There are approximately 75 million people in the world who use a wheelchair on a daily basis, but that shouldn’t stop anyone from visiting the Valley Isle. We have found lots of great wheelchair-accessible activities on all parts of the island and would love to share our best recommendations.
Maui’s Best Wheelchair Accessible Activities
When first arriving in Maui, you should know that all Maui public buses are wheelchair accessible. If you plan on renting a car, several companies offer wheelchair-accessible vehicles.
- Boogie On Van Rentals – Toyota Sienna XLE Genesis Conversion Van with manual ramps, lowered floors, and a securement system for wheelchairs or scooters with airport greeting and delivery services.
- Wheelers Van Rentals of Hawaii – Wheelchair/scooter accessible Dodge, Chrysler, and Toyota minivans with airport and cruise ship terminal deliveries available
Since Maui is under the jurisdiction of the Americans with Disabilities Act, all stairs should have a corresponding ramp and all escalators a corresponding elevator. When looking for a place to stay, we always suggest calling ahead to see which hotels, condos, and resorts offer ADA-compliant rooms, but we have some recommendations that may get you started.
Where to Stay
- Maui Accessible Condo – Owned by Bruce and Amy Bernhardt, this completely wheelchair-accessible condo in Ma’alaea has many great features, including a barrier-free roll-in shower, roll-under bathroom counter, and sink, ADA-compliant toilet with grab bars, etc.
- Four Seasons Maui at Wailea – Directly on the beach in South Maui, this gorgeous resort offers a variety of ADA-compliant rooms and suites.
- Kaanapali Beach Hotel – Offers furniture and toilet engineered with ADA standards, bathtub with rails, grab bars, hand-held showers, and other equipment available for rent.
- Wheelchair Accessible Vacation Rentals – There are many options around the island, and if you prefer low-key condo rentals as opposed to resorts, this is a good start.
Now that we’ve covered that let’s move on to the fun stuff. Here are some great activities for your trip to Maui.
What To Do
Ultimate Air Trampoline Park – Every Tuesday, this new Wailuku indoor trampoline park is open to keiki and adults with disabilities, sensory and special needs for a unique ‘Ultimate Air Cares’ session. Admission is discounted at $10 per jump hour, and it is a great opportunity for families, friends, and therapists to interact – also at a discounted rate – while participating in a fun activity for all physical abilities.
Contact Ultimate Air Maui at (808) 214-JUMP for more information or to reserve your spot.
- Helicopter Tour – One of the coolest things you can experience is the view of Maui from above. Check out Sunshine Helicopters, which offers a wheelchair lift.
- Whale Watching – Although ocean vessels in Maui are not required to meet ADA requirements, some boats still offer accommodations. A great way to see the whales and enjoy a beautiful boat ride is to take the ferry from Lahaina to the neighbor island of Lanaʻi, which is also wheelchair accessible.
- Maui Ocean Center – Everyone loves the Maui aquarium. Come spend the day exploring life under the surface at the Maui Ocean Center, which is wheelchair accessible and full of interesting things to see and do, like the Turtle Lagoon, Hammerhead Harbor, and Sea Jelly Gallery.
- Haleakala – Watching the sunrise from atop the 10,000 ft. volcano is an experience like no other. Make the winding trip up to the top to watch the sky change dramatically above the clouds. Bring your placard, a camera, and warm clothes! Handicap parking is available at the summit.
- The Road to Hana – Leave the driving up to the pros and take a beautiful tour through the winding rainforest of Maui’s famous Road to Hana. Polynesian Adventure Tours offers buses with lifts.
- Luau – What’s a Hawaiian vacation without a luau? There are several to choose from, but some of the most popular options are the Andaz Feast At Mokapu, The Grand Wailea ʻAhaʻaina Luau, Te Au Moana at the Marriott Wailea, Royal Lahaina Luau, and the Maui Nui Luau at Black Rock.
- Explore the Beaches – Kaanapali Beach, Kamaole I Beach in Kihei, and Wailea Beach are great wheelchair-accessible beaches. You can rent beach wheelchairs from these companies:
- Wine Tasting – Visit Maui Wine in Upcountry for a beautiful drive along the less traveled side of Haleakala and a nice day of wine tasting in Hawaii.
- Shopping – Explore Front Street and Whalers Village in Lahaina and The Shops at Wailea, all wheelchair accessible.
- Other Options – Contact Bruce Bernhardt of MauiAccessibleCondo.com, who has created an extensive list of wheelchair-accessible activities on a map of Maui, which is a truly great resource for everyone and a great way to plan activities in specific parts of the island. Great work, Bruce!
- For medical equipment, contact Apria Healthcare at (808) 871-4267 or Gammie Homecare at (808) 877-4032, who deliver beach wheelchairs directly to your condo.
We hope you find this information useful and look forward to making your Maui vacation one of the best yet!