On Maui, there’s no wrong answer to: “What shall we do today?” Wherever you turn, there’s something to see and do: something fun and active, something cultural and historic, something indulgent, something amazingly scenic. This is where your island dreams come true, whether they involve sitting on a gorgeous beach watching the waves, golfing on one of the world’s most beautiful courses, exploring underwater, discovering charming small towns or driving along winding road with incredible greenery and postcard-worthy waterfalls.
Maui, Hawaii Highlights
Don’t leave without tasting…
- Buy some banana bread at a roadside stand and nibble on it for the rest of the day
- Try shave ice, Hawaii’s favourite frozen treat. Unlike snow cones, which are made of crushed ice, shave ice is shaved from a block of ice. The extremely fine ice absorbs the flavours of the syrup better
- Sweet and delicious Maui onions can be found on many menus throughout Maui. The golden, deep-fried onion rings are particularly delectable.
Don’t overlook this...
The islands of Lana‘i and Moloka‘i are just a ferry ride away, making them a great day trip. Lana‘i offers fantastic snorkelling, a unique mountain lodge, hiking, horse riding, sporting clays (a form of clay pigeon shooting) and the charming Dole Park. Moloka‘i gives you a first-hand experience of the way Hawai‘i used to be. Natural, relaxed, friendly and welcoming, Moloka‘i has wonderful kayaking, farm tours, mountain biking and the chance to descend by mule 2,000 feet into historic Kalaupapa.
History happened here
Iao Valley is one of Maui’s most beautiful spots. What many visitors may not know is that in 1790, King Kamehameha I defeated Prince Kalanikupule here in a great battle. It was one of the key victories that allowed King Kamehameha to ultimately conquer all the Hawaiian Islands.
One awe-inspiring building
It’s not a building, but the enormous banyan tree on Front Street in Lahaina definitely qualifies as awe-inspiring. Planted in 1873, it is over 60 feet tall, stretches over a 200-foot area and shades two-thirds of an acre.
Snorkel at Molokini Crater, hike to a waterfall, play golf on a gorgeous championship course, try your hand at windsurfing, sail, hike, mountain bike, ride a horse…
Visit Whalers Village overlooking Kaanapali Beach or the fabulous shops of Wailea. And every Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon, there’s a big ‘swap meet’ at the University of Hawaii at Maui. This is the place to pick up bargain-priced souvenirs.
Top photo opportunities
The other-worldly scenery from the summit of Mt. Haleakala might just change your life. Of course, if you happen to take a snap of a humpback whale breaching while you’re out on the water, which may edge into first place on the photo opportunity list.
Want to stay up late?
Lahaina is not exactly the city that never sleeps, but it does have a very late bedtime. This historic whaling village has evolved into West Maui’s hottest nightspot thanks to the many establishments on Front Street.
Where locals go to relax
The official name is Makena Beach, but locals simply call it ‘Big Beach’. There’s fantastic weather year-round, perfect for Maui’s outdoor, ocean-centric lifestyle.
Your child will always remember...
Maui’s whale watching is world-famous, and if you’re here during the season (roughly from December to May), it would be a crime not to take a whale-watching tour. No matter what your age. If you don’t happen to be here during the season, your child will never forget getting a close-up view of a Maui waterfall.
Trip Ideas Near Maui, Hawaii
Official Maui, Hawaii Travel Site
Maui Visitors and Convention Bureau