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Maui is one of the best places in the world for an island vacation! We spent 6 months living on Maui (you can snoop all our #Intstaworthy Hawaii pics for proof).

Whether you spend 6 days or 6 months on Maui, we have an activity for everyone!

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This post is all about the best things to do on Maui, Hawaii.

Best Things To Do On Maui

Get Pampered at a Hawaiian Spa

I mean, who doesn’t want to relax and rejuvenate on vacation? We were fortunate to try out a few different spa options while living on Maui.

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Where to get a massage on maui - Sheraton Maui

Be sure to try out a Hawaiian Lomi Lomi Massage!

Shaved Ice

Who plans to visit Maui, Hawaii, and doesn’t try the famous Maui Shaved Ice?

Hawaiian Shave Ice can be topped with condensed milk, fresh local fruit, and mochi balls. Places like Down the Hatch will add your favorite alcoholic beverage to your shaved ice.

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maui shave ice- family standing in front of peace love shave ice in kihei maui
  • Ululani’s Hawaiian Shave Ice (located in Kihei, Kahului, Lahaina, and Paia. Be sure to try the shaved ice with the vegan haupia cream!
  • Peace, Love, Shave Ice: Order shaved ice with li hing mui powder on top; it’s our favorite!

Experience a Traditional Hawaiian Luau

Immerse yourself into Hawaiian culture with a traditional Luau!

The Old Lahaina Luau is one of Hawaii’s most popular (and most expensive) Luaus. It prides itself on being Maui’s Most Authentic Hawaiian Luau.

Due to its popularity, The Old Lahaina Luau typically books up months in advance.

While the Old Lahaina Luau is incredible, we recommend many other options.

Go Whale Watching

Every year, Humpback Whales migrate from Alaska to mate and give birth in the warm shallow waters of Maui.

best whale watching tour on maui. girl in a orange summer dress and a man with a blue tshirt on standing on the edge of a boat on maui. Both are wearing sunglasses.
top humpback whale watching tour on maui. this image shows humpback whale tail coming out of the water.

If you can visit Maui between January and March, you NEED to go whale watching!

You may see whales off in the distance from shore, but the best way to see them up close is on a whale-watching tour.

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Our favorite whale-watching tour on Maui allowed us to listen to whales sing using underwater hydrophones.

Yoga, Pilates & Wellness Classes

Visiting a wellness center on Maui offers a serene escape for rejuvenation and self-care. Whether you’re into yoga, Pilates, breathwork, or acupuncture, there’s something to nourish both body and soul. Imagine starting your day with a sunrise yoga session, feeling the gentle ocean breeze as you stretch and center yourself amidst lush tropical surroundings. Or perhaps you prefer the holistic approach of acupuncture, restoring balance and harmony to your energy flow. Whatever your wellness journey entails, Maui’s tranquil settings and skilled practitioners create an idyllic space for relaxation and healing, leaving you refreshed and revitalized.

Wellness Spots on Maui:

Learn to Hula

There is no better place to learn to Hula than on Maui! Hula dates back to the original Hawaiians, who settled on the islands hundreds of years ago.

Book a lesson for the whole family with the Hawaii Hula Company!

East Maui: Hana and Kipahulu

Hana is magical! You will 100% want to add the Road to Hana to your Maui bucket list!

The historic town of Hana is hands down our favorite place on Maui. You could spend days exploring Hana’s long stretches of greenery, massive waterfalls, untouched coastline, bamboo forest, and some of the world’s most stunning beaches.

The Road to Hana can be quite challenging, especially for those who feel sick due to the heavily winding roads. Michael and I have driven the windy Highway 1 in California multiple times, and we still felt a bit on edge (literally) on parts of it.

    If you feel uncomfortable driving, we highly recommend taking a shuttle or booking an organized Road To Hana Tour.

    You will feel much more comfortable being driven by a local who has driven the Road to Hana 1000s times.

    Aunty Sandys Banana Bread Stand

    Aunty Sandy began making her famous Banana bread in 1983 and has been featured in hundreds of publications and TV shows since! It’s always our first and last stop on the Road to Hana.

    The Banana bread comes fresh out of the oven and into your hands. It’s the perfect treat for your long drive on the Road to Hana!

    Tip: Check Aunty Sandy’s website to ensure they are open and have not sold out of banana bread for the day.

    Upper Waikani Falls

    Upper Waikani Falls is also known as the Three Bears for the trio of waterfalls. This was one of our favorite stops on the Road to Hana.

    You can admire the falls from the top or hike down to swim under them. Please note that these falls are a bit more difficult to get to.

    upper Waikani Falls also known as 3 bears. 3 waterfalls behind a woman with her hands up in the air. woman is half in the water and in a 2 piece bikini. waterfall hike in maui.
    upper Waikani Falls also known as 3 bears. This waterfall shot in Maui Hawaii is on long exposure so the water looks super soft

    It is recommended that you wear Tevas or other supportive footwear. Trust me on this. We made the mistake of wearing no-gripped sandals and came close to slipping a few times.

    Also Read: 15 Travel Travel Tips for the Perfect Maui Vacation

    But the difficult trek down was 100% worth it. We packed a light lunch and swam for a few hours.

    Kahanu Gardens

    The Kahanu Gardens is in one of Maui’s largest native Hala forests. Here, you will find plant collections valued by the local Hawaiian culture.

    The gardens offer a 2-hour guided tour of the land. Guides will walk the gardens with you and give you an overview of what the traditional plants are used for.

    Pipiwai Trail Hike through Bamboo forest to Waimoku Falls

    The Pipiwai Trail is one of Hana’s most popular hiking trails and is considered one of the best things to do along the Road to Hana!

    Pipiwai Trail Hike through Bamboo forest to Waimoku Falls. Man standing with his hands up with bamboo forest behind him
    Pipiwai Trail Hike through Bamboo forest to Waimoku Falls. This is a close up of the bamboo forest in maui.

    This Hana hike is a 4-mile round trip from a bamboo forest to the massive Waimoku Falls.

    Other blogs mentioned that the first part of the hiking trail is difficult. We would rate this trail easy to medium difficulty. We could see this hiking trail being more difficult when it is muddier. Overall, we were sweatier from the high humidity than the hike intensity.

    Waimoku Falls waterfall in Maui hawaii. A woman is looking up at the waterfall.

    The entire hike takes around 2-3 hours. Wear appropriate footwear, as the trail can become quite muddy after a big rain.

    The best tip we can give you is to GO EARLY! We arrived at the parking lot for the Pipiwai trail in Hana before the parking gates opened, and there were already a few people in line waiting. There’s only a small viewpoint to see the massive Waimoku falls, so you need to be one of the first people on the trail to get the best viewing.

    Rappel Down A Maui Waterfall

    Rappel down Maui’s waterfalls and cliffs on this small-group Hana Excursion.

    You will start with an easy waterfall and then work up to a more difficult 30-ft (9-meter) waterfall.

    We love this tour because you can see Maui waterfalls up close- first with a rappel down and then with a swim! The tour only allows up to 8 guests, making it a more personal experience.

    Book Waterfall Rappel Tour

    Red Sand Beach

    Hana’s Red Sand Beach (Kaihalulu Beach) is a small “hidden” beach in Kaihaululu Bay.

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    Kaihalulu Beach red sand beach in Maui. Man is walking out of the water.

    The trail to Red Sand Beach is about a 10-minute hike. It is very narrow and steep, but we promise it is one of the best beaches to stop at along your Road to Hana excursion.


    • Get there early, as parking around this area fills up fast.
    • Do not block traffic or entrances. You will get a parking ticket.
    • Wear hiking shoes or another type of tennis shoes. We explored the entire island in our favorite Tevas.

    Wai’anapanapa State Park Black Sand Beach

    No trip to Hana, Maui, is complete without a visit to Wai’anapanapa State Park, also known as Pa’iloa Beach. The beach is made up of Volcanic lava fragments.

    To preserve this beach, the Wai’anapanapa State Park now requires reservations.

    Also Read: The Best Place to Swim with Turtles on Maui

    Wai'anapanapa State Park Black Sand Beach. woman walking toward the camera with black sand
    Wai'anapanapa State Park Black Sand Beach in Hana Maui.

    Book: Before visiting, you must reserve your permit and pay the applicable parking ($10 per vehicle) and entry fees ($5 per person nonresident) to the Wai’anapanapa State Park. These permits sell out weeks in advance, so plan ahead.

    If you visit the black sand beach as part of a tour, the tour company will secure permits for you.

    Helicopter Tour

    If you ever have the opportunity to take a helicopter tour in Maui, DO IT! The aerial views are absolutely spectacular.

    The best helicopter tours in Maui circle (or land!) in Hana.

    Check out the Oceanfront Landing 75-Minute Helicopter Tour! This helicopter tour will fly over hidden waterfalls and the lush rainforests of Maui and Molokai, followed by a waterfront landing!

    Visit the Pools of ‘Ohe’o

    The Pools of ‘Ohe’o (pronounced Oh-Hey-Oh) are also known as the Seven Sacred Pools. They are a must-stop on your Road to Hana Itinerary.

    The Pools of ‘Ohe’o consist of about 20 naturally formed swimmable pools along the Palikea stream, with mini waterfalls plunging from one pool to the next.

    We love the Pools of ‘Ohe’o (or seven sacred pools) because rainforests and waterfalls surround them. Pools of ‘Oheo’o are the perfect place to swim in the afternoon or picnic next to a waterfall.

    Stop at a local fruit stand

    You will see a lot of local fruit stands along the Road to Hana.

    Tip: Have cash for your drive to Hana to purchase at the local fruit stands.

    fruit stand on the road to hana in maui. Man is standing at the sign. The sign reads exotic fruits sold here.
    fruit stand on the road to hana in maui. Sign reads please put money in box mahalo.

    Some fruit stands along Hana Highway on Maui operate on an honor system. This means you take what fruit you want from the stand and add money to the money box. Respect the locals, and do not steal.

    Tip: For more local fruits, shop the Upcountry Saturday Farmers market, Rowenas Market, or Oko’a Farm Store!

    Walk through a Lava Tube at Hana Lava Tube

    Add the Ka’eleku Cavern to your Road to Hana bucket list!

    This is a self-guided Maui cave tour, so you can explore the tubes at your own pace.

    Flashlights are provided in the Entrance Fee. Be sure to have cash on hand for the entrance fee.

    This Lava Tube tour is a great option for those who want private transportation to explore the Bamboo Forest, Kaeleku Caverns (lava tubes), Upper Waikani Falls, and the Wai’anapanapa State Park (black sand beach).

    South Maui: Wailea, Kihei and Maalaea

    Local Grinds at the Kihei Food Trucks

    The Kihei food trucks on Maui are an amazing way to experience local grinds.

    Food trucks have all the island’s best local food, from fish tacos to poke and shaved ice.

    Check out the Kihei Food Truck Park. The park features several local food trucks, picnic tables, and lawn games.

    things to do in kihei food trucks. man standing at the wing kings food truck in maui. his back is turned toward the camera.

    Learn to Surf

    If you are looking for one of the best things to do in Kihei Maui, we recommend taking an island surf lesson!

    This Small Group Surf Lesson in Kihei is perfect for beginners (adults or kids) who want to learn to surf for the first time.

    If you are staying in Lahaina or other parts of West Maui island, look at this surf lesson.

    Check out all Kihei Surf Lessons

    Drink the famous Mai Thai at Monkey Pod.

    No trip is complete to Maui without the best island, Mai Thai.

    Monkey Pod is the best place to get a Mai Thai on the island.

    monkeypod mai thai on maui

    Why Monkeypod? This delicious island rum cocktail is made with house-made macadamia nut orgeat syrup and topped with lilikoi (passion fruit) foam- you’ll be dreaming about this Mai Thai long after you leave the island!

    Monkey Pod will even make these mouthwatering cocktails with no alcohol so everyone in your party can enjoy them.

    Stand-Up Paddle Board Tour

    Stand-up paddle board (aka SUP) is one of the best things to do in Maui!

    You can rent paddle boards from most local shops in Kihei and paddle them out on your own. But for a more elevated experience, we HIGHLY recommend this paddle board tour.

    SUP paddle boarding tour in maui. Man is standing on a yellow paddle board looking back at the camera.
    SUP paddle boarding tour in maui. woman is doing a headstand on the paddle board.

    The Stand Up Paddle Board (SUP) Tour is a unique way to spend a day learning about the ancient geology and the natural history of the island while paddling one of the world’s most beautiful coastlines in the world.

    You also get a free digital photo package to share with family and friends at the end!

    Local Tip: Ask for Aqua as your guide!

    Indulge in the Best Fish Tacos

    If you’re looking for the best tacos on Maui, look no further than South Maui Fish Company!

    South Maui Fish Co serves the island’s best fresh fish tacos—never frozen! They are so good that they sell out daily.

    Another popular fish taco spot is Coconuts Fish Tacos. Coconuts Fish Tacos is a casual seafood spot is located in Kihei in a small strip mall, but don’t let the location fool you-they’re amazing! If you want to skip the lines, you can order ahead and enjoy your meal on the sandy beach across the street.

    Learn to weave a Hawaiian Lei

    When I moved to Maui, I pictured getting off the plane and being treated with a traditional island lei (like in the movies!)

    But that wasn’t the case.

    As tourism grew, the act of free lei greeting at Kahului airport in Maui became far and free between.

    But lucky for you, you can still book an Airport lei greeting here.

    Or better yet, take a FREE traditional lei-making lesson!

    lei po making at the shops of wailea

    Photo by Shops At Wailea

    Explore lava Rock at Ahihi Kinau

    The Ahihi Kinau Natural Reserve is one of our favorite spots on the island. It is completely covered in white coral and black lava rock formations.

    You will see acres and acres of dormant lava fields! It looks like a scene right out of a movie.

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    lava rock at ahihi kinau

    We recommend taking the Hoapili Trailhead along the Ahihi Kinau Natural Reserve beach.

    To get there, you take Makena Alanui south to the very end of the road. The parking is a dirt lot just past the Makenda Horse stables on the right-hand side.

    The Ahihi Kinaui Natural Reserve also has a snorkeling beach that you can read about in The Best Places To Swim With Turtles on Maui post!

    Shop Suvinors at the ABC Store

    The ABC store is great for picking up all your Maui Souvenirs. They have everything from beach coverups and Island Princess Maui Chocolate-covered Macadamia nuts to wood island snacks and cosmetics.

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    Be sure to pick our favorite: the Guava Hot Sauce by Maui HI Spice! It’s so good that we have boxes shipped to the family every year.

    Maui Ocean Center

    The Maui Ocean Center is one of the best things to do in Maui for kids and adults alike. At the Maui Ocean Center, you can explore Hawaii’s marine life from the center’s underwater aquarium and interactive exhibits. This is a great experience to escape a rainy Maui day.

    maui ocean center things to do when it's raining in maui

    The Maui Ocean Center also offers a shark dive experience!

    Book Maui Ocean Center Tickets

    Kihei Swap Meet

    The Maui Swap Meet is one of the best places to go if you want to purchase local Maui souvenirs.

    You can find everything from handmade Maui jewelry and artwork to the best Maui-grown produce.

    Don’t miss the Maui Huli Huli Chicken shop, which only sells chicken on Wednesdays or Saturdays from opening until it runs out.

    kihei maui hawaii swap meet rotisserie chicken menu

    Enjoy a Maui Sunset with Turtles

    After a long day of soaking up the Maui sun, wouldn’t it be nice to end your night watching a Maui sea turtle swim up on shore?

    turtle town maui. This image shows 2 massive turtles in maui that are in 6 inch deep water. One has his head above water and the other turtle has his head under the water.
    fishpond kihei maui

    The Kalepoleop Fishpond offers the perfect experience for sea turtle viewing. Sit back and relax as sea turtles swim along the rocks up to shore as the sun sets over the water.

    Be Aware: You must stay 10 feet away from turtles or face a $10,000 fine and jail time.

    For more info on the Kalepoleop Fishpond and where to find sea turtles on Maui, click here!

    Take a Yoga Class on the Beach

    Looking to stay active on Maui? Join a Kihei Yoga class on the beach!

    things to do in kihei is yoga on the beach maui. the image shows a purple yoga mat on the sand in kihei.

    Take a Hawaiian Outrigger Canoe Tour

    A traditional Hawaiian Outrigger canoe sailing experience along the stunning Wailea coast should be on your Maui bucket list!

    Using traditional techniques, these Hawaiian tours will teach you about canoe construction, sailing, and launching the canoe from the sand.

    You will also likely spot sea turtles and other marine life!

    Snorkel with Turtles in Turtle Town (also known as Maluaka Beach)

    If you have not swam with sea turtles in Maui, you are missing out! Turtle town is one of the most popular places on Maui to spot sea turtles and other marine life.

    Most tour companies (like this one) have Turtle Town on their snorkel stops.

    Maluaka Beach also known as turtle town. image shows turtle swimming under a paddle board.
    Maluaka Beach also known as turtle town. image from the shore

    Also Read: The Best Places To Swim With Turtles on Maui.

    Coastal stroll on the Wailea Beach Walk

    The Wailea Beach path is a great paved walking path along the South Maui coast with access to all the most popular Wailea hotels. The views are spectacular. You can take a morning stroll and stop at one of the beachfront hotels for a cup of coffee or walk the path in the evening for an incredible beach sunset.

    Tip: If you are not staying at one of the beachfront hotels on Maui, you can still access the path by parking in the free public parking lot at Ulua Beach Park.

    Wailea beach walk in maui. sunset setting over a beach in wailea.

    Visit the Cat Sanctuary in Wailea

    On your Wailea Beach walk, stop in front of the popular Grand Wailea Hotel to visit the hotel’s sanctuary of cats!

    All the cats are vaccinated, and most will come to you to say hello.

    Please do not feed the cats. These Maui cats are all well-fed by the hotel and animal volunteers.

    Local Craft Beer Tour

    If you are a beer lover, check out Maui’s local craft beer scene. A few of our favorite beer spots are Waikiki Brewing, Maui Brew Co, Kohola Brewing, and Mahalo Aleworks.

    For a fun and safe way to explore the Maui Brewery scene, check out this Brewery Tour. It includes 3 brewery tours, tastings, lunch, and air-conditioned transportation across the island.

    Wailea Golf Resort

    Who doesn’t want to golf on a pristine Wailea golf course overlooking the crystal blue water?

    While many great golf courses are on Maui, The Wailea Courses are some of the island’s best.

    There are three courses at the Wailea Golf Resort: Wailea Gold, Blue, and Emerald.

    golf course on maui wailea. Couple standing on the wailea gold golf course
    wailea maui gold golf course

    The views from these golf courses do not disappoint!

    Maui Brew Co

    If you’re looking for things to do in Maui at night, look no further than Maui Brewing. Maui Brewing has daily live music in a large outdoor beer garden!

    We had so many fun nights here with our friends, listening to live music and sipping the incredible selection of craft beer.

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    maui brew company rooster at maui brew co

    If you don’t love beer, don’t worry; you can still enjoy my favorite, the POG Maui Brewing Seltzer (POG = Pasion Fruit, Orange & Guava), or one of their other specialty cocktails.

    Bingo or Trivia Night at Moose McGillycuddys Pub

    Bingo on Monday? Trivia on Wednesday? Yes, please!

    Moose McGillycudy Pub is one of the best things to do in Maui at night. The pub’s atmosphere is always buzzing with energy from Maui locals and tourists.

    Be sure to try the Kalua Pork Tacos and a Lilikoi Martini.

    Experience the Maui Bar scene in Kihei Triangle

    The Kihei Triangle (also known as The BARmuda Triangle) is one of the most popular things to do on Maui after the sun goes down.

    This lively area of Maui has everything from dive bars with pool tables to happy hours and live music.

    Our favorites are Three’s Bar For Happy Hour, Haui’s Life A Beach for a pool game, What Ale’s You to have a beer and watch a sports game, and Vibe Bar for live music.

    kihei triangle bar area on hawaii. It's also called barmuda triangle by locals and tourists in Kihei

    Book a day at one of Wailea’s resorts

    If you haven’t heard of Resort Pass, you are missing out. With Resort Pass, you can book a day at one of the top resorts on Maui without breaking the bank.

    Michael and I have used this app all over the world!

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    resort pass on the island of maui hawaii

    Be sure to book your pool pass or day bed ahead of time, as most Maui hotels only release a few openings through the app at a time.

    Attend a nude beach

    Little Beach (near Big Beach) is an unofficial clothing-optional secluded piece of Paradise in Makena Beach State Park on the South Maui shore.

    If you want to swim naked or even out tan lines on the warm Maui sand, this is the spot for you!

    During the day, this beach is quiet and relaxing, with the exception of Saturday and Sunday, when it is packed with parties and drum circle performances.

    Tip: Please Note: Saturday and Sunday Drum circle performances & beach parties are currently on hold. Locals are working with authorities to bring back the evening celebrations. Learn more at www.littlebeachmaui.org.

    To get to Little Beach (from Big Beach): Pay and Park at Makena Beach State Park. When you reach the sand, go right. You’ll see a cliff path at the far right end of Big Beach. Climb up the small rock formation on the far end of Big Beach and down the other side.

    Snorkel in a Volcano

    It’s true, you can snorkel in a volcano! Well… a submerged volcano

    The Molokini crater is a tiny crescent moon-shaped island offshore of the dormant Haleakala Volcano.

    molokini crater tour

    Don’t worry, though. This volcano is dormant. The last time Molokini erupted was over 200,000 years ago!

    To snorkel in this below-water volcano, you will need to book a boat tour to the Molokini Crater.

    West Maui: Kapalua, Kaanapali, Lahaina

    Hit A Hole-In-One At Kapalua

    Golf on Maui offers an unforgettable experience!

    If you can golf on the west side of Maui, you should visit the Kapalua Golf Resorts!

    Kapalua or Royal Ka'anapali Golf Resorts. 2 men are on the golf course with the maui ocean in the background
    maui golf courses Kapalua Golf Resort

    The courses offer stunning views of the island’s coastline.

    Another notable course on the west side is the Royal Kaanapali Golf Resort.

    Take a drive to Leodas Pies

    Leodas is a must-stop breakfast or lunch spot for anyone driving through Olowalu (between Lahaina and Kihei). Leodas is well known on Maui for their relaxed planation-era atmosphere, tasty sandwiches on hapa bread, and of course…. Leoda’s famous pies!

    We recommend trying the chocolate haupia pie!

    You can order Leoda’s for pickup and enjoy your delicious slice of pie on the beach! If there’s a long wait, check out the local open-air fruit market and juice stand next door.

    Explore Front Street

    Lahaina’s famed front street had endless art galleries, boutique shopping, and incredible restaurants! Our absolute favorite restaurant in Lahaina (& all of Maui) is Star Noodle.

    a man and a woman sitting at star noodle restaurant in Maui. The sun is setting on the ocean behind them.
    Mala tavern shrimp plate in west maui

    Snorkel Honolua Bay

    Honolua Bay is just north of Kapalua on the West side of Maui and is the perfect place to snorkel. There are so many sea turtles at Honolua Bay.

    hawaiian green sea turtle snorkeling in maui

    Take the small, lush forest path to the Bay. The beach is rocky, so bring water shoes and snorkel fins.

    Book: Maui: Honolua Bay Snorkel Sail from Lahaina

    Nakalele Blowhole

    The Nakalele blowhole is always listed as one of the best things to do on Maui.

    If you are staying on the West Side of Maui, then the Nakale Blowhole is worth a visit! The Nakalele blowhole is located in the West of Maui (~30 minutes from Ka’anapali Beach). You can see the Nakale blowhole from the top or hike less than half a mile to its base.

    It shoots 50+ feet of water up in the air every few minutes—quite the sight! But be aware! People have died from being swept out to sea because they got too close to the Nakalele blowhole.

    Read all the safety signs and use extreme caution when visiting the Nakalele blowhole.

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    Learn to play the Ukulele

    With Maui’s super laid-back vibes, it is the perfect place to learn to play the Ukulele.

    And best of all, it’s free!

    The Lahaina Maui Music Company offers free lessons at the Royal Lahaina Resort and the Lahaina Cannery Mall.

    Learn to play the Ukulele

    Click here for the updated Ukulele schedule!

    Lahaina Music will provide ukuleles and professional instruction.

    Be sure to tip your instructor at the end!

    Spend a day at Napili Beach or Kaanapali Beach

    Napili Beach and Kaanapali Beach are 2 of the island’s best beaches on Maui!

    Napili Beach is a smaller, more protected bay perfect for swimming, snorkeling, or lounging on the golden soft sand. We recommend getting to the beach early, as the bay is small and fills up by mid-morning.

    Napili Bay Maui. palm trees and bright blue water in the distance

    Ka’anapali Beach is about a 15-minute drive west of Napili. Ka’anapali Beach is a 3-mile-long sandy beach that lines Maui’s most luxurious hotels.

    Ka’anapali Beach is also known for swimming, snorkeling, and scuba diving! For the more adventurous, you can cliff jump at Black Rock!

    Also Read: Where To Swim With Turtles on Maui

    Humpback Whales often swim near Napili and Ka’anapali beaches during whale season!

    Retail Therapy at Whalers Village

    Spending the afternoon at Whalers Village offers a delightful blend of shopping, dining, and oceanfront relaxation. Located in the heart of Kaanapali, this open-air shopping center boasts a vibrant atmosphere with boutiques showcasing local artisans and well-known brands. After browsing the shops, you can savor a meal at one of the waterfront restaurants, enjoying fresh seafood with a view.

    For those seeking adventure, water activities like snorkeling or whale-watching tours depart from nearby.

    Sunset Dinner Sail

    A sunset sailing adventure is the perfect romantic date on Maui Hawaii!

    Sailing tours on Maui include a delicious dinner, drinks, and incredible up-close views of dolphins and sometimes even whales!

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    best sunset cruise maui

    Our friends visited us on Maui and booked this open bar sunset sailing tour. We had the absolute best time!

    Book: Maui’s Top Sunset Tour

    Ghost Walk

    After moving to Maui, we quickly learned of the Maui Nighmarchers.

    Locals on Maui say that if you hear faint drumming or chanting in the early morning hours, especially near an old battleground or other sacred places, it’s a sign that dangerous Nighmarchers have awakened.

    In Hawaiian mythology, Nighmarchers are ghosts of ancient warriors of Hawaii. They are believed to arise from the dead on certain nights of the year and drum or chant their way to sacred spots around Hawaii.

    You do not want to come in contact with a Maui Nightmarcher as it is believed they carry dangerous weapons, and any mortal that comes in contact with one will die a violent death.

    Book: Maui Ghosts Walk

    Lanai Snorkel and Dolphin Adventure

    Take a small boat ride to the island of Lanai, stopping at 3 snorkel spots along the way. You will explore stunning coral reefs and tons of underwater marine life. And best of all, you are almost always guaranteed to see dolphins!

    Be aware that this boat is sometimes small, fast, and bumpy. To avoid getting seasick, purchase this sea sickness medicine or take another snorkel and dolphin adventure tour on a larger vessel.

    North Shore: Paia, Haiku and Hullo

    Live Music at Paia Bay Coffee Bar

    This “hidden” little coffee spot is a Maui favorite!

    Enjoy coffee or a cocktail in an open-air courtyard while listening to local Hawaiian live music.

    The acai bowl and the banana bread are incredible! You can also stop here on your Road to Hana adventure and place an order to go.

    paia bay coffee bar

    Lunch at Paia Fish Market

    Paia Fish Market is a Maui staple! Although it has locations all over Maui now, the original is located in, you guessed it… Paia.

    The fish is super fresh, and you can prepare it any way you want. The Cajun style is the best!

    Visit the Turtles Ho’okipa Beach Park

    Ho’okipa Beach Park is a great stop on Maui’s north shore to watch sunsets, surfers, and windsurfers! The beach is also well known as the “Turtle Town” of Paia, as you are almost always guaranteed to see turtles sleeping on shore.

    Please note that this Ho’okipa beach is not recommended for swimming.

    Mamas Fish House

    The world-famous Mama’s Fish House, located on the North Shore of Maui in Paia, serves up the best local fish dishes on the island!

    Every day, Mama’s Fish House fishermen go out on boats to catch various fish, including mahi-mahi, ono, and ahi.

    Tip: Make reservations months in advance!

    mamas fish house. note on the table with flowers in the background
    mamas fish house best restaurant maui

    Be sure to let them know if you are celebrating a birthday, anniversary, or other special occasion! Michael and I celebrated our anniversary at Mama’s Fish House, and the staff made it super special with an incredible dessert and a thoughtful handwritten card.

    Upcountry Maui: Kula, Haleakala, Makawao, Pukalani

    First, let me just say that I think Upcountry Maui is severely underrated. There are many fun things to explore above sea level on the island.

    Break away from Maui’s breathtaking coastline and venture upcountry for the day to explore this list of Maui attractions.

    Also Read: Where To Stay on Maui – Hotel Guide

    Haleakala Sunrise or Sunset

    Haleakala National Park is one of the most popular things to do in Maui. Located in Upcountry Maui, Haleakala is a 10,023-foot tall volcano.

    There are a few ways to see Haleakala National Park, but the most popular is to watch the sunrise or sunset from the summit.

    upcountry maui travel tips for haleakala national park - wear warm jackets
    Haleakala National park up country maui travel tips - warm clothes to be above the clouds

    For those seeking more unusual things to do in Maui, you can hike the Haleakala volcano or bike 27 miles down.

    Tip: Your visit to Haleakala sunrise and sunset can be VERY cold. Be sure to pack a very warm jacket for all Haleakala Volcano Tours.

    Maui Pineapple tour

    If you have had Maui Gold Pineapples, you already know how amazing they are! Head upcountry to the historic plantation town of Hali’imaile for the best Maui Hawaii pineapple farm tour!

    pineapple tours on maui

    This highly-rated pineapple tour teaches how pineapples are farmed and lets you sample freshly picked ones. Best of all, the tour sends you home with an “airport” island pineapple.

    However, if you are like us, you’ll probably eat the pineapple before your trip ends.

    Book Pineapple Tour

    Goat Yoga

    Yes, you read that correctly- Maui: Goat Yoga!

    Sitting about 3,000 feet above sea level in upcountry Maui, you will find yoga classes with miniature goats. This class was definitely on our Maui bucket list!

    Who doesn’t want to work out while cuddling with the most adorable miniature goats?

    Check out the option to book a sunset goat yoga with live music! These classes are always booked, so be sure to make reservations early.

    Ali’i Kula Lavender

    If you plan a trip to Maui, Hawaii, between mid-June and early July, consider stopping at Ali’i Kula Lavender Farm on your upcountry adventure.

    You can spend an afternoon walking through the beautiful gardens and shopping for lavender gifts in the gift shop.

    It’s the perfect spot to enjoy an afternoon walk and pick up local lavender souvenirs for your family back home.

    Visit Ocean Vodka

    Ocean Vodka’s beautifully designed crystal blue bottle is hard to miss when scanning the shelves at your local liquor store.

    But did you know that Ocean Vodka also has an 80-acre organic farm and distillery on Maui?

    The farm-to-table food and cocktails are amazing, and we promise that you won’t be disappointed with the panoramic views of the dormant volcano and Maui’s breathtaking coastline!

    ocean vodka upcountry maui
    ocean vodka cocktails on maui.

    Look at this Maui Upcountry Tour, which combines the Lavender Farm and Ocean vodka! It also includes hotel pickup and drop-off, so you can enjoy a few cocktails without worrying about driving home.

    Hike the crater at Haleakala National Park

    The Volcano Crater offers countless spectacular views throughout the Haleakala National Park.

    Michael and I opted for a Sunset Tour! The views are unreal.

    maui hiking trails

    Tip: If you are not joining a tour, check the Haleakala National Park website for hours, permits, and other helpful trip-planning information.

    Book Haleakala Crater Hike

    Maui Wines

    Did you know that there is wine tasting on Maui?

    The Maui wine estate began in 1974 and was well known as a mountain retreat for the last reigning king of Maui, King Kalākaua.

    You can sip the famous sparkling pineapple wine in the Kings Cottage Tasting Room or the Old Jail.

    maui wines in upcountry maui hawaii
    maui wines sign in upcountry maui

    Maui Wine will also set up tastings for private events (engagements, birthdays, etc.) in other property areas.

    Make reservations in advance, as they don’t always take walk-ins during the busy season.

    Book Maui Reservations now: https://mauiwine.com/

    Central Maui

    Hike The West Maui Mountains

    Did you know that the Maui Mountains used to be a Volcano named Mauna Kahalawai? It is no longer active but is now known as The West Maui Mountains.

    There are a ton of really great hiking trails in the Maui mountains!

    • Iao Valley Trails: We love all the Iao Valley State Park hikes! Check out the Iao Valley State Monument and the Iao Needle hike. (Note: the Iao Needle hike is sometimes closed due to weather. Check the state park website for current access.)
    • Waihe’e Ridge Trail: This trail is located in the Maui Forest Reserve. The Waihee Ridge Trail on Maui is no walk in the park—it’s a 4-mile round trip perfect for those seeking a challenge. This hike takes you along the ridge into the West Maui Mountains, offering jaw-dropping views all the way up.

    hiking trails maui

    Tip: To beat the heat and the crowds, start early.

    Maui is truly a piece of paradise. Whether you’re a fan of adventure or simply looking for some rest and relaxation, Maui has something to offer everyone. We hope this list provides helpful information to help you plan your next Hawaiian vacation! Please consider sharing the Best Things To Do In Maui post with a friend.


    What should I skip on Maui?

    We get this question a lot. While Maui is an incredible place to visit, there are times that I would recommend skipping certain activities on the island.

    • Skip snorkeling or any swimming sport after a massive rain or storm. Sharks love to feed off the storm run-off from the Maui Mountains and the Haleakala Volcano.
    • Whale-watching is best between January and March, so I recommend booking a tour. If you go during June or July, I recommend skipping whale-watching tours and opting for general sailing or other water activities.

    How many days on Maui is enough?

    The answer to this question depends on what activities you want to see while on Maui. A few days should do the trick if you just want to stay at a top Hawaii resort and lie by a pool. But if you want to explore the whole island, I’d recommend 8-10 days.

    This post is all about the best things to do in Maui.

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