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Top 10 things to do on Maui

Maui’s spectacular beaches and lush valleys offer endless outdoor experiences, including surfing, hiking, skydiving, helicopter tours, paddle sports, whale-watching, and zip lining. Take advantage of all the fun activities available year round.

  • Road to Hana

    1. Road to Hana

    Check off your bucket list and cruise along the winding Road to Hana. Jump in your Mustang convertible or join a tour to see giant waterfalls, rainbow eucalyptus trees, bamboo forests, black sand beaches, and more on this all-day adventure.

  • Molokini crater and Turtle Town

    2. Molokini crater and Turtle Town

    Take a boat out to the infamous nature preserve, Molokini Crater. Only accessible by boat, you will see giant green sea turtles, tropical fish, and sometimes even monk seals native to Hawaii. This is a must-do when visiting Maui.

  • Haleakala sunrise

    3. Haleakala sunrise

    In Hawaiian, Haleakala means “House of the sun” and stands 10,023 feet above sea level. Watch the sun rise at the top of Haleakala National Park on the beautiful island of Maui. Not an early riser? Bike down the mountain during the day, or try stargazing at night.

  • Whale watching season

    4. Whale watching season

    Every year, thousands of majestic whales migrate back to the islands to mate. Whale watching season runs from the beginning of December to the end of April every year. Take a boat tour from Maalaea Harbor or Lahaina Town to cruise out to the Maui Channel and see the whales flap their fins and leap through the waves.

  • ‘Iao Valley State Park

    5. ‘Iao Valley State Park

    Hike through ‘Iao Valley, located in Central Maui, to the famous ‘Iao Needle Lookout and take in the views of this lush tropical rainforest. Along the trail, you may even see waterfalls peeking in the distance. Be prepared to bring cash, as there is a fee for parking.

  • Upcountry Maui

    6. Upcountry Maui

    Head up north to Kula to visit Maui’s famous farm region, Upcountry. Here, you can visit the Ali’i Kula Lavender Farm, pet a baby goat at Surfing Goat Farm, do a vodka and rum distillery tour at Hawaii Sea Spirits Organic Farm and Distillery, or do a pineapple wine tasting at Ulupalakua Vineyards.

  • Old Town Lahaina

    7. Old Town Lahaina

    Head down to Banyan Court Park to see one of the world’s largest banyan trees. Enjoy your day walking along downtown Front Street, lined with local restaurants and shops. Cool off and enjoy some famous Ululani’s Hawaiian Shave Ice.

  • Nakalele blowhole

    8. Nakalele blowhole

    In Hawaiian, Nakalele means "the leaning". The hike down to the sea cliffs is known to have dangerous conditions when waves crash in, so be careful when hiking down to the blowhole. Be sure to snap a picture in front of the famous heart-shaped rock on your way back up.

  • Authentic Hawaiian luau

    9. Authentic Hawaiian luau

    A luau is a traditional Hawaiian party or feast that is accompanied by hula and fire dancing. Get immersed in Hawaiian culture and learn the story of Polynesia at a luau, perfect for honeymooners and families.

  • Scenic Flight Tour across Maui

    10. Scenic Flight Tour across Maui

    Maui County is home to some of the world’s most isolated vistas, including the world’s tallest sea cliffs off the coast of Molokai, a small island just across the Maui Channel from Maui, fly above the famous Haleakala Crater, and more.

What people are saying about Maui

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 1,759 reviews

Our family did the sunrise Haleakala tour in February. It was awesome and an experience our teens will never forget. It's cold up top (and we came from snow) so definitely ask for the warm jackets they provide. It was great to get picked up at our hotel, driven to the top and given guided commentary the whole way through. You will see the sun start to appear and then in front of you and behind you is slowly filled with brilliant colors and an extraordinary scene unfolds. A must-do Maui activity!

Absolutely amazing! Our guide was great, we got to see a whale up close and were able to hear them calling during the whole trip. Snorkeling we got to see great animal life, almost ran into a few turtles a few times but managed to steer clear. Overall better experience than I thought it was going to be

We had a great time. Excellent snorkeling and the captain and crew were wonderful. I would skip the snuba unless you have done it before, especially for kids. The instructor was impatient and made the experience stressful. Not worth the extra money at all.

It is not the ship nor captain’s fault, but unfortunately there were just not a lot of whales frolicking the afternoon we went. The crew was tremendous, however, and kept us informed and constantly came around to wherever we were offering us drinks.

Captain Dirk and his crew were fantastic! We observed everything possible! Mother and baby whales, males jousting over females, whales driving under our boat spouting over the passengers! Awesome experience...