Welcome to a glimpse of Maui! Home to more sub-cultures than any of the other Hawaiian Islands, our Valley Isle has a little bit of everything. Culture and history, marine life, rainforests, water sports, and mouth-watering foods are but a small slice of our paradise without even mentioning our beaches and sunsets. Here are 10 of our top favorite things to do here on Maui. Be sure to visit RV Lifestyle’s article on the 100 Best Things to Do in Hawaii for a longer list of Hawaii fun! Also, let TripAdvisor, Yelp, and Google Search be your best friends while planning your Hawaiian vacation. It is hard to go wrong when you are getting results and opinions from people just like yourselves who have been here, done that. However, you choose to spend your time you will be glad you chose to spend it on Maui. Maui No Ka Oi!
#1 Maui Ocean Center
Fun for all ages, but especially the small ones who aren’t quite ready for snorkeling. At the Maui Ocean Center you have the perfect opportunity to see Hawaii’s vast array of marine life, many of which can be seen nowhere else in the world. Sharks, sea turtles, eels, fish and so much more. Assorted presentations take place throughout the day to teach about Hawaii’s ocean dwellers from the shallow reef to the open sea. Visit the Humpbacks of Hawai’i Exhibit & 3D Sphere, and through the latest cutting edge visual and audio technology observe Maui’s Humpback Whales up close and personal in their habitat of the depths. This is one of the most exciting things you can do on Maui!
#2 Polynesian Luau’s
Maui has a vast array of historical luau’s filled with storytelling of Polynesian culture. Through the grace and beauty of the hula, the war-cry, strength and might of the haka, fire spinning, authentic weaponry, and costumes beautifully crafted from the gifts of the earth; you are immediately transported into the depths and integrity of the Spirit of the Islands. Your meal will include succulent native cuisine such as poi, taro, lau lau, I’a. You will find an abundance of venues to choose from: Feast of Mokapu, Old Lahaina Luau, Wailele Luau, Drums of the Pacific and so many more. Every guest to our beautiful island should experience a luau at least once in their lifetime. Be sure to find the one that you feel you can’t miss and book your reservation far in advance.
#3 Road to Hana
Ready… Set… coffee, cooler, swimsuit, camera – Go! Before you begin plan to set the entire day aside so that you can relax and enjoy this winding scenic highway on island time. No hurries, no worries. We recommend downloading the Gypsy Guide App. Let the narrator do the work for you as you make your way through the rainforest with cliffside jaw-dropping coastal views. Be sure to check out the Pipiwai Trail to Waimoku Falls with a 400’ drop, 7 Sacred Pools, Ke’anae Peninsula, Puohokamoa Falls, Wainapanapa Beach, and so much more. Make sure you top it off on a blanket to view the starry night sky; it is unlike anywhere else on the island. For more information and great tips for your Road to Hana adventure – check out this article.
#4 Sport Fishing
Fish on! Even the thought of hearing those words gets the blood pumping and adrenaline rushing with excitement and there is no cure except to get out there and do it. Lahaina Harbor is full of seasoned fishermen with a deep-seated passion for the sport. They are professional and they know what they are doing. You know the drill, it is called fishing not catching for a reason, but they work very hard to help give you the time of your life. Whether deep sea trolling or bottom fishing in more shallow waters, they do their darndest to help you reel ‘em in, but it is the ocean and there is no guarantee. You might come in with a big haul and you might come in skunked, it happens to the best of the best. Start Me Up Sport Fishing, Die Hard Sport Fishing, and Maui Fishing Charters all come highly recommended. Embrace Start Me Up’s motto: Stop wishin’ and go fishin’!
If a good round of golf is your favorite pastime and way to relax, Maui is the ultimate destination. Home some of the most beautiful and best golf courses in the world. The rolling greens set amidst serene mountain and costal views is nothing short of spectacular. All the while hosting designs by golf legends including Arnold Palmer. The Plantation Course at Kapalua Bay is the annual home to PGA TOUR’s Hyundai Tournament of Champions. In South Maui? Try one of the three 18-hole courses at Gold Course at Wailea Golf Club for an experience spread over 7,000 yards of sheer challenge and beauty.
Hawaii’s blue waters are home to some of the most colorful tropical fish in the world, some of which cannot be found anywhere else. Whether you choose to snorkel from shore or on a private boat charter for the day you can search for and often find the Hawaiian Green Sea Turtles cruising about or munching on coral. The lava point formation at the north end of Charlie Young Beach Park is almost always a sure bet for sea turtles and has a variety of fish for up-close easy viewing. For added fun check out a Maui Reef Creatures Guide on Google or pick one up at a local surf shop so you can look up all of the awesome fish you saw. Hopefully, you have a lucky visit from the Hawaii State Fish, the humuhumunukunukuapuaa! More fun snorkel destinations include Mala, Olowalu, LaPerouse Bay, Honolua Bay, Baldwin Beach, Black Rock, Kahekili Beach Park, and so many more there are too many to name!
#7 Ono Grindz/Good Eats!
There are so many great places to eat on Maui it is hard to pack them all in on one vacation. Folks often revisit the island with a list of food they have been craving since their last visit! Unforgettable sunsets and fine dining are romantic to be sure, but some of the very best eating can also be found at the small local joints and food trucks. Whatever your palate is a shakedown of some of the absolute best don’t miss spots: 808 Grindz Café, Geste Shrimp Truck, Ulupalakua Ranch Store & Grill, Poi by the Pound, The Kula Bistro, Eskimo Candy Seafood Market & Deli, Maui Prime for a take-out steamer bucket, Sale Pepe, Leoda’s Kitchen & Pie Shoppe, Hoi Hoi Hawaiian Bakery, Grandma’s Coffee House, Aloha Mixed Plate, Ono Taco Truck, Tin Roof, The Mill House, Okazuya, Mama’s Fish House, Star Noodle, Ohana Seafood, Mala, Frieda’s, and The Plantation House. Happy eating!
#8 Learn to Surf & Stand Up Paddle Board
Blending the knowledge of Hawaiian culture by those born and raised here in the islands, along with their surfing and paddleboarding skills has brought great recognition to Maui Surf and Cultural Adventures. Located in Lahaina and run by some of the most genuinely friendly people you will meet on Maui, their surf instruction is built on The Spirit of Aloha. Eager to share their rich experience in and on the water, they are gentle guides with giant enthusiasm. The island of Maui is teeming with many great surf school opportunities, but if you want to take home a piece of Maui in your soul, let Maui Surf and Cultural Adventures teach you that entering the sea is a far greater experience than you ever imagined. Call them at 808-281-8015.
#9 Helicopter Tour
The volcanic mountains that form the Hawaiian Islands are majestic and rugged. Many areas are too dangerous and cannot be accessed. Thankfully Helicopter tours are able to whisk you up over places so beautiful, so lush, so incredible that beholding the sights literally just takes your breath away. Hidden gems, waterfalls, valleys, Pu’u Kukui, coastlines along sheer cliffs, inside the caldera of Mount Haleakala volcano, barren fields of lava, farms and ranches, multi-colored sand beaches, boats dotting the blue ocean, the Road to Hana, all seen from above. Helicopter pilots are vetted with many years of experience so you can feel safe as you explore like a bird. Visit Blue Hawaiian to secure your flight!
#10 Iao Valley
If I had to describe Iao Valley in one word it would be reverence, a feeling more than tangibility. There is a presence about this stream-cut rainforest valley that for many can be felt like a drumbeat; you can’t touch it, but it is there. It is a spiritual place for the local, born and raised Hawaiians. It was a battleground where blood and bodies laid so deeply, they formed a dam in the valley’s stream as King Kamehameha fought to win sovereign reign over the nation of the Hawaiian Islands. It is the sacred resting place for their ancient kings of old. So full of history and mystery, this is a landmark you do not want to miss.
The irony isn’t lost in that while looking for the Top 10 Most Fun things To Do on Maui, you will also find that Maui itself has been ranked in the Top 10 places to visit in the U.S. and also in the world! Incredible! The best of the best! Now that my friend, is what dreams are made of. Find your Maui destination bragging rights here: Maui Ranked Among the Best in the US and World Article.