Updated: April 23, 2021
Home to tropical breezes, white-sand beaches, and touristy Lahaina town, Maui’s got it all. They say if you only have time to visit one island, Maui’s the one. If you’re looking for the top things to do on Maui, you’ve come to the right place.
#1 – Snorkel the Molokini Crater
When it comes to things to do in Maui, this one should be at the top of your list. The Molokini Crater has long been considered one of the best places to go snorkeling in all of Hawaii—and once you see it for yourself, you’ll agree. Located just off the coast of South Maui, this crescent-shaped island crater is an astonishing sheltered bay, home to tropical marine life and a protected coral reef. This tour takes you to the island and provides all the rental gear you need and even an ice cold beer afterward.
Family-friendly | Food & drink included | All gear included
#2 – Go whale watching
Starting in December and lasting into April or May, humpback whales come to Hawaii to find mates and raise their young. Catch a glimpse of these magnificent creatures on a Hawaiian whale watching eco-tour. Your trip is guided by certified marine naturalists and departs from the Maui Ocean Center, so you’ll get to the best whale watching grounds faster and have more time viewing.
All ages welcome | Eco friendly tour | Free child admission with each paid adult
#3 – Go to a traditional Hawaiian luau
Everyone knows Maui has the best luaus—and the Myths of Maui Luau is a great choice. Once reserved only for special ceremonies, luaus today are unique celebrations of Hawaiian culture—as well as a great way to eat as much local food as you possibly can. The Myths of Maui Luau offers an oceanfront setting with great sunsets, an open bar, and even a special buffet just for the kids.
All-You-Can-Eat Buffet | Open Bar | Top Tier Entertainment
#4 – Explore Maui by ATV
In order to get the adrenaline pumping and see Maui from a whole new perspective, check out Maui Off Road Adventures. On this 2 hour ATV adventure outside Lahaina, you’ll explore bamboo forests, climb hills, tackle river crossings, and enjoy some incredible ocean views.
Ages 7+ | Option to Switch Drivers | No experience necessary
#5 – Take a surfing lesson
It’s not a Hawaiian vacation without surfing! Maui Surfer Girls offers awesome surfing lessons from Ukumehame Beach Park, south of Ka’anapali. Ukumehame is one of the best beaches for beginner surfers due to its long and narrow beach with multiple surf breaks, and this surf school is one of the few who has a permit to teach here. Check out their group, private, and couples surf lessons!
Ages 5+| All gear included
#6 – Watch the sunset from the ocean
Watch Maui’s famous sunset from the deck of a luxury catamaran with a cool glass of bubbly in hand on this glorious sunset sail. Local beer and wine are on offer as well as tasty Mai Tais. Unwind and relax—this experience will remind you why you came to Maui in the first place.
Family-friendly | Food & drink included
#7 – Visit a Pineapple Plantation
Ever wondered what a pineapple plantation looks like? Explore one for yourself in Maui’s rich rural Upcountry. Maui’s warm climate and island rains create the perfect conditions for agriculture. Learn how locals grow organic fruit on this pineapple plantation tour. And, best of all, admission comes with a free pineapple!
Ages 2+ | Small-group tours | Food included
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