Rising 10,023 feet above Maui’s coastal areas is the massive shield volcano Haleakala. This sleeping giant is enormously popular and easily accessible for visitors; in fact, it has become a ritual for those staying on the island to rise before dawn and trek to the mountaintop in the chilly darkness to watch the sun make… Continue »
Maui The Valley Isle
No matter your reasons for visiting Maui, there is sure to be something on the Magic Isle to suit your fancy.
Whether your tastes tend to be salty—an open-ocean rafting tour to sheer sea cliffs and underwater caves— or lean more toward the sweet—taking a romantic drive with your sweetheart along the fabled road to Hana, or watching a morning sunrise crest over Mt. Haleakala—indeed, there are many reasons why Maui has fast become a favorite destination for both visitors and kama’aina (locals) alike.
So you don’t feel too overwhelmed with the smorgasbord of things to do during your stay, we’ve done our best to sort through Maui’s never-ending array of activities and narrowed them down to only the best of the best, which we then compiled into this handy guide.
Those hoping to discover Maui’s more-thrilling offerings can get their fi ll while racing over gullies on a ziplining tour, traveling deep below the ocean surface in a submarine or flying down a 38-mile mountain highway with a biking tour group.
Other less daredevil ways to take in the island’s amazing natural scenery include a walk through a lava tube, a ride on a steam locomotive, a visit to a hotel where the focus is on Hawaiian tradition or an excursion to Whalers Village Museum in old Lahaina and the Maui Ocean Center in Wailuku, where otherworldly creatures from the deep wait to meet your acquaintance.
If all those sea creatures inspire you to head out to the beach, there’s plenty to do out on the water. Snorkeling, surfing, kayaking, dolphin searches and something called snuba—an experience halfway between snorkeling and scuba—all make for a memorable family outing.
There are also off-island getaways worthy of exploration, like the storied islet of Molokini and the legendary isle of Lana’i, where pineapple once was king.
Speaking of the succulent, sweet fruit, Maui is a literal buffet of culinary delights just waiting for foodies to feast on, from simple and affordable “local grinds” like plate lunches and shave ice, to homegrown produce at farmers’ markets and Ulupalakua Ranch, to the gustatory genius on the plates at Hale Pilialoha, Pacific’O and Bev Gannon Restaurants. (Meet Bev Gannon and other renowned chefs from both Maui and beyond at the Malama Maui gala, held at the Hyatt Regency Maui Resort & Spa on Sept. 1.)
And if what you’re craving is some R&R after a long day on the go, be sure to take time to unwind at a spa, recharge with an art walk, indulge in some retail therapy, kick back at an authentic Hawaiian lu’au or enjoy a live show at Maui Arts and Cultural Center.
With so many options at your fi ngertips, it may be tempting to overindulge in one too many adventures during your stay. Instead, it is best advised to take your time and savor each moment—there will always be an opportunity to return for another go-round at a later time, and we’ll be eagerly waiting to welcome you back with 101 Things To Do.
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Though famous for its scenery, climate and cerulean blue sea, Maui harbors another little gem—shopping. Some of the best browsing comes in the form of walking up and down the streets of towns like Makawao, Pa’ia, Kihei and Lahaina. Not only do you get to soak up the sunshine between stops, you also get to… Continue »
Snorkeling is an inexpensive pastime that is easier to learn than surfing or scuba diving and can be done either by booking a cruise or finding a good spot on a beach. If you go with the pros, like Maui Snorkel Charters or South Pacific Kayaks and Outfitters, expect gear, lunch and other amenities to… Continue »
Helicopter tours have become one of Maui’s signature attractions. Here, it is possible to lift off from a heliport, quickly bypass populated areas and, in minutes, leave civilization behind. Look down and you’ll find yourself flying low over deep, impossibly tangled, uninhabitable canyons where inland waterfalls drop hundreds of feet right outside your window. Now… Continue »
Hawaiians use the word mana to describe all manner of divine power, and there are places on Maui where a sense of mana is almost tangible. ‘Iao Valley is one of them. This 10-acre park, 4 miles west of Wailuku, is crowned by an ancient 2,250-foot rock pinnacle and defined by the events of its… Continue »
Life is a journey, not a destination, and the same could be said of the road to Hana. With zigs and zags that travel over 56 one-lane bridges and snake around more than 617 hairpin curves, this scenic drive is truly a heart-pumping adventure that’ll leave you breathless with anticipation for what lays around the… Continue »
Day or night, exploring Lahaina on foot is a unique experience, one where you’ll find historic sites and modern hangouts dotting the landscape of this famous port city. Hale Pa’ahao, an old stone jail that stands at the corner of Waine’e and Prison streets, has a colorful past. Built in 1852, it was once the… Continue »
A trip to Maui wouldn’t be complete without a hike through the lush greenery of the island, taking in views of volcano-formed mountains, ocean swells and towering trees along the way. One great trail to take in Maui’s natural beauty and learn about the Hawaiian culture is the 3-mile Wai’anapanapa Coastal Trail (listed as the… Continue »
From private clubs to municipal courses, Central and South Maui have a range of golf options. Maui Country Club in Spreckelsville is an exclusive course that allows public play only on Mondays. Opened in 1925, this nine-hole course is the oldest golf facility on Maui and one of only two private clubs on the island…. Continue »