The Hawaiian Islands see millions of tourists visit every year, and for many, Maui is the perfect destination. It’s a mix of a few of the islands, in many ways. It’s home to some of the rugged beauty that you’ll find on Kauai, the delicious food on Oahu, and the hiking on the Big Island. It’s a great mix of the islands, there’s truly something for everyone on Maui.
If you’re considering a trip, get out your pen and paper. Mark down these 10 activities you need to try on Maui when you visit.
1. Drive the Road to Hana
This is always ranked one of the top things to do on Maui, largely because it involves so many activities. Pack snacks, and leave early. Hit up Baked on Maui for breakfast for a cinnamon roll or a pepper goat cheese sandwich, then head to these recommended stops:
-Upper Waikana Falls
-Waianapanapa State Park
The road will get congested as the day goes on, so stay cool, and rent a smaller car if possible. They’ll be much easier to park. Another pro tip: bring cash, some of the banana bread and smoothie stands along the way are cash only.
2. See the Sunrise over Haleakalā National Park
Book a reservation 60 days in advance to see the sunrise here, you’ll need it. You’ll need to leave very early to see the sunrise and be sure to dress in warm layers. The park’s most popular hiking trail, Pipiwai, is four miles roundtrip. Along the way, you’ll pass through lush tropical vegetation, a bamboo forest, and multiple waterfalls, including Makahiku Falls, Waimoku Falls, and Ohe’o Gulch.
3. Swim at Makena Beach State Park
This is one of the largest undeveloped beaches on the island, divided into two distinct shorelines: Big Beach and, you guessed it…Little Beach. Parking is $10 and there’s a $5 entrance fee, which is a steal to swim at one of the most stunning beaches on Maui.
4. Sail to Molokini
There are plenty of great tour companies to go with to Molokini Island, check out Sail Trilogy Excursions as a starting point. The Molokini Crater is iconic, you’ll cherish the views and photos you bring back with you. Have a few drinks and party on your way out to Molokini, or choose to snorkel when you get there.
5. Dine at Mama’s Fish House
Sometimes, eating is an activity. At a place like Mama’s Fish House, you won’t be disappointed. This place is booked months in advance, so get on it. The menu is incredible, it literally lists the fisherman who caught your dinner, and where he/she caught it. Pretty incredible.
Looking for more to eat on Maui? Here are 7 restaurants on Maui you need to visit.
6. Fly over Haleakala
Fly over Haleakala to see Maui from above. A tour with Air Maui Helicopter Tours will land at a private location, take you through Hana’s rain forests, remote valleys, and waterfalls on your return flight. Everyone should do a helicopter tour once in their life, and there’s no better place to do it than in the Hawaiian Islands.
7. Snorkel at Wailea Beach
The calm waters at Wailea Beach make for some of the best swimming and snorkeling on Maui. If you want to explore the world underwater in the Hawaiian Islands, there aren’t many better places to do it (outside of scuba diving, of course). We love this beach.
8. Attend the Old Lāhainā Lūʻau
Everyone who visits the Hawaiian Islands needs to take part in a Lūʻau, and we’d recommend the Old Lāhainā Lūʻau for many reasons. Hawaiian culture, food, hospitality, and entertainment are put on full display here, don’t miss it.
9. See the Nakalele Blowhole
Located just on the eastern edge of the northern tip of the island of Maui, the Nakalele Blowhole is as powerful as it is beautiful. The blowhole sends water 100 feet high, check the video below to see it in action.
10. Hike the Kapalua Coastal Trail
If you’re looking for a hike that’s not overwhelmingly challenging but still offers plenty of beautiful views, the Kapalua Coastal Trail is the hike for you. It’s paved and flat, and 1.5 miles long, and the scenery, terrain, and ocean views are stunning. You can see reviews and photos from the trail here.