You don’t have to be a surf bum to find endless fun things to do in Maui, though the warm, Pacific waters aren’t a bad place to start. Locals know how important it is to get your daily dose of “Vitamin Sea,” whether you prefer to swim, surf, or snorkel with sea turtles—we recommend heading straight to Napili Bay.
Maui may have a buzzy cosmopolitan center, but there’s no shortage of tradition here. Catch an authentic Hawaiian luau at Old Lahaina Luau or Ka’anapali Beach, or watch a heart-thumping fire dancing performance (a Samoan tradition) at Westin’s Wailele Luau. Voluntourists can also dedicate time to helping restore the ancient Hawaiian village in Honokowai Valley, or pulling fresh taro from the earth at Kipahulu farm.
What to do in Maui to get a birds-eye view? Soar over the 1,100-foot Honokohau Falls in a helicopter, take powered hang gliding lessons in Hana, or bike up to the 10,023-foot crater of Haleakala at sunrise or sunset. Join residents of this world’s best island on any given day to watch the sun drop below the horizon at Makena or any one of the 30-miles of swimmable beaches, parks, and coves: more than any other part of Hawaii. Other top Maui attractions include sipping wine at the island’s only winery in Kula, or shopping eclectic boutiques in artsy Makawao.