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.
Without a doubt, driving along the Road to Hana is one of the best things to do in Maui. With endless waterfalls, hiking trails, ocean cliffs and gorgeous scenery, this is a road trip you’ll never forget. Really, the best way to experience all that Hana has to offer is by staying in Hana for a few days. If this isn’t an option, the day trip is still wonderful.
We recommend those that get car sick to not drive all the way to Hana Town. The Road to Hana is about the gorgeous views and waterfalls along the way. Drive till you feel 1/2 content, and turn around. Driving the entire road there and back will take over 5 hours without stopping. Make sure to get a comfortable rental car. Or if you want to truly relax and enjoy the trip to the fullest, Take advantage of knowledgable guides and spacious, air conditioned vans with Valley Isle Excursions.
Anyone can cruise the island in a new convertible Mustang, but some choose to relive their pasts with classic cars. On Maui, you can rent all kinds of exotic cars as well as Harley Motorcycles. With all the great drives in Maui, it’s nice to ride in style. Maui Roadsters offers an assortment of beautiful Porsche Speedsters for 4 and 12 hour rentals, perfect for cruising to scenic spots like La Perouse Bay, Nakalele Blowhole and along Maui’s North shore!
One of the cheapest Maui activities is snorkeling. Renting a set of snorkel gear only costs a few dollars, and the snorkeling just off shore is great. You can look at a Maui snorkel Map, or decide on a boat trip to Molokini Crater. Depending on the conditions, one or the other will provide some great snorkeling with plenty of marine life. We especially recommend snorkeling Molokini Crater because it has protected waters and plenty of sea life.
If you’d like to experience how the ancient Polynesians arrived in Hawaii, you can join the Outriggers Canoe Club for a trip in South Maui waters. This is great exercise and a fun and affordable way to see the island. Hawaiian Paddle Sports also offers outrigger canoe and cultural tours, and for experienced paddlers or cross-over athletes, even a challenging paddle to Molokini Crater for a unique and memorable snorkeling experience.
On the other end of the financial spectrum, a helicopter ride over Maui will set you back. But the experience is worth every penny. You can visit the sea cliffs of Molokai, the tallest waterfall in the world in the West Maui Mountains, and even dive into the dormant crater of Haleakala Volcano.
Tours run regularly to check out the caverns and tubes that lava flows have left here on Maui. This is an activity you’ll experience in very few other places. To explore lava tubes on your own, make sure to stop at Wai’anapanapa State Park on your journey along the Road to Hana, where you can walk inside a large one that sits directly on a black sand beach and offers views of crashing waves, sea cliffs, and ocean arches.
Riding from the top of Haleakala down to the base of the volcano is incredible. You’ll enjoy overwhelming views of all of Maui as well as the many sweet fragrances of the countryside while cruising downhill on a bike. Bike the Volcano has become the most popular activity on the Island.
You can find many different blowholes on the island, and with large swells, these spouting explosions can perform quite a show. This is one of those free activities that only require a short hike and directions. CAUTION: Don’t get too close to it. They can be dangerous to be close to, and we know from firsthand experience that they can sneak up on you. We destroyed a new video camera last year by not realizing that it blew in 2 areas.
Tasting the freshest pineapple on Earth while learning about the history of Maui through this important crop really can’t be beat. Great views, fun guides, delicious varieties of pineapple, a deeper understanding of the island, and a lot of fun await you during a Maui Pineapple Tour.
With many luaus on the island, you can pick the perfect experience for you and your guests, from intimate settings by the ocean to larger productions at resorts throughout the island. All Maui luaus come with a show of hula dancing, history, and usually at least one fire dancer. This is a great way to experience some of Hawaii’s most interesting culture, watch the sunset and spend a memorable night under the stars with family and friends. Plus, you might just find the mai tai of your dreams, and who can pass that up?!
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!
One of the few places in the world as lush as Hana would be the Iao Valley. Be prepared to enter a world of towering cliffs and the Iao Needle. This area is also rich with Hawaii’s history. To truly explore this area, stay along side the Iao Stream at the Iao Valley Inn. There you’ll enjoy all the comforts and privacy of home in the convenient and beautiful area of central Maui.
If you enjoy live music, don’t miss some of Maui’s best musicians, who play regularly throughout the island at places like Mulligans on the Blue in Kihei, Charley’s Restaurant & Saloon in Paia and Casanova in Makawao. 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.
An affordable and exciting way to get out on the water is on a Maui rafting tour. These tours will take you out snorkeling as well as whale watching in season. One of our editors has been close enough to a humpback while rafting that he could touch its back.
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.
Maui scuba diving is some of the best in the world. From the Cathedrals of Lanai Island, to the back wall of Molokini, you’ll be extremely pleased with the diving. Even shore dives off of Maui’s coast will dazzle you with bright corals, manta rays, tropical fish, and plenty of sea turtles. You can get certified here in much less time than on the mainland too. Scuba Mike offers great options for all levels of scuba divers. (808) 250-5494
Though Upcountry Maui is viewed as cowboy country, you can find good horseback riding all over the island. Both Makena and the West side offer horseback tours on Maui. This is a wonderful way to see the sprawling shoreline, including ocean cliffs, remains of lava flow at La Perouse Bay, beaches and high elevation views that will leave you in awe. Perfect activity for families and small groups, and a great way to see local wildlife as well!
Maui Bottom fishing can be done on any of the dozens of charter boats out of Maalaea Harbor or Lahaina Harbor. Maui’s ocean has some beautiful warm water fish.
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!
Maui has many world-class spas within its resorts. The Spa at Travaasa Hana is known as the best in the State of Hawaii. Get a massage, enjoy multiple different baths, and have a steam to become rejuvenated before spending the rest of your day by the pool.
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.
What better place to go to an aquarium at than in Hawaii? The Maui Ocean Center has loads of Hawaiian sea life, from bright coral gardens, to an enormous shark tank. This is a great place to visit in any weather.
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!
Maui Sailing is an easy thing to do with the many large vessels on the island. Some boats, like Four Winds Maui, will take you snorkeling for the day, whale watching, or for a romantic sunset cocktail cruise.