There’s so much to do on the island of Maui, but most visitors don’t know where to start. We’ve decided to list fun things to do in Maui to give our viewers locally preferred options.
76. Visit a Bamboo Forest
Many of the best hikes on Maui begin in bamboo forests. Bamboo grows extremely fast and tall which makes for stunning landscapes. Check out the two on both sides of the Road to Hana, one at Mile Marker 6.5 and the other on Pipiwai Trail near the Seven Sacred Pools.
77. Explore Upcountry
The paniolo side of Maui has some of the best views on the island. Makawao and Kula are fun areas to explore with beautiful homes and great shopping. Stop at T. Komoda’s Bakery in Makawao for delicious stick donuts and cream puffs, browse work from some of the best local artists and enjoy live music and delicious food at Casanova. In Kula, tour the beautiful botanical gardens, enjoy complimentary wine tasting at Tedeschi Vineyards and stop by Grandma’s Coffee House for freshly made coffee and breakfast plates.
78. “Hang” out with Nudists
You can find plenty of nudist beaches on Maui. One in particular is on the South Side in Makena. Little Beach is just a short cliffy hike from the North side of Big Beach. Little Beach is one of the most beautiful spots on the island, protected from development. If you don’t mind seeing some skin, this is a fun place to hang out. Keep in mind that it is illegal to be naked in a public place anywhere in Maui, Hawaii.
Volunteering on vacation is becoming a widely practiced activity on the islands. Those that decide to make the trip to Kahoolawe to replant trees and shrubs are looked upon by locals with great respect. This is also a wonderful way to build lasting relationships with visitors and residents alike. No matter what your interests are, from beach cleanups, removing invasive plant species or helping to protect local animal species, there are plenty of opportunities for you to get involved on Maui.
80. Swim around a Waterfall
Another great photo opportunity is finding a waterfall to swim around. There are hundreds all over the island, but you may need to get up early to find one to have all for yourself. An easy option are the falls at Wailele Farm (Twin Falls), which are some of the easiest and closest falls along the Road to Hana. Only about 20 minutes away from Paia Town, this area is beautiful and allows free public access to the farm. The waterfalls immediately to the left of the farm stand are often overlooked by visitors and a great spot to relax in cool waters.
Please use caution when visiting any waterfall area. Natural debris can flow over from the top, and has known to have killed people. If you swim under these falls, make sure you have some clearance from where something might land if it flowed over the top. Also, flash floods can be incredibly dangerous. Check to see that it’s not raining upstream. Sorry, don’t mean to be a party pooper, but better safe than sorry.
81. Go Frisbee Golfing
Frisbee Golf is a fun outdoor activity that allows for the players to get some exercise while enjoying Maui’s weather and views. The best part is that, besides the frisbees, this activity is free. Visit the Polipoli Disc Golf Course in Upcountry Maui to enjoy a game of frisbee golf with remarkable views.
82. Kiteboarding and Windsurfing
Maui is the Windsurfing and Kitesurfing capital of the world. Our warm winds blow almost everyday in a very predictable manner leaving our shores with perfect conditions.
With winter swells, the surf adds to the excitement. Just watching these brave athletes launch 60 feet in the air is worth the trip to Kite Beach on the North Shore.
Only offered outside of whale season, parasailing is another great way to see the island. This exciting ride can be done alone, tandem with a friend, or for some companies, even three people at a time. Most parasailing tours are offered in Lahaina and Kaanapali, perfect for those of you planning on staying on the West side of Maui. Enjoy picturesque views while trying something new and exciting.
84. See a Theatre Performance
Maui Theatre is unique with some great shows such as Ulalena or Cirque Polynesia.
These shows provide you with a little more insight to Maui culture through history, performance and humor.
85. Bird Watching
Kanaha has a wonderful bird sanctuary, but you can also go to Haleakala National Park to see Maui forest birds. Maui is home to many species of beautiful Hawaiian birds. If you plan on driving to the summit of Haleakala, keep an eye for the state bird of Hawaii, the Nene Goose, whose population once decreased to as little as 30 birds but are now much more common since their classification as a protected species.
86. Watch Giant Waves
During the winter season, the north shore of Maui is hit by massive waves. Some spots like Ho’okipa and Honolua Bay are pretty easy to access. Others, like JAWS, are more difficult and sometimes require a 4×4 to get to. Anyway you get there, it’s worth it. Brave surfers battle huge Maui waves everyday on these shores, and it’s worth bringing a chair and watching from the cliffs.
Canyoning is one of the newer activities to set up on Maui. It’s a form of extreme hiking where you’ll rappel down waterfalls as you go. Rappel Maui offers canyoning for the advanced and novice. Begin with a drive to a remote area along the Road to Hana before gearing up and practicing your rappelling skills down a dry jungle wall. Once you’ve gotten the hang of it, try the same thing down a 50 foot and 30 foot waterfall!
88. Stand Up Paddle Boarding
Stand-up paddle boarding has come back in a big way. This retro activity is fun and easy and can be taught to you fairly quickly on the West or South side of Maui. If you like to longboard, you’ll definitely want to try your hand at paddle boarding.
89. Go Island Hopping
One of the great things about Maui is that it’s made up of numerous islands at a short distance. You can venture off to the neighboring islands with ease by ferry or plane. Maui’s central location makes it the only island that is almost the same travel distance from all of the other islands, such as Oahu, Kauai, and the Big Island. We hope you enjoyed our list. We’ll be updating it regularly to make sure it’s fresh. Please look through them and write down the fun things that you’d like most to do. The Maui Goodness and Hawaii Web Group llc are not liable for any injury, destruction of propety, or death caused by doing these activities. Please use your head and take caution before doing any of the above activities. All of these activities have some inherent dangers. We are not responsible for any negative possible consequences. Aloha!
90. Maui Film Festival
The Maui Film Festival is quickly becoming a major power in the film industry. Everyone wants to watch movies in the atmosphere of which they’re presented in on Maui. We show movies outdoors under the stars with Maui summer breezes.
91. Meet some Hippies in Paia
Ok, they’re not all hippies, but the atmosphere is definitely more relaxed and a bit more conscious than other areas on the island. Paia is an interesting community of artists, surfers, and small business owners. The shopping is great here and so is the people watching. Grab a picnic lunch and enjoy the views and swimming at Baldwin Beach Park, or head to Charley’s Restaurant & Saloon to enjoy live music and a cocktail.
92. Go Dancing
There are many fun places to get your groove on in Maui at night. Some fun spots are Casanova’s in Makawao and Ambrosia in Kihei. While it’s technically against the law to dance with an alcoholic beverage in hand in the state of Hawaii, there are still many restaurants, bars and venues that provide a dance floor and live entertainment. Find the one you like the best and don’t be afraid to bust a move… you’re on vacation!
93. Go Sightseeing
Maui has a rich history that can be found in many areas of the island. You’ll want to visit some of the many churches began by the first missionaries on the island. We have some great museum options, from the Sugarcane Museum to the Paper Airplane Museum. Lahaina offers free self-guided walking tours of some of the most historical areas around Front Street, so grab a complimentary map and sightsee on your own!
94. Peruse the Art Galleries
Each town offers its own art galleries, but some of the more popular areas are Lahaina, Wailea, Paia, and Makawao. You can find everything from ocean scenes to wild abstract art in the many art galleries on Maui. We have a great love for the local art at the Hana Coast Gallery (pictured here.)
95. Play Tennis
The Wailea Tennis Club has some serious tennis courts. Most even stay open and lit at night for those who prefer to play after the sun goes down. Many resorts and condominium complexes have courts as well. In perfect weather, why not enjoy a game or two? This is a great way to practice your game, have fun and enjoy the scenery of Maui without having to make a trip to the gym!
96. Learn How To Surf
Maui is the best island to learn how to surf. The South and West sides offer plenty of Maui surf schools and can guarantee you’ll ride a wave on your first day. Feeling the power of the ocean carry you safely to shore is a remarkable experience that everyone should try.
97. Go Seashell Collecting
So long as the seashell is uninhabited, you can collect some of our precious shells for the trip. While most people want to take them home as souvenirs, it is said to greatly anger Pele, the Hawaiian Goddess of Fire & Volcanoes, so please make sure to leave them on Maui before you return home. Instead, consider buying locally-made jewelry, lots of which is handcrafted with seashells from around the island.
98. Listen to Local Musicians
If you enjoy live music, don’t miss some of Maui’s best musicians, who play regularly throughout the island at places like The Mill House at Maui Tropical Plantation, Mulligans on the Blue in Kihei, Charley’s Restaurant & Saloon in Paia and Casanova in Makawao. With a brand new bar and restaurant, we highly recommend The Mill House venue for scenic live music shows and outdoor events!
Some of our favorite Maui wedding musicians include Andrew Corradini, Barefoot Minded and more. Many sunset cruises also provide live music entertainment, a perfect place to enjoy the sounds and sights of paradise.
99. Explore a Lava Field
Maui’s latest eruption a couple hundred years ago put the great volcano of Haleakala to rest. The lava fields from the last lava flow make up miles of jagged moon-like landscape on the southern tip of the island. Makena is largely covered in this flow, which is quite breathtaking to visit. To get here, follow the highway down through Kihei, Wailea and Makena before reaching La Perouse Bay, where you can enjoy great views, snorkeling and hiking. You may even see Hawaiian Spinner Dolphins resting in the bay.
100. Take an Airplane Tour
To truly understand Maui, it’s great to go up in a tour plane. These low-flying slow-moving airplanes can give you a great perspective on our island as well as of our neighboring islands.
101. Drive an ATV or Dune Buggy
Driving an ATV or Dune Buggy is the only way to see many areas of Maui. It’s also an exciting way to spend the day. You can choose from all kinds of trips to waterfalls and even to spots with views of the entire island. Plan on getting dusty and dirty, but if you don’t mind that, you’re set to enjoy a great day exploring the land in tropical paradise. Many companies even offer the option to swim before heading back in, making it the perfect day trip.
102. Purchase Souvenirs
Obviously, you’ll want to share your island experience with those left at home, and that’s why there are so many small gifts to purchase on Maui. Most shops and boutiques carry unique Maui items that will fit in your suitcase. Also, there are the bigger stores like Hilo Hattie that have bulk souvenirs for tourists, but much of the products are made in China. We prefer the Maui Ocean Treasures Boutique at the Maui Ocean Center, which carries Maui made products and local artwork.
103. Visit the Lavender Farm
The lavender farm is a special place to visit. Lavender grows in Upcountry Maui, which gives off the most intoxicating scents! With over 55,000 lavender plants and 45 different varieties, Ali’i Kula Lavender is a great place to explore on Maui. Consider taking one of their Daily Guided Walking Tours, Guided Cart Tours or enjoy a special gourmet picnic lunch. They also sell a great variety of lavender products, perfect for souvenirs from your trip to Maui!
104. Enjoy a Perfect Maui Sunset
The best sunsets on the planet are found in Maui. The South and West shores offer the most spectacular views over the ocean. As the sun dips into the sea, you may see a green flash of light.
105. Learn to Hula Dance
Hula dancing is a fun thing to learn and can be done for free if you know where to look. Ask a concierge where the closest free lessons can be found, or participate in one of the hula demonstrations during a luau. This is an activity that the kids especially enjoy. If you’re more interested in watching hula dance, the Lahaina Cannery Mall hosts a free hula show at 7pm every Tuesday and Thursday. Stop by for a fun show before heading down to Front Street.
106. Enjoy Live Music at the MACC
The Maui Arts and Cultural Center is constantly featuring wonderful musical and cultural acts. A couple times a year, we’ll be graced with large acts of which everyone on the island will go see. This is a fun way to get exposed to local living. Watch your favorite band with Iao Valley and the West Maui Mountains as a background, and make sure to check out their free monthly movie nights under the stars, a perfect way to spend an evening outdoors with your family and friends.
107. Learn to Salsa Dance
Salsa is a fun way to learn more about dance, about your partner, and yourself while having the time of your life. Lessons are offered in Kihei and Paia. Some of the best places to hear Latin music around the island include Lulu’s in Lahaina, Casanova in Makawao, Three’s in Kihei and Paradise Grill in Kaanapali. Take a lesson and go practice your skills on the nearest dance floor!
108. Swim in a Natural Ocean Pool
There are many natural pools built into the rocks around the coastline. One of the best spots can be found on the upper west of Maui. The Olivine Pools are surrounded by a wild volcanic landscape that oddly resembles the moon. While it’s a rather steep downhill hike to get here, it’s well worth the trek. The winding drive here is much less traveled than most areas around Maui and one that we definitely recommend. Just make sure not to swim if the waves are crashing too high into the pools!
109. Go to the Beach
This is a no-brainer. It’s free and one of the best activities to do. Choose one of Maui’s best beaches and make the journey.