Top 10 Things to Do in Maui

THE BEST ACTIVITIES IN MAUI

We travel to Maui about once a year and try to find something new to do every time. Although it is a small island, there is a great variety of things to do! Here are some of our favorites:

 

1. Drive the Road to Hana

There are so many sites to see along the Hana Highway, making this is a full day activity. Some of our favorite stops include:

  1. Black Sand Beach (30 mins)
  2. Lava Tubes (30 mins)
  3. Red Sand Beach (30 mins)
  4. Coconut Glen's ice cream (15 mins)
  5. Haleakala National Park (2 hours - if you do the long hike)

Start as early as possible to beat the crowds and the tours. Check out our guide to the Road to Hana - Road to Hana Guide

Travels along the Road to Hana


2. Go Snorkeling

The best part about the end of the Kaanapali beach is the Black Rock, in front of the Sheraton Resort. Where it might seem like a hideous black lava rock, under the sea you can find gorgeous coral, tons of fish, and usually see a turtle or two.

Another great spot is Kapalua Bay. Even though the clarity isn't as great as around Black Rock, there are still plenty of fish to see. On one of our swims, we saw 6 turtles! We parked in a free beach parking lot next to Merriman's, but make sure you get there early for a spot. 

snorkelturtle
snorkel

3. Nakalele Blowhole

As the tide rolls in, the blowhole shoots water over 20 feet in the air! Located North of Kapalua (approx 8 miles), park near mile marker 38.5. Also, right near the blowhole, within one of the rocks, it looks like a heart was cut out. 

Nakalele Blowhole

Nakalele Blowhole

Maui Heart Rock

Maui Heart Rock


4. Catch the Sunrise at the Top of Haleakala 

We left our hotel around 3am and went on a crazy drive to the top of Haleakala, but it was worth it for this magnificent sunrise above the clouds. Side note - we got engaged here! See more details in How to Spend 4 Days in Maui.

Sunrise at Haleakala Summit

Sunrise at Haleakala Summit


5. Go Scuba Diving

We loved the company, Extended Horizons in Lahaina, they go to the best spots and have the best diving instructors. The dive site, Cathedral II, was one of my favorite dives!

cathedralmauidive

6. Get a Massage 

Need I say more? We like to do the couples massages at the Sheraton Maui, which is also our favorite place to stay.


7. Go Shopping

Lahaina - Tons of shops and restaurants all along front street. We park in the outlet parking lot and walk down, just get something at the ABC Store in the mall and get your ticket validated.

Whalers Village - located right next to the Westin, shops you would normally see in LA (Oakley, Sephora, Tommy Bahama) but also has restaurants and an ABC Store. 

Sand People - Only found in Hawaii. It’s like an Etsy store full of coastal home goods, locally made jewelry, and clothing. My FAVORITE! There are a few - Whaler’s Village, Front Street in Lahaina, Wailea…


8. Get some Hawaiian Shave Ice 

Shaved ice + flavored syrups + macadamia nut ice cream in the bottom = YUM! Also, my favorite ice cream place, Coconut Glen's Ice Cream!

Hawaiian Shave Ice Maui Hawaii

Hawaiian Shave Ice Maui Hawaii


9. Go Zip-lining 

There are a lot of places that offer zip-lining yet we went to the original! We used Kaanapali Zip Line Adventure and had a blast. Stunning views and 8 different lines cascading down the mountain! At the end, your last zip line you can drop into a lake!

Maui Zip line views

Maui Zip line views


10. Enjoy a Lu'au

Drums of the Pacific Lu'au Hyatt

Drums of the Pacific Lu'au Hyatt

The Drums of the Pacific Lu'au encompasses Hawaiian traditions with fun! The rythyms of the Polynesian ritual will have you dancing along at the Hyatt on Kaanapali Beach. A traditional Hawaiian feast is served buffet style with an open bar. Despite the fact the drinks are little watered down, I found it highly entertaining and was captivated by the fast moving hips of the Hawaiian dance. 

 

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