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15 Best Things To Do On Maui

With tropical beaches, turquoise water, and lush vegetation, Maui is the dream destination whether you’ve lived here your whole life or are visiting for the first time. There’s something here for everyone, from the rolling hills of Upcountry to the rich coral reefs of Molokini. Visit picturesque Ka’anapali Beach, go kiteboarding at Kite Beach on the North Shore, or explore the jungle in Iao Valley State Park. Check out the best things to do on Maui!

molokini crater#1 – Go snorkeling in the remote Molokini Crater
Maalaea, Central Maui

If you’re looking for relaxing things to do, Maui has some of the most serene snorkeling spots in all of Hawaii, including the amazing marine preserve off the coast of Maui at the Molokini Crater. This tour takes you to the island and provides all the rental gear you need and even an ice cold beer afterwards.

Departs from: Maalaea Harbor

maui black sand beach#2 – Travel the Hana Highway and see Maui’s black-sand beach
Wailuku, Central Maui

Ask anyone and they’ll tell you: traveling the Hana Highway is a must-do on Maui. Spanning Maui’s North Shore, this highway is perched between the Pacific Ocean and Maui’s most breathtaking vistas. See the best the Hana Highway has to offer on this small-group tour. Stop off to visit eucalyptus trees, bamboo forests, and, best of all, Maui’s own black-sand beach.

Departs from: Kahului Park & Ride

whale watching lahaina#3 – Go whale watching

Whale watching season starts in December and goes until May. Check out a whale watching tour where you can see these amazing creatures for yourself. You can even hear them singing underwater using special hydrophones!

Departs from: Pacific Whale Foundation Ocean Store, Lahaina

haleakala crater#4 – See the Haleakala Crater at sunrise
Haleakala, Upcountry

How do you feel about watching the sun rise over an ancient lava field from the highest point on Maui? The Haleakala Crater Sunrise tour allows you to enjoy this once-in-a-lifetime experience. Travel to the top of the Haleakala Crater, reaching the peak just in time to watch the sun burst over the horizon.

lahaina sunset#5 – Go on a romantic sunset sail

After all the surfing and kiteboarding, snorkeling and hiking, it’s time to unwind on a relaxing catamaran cruise. Check out this romantic evening sail where you can enjoy the world-famous Maui sunset while sipping on a complimentary Mai Tai.

Departs from: Lahaina

iao valley#6 – Visit the lush jungle of the Iao Valley
Wailuku, Central Maui

A visit to Iao Valley State Park is a must on Maui. Get there and back without the hassle on this guided private tour. Highlights include Haleki’i-Pihana Heiau’s ancient temples, the Iao Valley and Iao Needle, and Kepaniwai Botanical Gardens.

Departs from: Kahului Park & Ride or hotel pick up


maui ocean center#7 – Visit the sea life at the Maui Ocean Centre
Wailuku, Central Maui

See Hawaii’s underwater world without ever getting wet at Maui Ocean Center. Popular among kids for its family-friendly exhibits, you can see all kinds of tropical fish here, from starfish to manta rays and even tiger sharks. Visiting families should check out the family pass.

#8 – Explore a real pineapple plantation
Makawao, Upcountry 

This plantation tour has one of the coolest souvenirs to take home: your very own pineapple! Maui’s warm climate and island rains create the perfect conditions for agriculture. See for yourself how islanders grow organic fruit on this pineapple plantation tour.

#9 – Learn how to surf on Ka’anapali Beach

It doesn’t matter if it’s your first, second, or hundredth time on the board: when you catch the right wave it feels awesome. Ka’anapali Beach is one of the best places to learn how to surf on Maui. Check out group lessons on the beach with Island Style Adventures. This surf school is super friendly and easy to get to.

Lana'i island#10 – Go snorkeling on remote Lana’i Island

While the Molokini crater is a staple for snorkeling on Maui, the sun-bathed coral reefs of Lana’i offer an even more diverse experience. This largely uninhabited island off the coast of Maui is home to a psychedelic array of sea creatures. The best way to get here is by boat, so check out this Lana’i snorkeling tour which includes gear, food and drinks, and a resident naturalist.

Departs from: Lahaina

#11 – Take a tour of a coconut farm

Taste fresh Hawaiian coconut milk, right from the source. Punakea Palms Farm is a hidden gem in the Maui jungle where you can learn all about Hawaiian agriculture on their inclusive farm tour. Learn how to open and taste coconuts at varying stages of maturity, as well as the numerous health benefits and creative culinary applications of this tropical fruit.

maui farm
#12 – Tour Maui’s top food & beverage crafters
Waikapu, Central Maui

Experience the best food and beverage crafters Maui has to offer on this day-long food and drink tour. Start with some java at a Hawaiian coffee plantation then enjoy lunch at a local farm, followed by wine tastings at Mauiwine’s beautiful winery and beer flights at Maui Brewing Company.

Kanaha Beach Park#13 – Try kiteboarding
Kanaha Beach Park, Central Maui

Spend the day at Maui’s famous Kite Beach on the North Shore with kiteboarding lessons. Maui’s perfect for kiteboarding due to its sweet combination of wind and waves. Check out family lessons perfect for 2 to 4 people or book for yourself in a group lesson.

 #14 – Get greeted at the airport
Maui Airport

If you’re flying to Maui, start your trip off right with an airport greeting. Leis historically have been made of flowers, seashells, and leaves, and they symbolize good fortune and a warm welcome. Choose a classic orchid lei for your first Hawaiian aloha.

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