Best Maui Cruise Excursions For Pride Of America Cruise Passengers

Cruise excursions are incredibly fun, but booking them through the cruise line can be quite expensive—and planning them on your own can leave you pulling your hair out in frustration. Never fear—if you’re traveling on the 7-Day Hawaii Cruise with the Norwegian Cruise Line, all these activities will fit into your itinerary.

Of course, what trip to Maui is complete without visiting Lahaina or checking out the beautiful Ka’anapali Beach? These spots are great for hanging out, getting in some shopping, and having some laughs, but if you’re looking to actually do something on Maui, this list is for you. Depending on what you’re looking to get out of your trip, check out the Must-Do Maui Tours or explore ways to get out on the water. For the super active among you, scroll on down to Get Active–and for those with families, check out Kid-Friendly. Make the most of your stopover on Maui!

MUST-DO MAUI TOURS

#1 – Travel the Road to Hana

Getting there: Kahului pier pick up available

Take a ride along the beautiful Hana Highway—an absolute must-do while on Maui. This private tour company will take you to all the highlights along the way, including Waikani Falls, Honomanu Bay black-sand beach, and much more. Choose this if you want the best of Maui in one convenient ride–don’t choose this one if you have a tendency to get motion sickness.

Sunday start 10am | Monday start 9am

Duration: 5–6 hours

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The Hana Highway is a must-do on Maui. This highway traverses Maui’s North Shore, boasting incredible views, breathing-taking waterfalls, and some enticing food trucks too!

#2 – Visit the Iao Valley

Getting there: Kahului pier pick up available

Visit one of the Maui’s most iconic landmarks, the Iao Needle, located in the lush and picturesque Iao Valley State Park. On this private tour, learn about the Needle’s historical significance and visit the gorgeous Kepaniwai Gardens. Choose this one if you’re looking to revel in nature.

Sunday & Monday flexible departure time

Duration: 3 hours

#3 – Watch the sunrise at the Haleakala Crater

Getting there: Kahului pier pick up available

Experience the sunrise from Maui’s highest peak! Watch as the sun rises from the top of the Haleakala Crater and take a moment to marvel at the beauty of the morning sky. You’ll have to take a tour to get there–and afterwards you can enjoy a hearty breakfast at the local restaurant–all included! This one’s a bit out of the way, but a great option if you’re looking to cross another thing off that bucket list. Pro tip–it’s cold at the peak so dress warmly.

Monday start 2am

Duration: 8 hours

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The Haleakala Crater is a bit out of the way–and if you want to make it there by sunrise you’d better be on the road just after midnight. But this is for sure one of those life-changing experiences you’ll never forget.

ON THE WATER

#1 – Explore the Molokini Crater marine preserve

Getting there: 20-minute cab ride from Kahului

You’re likely not looking to get onto another boat after disembarking on Maui, but snorkeling at the Molokini island crater is well worth the excursion. This crescent-shaped island just off the coast of Maui is known for green sea turtles and an abundance of tropical fish. This is an intimate experience on a luxury catamaran, a great choice is you want to go snorkeling in style.

Monday start 7:30am

Duration: 5 hours

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Just off the coast of Maui, the Molokini Crater is a marine preserve packed with sea life well worth the short boat ride out to get there.

#2 – Go on a kayak tour of Makena

Getting there: 30-minute cab ride from Kahului

Makena beach is one of the largest and most luxurious beaches on Maui. It’s protected by two lava walls which ensure its waters are calm. No wonder green sea turtles love hanging out here! Get out on the water with this kayaking tour of Makena. They’ll take you to the best snorkeling spots and all the gear is included. Choose this one if snorkeling’s your jam and you don’t mind having to work for it.

Monday start 7:15am

Duration: 3–4 hours

#3 – Go scuba diving off Wailea Point

Getting there: 30-minute cab ride from Kahului

Calling all certified scuba divers! Check out this small-group excursion at Wailea Point in South Maui. Explore the coral reef and keep your eyes peeled for butterfly fish, humuhumunukuapua’a fish, sea turtles, octopuses, starfish, and more. All you need to bring is your certification and a swimsuit since all the professional equipment is provided.

Sunday start 1pm | Monday start 10:30am

Duration: 1.5 hours

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Snorkeling off Wailea Point is sure to yield plenty of interesting sightings. Keep your eyes peeled for Hawaiian sea turtles and colorful corals.

KID-FRIENDLY

#1 – Take your kids to the aquarium

Getting there: 20-minute cab ride from Kahului

Maui Ocean Center has over 60 different indoor and outdoor exhibits. Here you can see everything from coral reefs to green sea turtles. The highlight of the aquarium is the tunnel where you can walk underneath stingrays and sharks.

Open daily: 9am to 5pm

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The Maui Ocean Center is home to both indoor and outdoor exhibits–the highlight being the tunnel with stingrays and sharks.

#2 – Visit a pineapple plantation

Getting there: 20-minute cab ride from Kahului

Take your kids to a pineapple plantation! Learn how long it takes to grow a pineapple (two years) and taste fresh pineapples in various stages of growth. This tour is suitable for children ages 5+ and everyone gets to take home a free pineapple!

Sunday start 11:45am | Monday start 9:30am and 11am

Duration: 1.5 hours

GET ACTIVE

#1 – Enjoy a guided hike of Maui

Getting there: Kahului pier pick up available

Get your blood pumping with a guided hike of Maui. This is a private tour so you get to choose where you go. Do you want to explore Maui’s jungle waterfalls or misty mountain peaks? You decide! They’ll get you off the beaten path and show you the hidden beauty of Maui.

Monday start 9am

Duration: 6 hours

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Get out and stretch your legs on a private Maui hiking tour. The Waihee Ridge Trail boasts fantastic views of the island like this one, overlooking Kahului and Haleakala.

#2 – Learn how to surf in South Maui

Getting there: 20-minute cab right from Kahului

One of the most beautiful places to surf in Maui is Kalama Park beach, also known as Kalama Bowls, in South Maui. The waves are steady and perfect for beginners. North of the beach is the grassy Kalama Park with plenty of restaurants and little shops, so you can go for lunch after your surf lesson.

Monday start 8am & 10am

Duration: 2 hours

#3 – Learn how to kiteboard on Maui’s famous Kitebeach

Getting there: 10-minute cab ride

Kahului Pier is right next to Kanaha Beach park, also known as Maui’s famous Kitebeach. You’d be remiss not to stop by and watch the kiteboarders—if not going ahead and joining them yourself. Check out Surf Club Maui which offers lessons on the beginner area of the beach.

Sunday start 2pm | Monday start 10:30am

Duration: 2.5 hours

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Kitebeach is a great place for kiteboarders due to its wind and waves. If you’re looking to get that adrenaline rush, on Maui there’s no better way.

 

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