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Maui: Pineapple Tour

1. Maui: Pineapple Tour

Experience Maui off the beach on this truly unique tour. Hali’imaile farm is a working pineapple plantation where you'll learn step-by-step about the process from plant to packaging. All pineapples are approved and packed for air shipment for a unique souvenir of your trip to Maui. Enjoy a fun and unique educational tour and a peek into an important aspect of Hawaiian life. Discover the story of Maui's finest prickly produce in all its glory. You'll even get a free juicy pineapple as part of the package.

Maui: Haleakalā National Park Sunset Tour

2. Maui: Haleakalā National Park Sunset Tour

Take a fantastic tour in the twilight hours to witness a sunset from atop Haleakalā, a dormant crater in Haleakalā National Park. View Maui on the ascent from the safety and comfort of your bus. Catch a glimpse of the endemic Hawaiian Nene goose and the Silversword plant on your ascent. Watch the sunset with an incredible view from 9,740 feet elevation. Listen to your driver tell Hawaiian legends and learn about the history and culture of Maui. Descend from the crater and note the changes in topography and weather. Pass through Kula town in upcountry Maui on your return and see flourishing farmland and stunning views of the land below.

Maui: Self-Drive Sightseeing Road Trip

3. Maui: Self-Drive Sightseeing Road Trip

Embark on a self-driving road trip with a guide in your pocket. Skip the crowded tour buses and experience Maui independently, at your own pace. See historic sites, popular attractions, world-class beaches, and scenic hikes. Listen to local stories, legends, and fun facts about the places you’re visiting as well as unique Hawaiian music to entertain and relax you along the way. Experiences you can have on the tour are: • Hike to Twin Falls • Explore Wai'anapanapa State Park to visit a black sand beach • Hike to Maui’s Red Sand Beach • Swim at Oheo Gulch (Seven Sacred Falls)  • Explore a lava tube • Explore the Backside to Hana • Visit scenic waterfalls • Watch the sunrise atop Mt. Haleakala • Hike the Hosmer Grove or Sliding Sands trails • Visit a lavender or dairy farm • Walk through historic Makawao Town

Maui: Sunrise Self-Guided Driving Tour

4. Maui: Sunrise Self-Guided Driving Tour

Travel across the island of Maui on an early morning driving tour you can enjoy at your own pace. Follow a GPS-enabled audio guide through quaint towns, the Makawao forest, and the Kula Botanical Garden. Take in the lush scenery and reach Haleakalā volcano to admire the sunrise from the summit. Download the app that will function as your personal guide and head out on your own vehicle to the town of Kahului. Head inland through the picturesque town of Pukalani and listen to an insightful introduction to Maui's historic cowboys, known as 'paniolos'. Learn about the island's rich culture as you become surrounded by the lush wilderness of the Makawao Forest Reserve, featuring some fantastic hiking and biking trails through the jungle. Pass a park full of friendly chickens before arriving at the Kula Botanical Garden. Pause your tour at any of these locations or head straight into Haleakalā National Park to catch the sunrise. Begin ascending the awe-inspiring volcano, rising over 29,000 feet from its base below the sea. Get acquainted with myths and legends about this natural landmark as you drive up. Find a couple of hiking trails with great mountaintop views, as well as two fantastic overlooks of the crater and surrounding landscape. Reach the Haleakalā Visitor Center and Red Hill, the highest point on the island. End your adventure with striking panoramic views from the top.

Maui: Full Day Haleakala Tour with Sunset

5. Maui: Full Day Haleakala Tour with Sunset

Enjoy a magical Haleakala Sunset tour and see both the scenic and cultural side of Upcountry Maui, as well as a healthy chunk of the famed Hana Highway. Be picked up from the hotel around 9:00 am, and travel first to Ho'okipa (Turtle Beach), known for its impressive waves and reef. See the beautiful rainbow Eucalyptus trees and have the opportunity to snap some photos with them on a brief stop. Stop at the Garden of Eden Arboretum and Botanical garden for a snack, and see some of the over 700 species within the arboretum, which is painstakingly cared for by a private staff with diligent conservation practices. Travel to the Twin Falls trail in Maui, known for its lush nature and beautiful waterfalls, and take some time to hike the trail, take a dip in some of the natural pools, and take some beautiful photos. Make a stop in Paia, a lovely and quaint small town on the northern coast of Maui, and enjoy a tasty lunch during the stop. Take pictures at the old Paia high school on a brief stop before moving on to Makawao to walk around, shop, and take more pictures. Enjoy another short photo opportunity at Oprah's property in Maui. Move on to Rice Park for more photo-taking, and make use of the chance to use a bathroom. Enjoy another delicious meal at dinner time, from around 6:45-7:15, before returning to the hotel for drop-off around 8:00 pm to 8:30 pm. Skip the crowds of the summit and enjoy a personal experience in a more private location. Experience a panoramic view from thousands of feet above sea level, ending with an amazing sunset.

Maui: Private Haleakala Sunset Tour with Dinner

6. Maui: Private Haleakala Sunset Tour with Dinner

Travel to the central Upcountry region of Maui, the site of the imposing Haleakala volcano, on a guided tour in a luxury vehicle. Enjoy stops at several locations, including the beach at Ho'okipa and the charming town of Makawao, before enjoying dinner on the slopes of Haleakala. Start with pickup from your hotel and first travel to Ho'okipa beach, known for its stunning views, high waves, and giant turtles who often lie on its golden sands. Have a photo stop here and take the amazing vistas of crashing waves on the beach. Continue with a short photo stop at Old Paia High School. Then, head to the heart of the Upcountry at the town of Makawao. Take some time here to do a bit of shopping as you explore its charming streets. After exploring the town for a bit, travel along the Kula Highway, enjoying the panoramic views all around you. Make a stop at Harold W Rice Memorial Park for a brief photo stop to take in your surroundings. Finally, arrive at a scenic private location on the slopes of the Haleakala volcano. Enjoy a private dinner surrounded by stunning scenery and tranquil nature, with the possibility of seeing birds and paragliders soaring overhead. Admire a beautiful and tranquil sunset before enjoying a delicious dinner. Afterward, relax on your journey back to your hotel in Maui.

Maui: Private Luxury Half-Day Iao Valley & Upcountry Tour

7. Maui: Private Luxury Half-Day Iao Valley & Upcountry Tour

Discover the dense rainforest and rich history of the Iao Valley on a luxury private tour by SUV. Enjoy waterfalls, shopping, and the jungle flora of Maui's Northshore. This tour also includes visits to a Surfing Goat Dairy Farm. Start with pickup from your hotel and meet your guide for the day. Get your day off to the right start with a delicious breakfast before traveling into the Iao Valley, a region rich in local lore. Admire the scenic views all around you as your guide provides more insight into the area's history. First, stop at Ho'okipa and spot the turtles who can be seen lazing on the sand. Continue with a short hike to the spectacular Twin Falls for a great photo opportunity. Head to the charming village of Makawao, known as the hub of the upcountry region. Have a quick browse through the various local craft stores for souvenirs or gifts. Finally, head to the Surfing Goat Dairy Farm. During the guided visit, you can pet the adorable goats and other cherished farm animals, and taste some quality cheeses. After the visit to the farm, relax on your journey back to your hotel.

Maui: Private Luxury Reverse Halfway to Hana Tour with Meal

8. Maui: Private Luxury Reverse Halfway to Hana Tour with Meal

Seize this rare opportunity to visit Maui's hidden gems with the guidance of a local expert on a private excursion. The reverse Road to Hana is the perfect option for those adventure seekers who want to experience the "Backside of Haleakala" without making the full trip back around the Hana Highway. With no shortage of scenic views, this journey will take you through gorgeous locations, including the towns of Kahului, Paia, and Kula, featuring opportunities to shop in the quaint and picturesque town of Makawao. Gasp at the beautiful landscapes and discover a completely different side of the island. In true Hawaii tradition, this trip will also bring you to the most incredible tropical beaches. Make sure to look for sea turtles along the shore break at Ho'okipa Beach and snap a couple pictures of the spectacular valley seen from Harold Rice Park as you drive along the highway of this magical island.

Maui: Luxury Private Full-Day Iao Valley/Upcountry Farm Tour

9. Maui: Luxury Private Full-Day Iao Valley/Upcountry Farm Tour

Discover the dense rainforest and rich history of the Iao Valley on a luxury private tour by SUV. This tour also includes visits to the Surfing Goat Dairy Farm, waterfalls, and a tour of a local distillery. Start with pickup from your hotel and meet your guide for the day. Get your day off to the right start with a delicious breakfast before traveling into the Iao Valley, a region rich in local lore. Admire the scenic views all around you as your guide provides more insight into the area's history. First, stop at Ho'okipa and spot the turtles who can be seen lazing on the sand. Continue with a short hike to the spectacular Twin Falls for a great photo opportunity. After a morning of exploring the beautiful scenery, visit the Paia Fish Market for a traditional lunch of Hawaiian cuisine. Next, visit the Ocean Vodka Organic Farm and Distillery for a guided tour of the facilities. Learn how these high-quality spirits are made from local produce in a sustainable way, and taste some samples. Head to the charming village of Makawao, known as the hub of the upcountry region. Have a quick browse through the various local craft stores for souvenirs or gifts. Finally, head to the Surfing Goat Dairy Farm. During the guided visit, you can pet the adorable goats and other cherished farm animals, and taste some quality cheeses. After the visit to the farm, relax on your journey back to your hotel.

Maui: Reverse Road to Hana Private Full-Day Tour in Luxury

10. Maui: Reverse Road to Hana Private Full-Day Tour in Luxury

Get to know Maui from a different perspective on the reverse Road to Hana tour. Meet your driver and tour guide who will take you, and up to 5 friends or family, on a journey in a private SUV around the lesser-known side of the island. Enjoy inclusive breakfast and lunch along the way. Travel through what's known as the "Backside of Haleakala", of ancient lava fields, spectacular gulches, and rock formations. Still evolving from Maui's most recent volcanic eruption 400 years ago, you'll find that this area of Maui has a personality all its own. See Ho'okipa, a remote beach where turtles make their home, as well as Nuu, with its archaeological ruins from an ancient fishing village, and well-preserved rock art. Pass by the Verge Flower Farm, before stopping off at Homa Bay where you can opt for a swim in its crystal waters. Embark on a hike or swim at Wainapanapa State Park before heading to Hana Farms for a delicious and scenic lunch. Next, pass by the lava fields of Keanae and take a dip in the refreshing Puaa Kaa River. Stop by Harold Rice Park and enjoy the off-the-grid jungle beauty of Kipahulu before reaching Hana. Travel back to the west side of the island on the traditional side of Road to Hana.

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What people are saying about Makawao

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 58 reviews

Wonderful app for those driving alone or with others. I enjoyed the turn by turn instruction, even those mentioning rest areas, bathroom availability and food options. I really enjoyed the soft musical island musical background. Great app and would buy for other locations, giving historical info was perfect as it gave me insight to the culture.

The audio tour is excellent.. following the instructions is important to keep up with time.. one thing to decide is whether of not you want to stay up 10k ft after 8.30 pm to watch the milky way because it becomes pitch dark and people with night time driving challenges should reconsider

We had a wonderful time. Cliff was a great tour guide. We will do this again the next time we come. Just only 90 minutes but really informative.

Andrea was a fabulous guide and driver. Views were spectacular and thoroughly enjoyed the food and drink at the distillery.

Thoroughly enjoyed this package. It was informative and entertaining.