Planning Your Vacation: Five Must Do Activities on Maui
Planning a vacation can be overwhelming. With so many exciting and unique things to do here in the islands, it can be hard to decide what’s worth doing and way too easy to overlook some winners. No worries, we got you!
Here are a few must-do activities on Maui that we think you should add to your bucket list, just so you can check them off when you get here!
Attend a Lūau
Experience Hawaiian culture at an authentic lūau [Photo courtesy Old Lahaina Luau]
A luau is more than just a party. It's a chance to embrace the Hawaiian culture as expressed through music, dance, cuisine and language. If youʻre a visitor to the islands, thereʻs no better way to be introduced to local culture and food than enjoying the unique sensations experienced found only at a lūau.
If you’re on Maui, Old Lahaina Luau is the only lūau that will give you that authentic experience that visitors are looking for. Time and time again, they’ve won awards for being the best lūau on Maui, which should tell you something. They’re often booked months in advance, so you’ll want to reserve your seats ahead of time.
Snorkel a (Dormant) Volcanic Crater
Molokini is one of Hawai‘i's most unique snorkeling sites [Photo courtesy Trilogy]
You should snorkel everywhere you can while on Maui (we’ve even got some suggestions right here), but we highly recommend snorkeling Molokini, off the southern coast of Maui. Molokini is a partially submerged, dormant volcanic crater thatʻs home to over 250 aquatic marine species. Molokini’s geology and wildlife make this a unique and beautiful experience that visitors won’t soon forget.
How can you visit this little crescent-shaped slice of heaven? Well, Trilogy can help you with that. They’ll take you out on their 54’ catamaran for a true adventure. You’ll start your morning off with a delicious breakfast while you embark on your journey to Molokini. Once there, you’ll spend the day snorkeling and exploring before heading over to Turtle Town to swim with our beautiful, giant turtles. Just when you didn’t think it could get any better, they’ll serve you lunch and if you’re feeling extra vacation-y, you can even order yourself a mai tai! Click here to learn more.
Catch the Sunrise on Haleakalā
After catching the sunrise from atop Maui's tallest peak, take a scenic bike ride down its slopes [Photo courtesy Bike Maui]
So we just talked about snorkeling in a dormant volcano, but have you ever stood on top of one? What about cruising down its slopes on a bicycle? If you haven’t done either, you really should. Haleakalā is famous for its breathtaking views and its cultural significance. It’s also worth noting that Haleakalā is the tallest peak on Maui. Standing on the summit is like floating above cotton candy clouds, and catching a sunrise here is an incredible, a once in a lifetime experience.
What’s even better? Biking it after you’ve witnessed it. Bike Maui will pick you up from your hotel or lodging, shuttle you up to the crater, provide the bikes with or without a guided tour and let you enjoy your trip down. After you finish the trek, they’ll pick you up and take you home! Their tour guides are friendly and knowledgeable and make an extra effort to keep you safe during your trip. Bike Maui is for the true adventurer! Check out their tours here.
See Maui from Above
You've probably never seen Maui like this before [Photo courtesy Maverick Helicopters]
Visiting Hāna is a definite must do while you’re on Maui. The winding road to this idyllic, little town is legendary, and the wonders you'll see along the way and at the end are simply gorgeous. In fact, we love Hāna so much that we think you should experience it once from the ground, and then again by air so you can see it all in a whole new way.
Maverick Helicopters offers the most incredible Hāna rainforest experience by helicopter. On this 75-minute trek, you’ll witness waterfalls and sea cliffs, the iconic Jurassic rock (as featured in the Jurassic Park films) that will lead you to your exclusive landing deep in the forest. You’ll explore an old taro plantation by foot, pick wild fruit and receive extensive information on the land by your pilot. This is truly a unique, one of a kind experience on Maui and you will not be disappointed. Head over here to learn more.
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