There is so much to do on the island of Maui...we still haven't done everything that we want to do! The following activities are some of our favorites that we have done and have first hand experience with. You won't see helicopoter tours or ziplining becasue we just haven't quite gotten around to doing those yet. Once we do, we'll provide them on this page.
Also, as a side note, we are not sponsored or affiliated in any way with any of the tour companies or attractions that we mention. Everything you see and read on our site is from our own personal experience. Mahalo!
Snorkeling just may be our favorite activity to do on Maui and thankfully there are some great snorkel spots near our condos! Our favorite places to snorkel on the island are: Ulua Beach, south end of Po'olenalena Beach, south end of Maluaka Beach, the point between Kam III and Kam II, south end of Wailea Beach, Honolua Bay and Black Rock at Ka'anapali Beach.
As for taking a snorkel cruise, we've always used The Pacific Whale Foundation for our Molokini snorkel trips and they also have a great Lana'i snorkel and dolphin adventure. With the Molokini snorkel trips, you want to try to book the earliest time they have as sometimes in the afternoons, the wind can pick up and they may decide not to venture out to Molokini and take you to spots around Maui instead.
* The picture on the front of this card was taken at Ulua Beach - notice that black object to the left of the snorkelers? That's a manta ray!
We love this aquarium and it's a great activity to do in the afternoon once the winds pick up on the beaches, especially if you have kids - our daughter loves the aquarium and we visit the aquarium often. Located in Ma'alea, the aquarium is open from 9am - 5pm and only houses species that are found in Hawaiian waters.
Among the exhibits are the tide pool, turtle lagoon, hammerhead shark exhibit and the large aquarium w/ a walk through tunnel that houses different rays, large fish, and several large sharks (last time we were there they had 2 tiger sharks!).
Here's a link to their website to get the latest pricing details: Maui Ocean Center
We have done the drive to Hana many times and each time it's different! There are several really good guides (we highly recommend the guide in the book "Maui Revealed"), so we won't detail everything about he drive.
Before you start the drive, make sure and try to stay up to date on weather conditions on that side of the island. Heavy rains can cause mud slides that can close the road for hours.
Start this drive early. From our condos, you will probably want to be on the road by 6:00am and the earlier the better. As mentioned earlier, we really like the guide in the book "Maui Revealed" and we keep a copy of this book in our condos. Take your time on the drive, as there are many places to pull off to take pictures and view the many waterfalls along the way.
Defintely make a stop at Wai'anapanapa State Park (just before the town of Hana) to check out the black sand beach and picturesque Hamoa Beach (just after the Hana).
Don't forget to use the coolers we have in the condos to pack a lunch and snacks for you trip to Hana!
Amazing place and another location on Maui that you'll want to make sure you extra memory cards for your camera. Although heading up to Haleakala for sunrise is very popular, we've gone up for sunset and it is just as amazing - but without having to wake up at 4:30 in the morning! Plus, for sunrise visits, you'll have to make reservations in advance.
To catch the sunset, we usually leave Kihei by 3:00pm. This will give you plenty of time to get up there, take a lot of pictures while the sun is out and then enjoy the sunset. Leave a little earlier and stop at the Ali'i Kula Lavender Farm and the Surfing Goat Dairy before concluding your drive to the top. It's cold up on top of Haleakala, so pants and a warm jacket are a good idea - yes, you may need a winter coat on Maui!
Here's a link to the Haleakala National Park for more info and to make sunrise reservations: Haleakala National Park
During Humpback Whale season, generally Nov - April, we will take several trips out to watch the whales. It is truly amazing and you will see many whales and likely will get up close and personal with them. I can't count how many times we've had whales come up next to the boat and under the boat. Bring extra memory cards for you camera during these trips!
Anytime during the day is a good time to see the whales as they are active all day. However, as the day gets later, the winds and currents get stronger which can make for a choppy trip in the afternoon. We highly recommend using the Pacific Whale Foundation for your whale watching trips (and snorkel trips too!). The PWF has two locations, one in Ma'alaea and the other in Lahaina. Here's a link to their website: Pacific Whale Foundation
During whale season you will also have no problems spotting whales from the shore, sometimes just a few hundred yards from the shore. So while you're sitting back and relaxing on the beach, keep an eye out on the water for whales!
Another great way to whale watch is from a kayak or stand up paddle boards. Each can be rented from different places along the South Maui shore, especially the Kalama Park and Makena Landing areas. During whale season, you don’t have to go out far to spot the whales and I’ve even had them go right underneath my kayak!
There are several good luaus on the island, but our favorite is the Old Lahaina Luau. The show here is a traditional story telling Hawaiian luau, so there's no flame throwing or crazy theartrics (not that those are bad). The show is very entertaining and authentic and the food is delicious. The food is all you can eat and it's an open bar. Service is amazing and and each time our servers have been friendly and entertaining.
Here's a link to the Old Lahaina Luau: Old Lahaina Luau
We also like the Te Au Moana Luau, which is held at the Marriott Wailea Beach Resort. This luau is really good and closer to our condos than the Old Lahain Luau. For more information about the Te Au Moana: Te Au Moana
We love these town parties! The Maui Friday Town Parties are community celebrations filled with live music, food, arts and crafts and fun things to do for the kids. The event and parking are free but bring some cash to buy food, drinks and any local art or crafts that interest you. The site of this event rotates each weekend between Wailuku, Lahaina, Makawao, Kihei and sometimes Lana'i:
First Friday of the Month - Wailuku
Second Friday - Lahaina
Third Friday - Makawao
Fourth Friday - Kihei
Fith Friday - Lana'i
Here's a link for the Maui Friday Town Parties website for schedules of events and maps to hlep you find the event and parking: Maui Friday Town Parties
Situated at an elevation of 4,000ft along the slope of Haleakala, the bi-coastal views from Ali'i Kula Lavender Farm are some of the best on the island. The 13.5 acre farm makes for a great stop as you make your way up Haleakala for sunset or a stop on the way down from your early morning Halaeakala sunrise.
There are beautiful walking paths throughout the farm that are lined with several different species of flowers and trees such as proteas, birds of paradise, hydrangeas, roses, pincushions and over 40 varieties of lavender. There are also several places throughout the farm to take pictures of the vast upcountry views as you look down upon Wailea, Kihei, Ma'alaea, Wailuku and Kahalui.
Make sure to check out the gift shop and try a cup of lavender tea and a freshly baked lavender scone with lilikoi jam. The shop also includes several products made with lavender including soaps, lotions and candles. The shop also sells bags of lavender tea and lavender scone mix to bake at home along with other food and drink items.
Link to the lavendar farm for more info: Ali'i Kula Lavender Farm
Located on the slope of Haleakala in Kula, the Surfing Goat Dairy is a fun place to stop, especially if you have kids. They have a couple of different tours you can go on that are educational and entertaining.
They have a cheese shop with lots of different foods to try and buy. We usually get a cheese flight with 5 or 6 different cheeses to try. They also make some really good truffles!
Here is a link to their website for more info: Surfing Goat Dairy
Ever wanted to try surfing, now is your chance! The Cove at Kalama Park is the perfect place to learn how to surf and it's within walking distance from our condos.
There are several good surfing schools to get lessons from at The Cove. Maui Wave Riders and Surf Club Maui are two of the more popular places to get lessons from in this area. I've spoken to many guests that have taken lessons from these two companies and I've yet to talk to anyone that wasn't able to stand up and ride a wave!