON THE ROAD TO HANA AND BEYOND

EXPLORE TWIN FALLS

There are so many waterfall hike options across Maui, most of which are along the Road to Hana. Many adventurers may prefer isolated, dangerous hikes. But if you’re like me, and prefer safer, more populated places with a designated parking lot, then Twin Falls is the perfect place to go. 

It’s a popular spot, so you likely won’t get that Instagram-worthy photo alone in a dazzling waterfall. Instead, you’ll be joined by other explorers and local families enjoying the multiple swimming holes along the trail. 

Twin Falls is one of the first stops along the Road to Hana at mile marker 2. Start or finish your day here, or come out to simply enjoy the scenic nature walk and waterfall swim. 

CAMP AT A BLACK SAND BEACH

One of my favorite stops along the Road to Hana is Wai’anapanapa State Park, home to a black sands beach, a small blow hole, and sea caves formed out of lava tubes. 

This is one of the few places on Maui that allows camping. So if you dream of experiencing the great outdoors in a lush, tropical setting, renting a cabin or tent-camping spot here could be a good idea. 

An overnight stay at Waianapanapa State Park will allow you to enjoy the Road to Hana without needing to save energy for an entire trip back to town at the end of the day. But if you don’t feel like staying overnight, it’s still worth visiting the beautiful grounds and beach here for an hour or two.

Whether you are camping or visiting just during the day, you’ll need to make a reservation for Waianapanapa State Park in advance

This Maui black sand beach and park is located at Mile Marker #32, just before you arrive in Hana. 

TAKE IT EASY AT OHEO GULCH

There are many unique ways to experience Maui’s incredible beauty, but few are as unique and natural as Oheo Gulch. This scenic hiking area is about 10 miles past Hana in Haleakala National Park.

Oheo Gulch is also called Seven Sacred Pools, though there are more than seven pools here, and swimming in them is often dangerous. Even if the National Park closes access to the swimming holes, you can typically still hike Kuloa Trail and admire its beauty from afar. 

The Oheo Gulch trail is about a half-mile loop, so it’s a leisurely hike for all ages and abilities. 

HIKE THROUGH A BAMBOO FOREST

Immerse yourself in a jungle setting by hiking through a lush bamboo forest. While researching Maui vacation plans, the idea of walking through a bamboo forest will often pop up, but you may wonder where to go. 

Most of the island’s bamboo pathways are at stops along the Road to Hana. Some of these are closed to the public, so we recommend hiking the Pipiwai Trail, past Hana on National Park property. 

A hike along the Pipiwai Trail will also lead you to a great waterfall viewing area surrounded by lush greenery. The trek to Makahiku and Waimoku Falls is about 4 miles round trip. 

SEE TURTLES AND SURFERS AT HO’OKIPA BEACH PARK

Hookipa is a popular attraction for two reasons: surfers and sea turtles. This big-wave spot draws expert surfers from around the world, and it’s really a sight to see.  You can park on the upper lot to see the surfers from above and catch a great view of West Maui in the distance. 

Then head down to the lower parking area to check out the sea turtles. There are often a dozen or more Hawaiian green sea turtles on the right-hand side of the beach. 

Ho’okipa isn’t typically a great swimming spot – the water here is pretty rough, and it can get windy. But on beautiful days, you’ll find kids playing in the tidepools along the shoreline. 

Hookipa beach park is east of Paia. I recommend stopping here as you return from the Road to Hana to make entering and exiting easier and safer. Or, you can come out just to see the beach and then head back to Paia to spend the day shopping and dining. 

WHALE WATCH FROM LAND OR SEA

Maui is one of the best places for whale watching. Each winter, countless humpback whales make their way to the Auau Channel between Maui and Lanai to raise their calves in the warm, calm waters. 

Want to see these incredible creatures for yourself? Here are some quick FAQs to help plan your Maui whale watching:

When is the best time to visit Maui for whale watching? 

You should visit in January or February for the most whale sightings. Whale Season in Maui is December through March, so you’ll likely see many whales in any of those winter months. 

What is the best way to see whales on Maui?

Your best view of whales will be from a boat. You can book a spot on a big catamaran or a small raft boat. The guides on board are also super knowledgeable, and the captains of different boats stay in touch with each other to make it to the best sighting spots. You can also see whales from many of the island’s scenic lookouts and from the beaches in South and West Maui. 

What if I’m not visiting during Whale Season?

If you want to learn more about whales and their trek to Hawaii, you should visit the Maui Ocean Center in Maalaea (more below). Their Humpbacks of Hawaiʻi Exhibit & Sphere allows you to have a super up-close 3-D (virtual) whale encounter.

VISIT THE MAUI OCEAN CENTER

If you want the best opportunity to see Maui’s unique marine life up close and learn from actual experts, you must visit the Maui Ocean Center

Exhibits at the Ocean Center include sharks, sea turtles, stingrays, coral, and colorful fish. Plus, there’s a hands-on tide pool where you can touch starfish and sea urchins. Don’t miss the humpback whale sphere, where you can watch a short 3-D movie that makes you feel like you’re swimming alongside the magnificent sea creatures. 

The Maui Ocean Center is small but packs in a lot of fun. Younger kids tend to especially like it, but it’s a popular activity for all ages. It’s located in Maalaea, which is also a harbor for many of the island’s catamarans and yacht charters. 

DRIVE UPCOUNTRY MAUI

If you’ve been enjoying the sun and sand in one of Maui’s resort areas, then you’ll feel worlds away from it all when you tour upcountry Maui. Small towns, little farms, scenic roads, and endearing shops invite you to slow down and enjoy the island lifestyle. 

This is paniolo country, home to Hawaiian cowboys who wrangle cattle in the vast pastures and gather each year at the Makawao rodeo. 

A trip to upcountry Maui is a great place to escape the heat (it’s often 10 to 30 degrees cooler in Kula) and see a different side of Maui – a side rooted in community, agriculture, and history. 

There are lots of fun things to do upcountry. Walk through Makawao town, explore Kula Botanical Gardens, and visit the Ali i Kula Lavender Farm. Enjoy bicoastal views from the many parks and restaurants upcountry. And take it easy – this is a rural area that’s welcoming and quiet. 

Many visitors stop at various upcountry attractions on their way to or from Haleakala National Park, but this vibrant and serene area is worthy of a trip all its own. 

EXPERIENCE A WORKING PINEAPPLE PLANTATION 

Maui Pineapple Tour is one of the most popular and highly-rated farm tours on the island. The immersive experience takes you deep into the working pineapple plantation to see how the fruit is planted, harvested, and processed. 

Anyone who loves pineapples will love this tour, and you’ll think back to it anytime you buy one back at home. 

You’ll also be disappointed by all the pineapples at your local grocery store once you try a Maui Gold pineapple. The variety grown on the valley isle is extra sweet and has low acidity, so you’ll really treasure the ones they give you on the tour. 

The Maui Pineapple Tour is in Haliimaile, a small community between Kahului and Makawao.

…AND THEN GO ON EVEN MORE FARM TOURS

Beyond Maui’s beaches and waterfalls, there is a bustling agricultural community. You see it on a large scale as you fly in over the valley of repurposed sugarcane fields, but you can also experience it up close by booking a guided tour at one of the island’s small farms. 

Learn why Maui onions are so sweet, pet island goats, visit a vodka farm, harvest cacao, and witness the entire coffee production process. 

Most farms are located Upcountry, along the slopes of Haleakala. So you’ll be treated to bicoastal views as you walk in serene fields and learn about Maui’’s small-scale farms. 

Booking a tour also allows you to directly support the local economy and small-scale farmers. After your informative and enriching tours, you’ll look for these local products in every Maui gift shop you enter. 

CATCH A CONCERT AT THE MAUI ARTS AND CULTURAL CENTER

Whether you want to watch local musicians or global acts, the Maui Arts and Cultural Center is the place for shows, concerts, and entertainment. The outdoor amphitheater will allow you to enjoy live music under the swaying palm trees and unbeatable trade winds, while their indoor Castle Theater draws comedians and lively theatrical performances. 

Discover your new favorite musician or comedian, or come watch elite hula productions. They even host movie nights out on their expansive lawn.  

In addition to their concerts, the MACC is also home to a museum-quality art gallery with various traveling and local exhibits. Admission to the gallery is free. 

The Maui Arts and Cultural Center is located in Kahului. Check out the MACC website to find out what events are happening during your visit. 

DISCOVER MAUI’S BEST FOOD TRUCKS

Maui is honestly a food truck mecca. Much of this is due to the year-round warm weather, creating a great outdoor environment to kick back with a casual meal. Another thing is the high property costs here, so many local chefs turn to food trucks as an economical way to share their edible artistry with Maui’s residents and visitors. 

The food truck parks on the island are also the perfect way to feed a picky family. Everyone can pick their own options: sushi, acai bowls, local plate lunches, pizza, and tacos are just some of the fare you’ll find at each park. Eat at one of the onsite picnic tables or find a beachside spot to enjoy your grindz. 

Kahului has the highest concentration of food trucks on Maui, but you’ll also find them throughout most of the island’s neighborhoods and tour routes. 

TAKE A STROLL AROUND IAO VALLEY STATE PARK

Tucked away in the quiet small town of Wailuku is Iao Valley, a lush tropical setting walled in by towering green mountains. It’s an easy drive from downtown Wailuku, where you can grab a bite to eat, explore the handful of shops, and see the colorful murals on the sides of buildings. 

You’ll drive deep into the valley and come to a small county park with cultural gardens and a flowing stream. Further down the road is Iao Valley State Park, where you can walk among taro fields and hike up to a viewing spot for Iao Needle, a 1200-foot-tall icon. 

Iao Valley is a sacred and historic spot. It’s the site of a bloody 1790 battle when King Kamehameha invaded Maui in his quest to bring all the Hawaiian islands under his rule. Long before that, it served as a burial site for Hawaiian alii, or rulers. 

To get to Iao Valley, travel through Wailuku on Main Street, then veer right onto Iao Valley Road. Continue to the end of the road to reach the state park, but stop and get banana bread along the way if the stand is open. 

SOUVENIR SHOP AT THE MAUI SWAP MEET

If you’re on Maui on a Saturday, you should definitely check out the Swap Meet in Kahului. It’s an old-fashioned gathering of all kinds of vendors who sell produce, crafts, food, and services. 

As a visitor, you may not need to get your knives sharpened or your back massaged here, but you can probably score some discount souvenirs and really delicious fruit. Plus, it has a really fun energy as families walk around, talk story with craftspeople, and enjoy a relaxing weekend morning in Hawaii. 

The Maui Swap Meet is off Wahinepio Avenue in Kahului, next to the University of Hawaii Maui College. 

…OR GO LUXE AT THE SHOPS AT WAILEA

If you’d rather shop at high-end boutiques, head to the Shops at Wailea, a premier shopping center with over 70 shops and restaurants. 

While the mall prides itself on its luxe boutiques and world-class restaurants, there’s something for everyone here. Yes, there’s Prada and Tiffany & Co, but there’s also a T-shirt store, an inviting ice cream shop, and a budget-friendly market with souvenirs and food.

There’s also all kinds of dining here, from Ruth’s Chris to Waikiki Brewing Company. So come for a cocktail and incredible food, and stick around for the great shopping and inviting atmosphere. 

The Shops at Wailea also features cultural programs throughout the week, including ukulele lessons, coconut husking demonstrations, and hula performances. 

SOAK UP THE SUN IN SOUTH MAUI

If you want a classic Hawaii beach experience, you should head to South Maui, where some of the best beaches on the island are. It’s typically sunny and bright here, with light trade winds and scenic views. 

This is also where most of the island’s upscale resorts are, like the kid-friendly Grand Wailea, adults-only Hotel Wailea, and super-suave Four Seasons. But even if you aren’t staying in one of these luxurious locales, you can still enjoy a beach day in the area. 

As you head toward South Maui, you’ll go through the town of Kihei, a fun area with lots of budget-friendly shops and dining. But as you continue driving, you’ll soon find yourself surrounded by pristine golf courses, glistening blue waters, and stately hotels. 

This is Wailea

Wailea Beach is a scenic and sandy beach in the neighborhood that is perfect for swimming. It fronts the Grand Wailea and Four Seasons, but a public lot between the two resorts provides easy access to this great spot. 

If you want something a little more rugged, continue south into Makena. Past the resorts and golf courses, you’ll find Makena Beach State Park. The beach is separated into two different areas: Big Beach, with more parking and amenities, and Little Beach, which is more secluded. 

If you’re more for sightseeing than sunbathing, continue your drive even farther south to find yourself surrounded by an endless lava field.

Beach hop throughout the area, or pick one and spend the day there. Wailea-Makena also boasts some of the best sunset views on Maui. 

SNORKEL MOLOKINI CRATER

Visiting Molokini Crater is one of the top things to do in Maui. The atoll is crescent-shaped, creating a calm, clear sanctuary for all kinds of fish. Charters flock to this area so visitors can snorkel in these incredible waters. 

Snorkel excursions will provide everything you need to make the most of your time at the crater – floatation, snorkeling gear, snacks and beverages, and a place to relax on their boat in case you need a break from the water. 

Many tours will also take adventures to other great snorkel spots, like turtle town off the Makena coast or Coral Gardens in West Maui. Scuba divers can also book a trip out to Molokini Crater to see the marine life even more up-close. 

TRY SNUBA 

Have you ever heard of SNUBA? It’s a happy medium between snorkeling and scuba diving, and Maui is one of the best places to give it a try. 

Instead of floating from atop the water, you’ll be able to dive down under the surface while receiving a constant flow of air from above. It allows you to submerge yourself, much like you do in scuba diving, but it’s a simpler process that doesn’t require any certification. 

You can either book a dedicated SNUBA expedition or add it to select snorkel trips. It’s an especially fun idea if you’ve done a lot of snorkeling and want a new adventure without getting scuba certified. 

Most SNUBA excursions go to Molokini Crater and other top snorkel spots near the island of Maui. 

MAKE A SPLASH AT BLACK ROCK

Most Maui visitors either stay in South Maui or West Maui. But no matter which area of the island you stay in, you should definitely visit each of the major beach areas.

And to see the best of West Maui, you should head over to Kaanapali Beach, a long narrow stretch of sand surrounded by glistening water, high-rise hotels, and a lively atmosphere. In the daytime, you can join the kids splashing along the shoreline, and at night you can walk along the beach path and listen to Hawaiian music from the hotels and restaurants. 

And then there’s Black Rock – the point of lava rock that rests at the north end of the beach. At sunset each night, there’s a ceremonious torch lighting and dive from Black Rock to honor King Kahekili. 

Beachgoers will also venture up to the rock during the day, testing their bravery by diving into the clear waters below. It’s a tricky walk up there, and people have died at Kaanapali Beach, so you may be better off swimming with sea turtles closer to shore. 

Many of the hotels in the area have limited public parking spaces for beach access. Arrive in the morning for your best chance at a free spot, or pay for parking at the Whaler’s Village Shopping Center. 

GOLF WITH THE PROS IN KAPALUA

Maui boasts some of the most scenic golf courses in the world. They draw both championship golfers and first-time putters, and everyone in between. You’ll find these golf courses throughout the island, but the most iconic one is in Kapalua

The PGA Tour’s Sentry Tournament of Champions is at the Plantation Course at Kapalua. If you miss being on the island during the tour, you can still book your tee time here and say you’ve followed the footsteps of these pros. 

If golfing isn’t your thing, you can get active at one of the property’s tennis courts or unwind at the Plantation House Restaurant. The area is also home to the Kapalua Coastal Trail and several beautiful beaches, like Kapalua Bay and DT Fleming Beach Park. 

Want to really immerse yourself in this pristine setting? The Ritz Carlton and Montage Kapalua Bay offer visitors a chance to enjoy an upscale Maui stay. 

Kapalua is located in West Maui past Kaanapali. 

SNORKEL AT HONOLUA BAY

Honolua Bay is a marine life conservation area where visitors can snorkel and scuba dive. The water here is calm and protected, and you’re sure to see countless colorful fish among the coral reefs. 

Many boat charters will make a stop along the bay, but you can also access this area through land. A short hike through the otherworldly Honolua Jungle will take you to the rocky shoreline, where you can wade into the cool waters and see an array of colorful tropical fish. 

When the surf is good, you probably don’t want to snorkel in the bay, but you can stop at the overlook to see surfers take on the waves here. 

There is limited roadside parking shortly after the Honolua Bay overlook. The walk to the bay is a few minutes and worth the journey, even if you don’t plan to snorkel. 

WITNESS NATURE’S POWER AT NAKALELE BLOWHOLE

Nakalele Blowhole is one of the most remarkable natural wonders on Maui. Waves from the ocean push under the lava shelf and up through a hole in the surface, creating a geyser-like spout of water that’s powerful and majestic. 

The blowhole is most dramatic when the surf is high, but even on calm days, this is a beautiful place to look out over the blue ocean from a field of lava rock. 

A hiking trail leads down to the blowhole, but I’ve only viewed it from the safety and convenience of afar. A short walk from the dirt parking lot will allow you to look down over the blowhole and the panoramic views of the coastline. 

Nakalele Blowhole is between mile markers #38 and #39  on Honoapiilani Highway in West Maui. Some visitors keep driving and make the adventurous loop around the West Maui Mountains. Otherwise, you’ll probably want to turn around here and head back toward Lahaina to enjoy the rest of your day. 

WALK FRONT STREET IN LAHAINA

It’s touristy, yet also charming. Busy yet peaceful. It’s Historic Front Street in Lahaina, a neighborhood bustling with activity, so much dining and shopping, and incredible views. 

You’ll find lots of fun souvenirs here, but you can also grab some unique apparel and home goods at the small boutiques. History buffs will love the exhibits and architecture at the Old Lahaina Courthouse. Foodies can pick one of the fine-dining establishments set against Lahaina Harbor, or find a hole-in-the-wall spot in one of the colorful alleys. 

And everyone will want to check out the enormous banyan tree on Front Street. This single tree stretches an entire block and has 16 trunks. It’s the main attraction of Lahaina. 

Lahaina is located in West Maui and has consistently great weather. Traditional Hawaiian luaus, art galleries, boat charters, and boutique hotels call this cute neighborhood home, and it’s all set right next to the calm blue ocean. 

ART GALLERY HOP 

While there’s endless beauty to be found outdoors in Maui, there’s something special about seeing the island through its many art galleries. Browsing and shopping at the galleries will allow you to understand life here through photography, paintings, sculptures, ceramics, and glass. 

Throughout your Maui adventures, you’ll never be far from an art gallery. They line Front Street in Lahaina, are tucked away in the far corners of Kahakuloua, and are perched high atop upcountry estates. 

So whether you want to connect with local artists, get a one-of-a-kind souvenir, or simply see the beauty of Maui through someone else’s eyes, visiting Maui’s art gallery is a rewarding and unique experience. Look for art created by Native Hawaiians to discover even more eye-opening and locally-produced works. 

ATTEND THE OLD LAHAINA LUAU

Attending a luau is one of the top things to do on Maui. There are endless options to choose from, and almost all of them are fantastic. You’ll enjoy great food, music, dance, and drinks as the sun sets over the ocean. 

The Old Lahaina Luau is no exception. It prioritizes authenticity, and guests can immerse themselves in Hawaiian culture while enjoying the beautiful oceanside setting. It’s a unique opportunity to learn about the history, values, and artistry of Hawaii. 

Reviewers rave over the fantastic service and drinks here and how organized it is, something that’s sometimes lacking in these big events. 

Make your reservations early to get into the Old Lahaina Luau, which is located on Front Street in West Maui. If you can’t get into this one, you can enjoy one of the many other fantastic luau across the island, like the nearby Feast at Lele or the Te Au Moana Luau in Wailea.

DISCOVER YOUR FAVORITE SHAVE ICE FLAVOR

You’ve maybe had shaved ice, but have you ever had Hawaiian Shave Ice? It’s become an artform on the islands: mastering the shaving technique so you’re left with a snow-like powder, sourcing local ingredients for the best syrups, and serving it with aloha to visitors and kamaaina alike. 

Ululani Shave Ice has become THE place to get the treat on Maui, and it has locations in Kaanapali, Lahaina, Kihei, Wailuku, Kahului, and Paia. But you probably can’t go wrong at any of the great stands and shops throughout the island. 

Try a tropical flavor with ice cream on the bottom. Top it with sweetened condensed milk, li hing mui powder, and toasted coconut. It’s the dream treat on a sunny Hawaii day. 

SEE MAUI FROM ABOVE DURING A HELICOPTER TOUR

For most visitors, a Maui helicopter tour is a true splurge and a “treat-yourself” type of adventure you won’t regret.  It will allow you to see some of the most breathtaking beauty that can’t be accessed by car or boat while experiencing the unique joy of soaring through the sky. 

Tours vary in length and routes. Fly over the West Maui Mountains to witness one of the tallest waterfalls on the island, see Haleakala crater from the air, or travel over Molokai, home to the highest sea cliffs in the world. 

One of the draws of a helicopter tour is that it allows you to see much of the island in a short amount of time. However, you’ll likely be so taken by Maui’s beauty that you’ll venture off to see many of the sights up close. 

Get Your Guide is a great place to get your helicopter tour reservations. Soar along Maui’s dramatic coastline in a narrated flight, catching glimpses of the Hana Rainforest, Haleakala National Park, and other notable sights.

ZIPLINE ABOVE THE FOREST

Maui is one of the best places for ziplining. Not only is it an adrenaline-packed adventure, but it also allows you to take in amazing sights from above and learn about the land. 

Maui Zipline Company at the Maui Tropical Plantation is a small course that’s great for kids and adults alike. If you’re looking for something higher and faster, consider Kapalua Ziplines in West Maui, which is an all-dual course that includes a walk across the longest suspension bridge in Hawaii. Have a great time with your guides and tour mates as you take the leap and zip above the trees. 

Be sure to ask about age and weight restrictions before booking your zipline tour. Many companies offer walk-along options for anyone who is more comfortable with all feet on the ground. 

TAKE A SURFING LESSON

Maui is a hotspot for surfing, and there’s a wave here for every skill level. Champion surfers take on the winter swells on the north shore, while complete newbies can take a small ride at one of the many surf schools. 

Take it easy with a group lesson, or go all-in and reserve time with a private instructor. You’ll be surprised by how fun and addicting surfing is, and you may even find yourself drawn to the ocean again and again, chasing the thrill of riding waves. 

Most surf classes are in Kihei or Lahaina. It’s a great way to really enjoy Maui’s incredible ocean and get active, all while gaining a new skill. Plus, surfing is one of the coolest water sports, so you’ll be excited to join in such a trendy and impressive hobby. 

SAIL AWAY INTO THE SUNSET

It’s one of the things you dream about the most as you plan your Maui vacation: the incredible sunsets. After a day of sun and fun, you can kick back with a cocktail as the setting sun paints a vibrant picture above the turquoise water. 

A sunset sail or catamaran cruise makes you feel like you’re stepping into that vibrant picture. Feel the light breeze in your hair, sip on a cocktail from the open bar, grab a bite from a dinner buffet, and simply relax as the day winds down over the ocean. 

Sunset cruises are even more memorable during whale season, when you’ll likely spot the lively creatures breaching nearby. But any time of year, you’re sure to enjoy a peaceful evening aboard these vessels. 

Get Your Guide offers a Sunset Catamaran Cruise that includes dinner and drinks for an all-inclusive experience.

Most sunset charters leave from Maalaea or Lahaina and last about two hours. 

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