Top 35 things to do in Maui

Maui has so many magical places and attractions to enjoy whether you are outdoors, in the water or just enjoying some time in a fantastic pool. But if you are looking for more fun things to do around the island, check out all the top 35 things to do in Maui now. Hopefully these will inspire you to explore the whole island and see how many of these you can actually do in one or more trips to the island.

The best things to do in Maui

Do the sunrise experience at Haleakala

1. Enjoy a sunrise at Haleakala

You have to wake up early and bundle up for the very cold mornings at the top of Haleakala to witness the sunrise and fantastic views above Maui. Rising an impressive 10, 023 feet above the ocean, this majestic mountain delivers amazing views above the clouds and to the neighboring islands. Spend more time to explore or hike Haleakala National park or on the way down the slowly winding road, check out a rode bike to actually ride all the way down the mountain back to the valley floor. You can check out all these amazing outfitters here to choose from in doing a bike ride down Haleakala.

2. Explore the road to Hana

With over 600 turns passing through over 50 old one lane bridges, the drive is over 68 miles driving through lush terrain, peek-a-boo views of gorgeous cliffs and coastline views, bamboo forests and secret beaches. You can check out some organic farms along the way, walk through serene bamboo forests, swim in fresh water caves and then in the end at Hana, explore and enjoy the 7 sacred pools. There’s tons of places to hike, waterfalls, cool beaches and lot’s of fun things to do along the way so pick and choose what interests you the most.

Cruising to Molokini crater in Maui

3. Cruise to Molokini Crater

The only way to visit this sunken volcanic crater in Maui is by boat. You can enjoy an easy trip through these tour outfitters or hire a private boat company to take you there. Once you arrive the protected marine sanctuary, you can see 180 feet down into clear water and filled with amazing sea life and tropical fish. This is the place for one of a kind snorkeling or diving on Maui and you can book with any of these snorkel outfitters here to create that fantastic snorkeling experience to the island.

4. Hike through an amazing bamboo forest

Located on the back side of Haleakala National Park on the Kipalu side of the park is the lush bamboo forest which is a about 4 miles out from Hana. There is a fantastic 4 mile loop that you can take to experience of the cool forest on the Pipiwai trail going into the thick bamboo groves and then on to an impressive Waimoku falls which is over 400 feet tall. Check out more images and details to hiking the Pipiwai bamboo forest trail here.

Explore the surfing town of Paia

5. Hang out in the surfing town of Paia

The historic town is small and cute and worth a stop if your driving up through to Hana or just driving through the area. Only a one road downtown, this surfing hippie town is now hip and filled with cool boutiques, bars and cafes, massage studios and art galleries. Close by is Ho’okipa beach park where you can check out some exciting windsurfing on the ocean or relax and have a nice picnic on the grounds.

Explore upcountry at Makawao Maui

6. Check out the cowboy town of Makawao

Paniolo (cowboy) culture is still alive and well at Makawao, which is upcountry and still old school friendly. You can check out the cool art galleries, try a favorite cream puff or donut stick at T. Komodo store & Bakery. A popular time to visit this cowboy town is during the largest rodeo in Hawaii on July 4th which is a Maui only experience.

6. Taste some local craft brews

Maui is home to some wonderful craft breweries that you will enjoy visiting. Local favorites includes Maui Brewing company and the small independent brewpub at Kohala brewery where you can do a sample beer tasting flight or go for a nice cold pint of what’s on tap at Waikiki Brewing Company in Lahaina.

7. Taste some wine made In Maui

Maui has a cool winery up country in Kula called Maui Wine and you can sign up for a tour or do some fabulous wine tasting on site. What makes this Maui winery unique is the use of grapes, pineapple and even raspberries to make wines. Check out more details to visiting Maui Wine here for more information. and booking a reservation.

Snorkel sail experience in Maui

8. Experience a fun snorkeling and sailing experience in Maui.

A fantastic way to enjoy the outdoors and adventure is to experience a snorkel and sailing experience. You’ll have a fantastic time seeing the fabulous coastline, some marine life (whale watching in the winter season) and wonderful snorkeling spots to see some amazing tropical fish, corals and other marine life. There are a variety of excursions to Molokini, Lanai and other secret spots and you have a variety of choices with these snorkel/cruise outfitters to choose from here.

Ali'i Kula Lavender Farm

9. Pick some lavender and lavender products up country

You an enjoy the Ali’i Kula Lavender farm up country with a guided walk, cart tour or even a fun treasure hunt experience. With a variety of events, classes and lavender inspired products to choose from in their shop, you’ll love all the scented experiences in this farm or just enjoy the lovely views of the lavender fields and Maui from above.

Maui farmers markets and swap meet

10. Shop at a local farmers market in Maui

You definitely need to visit a Maui Farmers market to taste some of the wonderful local foods, fruits and veggies and other take away foods along with souvenirs and other local finds you can try. There are quite a few farmers markets around the island, check out this website here for a comprehensive list of markets and times to visit and hours.

Lahaina-banyan-tree

11. Check out downtown Lahaina

The waterfront district and historic center of Lahaina still retains it’s Hawaiian and western appeal and worth exploring. If you’re into historic sites, do the historic trail, or into the art scene – check out the cool galleries in town. If your hungry, there’s plenty of cool local food spots with views of the streets and harbor scene. There’s plenty to do around Lahaina on Front street and the surrounding area and you can check out all these fun things to do in town here for more inspiration. Shave Ice is also the best in Lahaina, so try some.

Find a perfect sunset location in Maui

12. Find your perfect sunset spot in Maui

You can’t go wrong with finding a perfect spot to enjoy sunset and the gorgeous coastlines of Maui. Everyone has their own favorite spots to enjoy the end of day on the island. But or more inspiration of fun places to check out just for those wonderful sunset views, check out this post here on where to go in Maui for just that perfect sunset experience.

Snorkeling in Maui

13. Cool snorkeling spots

With so many beaches and amazing coves to choose from, you’ll have your pick of many popular and even hidden spots to snorkel around Maui. Check out all the local favorites like Kapalua, Napili and Ahihi Kinau Reserve on this website here for more details and fun places to explore just for snorkeling around the island.

14. Sunday alternative drum circle fun at Little Makena Beach

If you are looking for an alternative Maui experience, check out Little Makena beach – a clothing optional beach. Sundays are the popular drum circle where anything goes with drums, any music instruments and even your voice along with rowdy cheering, dancing and even some fire twirling later in the night. It’s an anything goes spiritual or just fun event to mark the end of Sunday on Maui.

15. Check out the windsurf and surfing scene at Ho’okipa

Probably the most famous windsurfing spot of Maui is at Ho’okipa beach park. You’ll find colorful wind suring, kite surfing and even crazy surfing going on on this beach with powerful winds and wave action that is fun to watch. The gorgeous beach and views are also a fantastic spot to see a lot of green sea turtles resting right on the beach. If your planning a visiting, check out the Ho’okipa website here for more details.

16. Sunset and surf watching at Kapalua

Perfect for sunset, surf watching and even snorkeling fun at Kapalua beach. You’ll find lots of big wave surf action to enjoy. Snorkeling is doable in summer time when the surf action is not so dangerous for snorkeling fun. Check out more of the details here for visiting this fun beach.

Experience a Luau in Maui

17. Do a Maui Luau

What more would be perfect than to enjoy a real luau experience in Maui and there’s plenty to choose from the island. Which one to do, you might ask – check out all the top luau reviews and experiences on this Maui Luau post I did here for some highlights and what to choose from the various outfitters on the island.

18. Cliff jumping at Cliffhouse

A super cool spot for cliff diving fun if you’re up for the challenge. Following the Kapaula ridge trail, you’ll find some nice look out points until you get to end at the Cliff House, a popular cliff diving spot from large rocks you can jump from different levels into gorgeous clear waters below.

19. Maui Dinner cruise

Nothing like a four course dinner and a magical sunset cruise to enjoy on Maui to cap off the end of day. You’ll enjoy a variety of cruises here starting with a nice cold Mai Tai and views of Lanai and Molokai on board with spectacular views of the coastline and sunset. Check out the many Maui dinner cruise outfitters here for more details, type of cruise, menu and costs.

Visiting the Io Valley State Park

20. Explore Iao Valley State Park

A 10 mile long park with over 4000 acres in central Maui is open for you to enjoy outside of the beach areas of Maui. This state park has gorgeous landscapes and verdant scenery, beautiful out rock crops like the striking Iao Needle rising dramatically 1200 feet into the air. There are fun wonderful hiking trails that you can enjoy your own DIY tour around the park with fantastic views around the area of central Maui. Check out the state park website here for more details to visiting the park.

have a golf experience in Maui

21. Do the ultimate golfing experience in Maui

You’ll find some really spectacular golfing resorts and clubs all around the island to experience and enjoy on the island. Golfing in Maui is a must and one of a kind experience not to be missed with golfing enthusiasts with so many difference choices around the island to challenge every skill level. With some of the best golf courses in the world, it’s no surprise that many competitions including the PGA Tour is held here in Maui. Check out the top Golf courses in Maui here for more details and information on the best golfing experience on the island.

22. Visit the Maui Ocean Center

A family friendly visit to the the Maui Ocean Center to learn about the underwater ecosystems around the island and introduce you to the nautical residents of the island. This includes fun places to experience like the glass underwater tunnel around a 750,00 gallon tank, some fun touch pools with marine life you can actually touch and some gorgeous aquarium tanks for you to enjoy around the center.

23. Experience the Kula botanical garden

Located up country in Kula, the botanical garden contains over 2,000 tropical species with many native Maui plants thrown into the mix to enjoy in this eight acre tropical garden. If you love visiting botanical gardens then this is a fun and mature garden to experience waterfalls, a koi garden, aviary, interesting rock formations and other unique features in the gardens. Check out more details to visiting here for enjoying a day out in a tropical garden in paradise.

Try some shave ice in Maui

24. Have delicious shave ice at Ululani’s

With over 6 outlets around the island Ululan’s shave ice is popular and that good. Made with purified water and in house made purees with cane sugar, there are many combinations to choose from. Or you can try their classic No Ka Oi signature shave ice combo with mango, passionfruit and coconut – top it with a scoop of local ice cream and it is a yummy local treat!

25. Find the best poke at Foodland

Not just any grocery store, but the local Foodland located on Front street in Lahaina is a local favorite spot to buy the freshest poke on the island. Lots of fresh fish, yummy sauces and different toppings, lets you pick and choose your own creations of delicious poke from this popular institution.

26. Sport fishing fun in Maui

If you love fishing for some local fish, you can try some spear fishing, bottom fish, net fishing, sport fishing with a variety of outfitters on the island. You can choose any of the following outfitters here based on your budget, time and location for having a fun, fishing experience on the island. If you love going for the big fish, you’ll have a wonderful time fishing offshore with spectacular views back to the Maui coastline and hopefully you’ll land a big fish on your adventure.

27. Experience historic Bailey museum and home

The private Bailey home was converted into a seminary and then a museum that you can walk through creaky floors, worn doorways and portals of this home/museum. This museum houses a fine collection of artifacts and historic materials, art exhibits and personal collections of the Bailey Family – one of the early Christian missionaries on the island. You can check out more on their website here for details and when to visit.

28. Experience the West Maui Mountains in a road trip

For a Hana road trip alternative without the hassle, check out the West Maui road trip on Hwy 30 past Kalapua and around to the northern most point with gorgeous views of high cliffs against deep blue ocean. You can even stop at Mile marker 38 and do a short walk to see the Nakalele Blowhole. This is a fun road trip to enjoy and stop to enjoy the views without the crowds driving to Hana.

Take a surfing class in Maui

29 Take a surfing class in Maui

With so many fantastic beaches to enjoy, the surf is fantastic and learning to surf or picking up some new pointers is the best way to enjoy the wave action on the beach here. With plenty of fantastic outfitters to choose from here, you can pick one that works with your location, budget and time frame. Most of the sessions are average two hours from beginning to more intermediate levels for those looking to up their surfing skills on the island.

Whale watching in Maui

30. Go whale watching in Maui

The winter season is when whale watching becomes an all consuming adventure on the shore or on water. With all these fantastic outfitters here to choose from, your captain will find the perfect spots to witness some of the most spectacular gathering of Humpback whales that travel from Alaska and the Artic circle down to the Hawaiian islands and in spectacular numbers around Maui.

31. Experience Maui Ocean Vodka Tour

A visit to the Maui Ocean Vodka distillery is a fun and a fantastic experience in seeing organic farming and learning how this spirit is made with this family business on the slopes of Mount Haleakala. With fantastic views of Maui below, you get to tour the organic 80 acres of 30 varieties of cane sugar grown on the property and learn about their organic practices to making this spirit. You can find out more on their Facebook website here for more details.

32. Check out historic Wailuku and the Iao Theater

Wailuku has turned hip with cool boutique stores, enjoy a fantastic meal at a local restaurant and enjoy a performance at the historic Iao Theater created in a Spanish/Art Deco architectural style. They hosts stage plays and local performances, movie shows and other specialty events at the theater and you can check out the latest event on their website here for more details.

33. Maui Pineapple Tours

Maui golden pineapples are legendary and touring a fantastic farm Hali’imaile Pineapple Plantation is the way to go up country. This working pineapple farm tour shows you the eco friendly experience to learning about the history, process, havesting and final shipment of the golden delicious pineapple with a souvenir pineapple to take home after the tour. Check out the details of the tour from their website here for more information on visiting the pineapple plantation.

34. Rappeling off a waterfall in Maui

If you are looking for a unique adrenalin inducing experience, check out this rappeling adventure with the Maui Rappel Waterfalls Tours. Located on a private 26 acre botanical garden, you follow your guide and learning about the environment and rainforest and eventually get equipped with canyoneering gear and instructions for this amazing experience. Check out the details here for more information on doing this fantastic rappelling tour.

35. Take a helicopter tour in Maui

Why not cap your Maui adventure with an amazing helicopter tour in Maui. With so many different options of places to visit and outfitters to explore around the island, you can easily choose from any of these helicopter outfitters to fit your budget, timeframe and location. What a fantastic way to see Maui from above and capture some spectacular images of places that you can see differently in a helicopter flight from coastline, lush mountain scenery to spectacular beaches you can see from above.

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