Things to do in Maui

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There are so many things to do on Maui it can often seem overwhelming. Rather than try to cram them into a blur of activities, simply pick a few favo... Read More

There are so many things to do on Maui it can often seem overwhelming. Rather than try to cram them into a blur of activities, simply pick a few favorites and focus on those. The Road to Hana and a luau, for example, are both Maui highlights—but trying to do them both in one day is a sure way to sap the enjoyment. Instead, choose one and spend the day savoring it. And don’t forget: the best way to experience all of Maui’s activities is to keep coming back for more.

As the second largest island in Hawaii, you won’t wonder what to do when you’re visiting Maui. The Old Lahaina Luau will give you the traditional, authentic experience you hoped for, and for the best beaches, you can’t beat the Kapalua Coastal Trail. Molokini Crater has some of the island’s best snorkeling, while the Haleakala Crater is legendary for watching the sun rise and set.

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  • Air Maui Helicopter Tour Courtesy of Air Maui
    Air Maui Helicopter Tours

    Riding in a helicopter might seem scary, but with a perfect safety record still intact after 25 years in the business, Air Maui is a seriously safe... Read More

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    Bailey House Museum

    Every visitor to ‘Iao Valley should also stop at the Bailey House Museum; after all, the two attractions are literally on the same road. In additon to... Read More

  • Cathedrals Scuba Dive in Maui Courtesy of Cathedrals Scuba Dive
    Cathedrals Scuba Dive with Lahaina Divers

    Yes, Cathedrals is technically off Lana'i, but it's one of the most popular scuba sites for divers based on Maui. Crossing the channel from Lahaina to... Read More

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    Haleakala Crater at Haleakala National Park

    Haleakala is more than a sight—it's a legendary spot on the Earth. This frosty, multi-hued, cinder-coned summit, where the demigod Maui famously snared... Read More

  • Hali'imaile Distillery in Maui Courtesy of Hali'imaile Distillery
    Hali'imaile Distilling Company

    Astoundingly innovative in every possible way, Hali'imaile Distilling Company is reinventing cocktails. Aside from making the world's only vodka aged in... Read More

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    Hamoa Beach

    Literary figures from Michener to Twain have heralded this beach for its beauty: Palm trees hang over salt-and-pepper sand at the point where pasture... Read More

  • Hawaiian Paddle Sports in Maui Courtesy of Hawaiian Paddle Sports
    Hawaiian Paddle Sports

    When was the last time you surfed a canoe or saw breaching whales from a kayak? When did you last spend the morning professionally trained free-divers... Read More

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    Honolua Bay

    There are special places on the island of Maui—and then there's Honolua Bay. Home to world-class waves and a spectacular reef, the area was recently ... Read More

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    'Iao Valley

    What makes 'Iao Valley such a famous attraction is the fact it's the only West Maui valley that's easily accessible by car. This was also the site of... Read More

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    Ka'anapali Beach

    Lined with resorts and activity stands, Ka‘anapali Beach is Maui’s favorite tropical beachfront playground. Surf, boogie board, snorkel, or scuba dive... Read More

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    Kapalua Coastal Trail

    Bookended by beaches (each of which has at one time or another been voted as the #1 beach in America), this 1.75-mile coastal trail is the perfect... Read More

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    Lahaina Courthouse Museum

    Sandwiched between Lahaina Harbor and the enormous, block-wide banyan tree, the Lahaina Courthouse Museum offers short movies and intriguing historical... Read More

  • Maui Arts and Cultural Center Courtesy of Maui Arts and Cultural Center
    Maui Arts and Cultural Center

    This venue is home to the biggest, best, and most popular shows on Maui, and it draws some very big names. Artists from The Eagles to Elton John have... Read More

  • Maui Wine and Vineyard in Maui Courtesy of Maui Wine
    Maui Wine

    While it isn't exactly the world's largest vineyard (it grows only six varietals), Maui Wine is the only place in the United States with a tasting room... Read More

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    Molokini Crater

    Famously known as one of Hawaii's best places for snorkeling and diving, Molokini Crater will amaze you before you even jump in the water. Thanks to the... Read More

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    Napili Bay

    Sea turtles, snorkeling, waves, and sunsets are a few of the reasons why you'd visit this northwest island favorite. Low-rise condos line the sand, but... Read More

  • O'o Farms Luncheon in Maui Courtesy of O'o Farms Luncheon
    O'o Farm Luncheon

    You might call lunch at this romantic Upcountry venue "table-to-farm"—guests dine at the farm itself. Wander the 8-acre grounds and pick your own... Read More

  • Old Lahaina Luau in Maui Courtesy of Old Lahaina Luau
    Old Lahaina Luau

    What separates Old Lahaina Luau from other oceanfront luaus is its authenticity, exceptional location, and insistence on historical accuracy. You won’t... Read More

  • Ono Farms in Maui Courtesy of Ono Farms
    Ono Farms

    Located five minutes past the Pools of Ohe'o in the village of Kipahulu, Ono Farms has been organically farming since long before doing so became a... Read More

  • Pipiwai Trail in Maui Alamy
    Pipiwai Trail

    The hiking directions for this Kipahulu trail seem like a treasure map from a fairy tale: Hike past the towering banyan tree and its radiant network of... Read More

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    Pools at Ohe'o

    Known as "Seven Sacred Pools," the Pools at Ohe'o are the visual crescendo of driving the Road to Hana. As long as water levels aren't too high, splash... Read More

  • Rappel Down Waterfalls in Maui Courtesy of Rappel Maui
    Rappel Maui

    If snorkeling, scuba diving, or swimming beneath waterfalls isn't quite adventurous enough, then strap on a harness, don a helmet, and rappel backwards... Read More

  • Skyline Eco Adventures Kaanapali in Maui Courtesy of Skyline Eco Adventures
    Skyline Eco Adventures Ka'anapali

    Created in 2002 by the founders of the nation’s original zipline, the Ka‘anapali course offers panoramic views of neighboring Moloka’i and Lana‘i.... Read More

  • Trilogy Excursions in Maui Courtesy of Trilogy Excursions
    Trilogy Excursions

    As Hawaii's longest-running catamaran tour, Trilogy has matered the art of crafting the perfect day on the water. Choose from an all-day tour to Lana'i... Read More

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    Twin Falls

    From the side of the famous Road to Hana, this seems nothing more than a parking lot—until, of course, you exit the car and enter the jungle's... Read More

  • Ulalena Theater in Maui Courtesy of Ulalena

    The story of Hawaii—from discovery to overthrow—is powerfully told through music and dance in this gripping theatrical performance. Dig deep into... Read More

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