Photo: Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA) / Tommy Lundberg; Location: Hana

Maui

E komo mai (welcome) to Maui!

We here at 101 Things To Do Maui would like to welcome you to our island. For the people of Hawai‘i, hospitality —ho‘okipa — and aloha are a way of life, and to share that with you is a joy.

If you are reading this here in the ALOHA STATE, chances are you know that there are a few extra steps to take when traveling to the Hawaiian Islands. If you are reading this pre-arrival, know that our state is taking all precautions to keep everyone — visitors and residents alike — safe. This means that, as of press time, Hawai‘i does have some travel requirements, such as a negative COVID-19 test taken (via a trusted testing partner) within 72 hours of arrival. Fully vaccinated travelers from the U.S. and its Territories may bypass a mandatory 10-day self-quarantine for trans-Pacific passengers. Vaccination records must be uploaded to the SAFE TRAVELS website or printed out prior to departure to present as a hard copy in Hawai‘i. Note that different counties might have additional rules in place. Additionally, at press time, a statewide mandate requiring face coverings/facemasks indoors and are recommended any time you’re near others and have a hard time maintaining physical distance. Please go to hawaiicovid19.com/travel/ for details on all pre-travel requirements (including a list of trusted testing partners) and information on guidelines once you’ve arrived in Hawai‘i. Also, please note that some businesses or attractions may be temporarily closed, or adhering to adjusted hours/offerings due to pandemic protocols. That being said, there’s still a lot to enjoy here on Maui!

An oasis of majestic ocean hideaways, lush green mountains and picturesque beaches, the island of Maui epitomizes mythical wonder. In fact, the legendary demigod Maui is said to have lassoed the sun above HALEAKALĀ, the island’s highest peak, forming today’s Hawai‘i as we know it. Maui may be the SECOND-LARGEST HAWAIIAN ISLAND, but the ancient saying “Maui no ka ‘oi” insists, “MAUI IS THE BEST.”

It’s no surprise that Maui is one of the world’s most coveted destinations. Just this year, Travel+Leisure named the Valley Isle the No. 3 Hawaiian Island, Maui also made the magazine’s list of “Best Islands in the World” (No. 12). And, it’s no wonder: from the island’s 81 beaches to local restaurants serving up some of the freshest seafood you can eat, there’s an abundance to discover on this sacred island.

Since travel time is limited, the 101 Things to Do team scoured the island to find Maui’s best activities, and then compiled them into this handy guide.

There there are sandy shorelines to explore so find out how and where to TRY DEEP˚SEE FISHING, TAKE A HIKE or LET YOURSELF GO ON A ZIPLINE . Additionally, there have been recent changes to popular Valley Isle destinations: entrance and parking fees at ‘ĪAO VALLEY and the new reservation system to WATCH A SUNRISE AT HALEAKALĀ.

Get wet when you CATCH A WAVE at Ho‘okipa Beach Park or Hamoa Beach and ensure a trip full of adventure when you TRY AN OUT-OF- THE-BOX ACTIVITY and GET FESTIVE.

Foodies can savor the tastiest meals on the ‘āina (land) from mom-and-pop shops and five star restaurants alike. MAKE A CHEESE RUN, or DINE AT ENCHANTING EATERIES for a bite of what Maui tastemakers have to offer. Looking for entertainment with dinner? GO TO A LŪ‘AU, as it is a uniquely Hawai‘i thing to do.

If you’re looking for a day of leisure, start off with yoga and FIND BEACHFRONT OM before you WALK AROUND LAHAINA or SEE MAUI ON HORSEBACK. SOOTHE YOUR BODY AND SOUL with a spa treatment at any of the Valley Isles’ renowned spas. End your day on a relaxing note and GO WINE TASTING IN PARADISE.

Wherever your plans take you, be sure to let Maui’s culture captivate you. We await your return to Maui with 101 Things To Do.