There are so many things to do in Maui that one vacation won’t be enough. Whether you only have a few days on this magical island or are planning to enjoy a couple of weeks, you can only touch the tip of the iceberg. Surrounded by the Pacific Ocean, Maui offers a variety of water-related activities. Meanwhile, there are several dozen of things to see and do (and eat!) on land. Since everyone needs a place to start, we would like to offer you our top picks.
If you watched the sunrise from the Haleakala Crater*, you know how beautiful the ocean looks from land. Rent a boat or book a cruise to enjoy the striking Maui sunsets. You’ll find out how amazing the island looks from the water and enjoy the way the sun settles beyond the horizon. Bring your camera. The views are breathtaking.
Surfing at Kealakekua Bay
If you are into water sports, such as surfing, snorkeling, stand up paddling, and kayaking, Kealakekua Bay is a perfect place to go. The wide variety of marine life, including turtles and dolphins are waiting for you in this underwater park. The water is crystal clear so you can explore the marine world from the surface. Kealakekua Bay is the home to the famous Captain Cook monument. The calmest time at Kealakekua Bay is in the morning. The surfers can enjoy high waves during the day.
The Pacific Ocean has a rich underwater life and you can take advantage of it by getting a fishing charter. Any time of the year, you can catch a yellowfin or skipjack tuna, ono, black, striped, and Pacific blue marlins. Sports fishing is one of the most exciting and satisfying on-water activities in Maui, which you can take advantage of every day of your vacation.
You can’t leave Maui without extensively studying the ocean. You can explore the water by taking advantage of boat rentals or booking a tour. You can visit the Kanaio sea caves, lava arches, and grottos created by a volcano eruption. Then you can take advantage of dolphin watching on the way to Molokini, where you can enjoy beautiful reefs and panoramic views.
Snorkeling is one of the most exciting things to do in Maui. Any beach you visit offers you wonderful snorkeling opportunities.
Unless you are a savvy Maui swimmer, you can benefit from the mermaid swim lessons. The instructors won’t just teach you the water etiquette; they’ll tell you how to properly explore the underwater marine life. Attach a tail, take the instructor, and go for a two-hour exploration swim you’ll never forget.
One of the compulsory things to do in Maui is to visit a Hawaiian luau. Eat some tasty Hawaiian food and watch the traditional Hawaiian and Haitian dancing. There are dozens of luau options available on the islands. You can choose one depending on your budget.
If you are a fan of hiking, Maui offers you a wide variety of options. The best way to combine an exciting hiking trip with some sightseeing is to go to one of Maui’s state parks. For example, Iao Valley State Park offers many different trails suitable for families with children. Besides hiking, you can take a swim in the pools and dive at the waterfalls. The park is open 7 am to 7 pm all year round.
Any one of these things to do in Maui can become the highlight of your vacation. If you are able to take advantage of them all, you’ll bring back the most amazing memories.