This article on fun things to do in Maui is from my friend Hawaiian Joe. Be sure to visit his Maui page if you like it.
Be sure to read all the way to the bottom to see a Top 10 List of the Most Fun Things to Do in Maui from a reader!
Maui Vacation Tips and Best Bets
Maui, which is sometimes referred to as the Valley Isle, appears to be a mere dot in the Pacific. This small island in the Pacific is teeming with fascinating attractions and exhilarating events.
You can swim and frolic among a school of color-studded tropical fish, scale the 10,000 foot volcano and watch as the sun rises, or take an amazing peek at the rich history of the islands and discover how whalers and missionaries have bravely fought to save the ancient fishing village of Lahaina.
Everyone is welcome in this fascinating Pacific paradise. For a significant number of holiday makers, Maui is the most beautiful section of Hawaii. In fact, Maui is considered to be the spirit of Aloha and is the best place to experience the genuine warmth of the local residents. This is the place where diverse cultures meet giving rise to a character that is so distinct among all the other islands of Hawaii.
Important Travel Tips
Maui weather is generally friendly all year round. The temperature range is from 60 to 90 degrees. It can get hotter during the peak of the summer season and a bit cooler during the winter months, but anytime of the year is perfect for a beach holiday.
Maui has a lot to offer in terms of amazing sights to see and place to visit as well as exciting activities to do that it may be hard for you to decide how to start your holiday. It is essential that you learn how to properly plan your Maui holiday by gathering data and information related to flight schedules, hotel rates and deals, seasons, major events and reservation requirements.
The “real” Maui holiday is more than just a soothing day on the sandy beaches or an exciting climb to the summit of Mount Haleakala. These two are just the “aperitif” of your Maui holiday. You can take your mask and fins and enjoy the underwater splendor of tropical fish and exotic coral in Molokoni.
You can also schedule your visit to the Island during the time when international windsurfing events are conducted in Hookipa, along the northern coastal region of Maui.
Going inland, you can experience a relaxing walk along the Enchanting Floral Gardens which is located in Kula. You can also drive through the winding Hana Highway to get a good measure of the lush greenery of this unspoiled section of Maui. From there, you can drive back to the beachfront to enjoy the sun and warm water of Wailea Beach or Kapalua Beach.
Maui is also teeming with art galleries and gift shops. It also boasts of a rich collection of native treats that include Kaanapali coffee. If you are looking for some great buys and souvenir items, then Maui is your best pick. You can find an amazing array of merchandise and souvenir items in local shops and boutiques that line the streets of Kihei and Lahaina.
For those looking for upscale shopping treats, the outlets in Wailea are the perfect choices as they feature designer and other high end shopping options such as Tiffany and Louis Vuitton. If you are in the hunt for local trinkets and treasures, then your best bets are the Market and Main streets of Wailuku.
Maui goes into a sweet frenzy at sunset. This is when all roads lead to the western section of the Island. Nightlife in Maui takes on a dramatic twist as all the actions happen amid the backdrop of the panoramic views in West Maui and Kaanapali.
Activities take on a frenetic pace as revelers proceed to lively bars in Lahaina and Makawao for a round of margaritas and mai tais. The musical entertainment is as diverse as it can possibly get with clubs and bars featuring Hawaiian slow-key, jazz and reggae bands in Makawao and Kapalua.
Fun Maui Attractions and Places to Visit
Haleakala National Park
A great way to start your Maui holiday is by hiking the trail going to Haleakala National Park and be enthralled by the immense power of Mother Nature. The smoldering cones of this dormant volcano produces a mesmerizing play of subtle colors that sparkle under the glare of the sun. This is a natural phenomenon that you can only see in Maui. The barren terrain is inexplicably bursting with life with a diverse collection of the rarest birds, insects and plants.
Drive down the winding road to Hana
A leisurely drive down the twisting road to Hana along the North Shore affords a spectacular glimpse of lush forest, sparkling ocean and waterfalls. The journey to timeless Hana is already one great experience and an overnight stay can be such a relaxing aspect of your holiday in Maui.
Makena (2Big Beach)
A day at the South Shore should be part of your holiday, and don’t be discouraged by the crowded parking lots as there is more than enough space for everyone who want to experience Makena. Known locally as Oneloa, this gem is known for its unspoiled golden beachfront. There are no minimarts, shops and even restrooms within the beach area.
Maui is a favorite haunt for hundreds of humpback whales that come to give birth and play in the warm waters around the Island. Take a ride on a hydrophone and catch these gentle creatures of the Pacific and hear their strange chortles, groans and squeaks.
Surfing at West Maui
The rushing waves along the Honoapiilani Highway in West Maui are the best bets for those looking for some adrenaline rush. For serious surfers, the local surf school is a good source of information for the best surfing areas in the Island.
Even die-hard beach lovers will not be able to resist the disarming beauty and charm of the natural treasures that are away from the shore. Drive along winding roads and pass through ranchlands and savor the fresh high altitude air scented with lavender and eucalyptus. This 180-degree turn in your holiday gives you this great opportunity to savor the beauty of the “other side” of Maui.
More: Fun things to do In Maui from Maui Goodness
Fun Maui Recommendations
Top 10 Most Fun Things to Do in Maui – a list by Angie
Hana Highway as a whole
Blue Pool (on Hana Highway–buy Maui Revealed for directions to this and many other super-fun, secret and hidden places in Maui
Waianapanapa State Park –black sand beach (Hana Highway)
Oheo Gulch -aka Seven Sacred Pools (Hana Highway)
Any of the beaches near Kahului/Paia to watch the kiteboarders and windsurfers. (Grab a shave ice at Aloha Island Shave Ice by the Maui Crafts Guild–YUM!)
A day shopping in Lahaina
Snorkeling at La Perouse’ Bay/Fish Bowl
Kaanapali Beach for a lounging day
Iao Valley/Needle (kinda touristy but still pretty)
OLD LAHAINA LUAU. An best luau in ALL of Hawaii!
(If you’re going during whale watching season (Dec-April)–put that on the list)
If you can afford to, a day trip to Lanai is really awesome. Expeditions takes you for $52 round trip and you can rent a Jeep for $175/day. I know it sounds insane but since Dollar is the only offical rental car agency on the island then they can charge what they want! 😉 Only 30 miles of paved road on Lanai so the rest is off roading and it’s one of the most fun things ever. We take the 6:45am ferry to and the 6:45pm ferry back. Might want to think about it.
Angie highly recommends the Maui Revealed Book, and so do I.