Maui The Valley Isle


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 HALEAKALA, 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. Condé Nast Traveler has named the Valley Isle as one of the “TOP 25 ISLANDS IN THE WORLD” more than once and a study by InsureMyTrip revealed the Hawaiian islands are ranked as the No. 3 destination being crossed off travelers’ bucket list for 2017. Just last year alone, Maui received praise from TripAdvisor, Travel+Leisure and U.S. News & World Report, to name a few. The Travaasa Hana resort was ranked No. 5 in Hawai‘i by Condé Nast Traveler’s 2016 Readers’ Choice Awards too. 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.

Lucky for you, you arrived on Maui in time to GET EXCITED FOR WHALE WATCHING SEASON, as humpback whales are still migrating through the Hawaiian Islands through mid-May. Some changes to popular Maui destinations that have occurred within the past few months include the official ‘IAO VALLEY closure due to flood damage, and the new reservation system to WATCH A SUNRISE AT HALEKALA.

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 PARTY WITH THE LOCALS.

Foodies can savor the tastiest meals on the ‘aina (land) from mom-and-pop shops and five star restaurants alike. SAMPLE A SWEET TASTE OF THE ISLANDS, MAKE A CHEESE RUN, or DINE AT ENCHANTING EATERIES for a bite of what Maui tastemakers have to offer.

If you’re looking for a day of leisure, start off with yoga and FIND BEACHFRONT OM before you WALK AROUND LAHAINA or EXPLORE HALEAKALA ON HORSEBACK. 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.

View our top picks below or see all 101 Things To Do on Maui!

Watch the Sunrise at Haleakala

Watch the Sunrise at Haleakala

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 »

Catch a Wave

Catch a Wave

Legends about SURFING are found in the earliest stories of ancient Hawai‘i. In about A.D. 400, a form of belly boarding on small wooden planks was introduced to the islands. Later, Tahitian explorers brought their tradition of riding waves with canoes. The ingenious Hawaiians merged the two techniques to create the sport of surfing. Today,… Continue »

Explore Haleakala on Horseback

Explore Haleakala on Horseback

Enjoy a uniquely Hawaiian experience with a scenic tour of Haleakala, all while taking in the views from horseback. PONY EXPRESS TOURS’ Haleakala Ranch Paniolo Ride treats riders to breathtaking views from an elevation of 4,000 feet. The oncein-a-lifetime experience takes you through MAUI’S HIGH COUNTRY, through the rolling pastures of a cattle ranch complete… Continue »

Sail and Snack to Lana‘i

Relish in Maui’s enchanting beauty from the water, and soak the allure of a mysterious neighbor island on a FAMILY-ORIENTED SAILING TOUR to Lana‘i. Hop aboard a TRILOGY EXCURSIONS catamaran for a scenic sail—and HOMEMADE CINNAMON ROLLS. First, the rolls: The tradition began in 1973, when the Coon family arrived on Maui following a two-year… Continue »

Pick Up an Ukulele

Inspired by Eddie Vedder’s ‘Ukulele Songs? Or maybe you fancy yourself to be the next Jake Shimabukuro, or just want to be able to strum along to songs such as “Sitting, Waiting, Wishing” by Jack Johnson, “Somewhere Over The Rainbow” by Israel Kamakawiwo‘ole or the perennial favorite “‘Ukulele Lady.” Either way, you’re in luck— Maui… Continue »

Learn the Story of Moku‘ula

For nearly 300 years, MOKU‘ULA was the SPIRITUAL AND POLITICAL CENTER of the Hawaiian Kingdom. In 1845, the state capital was moved from its seat in Lahaina to Honolulu; by 1914, the site literally was buried under a county park. After years of neglect, Moku‘ula is slowly being restored, thanks in part to the dedication… Continue »

Drift Along the Ocean by Moonlight

SUNSET CRUISES are synonymous with Hawai‘i’s inevitable sense of romance, and you’re in luck, because sundown boat excursions are abundant on the Magic Isle. Whether you and your loved one crave cocktails on a catamaran or a romantic, candlelit dinner on a private yacht, you’ll find a moonlit trip tailored to your desired level of… Continue »