THE BEST ACTIVITIES AND THINGS TO DO IN MAUI
We travel to Maui every year and try to find something new to do every time. Although it is a small island, there are plenty of things to do! Here are some of our favorites that we recommend:
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 on our sister site Wandering Jokas - Road to Hana Guide
2. Go Snorkeling
The best part about the end of the Kaanapali beach is the Black Rock, which is located right in front of the Sheraton Maui 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 Kapalua, but make sure you get there early for a spot.
Pro-tip: Ship snorkel gear straight to the hotel! This snorkel mask is incredible for snorkeling! It comes in different colors and sizes:
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.
WARNING: DO NOT GET TO CLOSE TO THE BLOWHOLE, IT CAN SUCK YOU IN!
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 at 10,000 feet, but it was worth it for this magnificent sunrise above the clouds. Side note - Josh proposed to me here!
There are also tours that will take you to the top. If you’re adventurous, there are tours that will take you to the top to see the sunrise, then coast back down to the bottom on a bicycle!
Don’t like to get up early? I don’t blame you! Sunset is lovely too and after it sets you are in the perfect setting for star gazing! Look out for the Milky Way!
Pro-tip: BRING A SWEATSHIRT! It gets really cold at 10,000 feet!
See more details on Wandering Jokas: How to Spend 4 Days in Maui
5. Go Scuba Diving
We loved scuba diving with the company, Extended Horizons in Lahaina. Not only do they go to the best spots but also have the best diving instructors! The dive site, Cathedral II, was one of my favorite dives - we went in a cave!
We even achieved our advanced certification with Extended Horizons and our amazing instructor, Wolf, helped us pass with flying colors. We did a night dive which we saw so many crustaceans and fish with the glow of a flashlight while also experiencing the glow from bioluminescence.
Please protect the reefs and get reef safe sunscreen:
6. Get a Massage
Need I say more? We like to do the couples massages at the Sheraton Maui Resort and Spa, which is also our favorite place to stay. There are many locations around the resort to get a massage – the spa, lawn, or even near the beach, anywhere you go, you won’t regret it. You’re on vacation, you deserve it!
Check out our Hotel Review: Sheraton Maui Resort and Spa
7. Go shopping and have some great food!
Lahaina – Visit tons of shops and restaurants all along Front Street or take a stroll around the outlets. Make sure you visit the Banyan tree, a gorgeous tree that covers over half an acre! We park in the outlet parking lot and walk down, just purchase something at the ABC Store in the mall and get your ticket validated. We always stop in for some Hawaiian Sea Salt and Maui Coffee! Don’t forget to get Shave Ice from Ululani’s!
Whalers Village - Located on Kaanapali Beach right next to the Westin. Here you will find shops you would normally see in most malls (Oakley, Sephora, Tommy Bahama) but also has restaurants (Hula Grill, Monkeypod, Leilani’s, fast food options) and an of course, an ABC Store.
Sand People – I have to mention this shop as it is 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…
Check out our favorite restaurants here: Best Maui Restaurants
8. Get Some Hawaiian Shave Ice
Shaved ice + flavored syrups + macadamia nut ice cream in the bottom = YUM! There are so many locations all over Maui, you really can’t go wrong with any of them! My favorite combo is pineapple and coconut syrup with macadamia nut ice cream in the bottom – pretty much an ice cream pina colada (minus the alcohol)!
Pro-tip: The Shaved Ice location in Whalers Village has spoons that change colors with the temperature!
Also, check out my favorite ice cream place, Coconut Glen's Ice Cream!
9. Go Zip-lining
There are a lot of places that offer zip-lining, yet we went to the original (they even have zipline.com)! We used Kaanapali Zip Line Adventure and had a blast. Stunning views from Lahaina to Kaanapali and 8 different lines cascading down the mountain! At the end of your last zip line you can drop into a lake! Our guides were so nice and had so much energy that we laughing the whole time!
MAUI ZIP LINE VIEWS
10. Enjoy a Lu'au
The Drums of the Pacific Lu'au encompasses Hawaiian traditions with fun! The Rhythms 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 to the beat of the drum in the traditional Hawaiian dance.
If you enjoyed this post, please share on your favorite Pinterest board:
Need more Hawaii? Try these posts: