This is my favorite topic about Maui. Maui has so much offer from simply relaxing on one of the most gorgeous beaches in the world to hiking through a bamboo forest. There’s so much to list out but I’ll start with the Top 10 Things to do in Maui.
#1 Snorkel Trip to Molokini
Molokini is a partially submerged volcano crater and it is one of the only three underwater volcanoes on the planet. So snorkel at one of the best spots in Maui! It’s also the top 10 dive spots in the world. Molokini is home to over 200 species of fishes with an abundant array coral reefs. The visibility underwater is incredible, up to 150 ft. Read more …
#2 – Sunrise at the Haleakala Summit
Drive above the clouds and watch the sunrise at the Haleakala Summit from 10,000 feet above sea level is amazingly breathtaking. One of the best views I’ve seen in my life. In Hawaiian, Haleakala means the house of the sun, very fitting! But do come early to snag a good spot, at least 1 hour before sunrise and dress warm. Before the sunrise you get the chance star gaze and slowly watch the sky transform to amazing colors. One of the most natural and surreal experiences in my trips to Maui. More details and tips …
#3 Hangout at one of the many amazing Maui Beaches
Snorkel or Sunbathe at Maui’s many pristine beautiful beaches. Just to list a few, The Black Rock at Kaanapali Beach, Kapalua Bay, Big Beach, Wailea Beach, etc. View the the best beaches in Maui
#4 Watch Humpback Whales
Watch Humpback Whales in the waters of Maui. From mid December to mid April you have once in life time chance to see them in action. If you’re lucky you can see them from shore slapping their tails and fins or for a closer encounter take a boat tour with Pacific Whale Foundation 100% of their proceeds goes to researching and preserving ocean life. Brownie points in my book!
#5 Road to Hana
The Road to Hana cannot be missed. Hana makes you feel like you’re on a different planet. A very remote area of Maui on the east side that is filled with so much untouched natural beauty. Some call it the “Road to Hell” or the “Road to Divorce” because you will have to journey across 52 miles of winding road, hairpin turns and numerous one lane bridges to experience all of Hana. This treacherous drive causes couples to argue, which leads to divorce…haha j/k! Don’t worry, it’s not that bad. Just take your time and drive carefully. Read more …
6. Fly through Maui’s tropical forests or upcountry via Zipline tours. Each Zipline Company offers different views. To zipline through the valley and get general view of beautiful Maui try Flyin’ Hawaiian Zipline or for a more tropical lush experience try Kapalua Zipline or Jungle Zipline Or try Pi’ilhol Ranch to zip through a gulch filled eucalyptus forest.
#7 Watch a Luau
This seems like a very touristy thing to do but if you haven’t been to one, I recommend you try it at least once. You are fed great local Hawaiian dishes and taken back to history with traditional Hawaiian music and dances. The shows are entertaining and it’s part of the Aloha Spirit. For the most authentic Hawaiian Luau try Old Lahaina Luau or to be pampered Feast of LeLe with a 5 course meal and you own private table.
#8 Shop & Eat at Downtown Lahaina
Have a night out in the historic downtown Lahaina. All the action can be found at Front Street which is conveniently located right across the beach. It’s filled with shops, eateries, bars, entertainment, art galleries, local crafts, live music and of course timeshare hawkers. You can do your souvenir shopping here (very expensive though) and eat at one of the many famous restaurants. The famous Banyan tree is also located in downtown Lahaina surrounded by locals selling handmade crafts and arts.
#9 – Iao Needle
Just 7 miles away from the Kahului airport, Iao Needle features lush and green mountain views and the famous pointy rock. The rock is covered lush greenery and provides awesome photo ops. It’s stand 1200 ft tall. Parking is $5 per car and nice paved paths to get a view of the needle. Spend at least 30 mins walking around to enjoy the scenery, stream, and garden. Iao Needle is one of the most iconic places and photographed in Maui.
#10 Watch the Maui Sunset
The best location for watching sunsets are South Maui, Upcountry Maui and West Maui . One of the best things about Maui is there are so many amazing places to watch the sunset. Click here to view the best places for sunset views on Maui