Maui’s 10 Best Activities
Maui has some of the most exciting activities of all the Hawaiian islands. There’s everything from snorkeling, hiking, watching incredible sunsets, whale watching tours, walking to waterfalls, to driving up to 10,000 feet on a dormant volcano.
Let’s take a look at the 10 best things to do on Maui:
- Haleakala Crater. This is one of the top activities, as there’s few places on this planet where you can go to over 10,000 feet in just 32 miles to a dormant volcano. Sunrise and sunset are the most popular times (along with a full moon), and it’s a national park so there is a small fee. This is a must-do activity on Maui and you can plan your visit to Haleakala for the morning or afternoon.
- Iao Valley. This is a historical, lush, green valley with an ice-cold stream of water coming down from one of the wettest spots on the planet. Iao Valley is a nice half-day trip in Wailuku and is a great spot if you’re heading to a late departure from the main airport in Kahului. Plan for 1 hour at the park.
- Whale Watching. The native-to-Hawaii Humpback Whale makes its annual migration from the feeding grounds in Alaska starting in October. But the best Humpback Whale watching is from January to March. If you’re visiting Maui during Humpback Whale season, this is an absolute must-see activity. The Whale Festival is in the month of February.
- Snorkeling. Maui has some of the best snorkeling in the world, with warm, crystal-clear waters on the west Maui and south Maui sides of the island. There’s many top-notch snorkel operators and Captain Steve’s is one of the best.
- Ulalena/Burnin Love. The Ulalena show in Lahaina on west Maui has been called a “stunning theatrical sensation” by National Geographic. It covers the history of Hawaii. The Burnin’ Love show is one of best entertainment values on Maui, with an excellent Elvis impersonator and a really good show for the whole family.
- Road to Hana. Everyone hears both good and bad about this famous drive before they come to Maui. It’s really not as bad as everyone says, but there are a lot of twists, switchbacks, and turns. The Road to Hana is still a must-do activity on Maui. Suggestion: Leave early, take your time, and make it a full day adventure.
- Molokini. Molokini is a snorkel trip to a small, uninhabited volcano crater. You won’t actually get on Molokini, but will snorkel around in calm, clear water. Sometimes you can see up to 60 feet below you!
- A Luau Feast. Maui has some of the best luau feasts you’ll find anywhere. The Old Lahaina Luau and the Feast at Lele are two of the most popular and must be booked in advance, but there are over 10 more on Maui. It’s a fun way to spend an evening and learn more about the Hawaiian culture.
- Parasailing & Submarine Tours. There are several safe, professional parasailing operators on Maui, where you can see Maui and Lanai from high in the sky. Then go underneath the water inside an Atlantis Submarine, and see Hawaii from a different view.
- Sunset Dinner Cruise. There’s nothing better (or more romantic) than watching a Maui sunset while sipping a Mai Tai on the calm ocean waters around Maui. The Princess Sunset Dinner Cruise out of the Lahaina harbor is one of the best. During Humpback Whale season, you get the extra benefit of seeing whales around you.
Awesome & Fun Things To Do On Maui!
Visit Honolua Bay when you’re on the west side of Maui, and maybe grab a pizza at Dollie’s. There plenty of activities on Maui and also some of the best burger places are in Lahaina Town. Don’t forget to make a trip to Haleakala Crater and snorkel at Black Rock or Airport Beach.
Looking for a great breakfast? Try The Gazebo in Napili. Do some shopping at Lahaina Cannery Mall, try some pizza in Lahaina Town at Prison Street Pizza, or go upcountry and have a great steak at Makawao Steakhouse.
Maui Hydro Flask!
Here’s a great gift idea – or keep it for yourself – a Maui Hydro Flask. It’s a 40 ounce Ocean Blue Hydro Flask and it can be purchased from Big Wave Taffy. Just $42.95 and that includes shipping to the Mainland USA. Check it out!
Top 10 Maui Restaurants.
- Mama’s Fish House is one of the most well-known restaurants on Maui.
- In Lahaina Town, try Lahaina Grill. It’s one of the best restaurants on Maui.
- Merriman’s Hawaiian Restaurant in Kapalua has won many awards for outstanding food.
- The Pineapple Grill in Kapalua is a popular, upscale restaurant popular with locals and tourists alike.
- On the west side of Maui, try Star Noodle. It’s one of the most popular restaurants on the island.
- The Plantation House in Kapalua offers an excellent fine dining experience.
- Sarento’s On The Beach in the Kihei area of Maui is always recognized for outstanding food and service.
- Hali’ imaile General Store has pleased customers since opening in 1988 with its upcountry location.
- Japengo At The Maui Hyatt Regency Resort & Spa is a recent addition to the Top 10 Restaurants on Maui.
- Roy’s in Ka’anapali has consistently been one of the top restaurants on Maui, Hawaii.
Maui’s Top 10 Attractions.
- Haleakala National Park lets you visit one of the most rare sights in the world at over 32,000 feet.
- The Road To Hana takes a full day but is one of the most famous drives in the world.
- One of the wettest and most beautiful valleys on all the Hawaiian islands is at Iao Valley.
- Visit 7 Sacred Pools (Ohe’o Gulch) past Hana on the far windward side of Maui.
- A “must-see” beach is Big Beach at Makena State Park on the southwest side of Maui, Hawaii.
- Lahaina Town & Banyan Tree on the west side of Maui is a historic whaling town with much to see.
- Stroll through gardens with over 45 varieties of lavender at the Ali’i Kula Lavender Farm.
- One of Maui’s top-rated family attractions in the Maui Ocean Center.
- Maui Tropical Plantation offers rides through a tropical plantation and has a fun zipline.
- The Sugar Museum is located on Hawaii’s largest working sugar factory.
- Tedeschi Winery produces wine from Maui-grown grapes at the Ulupalakua Ranch.
- Surfing Goat Dairy has world-class cheese made upcountry in a unique setting.
Maui’s Additional Top Activities.
- See a unique perspective of Maui with a zipline adventure with Piiholo Ranch Adventures and Skyline Eco Adventures.
- See Molokini or the remote stretches of the Kanaio Coast with Red Line Rafting.
- Atlantis Submarines offers you the only underwater tour adventure on Maui that the whole family can enjoy.
- To rent snorkel equipment on Maui, go to Snorkel Bob’s or Boss Frog’s.
- Want to see another Hawaiian island? Go with Expeditions to the island of Lanai.
- There’s nothing like seeing Maui from a helicopter and Blue Hawaiian may be the best of Maui.
- Looking to jet ski? Jet Ski Maui is a seasonal activity but is a lot of fun even for beginners.
- Sunset dining on Maui gives you an unforgettable experience, and the Maui Princess is the boat to be on.
- Want to parasail while on Maui? UFO Parasail on Kaanapali Beach has been doing it longer than anyone.
- Bike down the Haleakala volcano for an amazing experience with Haleakala Bike Company.
- Trilogy offers one of the best excursions on Maui with several different daily tours.
- Enjoy The Road To Hana in a luxury vehicle with The Maui Touring Company.
- Go with the whale experts at Pacific Whale Foundation. They offer a wide variety of daily excursions.
- Wanting to go horseback riding on Maui? Go with Pony Express Tours for the best experience.
- Go sportfishing out of Lahaina Harbor with Start Me Up.
- Captain Steve’s Rafting Adventures is the top dolphin and whale tour company on Maui.
- Warren and Annabelle’s magic show is one of the best entertainment values on Maui.
- For the best luau on Maui, go to the Old Lahaina Luau in Lahaina Town on the west side of Maui.
BONUS – Free Hula Shows!
At The Lahaina Cannery Mall on the west side of Maui there are free hula shows. The Polynesian Dancers perform at 7 p.m. on Tuesday and Thursday. The Keiki Hula Show (children performing) is at 1 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.
Maui’s Best Luau!
- One of the most popular and highly-rated luaus is the Old Lahaina Luau on the west side of Maui.
- The Feast At Lele is an oceanfront luau at 505 Front Street in Lahaina Town.
- The best family luau is the Kaanapali Beach Luau.
- Staying in Wailea? Consider the Wailea Marriott Luau and The Grand Wailea Luau.
- In the Kaanapali Resort Area, both the Sheraton and the Hyatt offer a good luau experience.