I will show you the Best 10 Things to do in Maui! Through out the landscape you will see an assortment of greenery and colourful flowers, valleys, lookouts and pristine beaches. No matter what you are looking for, you can find it on Maui.
What are people’s top activities? Well these are just a few that I hear all the time…….
- Beach time,
- Magical hikes,
- Cool road trip opportunities,
- Cultural activities,
- Helicopter rides and
- So much more.
The fresh fruits and vegetables and seafood alone will give you an amazing culinary experience. You can shop at local farmers markets, fully stocked stores and experience top notch restaurants.
As you can see, there are plenty of options for every budget and family scenario on the second largest Hawaiian island.
Things to do in Hawaii – Maui Adventures
This experience is outstanding. From the moment you arrive you are treated like a part of the family. The guides are all a lot of fun and help create a fun time in Haleakala.
You start with a complete briefing of the adventure and then move onto the fun stuff.
The tour is a half-mile hike through beautiful nature, trying a ‘swinging bridge’ and then you get to go on five ziplines over a valley. The experience lasts about two and half hours.
I have always wanted to try ziplining and having beautiful weather and scenery, you cannot go wrong.
Just remember that you must be a certain weight and must be at least 8 years old, so always make sure it works for you and your family.
There is no prior experience required, just sit back and have fun.
Snorkeling is a must while visiting Maui. It is a unique experience seeing an underwater volcano crater that serves as a marine and seabird sanctuary, teeming with local wildlife.
This is a great family excursion to see fish, turtles and lots of colourful fish. Who knows, maybe you will see a whale.
The boat has a slide, which is fun to take at any age!
The waters by Molokini are so clear, it was unbelievable how far through the water you can see.
You can be provided with swim noodles (take advantage of those!!) to help floating around. They also have a hose with a shower nozzle on board so you could rinse off.
The park has many exotic plants which are native to the Hawaii Islands and contain a number of endangered species that are found nowhere else on earth.
The chance to watch the sunrise over Maui and right above the clouds of Haleakala is absolutely amazing!
There are many different activities to do in the park, don’t miss out….
- Haleakala Sunrise Tours – Bike and Zipline
- Sunset Tour With Dinner
- Private Tour – Daytime & Sunset Summit Stroll
There is a range of temperature from a high of 80°F (27°C) in Kipahulu to a low of 30°F (-1°C) at the Haleakala Summit. In either area, weather can change quickly from clouds and rain to warm sunshine at any time. Pack sufficiently to cover these temperature swings.
The road to Hana is a must while visiting Maui. You can make the trip anything you want – short or long; active or passive.
The scenery is breath-taking, and you will see amazing waterfalls, greenery and bright blue water.
While you can tackle this trip alone, there are some people who like a guide, so you learn along the way, see cool places off the beaten path and not have to drive. The highway itself is 64.4 miles (103.6 km) long and connects Kahului to the town of Hana on the east side of Maui.
The scenery consists of flourishing rainforests, jungles of bamboo, panoramic ocean views, surging waterfalls from the cliffs, plunging pools and so much more.
What to pack? I can share my must pack list..
- Water and snacks
- Comfortable clothing – shoes, sandals, light rain jacket, bathing suit and comfortable shorts and a t-shirt.
- Bug spray
You can literally tailor the type of trip you want!
Here are some examples of AMAZING TRIPS
On the north end of the island is the Shipwreck Beach with amazing views of Molokai and Maui islands. On the northwest side you have the secluded Polihua Beach which is filled with turtles.
Did you know? Lanai used to be called the pineapple island due to its history of having pineapple plantations.
The island offers established luxury with superb golf and rugged terrain for every traveller.
Here are some AMAZING TRIPS to try
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Snorkeling is a beautiful activity to do while visiting Maui. The cool shape of this islet makes it such an interesting destination for exploring snorkelers. It protects you from the hard currents and waves of the channel. It is a very pleasant experience.
The water has many marine species, so you will see interesting fish and colourful schools swimming everywhere.
You will start on an impressive catamaran that is filled with amenities, beautiful views and a cool area with a glass bottom viewing area. You can even try a water slide!
If you arrive in the whale season, you may also spot a whale!
The tour also includes a hotel pick-up, so all you need to do is pack your bag with a few snacks and start your tour with a laid-back ride to the harbour.
7.) Helicopter Tours
Helicopter rides give amazing experiences that one cannot put into words.
If you aren’t afraid of heights, this just might be your once in a lifetime feeling.
The island has magnificent land that goes from beautiful ocean, the lushest rain forest and with bright beautiful flowers and volcanoes.
Things to do in Maui Hawaii
8.) Whale Watching
Experience whale watching on a 2-hour cruise. Learn about these majestic creatures from an experienced crew, who will take you to the best spots and give you tips on spotting dolphins and whales.
If you don’t see whales on your initially scheduled boat ride, you get to attend the cruise for free at your leisure!
You will receive a personalized farm-to-table meal and an interactive cultural experience on the Mokapu beach.
The ultimate beach setting for a served meal with a look into the Hawaiian culture with a traditional luau.
The costumes alone were a feast for the eyes, as was the spectacular fire performance.
10.) Surfing Lesson
If you are looking for a beginner surfing lesson, Maui has some great beginner beaches with small group classes for all ages.
You can work on surfing techniques and soon you will be riding the waves with a huge smile on your face. The exhilarating feeling of catching the wave is pretty darn cool!
All you need to bring is your bathing suit, towels, water and sunscreen and you are all set.
Best Time to go to Hawaii
A wonderful thing about Hawaii is that they have fairly consistent nice weather. While saying that, the most frequented time to visit the island for tourists is between April and November.
If you are visiting in the summer, there are more cultural events and activities to experience.
- Taro Festival (April)
- Guitar Festival (May)
- Olukai Ho’oalaule’a (June)
- Maui Film Festival (June)
- Aloha Festival (September)
- Ukelele Festival (September)
The rainy season in Maui is the winter season of November to March. But sometimes the rain is refreshing and involves a short shower, followed by sunshine and rainbows.
The bonus of visiting in the winter months of October to December is that the prices may be a bit lower, except of course around Christmas.
If you are wanting to visit from January to March, you also get the opportunity to visit the PGA tour in January, Whale Festival in February and the Chinses New Year in February.
Heading to Oahu too?? Check out 15 Amazing Things to Do in Oahu.
Travel Insurance in Hawaii
Make sure that you have travel insurance before going anywhere. You never know when you will need it. Not to mention that you will have peace of mind.
Where to Stay in Maui
The Hyatt Regency Maui is absolutely beautiful and has a lot going for it. Here are my favourite things:
- Full-service spa
- Offers an outdoor pool and fitness centre.
It’s one of the best places to stay in Maui for a reason. Check here for prices.
PLANNING A TRIP TO MAUI
Accommodation in Maui
Flights to Maui
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Rental Cars in Maui
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Tours in Maui
Reach Out if You Have Questions
I hope you enjoy your time in Maui ,
Brett – The Ultimate Gluten Free Traveller