Maui is a beautiful Hawaiian island that is filled with so many activities on land or sea. And each time I visit Maui I try to do something new, because there’s so much more to do than just pool or beach lounging (though I definitely get in a good amount of time doing both). With so many activities available on The Valley Isle, it was tough to narrow down this list, but here it is, a list of the 7 best things to do in Maui.
Hike up to Twin Falls
If you ask anyone who has been to Maui, most people will definitely recommend that you take the windy road to Hana. But if you can’t afford an entire day to make the trek, consider visiting Twin Falls which lies at the 2.1 mile mark of the famous drive. During the Twin Falls hike you’ll enjoy views of lush vegetation, and of course the beautiful waterfalls that lead to rushing streams along the trail. Take note that if there has been recent rainfall it poses flash flood and mudslide risk so the trail might be closed. Tip: Bring a swimsuit if you want to take a dip into the waters and also bring money so you can snack on local treats like coconut from the Twin Falls Farmstand.
Molokini is a crescent shaped volcanic crater just a few miles off the shores of Maui. It also happens to have incredible visibility to see marine life of all sorts. So whether you prefer snorkeling, scuba diving or snuba (a hybrid between snorkeling and scuba diving) Molokini is not to be missed. And if you’re lucky, you might even see some whale activity like I did! Tip: Book with Four Winds II catamaran tour which comes with a tropical breakfast, barbecued lunch, ample indoor and outdoor space and a glass bottom viewing area for the water shy who still want to find Nemo. The tour leaves from Maalaea Harbor which is convenient whether you’re staying in Kaanapali or Wailea.
On the long stretch of road leading up to the Haleakala crater lies a botanic sanctuary devoted to the aromatic lavender plant. High above the sandy beaches (around 4,000ft in fact) Ali’i Kula Lavender Farm offers a beautiful experience away from shore. You have the option of doing a walking guided tour, a cart tour or a gourmet picnic lunch. There are 45 varieties of lavender grown on site and you can pop in the gift shop after your tour to enjoy a lavender coffee/tea, scones (take it up a notch and pair it with the lilikoi jam) and other treats. You can also pick up gifts (everything from essential oils to pancake mix) to take home with you. Ali’i Kula is a truly relaxing spot to take in beautiful views of the island.
Humpback Whale Watching
During the months of December through April, humpback whales migrate more than 3,000 miles from the chilly waters of Alaska to the warm waters of Hawaii to mate, give birth and nurse their calves. While you can spot whales from any of the Hawaiian islands one of the best whale watching destinations in the world happens to be in the Auau Channel between Maui, Molokai and Lanai. Though you might get lucky and see humpback whale spouts from shore, your best bet is to book a whale watching boat tour. Redline Rafting offers a few daily tours convenient to Wailea (departing from Kihei). Tip: If you book your tour online you can save $10 off the price of your tour.
Practice Ocean View Yoga
There’s no reason why you shouldn’t keep up with your yoga practice while visiting Maui. In fact, the spectacular scenery can undoubtedly inspire a new practice. There are plenty of private studios and hotels that offer classes so take advantage of the beautiful weather and start your day with ocean facing downward facing dog.
Set Sail at Sunset
An incredible way to take in the sunsets on Maui are from the water. And the Alii Nui is the ultimate sunset cruise experience. Aboard the 65 foot catamaran, guests can toast with cocktails and nosh on a selection of appetizers while enjoying the breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean.
Attend a Traditional Luau
An evening filled with traditional food and entertainment is the perfect activity for the whole family (kalua pork and fire dancers anyone?). There are 8 luaus operating daily across the island so do your research and see which is best for your group, there may even be a luau at your hotel. Bring out your leis, hula skirts and coconuts and embrace the Aloha spirit!
Have you done any of the activities on this list? What are some of your favorite things to do while visiting Maui? Click here for more info about Maui and all there is to do on the beautiful island.