Maui 36 Magical Things (for Your Bucket List!)

Do you want to know what to do in Maui when you travel to Hawaii? You’ll find everything you need in this guide!

Do you have last-minute plans to visit Maui?

The first thing you need to do if you are on a last-minute trip to Maui is to book your lodging/tours in advance. Here are a few of the island’s top picks!

Maui’s top activities and tours include:

  • Best-selling Maui Sunset cruise departing from Lahaina!
  • Tour to see dolphins and whales from Lahaina (goes to Lanai!)
  • Lahaina whale watching day trip (best seller!)
  • Day trip to Lanai snorkeling
  • Snorkeling and Deli Lunch in Molokini and Turtle Town (top-rated Kihei tour!)

There are several accommodations available on the South Shore (Kihei/Wailea/Makena):

  • There is nothing better than luxury at the Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea. Hawaii at its best!
  • Power from Maui Kai
  • Wailea Resort at Andaz Maui
  • (Waldorf Astoria Resort) Hotel & Spa at Grand Wailea

Here are some places to stay on the West Side (Lahaina/Kaanapali/Kapalua):

  • The Old Lahaina House has a pool and is a short walk from the beach!)
  • Resorts selected for their surf beaches
  • An award-winning hotel
  • Maui’s Kulani

You should make sure that all itineraries include the following Maui attractions, landmarks, and activities. 

Maui offers plenty to do and see, from watching whales off the coast to the famous Kaanapali Beach!

Is there anything we missed that you think we should have included? Tell us about your bucket list for Maui!

Here are the best Maui things to do

The beach at Kaanapali is a great place to relax

The three-mile Kaanapali Beach, situated on the west side of Maui, offers clear blue water and white sand.

There are 7 resorts, countless restaurants, and a lot of shops in Kaanapali, but its biggest draw has to be the perfect beach and endless water sports.

Located north of the beach, the Black Rock is formed by lava flows. The area is great for cliff jumping and snorkeling.

There is a museum about whaling and shops at the world-famous Whalers Village shopping mall.

Both Royal Kaanapali and Kaanapali Kai have beaches that are oceanfront, which will appeal to golf enthusiasts.

There is public parking at the beach, however, it is often crowded. Whalers Village parking is a good place where you can find a spot for free.

Enjoy Lahaina’s chill vibes

The beautiful attractions and beaches of Lahaina make it a great place to enjoy Hawaii’s beauty.

There are numerous shops, souvenir shops, restaurants, and art galleries along Front Street in Lahaina… some even serving traditional Polynesian food.

The area boasts several parks filled with lush green vegetation and numerous recreational amenities.

Take a hike through lava fields and wild nature on the Kapalua Coastal Trail, where you can observe the world’s largest banyan tree. 

Enjoy a picnic at Launiupoko State Park and watch sea turtles at Wahikuli Wayside Park while you are here.

There are two well-known beaches in Lahaina: Ka’anapali Beach and Black Rock Beach. In Lahaina, you can’t miss the beach!

The Hawaiian Islands offer plenty of water activities, including the opportunity to watch whales during the winter months and surfing excursions, diving excursions, and snorkeling excursions. The nearby Lanai island is also a good place to watch dolphins.

A Hawaiian buffet and lei of dried orchids are included in your ticket to the Old Lahaina Luau. Taking a sunset cruise off the coast is the perfect way to end the day on a romantic note.

There are many cultural experiences in Lahaina, including Baldwin House, which is Maui’s oldest house, downtown Lahaina, and the 12-foot-high Amida Buddha statue in the Lahaina Jodo Mission.

Take a ride on a zipline over the 27-acre Maui Dragon Fruit Farm, which offers fruit tastings as well as zipline tours.

You can find traditional meals and local seafood at The Fish Market Maui, Lahaina Fish Co., and Lahaina Grill.

Maui Brewing Co. and Kohola Brewery are both great places to try Hawaiian craft beer in Lahaina.

Visit the State Park at Makena Beach

Thermopolis State Park has beautiful wildland beaches about two miles south of Thermopolis.

The place offers a wide range of water activities, including surfing, swimming, water skiing, and more.

There are two beaches in the park, Oneloa (Big Beach) and Puu Olai (Little Beach). Nude sunbathing is popular at Little Beach.

Hours of work:

Big (Oneloa) and black (Oneuli) beaches

  • Sunday and Saturday – 5:00 am to 7:00 pm
  • Hours: 5:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. on weekdays

The Little Beach (Puu Olai)

  • 5:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. on Saturday & Sunday
  • 5:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m., weekdays

Snorkeling on Lanai is a great day trip

The island of Lanai is 8 miles from Maui, and its rugged back roads lead to hidden treasures and luxurious resorts.

Explore Lanai’s undersea life on a catamaran sailing through the warm waters of Lanai.

Lanai’s beaches are lined with world-class snorkeling with beautiful coral reefs.

Additional info:

  • We provide snorkeling gear
  • The package includes meals, including breakfast and lunch, as well as non-alcoholic drinks
  • Five hours in duration

Take a relaxing trip to Paia

There was once a sugar plantation in Paia, a town on Maui that is a historical site. Today, it has brightly colored storefronts, art galleries, stores, and restaurants featuring local dishes, creating a unique (and laidback!) atmosphere.

There is also a hippie community in Paia that transports you back to the 1960s!

The following restaurants are among the ones you should consider adding Maui to your list:

  • There is a fish house called Mama’s
  • The company that produces flatbreads
  • Fisherman’s Market in Paia
  • The Charley’s
  • Spices from Thailand
  • The Mana Food Company

Whenever you visit Charley’s, make sure to look around; popular musicians, performers, and artists may be dining there as well!

Traditional farmers’ markets are essential to the culture and history of Paia, and they are open-air markets. Fresh juice, fish, and fast food can be found there along with locally grown products.

Swim and sunbathe at Baldwin Beach Park for calm waters and beautiful views (it’s even a good spot for a night stroll).

The world capital of windsurfing, Hookipa Beach, is the ideal place to watch others (or try it yourself). There is no better beach on Maui than this one!

The Pipiwai Trail is a great hike

Towards the famous Waimoku Falls, the Pipiwai Trail traverses a bamboo forest and diverse scenery.

East Maui’s 4.8-mile trail is one of the easiest to access (perhaps the best trail to explore Maui’s natural beauty). 

Waterfalls and string pools line the Pipiwai Trail, which is surrounded by hundreds of bamboo trees.

The Falls at Makahiku (200 feet) and their views are a short walk from the entrance, near the visitor center and parking lot. 

The area will be marked with signs warning of floods, cliff jumping, and falling rocks.

We then make our way to the giant banyan tree with roots that spread outward as aerial props. In a short time, the landscape becomes a bamboo forest with lush, moist air.

When the wind blows, bamboo stalks sound like an orchestra. A short hike takes you to the Waimoku Falls (400 feet), Maui’s tallest waterfall.

There are half a million visitors to Haleakala National Park and the trail every year, so be aware of this when hiking there. You can visit the park daily between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.

A luxury tour of the Road to Hana (with a helicopter flight back)

Take a 6-hour adventure tour of Hana to explore its beauty and famous sights (partly by helicopter!). 

First by limo van and then by helicopter, the trip takes you along the famous Road to Hana with its contrasting landscape views.

There will be stops at Hana Tropical Gardens, Ke’anae (a waterfall where you can swim), and a beachside lunch with some yummy snacks.

Following that, you will take a 40-minute helicopter ride over Haleakala Crater and Maui’s rugged coastline. 

On the island, you will find many sights that are important to the native Hawaiians, as well as stories about their culture and their history.

Additional info:

  • Passengers who weigh more than 240 pounds will be charged an extra fee. The maximum weight limit per person is 325 pounds.
  • Wheelchair access is not available
  • People with respiratory or heart problems should not use this product

Take a trip to Hana Town

Hana, a charming small town with just 1000 residents, is one of the most isolated towns in the Hawaiian Islands. The place is less popular with tourists, but it is definitely a must-visit if you want to experience authentic Hawaiian culture.

There are lush coastlines, rainforests, and waterfalls in the east of Maui, including Oheo Gulch (Seven Sacred Pools). 

While watching ocean waves at the historic Hana-Maui resort, you can experience harmony with nature.

You may not find many stores in Hana, but you should check out the Hasegawa General Store for crafts and souvenirs and the Hana Ranch Store for chili rice bowls.

Kabuki Restaurant and Paniolo Lounge are two popular restaurants in Hana. Lastly, enjoy swimming and sunbathing at Hana’s beautiful beaches such as Hamoe Beach, Hana Beach Park, and Waianapanapa State Park (one of Maui’s most popular black sand beaches).

Hopper Hula Hula

Kahului and Lahaina Harbors are connected by the traditional hop-on-hop-off bus, Hula Hula Hopper. Maui’s most beautiful sites can be seen from the ship on port days.

Hula Hula Hopper provides tourists with an affordable way to travel to famous attractions from Kahului Harbor.

There are several loops on the Hula Hula Hopper from Kahului throughout the day. The bus lets passengers board and exit at any stop to explore the surroundings before reaching Lahaina Harbor and the local tourist center with restaurants, shops, and art galleries.

On the way from Kahului to Lahaina Harbors, the following sites will be visited:

The harbor at Kahului

  • Paia Bay
  • Town of Paia
  • Baldwin Beach
  • Sugar Museum
  • Tropical Plantation
  • Maui Ocean Center
  • Sugar Beach
  • Heritage Park and Ho’okipa Beach
  • Iao Valley
  • Bailey Museum
  • Kite Beach
  • Missionary Church
  • Union Church

Lahaina Harbor

  • Banyan Tree
  • Baldwin Museum
  • Wo-Hing Temple Museum
  • Lahaina Front Street
  • Black Rock Beach
  • Whalers Village
  • Mala Warf
  • Jodo Mission
  • Baby Beach
  • Old Lahaina Prison

Resort on the beach

Professional windsurfing competitions are held at Ho’okipa Beach, the world capital of windsurfing.

Hawaii’s beaches are generally suitable for non-professionals on average days, but when the orange flags are out, coral reefs and strong currents take over.

There is a lifeguard tower on each end of the beach park that warns guests of the changing wind conditions. 

Windsurfers can watch the windsurfers from the parking lot at the Ho’okipa Lookout.

Waves crashing against the cliffs make it a great spot to watch big waves. If you still want to get in the water, you can wade in small, sandy-bottomed ocean areas.

Take a walk along the beach and look closely for “scattered boulders”; sea turtles may be enjoying the sunset on the shore!

Additional info:

  • There will be no windsurfing before 11 am
  • There is no windsurfing at Ho’okipa if there are 10 or more surfers in the water (except on competition days).
  • Lanes are the only places you can kite

There is a double coastal trail

The Kapalua Coastal Trail offers sweeping seascape views, lava formations, and tropical beaches if you’re looking for spectacular views.

The trail length is 1.7 miles one-way and it is accessible from Kapalua Bay to D.T. Fleming Beach on the south shore.

Make sure you wear sturdy shoes to survive the varied terrain, which includes paved paths, sand, dirt, lava, rocks, stairs, and wooden walkways.

There are also two trails that offer a different perspective on Kapalua: the Mahana Ridge Trail, which is 20 miles round-trip, and the Village Walking Trails, which include six walking trails. 

Additional info:

  • During the winter months, you can watch sea turtles and whales
  • Early morning or before sunset are the best times to hike to avoid the harsh heat
  • DT Fleming Beach and Kapalua Bay have public restrooms near the parking lots

Lahaina Harbor Whale Watching Cruise

Enjoy a thrilling cruise from Lahaina Harbor to see humpback whales – one of Maui’s most memorable experiences.

During the tour, you will enjoy the views of the coastline and catch some amazing whale-watching shots. The captain and crew will narrate captivating stories.

Watching whales from an enclosed cabin or the upper deck will provide mesmerizing views of these majestic creatures.

We organize the tour during the whale migration (from December until May) when whales migrate south from Alaska to breed in the warm waters of Maui.

It is possible to take a free second tour if you do not see whales during the cruise.

Additional info:

  • Accessible to wheelchairs and strollers
  • Upon request, the ID will be checked

Take a hike along the Acid War Zone Trail

There are a variety of unique places to see along the 1.3-mile Acid War Zone Trail to Nakalele Blowhole that offers breathtaking views of the ocean, sea cliffs, and more.

Due to its bare terrain, otherworldly landscapes, and unusual rock colors, this trail is named.

From the parking lot, you can access the Acid War Zone trailhead, which takes you down to the ocean.

There are 2-3 hours of hiking to reach the main attraction of the trail, the Nakalele Blowhole. Rainbows are created when the ocean water flows into a large crevice in volcanic rock… and it occurs when the water flows into the crevice.

High tide is the best time to see the Maui attraction.

Additional info:

  • There is no marking on the trail
  • Shoes with a sturdy soles are required for hiking on steep, rocky terrain
  • Water is a must!
  • It is free to attend

State Monument of Iao Valley

This state park is home to one of Maui’s most recognizable landmarks, the 1,200-foot Kuka’emoku, or Iao Needle.

Everyone except royalty was considered a kapu of the valley by Hawaiians. During the Battle of Kepaniwai, the Iao Needle also served as a lookout point, making the park and landmark important landmarks in Hawaiian history.

A paved pedestrian path and about 4000 acres of land make it ideal for hiking. There is an Iao Needle Lookout Trail and Ethnobotanical Loop within the park that provides a glimpse of some beautiful corners. (0.6 miles long).

Iao Needle is often covered in clouds due to its status as the second wettest place in Maui and Hawaii. 

During the morning, when the sky is clear, you can enjoy the full beauty of the park and its natural monuments.

Taxis or bicycle rentals are available in Kahului to get to Iao Valley State Monument. The park is only a 5-mile (picturesque!) ride away. 

There are a few things you don’t want to miss in Iao Valley State Park:

  • Explore the canoe plants, where the first settlers built their canoes.
  • There are flash floods in the Iao Stream (be careful).
  • Enjoy tropical Hawaiian fruits such as mountain apples and guavas.

There is 7 am to 6 pm hours of operation at Iao Valley State Park.

Maui Jungle Zipline Tour with 8 Lines

A thrilling, 8-line zipline course in Haiku’s jungle will take you through an exhilarating, thrilling trip through Maui’s paradise.

During your day trip on the Hana Highway or when visiting Maui’s best waterfalls, combine a zipline ride with a day of excitement. 

Throughout the course, there are eight lines (5,100 feet long) with suspension bridges that span 85 feet over forest paths.

We’ll give you a taste of the adrenaline rush with two sky bridges, a free-falling quick jump (you can skip it if you want), a swinging bridge, and two swinging bridges.

Enjoy the tropical park’s natural beauty after having fun.

Additional info:

  • There will be snacks and bottled water provided
  • Instructors with expertise
  • The shoe with a heel strap that closes to the toes is required
  • There is a weight restriction of 50 lbs and 250 lbs.
  • Pregnant women are not permitted
  • Wheelchair access is not available
  • Health-conscious visitors should not visit

Our Farm

You can pick your lunch at O’o Farm in upcountry Maui, where you can enjoy a “farm-to-table experience.”.

This farm offers stunning views of Maui’s central valley and promotes sustainable agriculture on the slopes of Haleakala (Kula).

The farm consists of about 8 acres, and there are coffee and fruit trees, as well as vegetable gardens, greenhouses, and greenhouses for growing herbs, tomatoes, and flowers.

Visitors are welcome to everything! The farm tour options include “Seed to Cup Gourmet Breakfast Tour” and “Gourmet Lunch Tour”.

This three-hour Gourmet Breakfast Tour begins at 8:30 am. Learn how to French press coffee is roasted and prepared, as well as taste it with a gourmet breakfast. 

You can pick some goods and have them for lunch on the 3-hour Gourmet Lunch Tour that begins at 10:30 am.

Additional info:

  • Reservations are required for tours.
  • Visitors are welcome on Mondays through Fridays from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Beaches at Wailea

The island of Maui offers exquisite beaches for a private rest, as well as tropical destinations with luxury resorts for a romantic getaway.

The beach at Wailea Beach has over 1500 acres of both picture-perfect beaches and prestigious hotels. 

This area in the south of Maui has it all: five crescent-shaped beaches, five hotels, five houses to rent, a golf course, and more.

During calm conditions, the rocky outcroppings on the beach are ideal for snorkeling. Also, you can boogie board or body surf on small waves.

You can also walk along the paved coastline (1.6 miles) with palm trees exploring one beach after another.


  • Paved walkaway
  • Bathrooms
  • Showers
  • Free public parking

Taking a horseback ride through West Maui’s waterfalls and ocean

Explore nature, the coastline, and vast valleys on a horseback riding tour of the West Maui Mountains and waterfall. 

To see the waterfalls and the valley below, adventurers must ride up the mountainside for two hours.

A romantic ride along the beach awaits you when you ride down to the coastline. There will also be a petting zoo with sheep, mini horses, and rabbits.

It will be the guide’s responsibility to find a horse that you feel comfortable riding if you are inexperienced.

Additional info:

  • Wheelchair-inaccessible
  • Travelers with severe medical conditions, pregnant women, and those with back and heart problems should not do this
  • It is necessary to have a moderate level of physical fitness
  • There is a weight limit of 230 pounds

Forest Reserve on West Maui

Maui 36 Magical Things (for Your Bucket List!)

There are some breathtaking views to be seen in Maui’s West Maui Forest Reserve. This tropical forest offers countless trails in the West Maui Mountains, which are the highest mountains on Maui.

The mountains and valleys of Maui are filled with waterfalls hidden in lush forests. You must visit them!

The resort consists of twelve sections divided into 11500 acres and is located in Lahaina and Wailuku districts.

There is a 2.5-mile-long moderate trail on Maui’s windward slope called Waihe’e Ridge Trail, through guava trees and scrub forest, that takes you up to the windward slope.

The Makamakaole Gulch and Waihee Gorge will be visible along the path. The West Maui Mountains and Waihee Valley can be seen from the summit of Waihe’e Valley. 

There are amazing views, swimming holes with a rope swing, lush jungle scenery, bird watching, and more on the trail, despite its relatively short length.

There is frequent rain on the windward side of Maui, so wear waterproof hiking shoes with grip for safety on the steep trails of the West Maui Forest Reserve and Waihe’e Ridge.

Maalaea Harbor Sunset Luau Cruise

Sailing to Molokini Crater from Ma’alaea Harbor, you’ll experience the most stunning Maui sunsets.

During your stay, Hawaiian craft beer and mixed drinks will be provided, as well as barbecue ribs, stir-fried veggies, coconut potatoes, and honey-glazed chicken. During their mating season, you may catch humpback whales.

A traditional Hawaiian hula show will be performed during the cruise.

Additional info:

  • Accessible to strollers
  • Wheelchair-inaccessible
  • We do not accept menu requests or substitutions

It’s cool 

With its pleasant climate (and mostly sunny days), Kihei is one of Maui’s most popular tourist destinations. You should visit several of the famous beaches in Kihei.

You can swim, snorkel, boogie board, and enjoy other family-friendly activities on Kamaolo’s 1.5-mile sand beach. 

There may be too much crowding at this beach on weekends and holidays, especially if you prefer secluded beaches.

You can also enjoy ocean views at Keawakapu Beach in Kihei. You can enjoy your stay at the 0.7-mile-long sandy beach with beach houses, hotels, and restaurants along the shoreline.

To explore nearby attractions for water activities, you can rent snorkel gear, paddleboards, kayaks, beach gear, or bikes.

Throughout the winter and spring months, Humpback whales migrate to the Hawaiian Islands to breed.

The Humpback Whale Sanctuary or the wild is a great place to see these majestic creatures.

During your tour of the Maui Brewing Company, one of Hawaii’s largest craft breweries, you will be able to taste Hawaiian beer and learn the entire process of making it.

There are several breweries spread out across Hawaii, including one in Kihei that produces the beer. The store opens at 11:30 a.m. and closes at 10:00 p.m. daily.

You will find gift shops and clothing stores in Kihei Kamala Village, as well as restaurants with tasty food like Dog and Duck Irish Pub, Lava Rock Bar & Grill, and Fat Daddy’s Smoke House.

Make sure to stop by Coconuts Fish Cafe when you’re in Kihei, promoting delicious traditional dishes and a cleaner environment with its cooking oil recycled into biofuel.

Live concerts and family activities for the whole family are part of the Azeka Shopping Center’s Kihei Fourth Friday Town Party every month.

Kihei also has some delicious breakfast spots to fuel up before a bit day of exploring the island!

National Park Haleakala

A biosphere reserve was created to protect and support the ecosystem of Haleakala National Park, also known as the “house of the sun.”

There is a great view of Haleakala Crater, the highest point on Maui, from virtually every corner of the island. There is nothing that compares to the scenery on the volcano, which rises 10,023 feet above sea level.

To reach the main visitor center, you climb and zig-zag about 10 miles along the Haleakala Highway.

You can see the beauty of nature awakening from the Haleakala Visitor Center before sunrise to appreciate the majesty of nature there are many wonders to see in the park, including sunrises and sunsets.

There are waterfalls and streams, rock gardens, and coastal views on Haleakala’s 30,000 acres of land.

There are a number of hiking trails that allow you to explore nature and endangered species, stargaze, or spend the night in a canoe or camp.

Additional info:

  • It is open 24 hours a day
  • During the hours of 5:30 and 6:30 am, you can watch the sunrise at the park.
  • A quick breakfast or hearty meal of pulled pork or seafood is available at several restaurants on the way to the park. The Kula Lodge Restaurant, Kula Sandalwoods, La Provence, and Nui’s Garden Kitchen are some of the favorites. 

The Hana Highway

There is more to the Road to Hana than just a highway from and to the town of Hana. As you travel through Hana you will see numerous sights to admire that have become a separate attraction.

This is one of the best road trips in Hawaii (and all over the world, honestly). There are 59 one-lane bridges and 617 curves along this 52-mile-long road.

There is a 25 mph speed limit.  The following are some of the best places to stop on the Road to Hana.

1) Paia Town. The last town before a clockwise trip on the Road to Hana, Paia, offers a great breakfast and coffee before you begin your beautiful journey.

2) Ho’okipa Lookout. Surfing and massive waves can be seen from the lookout point of Ho’okipa Beach.

3) Twin Falls. Tourists love taking pictures of Twin Falls and the basin where they can swim (and take hundreds of pictures). The Road to Hana begins with this waterfall.

4) Waikamoi Ridge Trail. Two loops make this hiking trail ideal for picnics and short hikes.

5) Garden of Eden Arboretum. The Puohokamoa Falls and the 100-year-old mango tree are among the highlights of this unique garden.

6) Kaumahina State Wayside Park. This is another beautiful stop for enjoying Maui’s North Coast views. There is a picnic area and a bathroom in the park.

7) Ke’anae Arboretum. Taro fields, banana trees, and the coastline are visible along the rocky coastline.

8) Halfway to Hana Stand. The best banana bread on Maui can be found here!

9) Wailua Valley State Wayside. Visit the Wailua Overlook for beautiful views of the Wailua and Ko’olau Gap in the mountains.

10) Upper Waikani Falls. This waterfall cascades down 70 feet and is also known as Three Bears. There are many ways to enjoy the waterfalls, including going close to them or viewing them from the bridge. Hawaii’s best waterfall.

11) Pua’a Kea State Wayside Park. Enjoy a picnic, swim, and take plenty of photos at a small waterfall and freshwater pool.

12) Hanawi Falls. Another beautiful waterfall can be seen along the bridge if the flow is heavy.

13) Nahiku Marketplace. Visit the Kalua pork taco stand and find souvenirs.

14) Hana Lava Tube. A natural attraction in the heart of the rainforest, miles from Mile Marker #31, is a massive lava tube.

15) Kahanu Garden. Take a tour of Pi’ilanuhale Heiau at the National Tropical Botanical Garden.

16) Wai’anapanapa State Park. The park features a black sand beach and freshwater caves that are worth exploring. The visit requires reservations.

17) Hana Town. Experience chili rice bowls and visit the shops in Hana Town over the weekend.

18) Kipahulu, Haleakala National Park. There are several things to do here that are worth spending a couple of hours with. The most notable is Ohio Gulch (Seven Sacred Pools), the Pipiwai Trail, and Waimoku Falls.

19) Kaupo General Store. Beverages and snacks can be purchased on the back road to Hana.

20) Grandma’s Coffee House. The historic coffeehouse on Maui is the last place to get authentic Maui coffee.

Snorkeling with Molokini and Turtle Town

A natural wonder of Maui is Molokini Crater! This fascinating volcanic caldera is one of Maui’s most picturesque snorkeling destinations, and Malolo Molokini’s snorkeling tour will take you there!

When Molokini used to rise from the sea, it was a peak that protruded through the surface. There is a crater within the peak that has been filled with seawater after years of erosion.

There developed a large coral reef within the bowl, providing food and habitat for all kinds of marine life. 

Discover Maui’s reefs and green sea turtles during your snorkeling adventure at Turtle Town.

During this Molokini and Turtle Town Snorkeling Adventure with Malolo from Ma’alaea Harbor, you will find out why Molokini is unlike anything else you have ever seen on Earth.

Additional info:

  • Crew of professionals
  • Fresh beverages, continental breakfast, and deli lunch
  • Equipment for snorkeling
  • Wheelchair access is not available
  • Suitable for strollers
  • Heart disease sufferers should avoid this product

Go Golfing in Maui

Maui 36 Magical Things (for Your Bucket List!)

The top golf courses in the world await avid golfers who want to enjoy a round while traveling.

Tournament of Champions is a PGA Tour event held in Maui every year. Throughout the courses, people can enjoy palm groves, lava flows, and lush greeneries.

The following 14 golf resorts and clubs are worth visiting across Maui.

  1. Kaanapali Golf Resort, Lahaina
  2. Maui Country Club, Paia
  3. Kahili Golf Course, Wailuku
  4. Maui Uni Golf Club, Kihei
  5. Kapalua Golf Club, Lahaina
  6. Pugalani Country Club, Pugalani
  7. King Kamehameha Golf Club, Wailuku
  8. Waiehu Golf Course, Wailuku
  9. Makena Golf Course, Makena
  10. Wailea Golf Club, Kihei
  11. The Dunes and Maui Lani Golf Course, Kahalu

Chosen Beach

The white sand, turquoise water, picturesque coastline, and variety of water activities make Napili Bay Maui’s most popular beach.

While whales are breeding, Napili Beach is an excellent place to snorkel and watch the marine life.

There is a lot of traffic, so you won’t accidentally drive past it! The Honolua Ridgeline Trail will take you here, a 3-hour hike to a remote and beautiful spot in Maui where you’ll find endangered and indigenous animals and plants.

Additional info:

  • Nearby restaurants
  • There are many hotels and rental houses to choose from
  • There are no lifeguards
  • There are no public restrooms
  • Parking on the street

Winnipeg State Park

This park is located just off Hh Highway in Wainapanapa Road at the end of Wainapanapa Road and gives you the opportunity to explore several places.

There are volcanic black sand beaches in Maui state park, as well as red waters due to small shrimp that live in them.

Are some great overlooks where you can enjoy panoramic views of the black basal lava coastline and green jungle in this secluded place.

There are also ocean caves, cliff diving, two hiking trails, a blowhole, sea arches, islets, freshwater pools, and more. Enjoying the sunset at the camping site is worth staying overnight.

Additional info:

  • Walk-in entries, PUC vehicles, and vehicles with advance reservations are not permitted at Waipanapa State Park. Plan your visit accordingly. Reservations must be made at least 14 days in advance, no later than the day before you visit.
  • Accessible to people with disabilities
  • There are picnic tables, lodging, toilets, and showers on site
  • Path for walking
  • Sites for camping

Parks at Kamaole Beach

Kaho’olawe, Molokini, and Lana’i islands can be seen from three beautiful Kamaole Beach Parks.

These beaches are also known as Kam I, Kam II, and Kam III (from north to south).

There are several beaches on Maui that have white sand, this one is Kam I. There are also calm waters, so it is a great place for swimming and snorkeling. 

This beach offers picnic tables, showers, and restrooms that make it a comfortable place to spend the day.

A great place to stay in Kam II, which offers beachside rental houses. In addition to sunset swimming and snorkeling, this beach is also a must-visit. 

Bodyboarding is the most popular activity on Kam III. There are higher waves on the beach, but it remains a spectacular sight. The premises also have a large green park where picnics can be enjoyed. 

Maui Farmers Markets

When was the last time you saw an open-air market where you could buy fresh vegetables and fruits, seafood, crafts, souvenirs, and coffee?

Hawaiian farmer’s markets are still as popular today as they were a century ago, and they are an important part of Hawaiian culture.

There is something unique about each location that you should try and see. These farmers’ markets are not to be missed if you are traveling across Maui.

This market has been recognized as ‘Best of Maui’ for several years in a row and is open on Saturdays from 7 am to 11 am. 

There are so many things to see and do at this Makawao market there are many counters stocked with nuts, fresh fish, coffee, tropical fruits, etc.

There are a variety of greens, fruits, vegetables, flowers, etc., at the Maui Nui Farmers’ Market, which is open Thursday – Saturday from 8 am to 5 pm on a 40-acre farm in Kula.

During Family Days, the market organizes live music and 10% discounts on goods on the first weekend of every month.

The Napili Farmers Market is open on Wednesdays and Saturdays from 8 am to noon and offers natural, non-GMO local products, banana bread, pastries, and handmade jewelry.

Taste fresh market products while listening to live music.

Throughout Maui, you can find Farmers’ Markets in every town and region, so be sure to check one out!

Ululani’s Shave Ice in Lahaina

The best shave ice in Hawaii is available at Ululani’s Shave Ice in Lahaina, one of the most reviewed places in Maui.

Providing a hearty dose of Aloha in every shave ice served, Ululani’s Shave Ice is a must-do in Maui.

The locals prepare Hawaiian shaved ice from fruit and syrup, ice, and a little sweetness.

Geste Shrimp Truck

The food trucks on Maui are just as delicious as the restaurants on the island.

Shrimp, hot dogs, and side dishes are the specialties of the Popular Geste Shrimp Truck on Maui.

The shrimp come in shells with delicious sauces and marinades, a crab-mac salad, and rice. This is certainly a hearty breakfast if you have been working all morning!

Even for a party platter with 60 shrimp, the prices are pretty reasonable. There is usually a Geste Shrimp Truck parked near the Maui Arts and Cultural Center on Kahului Beach Road.

The food truck is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. For more information, click here.

Tin Roof Maui serves Hawaiian food

There is no better place to find delicious Hawaiian food than the Tin Roof Maui where you can try fresh ahi poke bowls, mac salad, mochiko chicken, and other dishes prepared by Chef Sheldon Simon.

This restaurant is located just two minutes from Maui Airport in Kahului, making it a great spot for lunch. We work closely with local farmers and fishermen to provide fresh food at Tin Roof Maui.

Chocolate Bibingka, made with rice flour and peanut butter, is one of the most popular local desserts. The Tin Roof Maui is open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Monday through Saturday.

The number of seats is very small, especially during lunchtime. For more information, click here.

Maui Brewing Company 

The Maui Brewing Company is Hawaii’s largest craft beer producer, and it’s been open since 2005. The brewery is based in Maui and has several restaurants and tasting rooms throughout the island.

With creative names like Bikini Blonde, Big Swell, and Sunshine Girl, MBC produces eight types of exclusive island-brewed ales and lagers.

Mama’s Fish House in Paia

There is a wide range of alcohol content in their portfolio, ranging from 4.6% to 8%. Additionally, the brewery produces four limited-edition beers and two GMO-free island sodas.

The following MBC restaurants in Maui serve real Maui craft beer and delicious national dishes.

The Loft Kihei is a loft-style restaurant located right in the center of the town. You can enjoy warm evenings while drinking beer in the expansive garden.

There are 36 craft beers on tap, including Maui special releases and other local beers. From 11:30 am to 10:00 pm, the restaurant is open daily. 

There are outstandingly fresh homemade products as well as traditional beers to enjoy at Lahaina’s brewpub with your family and friends. There is an opening time of 11:30 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. from Monday to Saturday. 

The company also has locations in Kailua, Oahu, and Honolulu (Waikiki Beach).

The Mama’s Fish House offers fine dining in an island-style setting in Paia. There is a special sense of authenticity to the interior with hardwood finishes, dramatic ocean views, and an authentic ambiance.

The rooms are decorated with flowers, and the tables are covered with clothes made from tapa prints. You may eventually see people’s anniversaries, honeymooners, or even weddings at the restaurant, which often hosts special events.

The best, freshest, and tastiest seafood is, of course, found on the island. Your dinner can even be traced back to the fisherman who caught it.

A 1.5-mile drive past Paia town will bring you to the restaurant on the Road to Hana. From 11:00 am to 8:30 pm, it is open daily.

Oceanfront Lahaina Luau (Feast at Lele) 

The dinner will feature five epicurean dishes from Pacific Island nations. There is a traditional dance and musical accompaniment to the Polynesian Feast at Lele.

When you enter, you’ll receive a flower lei and a Mai Tai, and you’re invited to take advantage of the magnificent ocean view. 

Experience a luau celebration as you enjoy a romantic Maui sunset on the beach in Lahaina. 

Additional info:

  • No matter what the weather is like, the tour operates
  • Accessible to wheelchairs and strollers

Maui coffee shops

It is the only state in the US that grows coffee, so if you’re a coffee addict like me, Hawaii will become your paradise.

Here are two of our favorite places in Maui where you can enjoy fresh and delicious varieties of caffeine in a cup.

Roasters of Maui Coffee

With a focus on small-batch roasting of Hawaiian coffee, Maui Coffee Roasters has been a local favorite since 1982. 

There is always a crowd at this coffee shop on Central Maui, which is always full of happy faces.

Getting a seat is easier if you arrive early and order a bagel and coffee. There are several types of coffee available at the coffee shop, including Hawaiian coffee blends, 100% Hawaiian, 100% Kona, and flavored blends.

We are open Monday through Friday from 7 am to 6 pm and Saturday from 7 am to 5 pm. Visit this page to learn more.

Coffee with a bad taste

There is a legend associated with Kona Nightingale, which is the sound of donkeys carrying coffee loads. Don’t be surprised when you see the brand logo!

We offer premium Hawaiian coffee from Molokai, Kauai, and Maui at the first Bad Ass Coffee on the Big Island, which first opened in 1989.

There are two Maui coffee shops, Downtown Lahaina (open daily from 6 am to 5 pm) and Honokowai (open daily from 6 am to 8 pm).

For a morning coffee, both places are casual and cozy. 

Maui’s Best Places to Stay

There are plenty of places to stay in Maui when you visit. South to west Maui is the most popular leeward side for residents.

The following are our top recommendations for Maui lodging:

South Shore accommodations (Kihei/Wailea/Makena):

  • The Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea offers the ultimate luxury!
  • Power of Maui Kai
  • Wailea Resort at Andaz Maui
  • Hotel & Spa Grand Wailea Resort (Waldorf Astoria Resort)

The following are places to stay on the West Side (Lahaina/Kaanapali/Kapalua):

  • The Old Lahaina House (pool + easy beach access!)
  • Surf Beach Resorts
  • Pioneer Inn Best Western
  • Maui’s Kulani

We didn’t cover all the cool Maui attractions and activities – did we leave anything out? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section. Thanks!

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