Things to do in Paia

Our most recommended things to do in Paia

Maui: Road to Hana Full-Day Tour with Lunch

1. Maui: Road to Hana Full-Day Tour with Lunch

Cruise through winding roads on the iconic Hana Highway, also known as the Road to Hana. With roughly 620 curves and 54 one-lane bridges, this epic adventure offers incredible views of the Maui coastline. Along the way, your local guide will "talk story" with you and share more about Hawaii's rich history. Sit back, relax, and enjoy this exciting and memorable tour aboard a spacious mini-bus. Begin your adventure with a local-style breakfast before embarking on your journey to Hana. You will enjoy multiple stops along the route, including the beautiful Ho‘okipa Beach. Stop at Kaumahina State Park, where you can experience breath-taking vistas of the northeast coastline of the island and the Ke‘Anae Peninsula.  From there, travel along the winding roads to Pua‘a Ka‘a State Park, where you can stretch, grab a snack, and take a swim in the refreshing natural spring. Then, cruise over to the gorgeous Wai‘anapanapa beach to explore and marvel at the black sand. Once you're in Hana, head down to Hana Bay to enjoy a local-style lunch. This incredible adventure continues around the island to the world-famous Haleakala. From here, you will see scenic ocean views from the top of the mountain, along with tropical rainforest behind you.

Maui: Road to Hana Full-Day Tour with Lunch and Transfer

2. Maui: Road to Hana Full-Day Tour with Lunch and Transfer

Cruise through winding roads on the iconic Hana Highway, also known as the Road to Hana. Enjoy a route of 620 curves and 54 one-lane bridges with scenic views of the Maui coastline. Let your local guide will "talk story" with you as they share more about Hawaii's rich history. Sit back, relax, and enjoy an exciting and memorable tour aboard a spacious mini-bus. Begin your adventure with a local-style breakfast before embarking on your journey to Hana. Enjoy multiple stops along the route, including the beautiful Ho‘okipa Beach. Pause at Kaumahina State Park to experience the vistas of the northeast coastline of the island and the Ke‘Anae Peninsula.  From there, travel along the winding roads to Pua‘a Ka‘a State Park, where you can stretch, grab a snack, and take a swim in the refreshing natural spring. Then, cruise over to the gorgeous Wai‘anapanapa beach to marvel at the black sand. Once you're in Hana, head down to Hana Bay to enjoy a local-style lunch. Continues your trip around the island to the world-famous Haleakala. From here, you will see scenic ocean views from the top of the mountain, along with tropical rainforest behind you.

Maui: Road to Hana Private Adventure Tour with Luxury SUV

3. Maui: Road to Hana Private Adventure Tour with Luxury SUV

Experience the reverse route to Hana in style aboard a luxury SUV and get access to pristine lands in comfort. Avoid excess traffic and discover the hidden gems Maui has to offer including waterfalls and spectacular beaches.  You'll have a full panoramic glass sunroof to witness the beauty and also have the availability to keep all your devices charged at any seat. Your adventure can be fully customized with additional or fewer stops along the way. After a pickup from your accommodation, stop off at Safeway in Kahului to grab snacks for the day. Drive up through the rolling hills in Kula, passing by the Maui Winery in Ulapalakua. Journey through the untouched lands of Kaupo with several photo stops along the way. See historical churches in the backside of Maui over 150 years old. Stop off at Laulima Organic Farm where they focus on sustainability and you may indulge in the exotic fruits grown right from the property. Pass by the 7 Sacred pools or The Pools at Oheo at Haleakala National Park. See the awe-inspiring Wailua Falls with the potential opportunity to swim in a 97 Foot waterfall (weather permitting). Visit Auntie Virgie's botanical flower farm and see a genuine family supporting the local community. Go to Hamoa Beach, Hana Town, and Waianapanapa State Park to experience the crisp Black Sand Beach.  Stop off at Pua'a Ka'a Falls and have one last opportunity to swim for the day. See Waikani Falls, and Keanae Point, and admire rainbow eucalyptus trees flourishing in the Painted Forest.  Visit Ho'okipa Beach Park and witness the Hawaiian green sea turtle resting on the beach before returning to the starting point.

Maui: Private Upcountry Sunset Tour with Dinner

4. Maui: Private Upcountry 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: Road to Hana Helicopter & Waterfall Tour with Landing

5. Maui: Road to Hana Helicopter & Waterfall Tour with Landing

Enjoy a scenic flight from Kahului over the remote landscape of Maui with this guided helicopter tour. Your experience includes a 30-minute landing to explore the rainforest on foot.  Board the helicopter at the airport in Kahului and begin your tour of Maui. Fly along the island’s north coast and admire views of cliffs, forest, and cascading waterfalls. Soar above Paia, Hookipa, and Haiku as you listen to your guide’s commentary. See aerial views of Peahi which is also known as Jaws, a famous surfing location. Fly over the Road to Hana and the iconic Jurassic Rock, to reach the landing-place deep in the Hawaiian rainforest.  Descend to the forest floor and visit a former taro plantation in the Wailua Valley, home to lush vegetation of banana and coconut palms. Enjoy your time exploring the rainforest floor, especially as it’s an area that is not the typical beaten track for tourists. Return to the helicopter for the flight back to Kahului, where your experience ends.

Maui: Full Day Upcountry Tour with Sunset

6. Maui: Full Day Upcountry 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: Full-Day Road to Hana Sightseeing Tour

7. Maui: Full-Day Road to Hana Sightseeing Tour

Enjoy a thrilling sightseeing tour of Maui, starting with a drive through the charming streets of Paia. Then, head east along a magnificent coastline with views of world-famous windsurfing beaches along the way. Continue through the spectacular parks and valleys of lush, tropical vegetation. Take in vistas of amazing beaches, crashing waves, and cascading waterfalls before a drive through the luxuriant rainforest of the Hana Highway. Pass over thrilling single-lane bridges, and navigate hairpin curves. Time and weather permitting, end with an invigorating swim in a waterfall-fed pool at Pua Kaa State Park. Remember to bring your camera to capture the glorious sights of Maui’s hidden side.

Maui: Private Road to Hana Day Trip - Just for your group

8. Maui: Private Road to Hana Day Trip - Just for your group

Total Duration: 10 hours Safeway, 1090 Ho'okele St, Kahului, HI 96732, USA, 15 minutes Hana Highway - Road to Hana, Route 36, Maui, HI, 10 hours Bamboo Forest, Maui, HI, pass by without stopping Ho'okipa Beach Park, Hana Highway, Paia, Maui, HI 96779, pass by without stopping Ke‘anae Point, Maui, HI, 30 minutes Rainbow Eucalyptus Tree - stop upon request Waikani Falls, Maui, HI, pass by without stopping Pua'a Ka'a State Park, Hana Highway, Maui, HI, 40 minutes Wai'anapanapa State Park, Hana Hwy. near mile marker 32, Hana, Maui, HI, 60 minutes Wailua Falls, Hana Highway just past Koali Ranch Cottage, Hana, Maui, HI 96713, pass by without stopping Charles Lindbergh's Grave, 40990 Hana Highway, Kipahulu, Maui, HI 96713, pass by without stopping Kaupo, Kaupo, Maui, Hawaii, pass by without stopping Aunty Sandy's Banana Bread, 210 Keanae Rd, Ke‘Anae, HI 96708, USA, 15 minutes Charles Lindbergh's Grave, 40990 Hana Highway, Kipahulu, Maui, HI 96713, pass by without stopping Laulima Farm, Hana Highway, Kipahulu, Maui, HI, pass by without stopping Ohe'o Gulch, Haleakala National Park, Maui, HI, pass by without stopping, but don't worry we will give you a time to take picture while passing it. Maui Honey Bee Sanctuary, 16655 Piilani Hwy, Kula, HI 96790, USA, stop made upon request

Maui: Halfway to Hana North Shore Photography Tour

9. Maui: Halfway to Hana North Shore Photography Tour

See the North Shore of Oahu through a photographer's lens on this photography tour. Benefit from transportation from Wailea, Kihei, Lahaina, Kaanapali, Wailuku, and Kahului. Snap surfers and windsurfers on the waves, explore the jungle, and do some street photography in Paia. After getting picked up from one of the convenient pickup points in Wailea, Kihei, Lahaina, Kaanapali, Wailuku, or Kahului, set out for your first stop. Stop at the beach to get shots of surfers and sea turtles in their natural habitat on one of the North Shore's beaches. Get tips and instructions on how to take the best picture from your photographer guide. Next, make your way into the jungle region of the island. Snap photos of the famous surfboard fence, located just off the Hana Highway on Kaupakalua road. Admire bamboo forests and trek along scenic paths to hidden waterfalls. Finish in the town of Paia and enjoy some free time to explore, photograph, and experience the unique character of the town. At the end of the day, get dropped off back at your pickup location.

Maui: Private Guided Halfway to Hana Tour

10. Maui: Private Guided Halfway to Hana Tour

Explore the beauty of Maui on the Road to Hāna Tour. Picture curvy roads and rugged coastline, tropical rainforest, cascading waterfalls, crashing waves, and varicolored beaches. Make friends with the locals, and taste regional cuisine, listen to traditional music and stories of the region. Take in the dramatic scenic coastal drive that features bays, bluffs and cliffs on this 8-hour experience. This is a completely private tour with your guide, and the itinerary and timing can be modified. Pass through Mauiʻs Agricultural Basin, a relic of the bygone plantation era and an emerging variety of sustainability crops. Drive through Paʻia, a charming and eclectic bohemian town, and cruise by the North Shore to see the surfers and waves. Marvel at the natural beauty, such as dense Bamboo thickets, Rainbow Eucalyptus trees, waterfalls, streams, and a great variety of other tropical flora & fauna. Observe the depth of the majestic Wailua Valley, and explore coastal tide pools. Stop at the stunning Kaumahina Wayside Lookout for an impressive view of the cliffs & coast, and swim behind a waterfall at Pua'a Ka'a State Park. Visit the Ke’anae Peninsula, an isolated native Hawaiian settlement where you can appreciate the old way of life. Enjoy local sweets & treats at Aunty Sandy’s Banana Bread Stand.

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What people are saying about Paia

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 128 reviews

First time in a Helicopter. Such a blast!! Definitely the highlight of our trip to Maui. Pilot was fantastic, friendly would recommend to all!!

Amazing experience. 100% better than group tours we took on Oahu. Kaipo was so friendly and fun! Our group of 6 had a great time!

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

The flight and landing were amazing. I enjoyed the information from the pilot and the scenery was absolutely beautiful.

Due to the weather, we were freely upgraded to a more expensive tour. It totally worth it.