The Best Things to Do in Maui
Collected by Amanda Castleman , AFAR Local Expert
Hawaii’s playground offers abundant adventures on land and sea. The most classic is a sunrise bike ride down the dormant volcano Haleakala, but Maui also wows with golf, horseback riding, mermaid lessons, outrigger paddling, rappelling tours, whale-watching, waterfall hikes, and trips to Molokini Crater to snorkel or scuba dive. Want to hang ten? Turn to Rivers to the Sea surf school, where identical twins Tide and Kiva Rivers share their love for riding the island’s stellar waves.
500 Bay Dr, Lahaina, HI 96761, USA
Ancient Hawaiians traveled between villages and islands by paddling wa‘a (voyaging canoes). Today, the tradition continues as a racing sport—and also an art form, thanks to vessels like the Hikianalia and Hōkūleʻa, which...
Bay Drive, Lahaina, HI 96761, USA
A marine sanctuary in northwest Maui, Honolua Bay delights snorkelers and surfers alike. The right side of the bay boasts dense, showstopping coral that attracts vibrant fish, while the shallower left-hand side features lava caves, archways, and...
2000 Plantation Club Dr, Lahaina, HI 96761, USA
Host of the Sentry Tournament of Champions every January, Kapalua Golf comprises two sprawling courses south of the Ritz-Carlton. The Arnold Palmer–designed Bay Course features dramatic views and Maui’s only oceanside hole, but the...
675 Wharf St, Lahaina, HI 96761, USA
Some of the world’s best humpback whale viewing takes place in the shallow waters off Lahaina between late December and May. See it for yourself with help from PacWhale Eco-Adventures, which offers cruises led by certified marine...
126 Hinau St Unit A, Lahaina, HI 96761, USA
Identical twins Tide and Kiva Rivers grew up on the beaches of Maui and now share their love of the ocean at Rivers to the Sea, the island’s first school devoted exclusively to surfing. Over the past 15 years, the pair has taught everyone...
Poelua Bay HI 96793, Wailuku, HI 96793, USA
Located on Maui’s northern tip, the Nakalele Blowhole is known for its watery explosions, which often shoot nearly 100 feet in the air. To reach the blowhole, you need to hike up a long incline from the road, so wear sensible shoes and go at...
425 Koloa St, Kahului, HI 96732, USA
With consistent, northeastern trade winds that run along the shoreline and parallel to the wave direction, Maui offers some of the world’s best windsurfing. If you’re keen to try the sport for yourself, turn to the island’s...
179 Hana Hwy, Paia, HI 96779, USA
Located at mile marker 9 on the Hana Highway, Ho‘okipa Beach Park is one of Maui’s top spots for ocean sports. Here, visitors will find a breathtaking sweep of sugar-white sand and epic waves perfect for both surfing and windsurfing....
325 Waiahiwi Rd, Makawao, HI 96768, USA
Set on the rain forest’s edge, this stable and riding academy offers horseback riding tours of Upcountry Maui. During private excursions, guests cross wide-open ranges with breathtaking views of the Pacific, learning about the area and its...
Keanae Rd, Hawaii 96708, USA
The world-famous Road to Hana hugs a jagged black lava shore. Just past mile marker 16 lies the Keanae Peninsula, where visitors can explore a traditional village, a stone church from 1856, and vast taro fields. The peninsula itself was formed by...
Maui, Hawaii, USA
This lovely state park stretches along the rugged volcanic shoreline of western Maui, three miles from Hana. It’s best explored on the 2.2-mile hike that starts at the black-sand beach and follows the dramatic coast, passing lava tubes, rock...
Maui, HI 96708, USA
An ancient atoll, Molokini lies 2.5 miles off Maui’s south coast, where the water is calm, clear, and teeming with marine life. Here, snorkelers and scuba divers can expect up to 150 feet of visibility, allowing for perfect views of yellow...
1993 S Kihei Rd, Kihei, HI 96753, USA
South Maui’s only PADI Five Star dive center, Maui Dreams offers both shore and boat dives for all experience levels. The shop also encourages environmental responsibility, teaching students how to passively view underwater life in order to...
5083 Makena Rd, Kihei, HI 96753, USA
A marine biologist, Lila Jones founded Mermaid Dream Retreats to further the message of ocean conservation. In the large shallow bay off Wailea’s Makena Landing, she holds private and group mermaid lessons that teach students to embrace...
30 HI-310, Kihei, HI 96753, USA
With Maui’s only rappelling outfitter, you can descend waterfalls and jungle walls into a secluded, privately owned rain-forest canyon featured in the opening scenes of Jurassic Park. The Classic Tour tackles 30- and 50-foot waterfalls with...
5083 Makena Rd, Kihei, HI 96753, USA
This family-owned and -operated outfitter runs kayak and snorkeling tours, whale-watching excursions, and surf lessons in the calm, turquoise bays of South Maui. In addition to helping visitors enjoy the water, the staff here teach them how to...
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