Things to Do – Maui

Maui is a beautiful Hawaiian island with both the natural beauty and Native Hawaiian history combined to offer visitors an experience that they will never forget. There is just something about the natural creation of the island that brings instant relaxation to your body and mind and a smile to your face.

There are many tours and attractions where you can experience Maui beyond the beauty of its beaches. You will be amazed at how the land has stood still in its beauty from when it was under monarchy rule to its modernization of today. The island holds many beautiful secrets waiting for you to explore.

As Maui is the most visited island out of all the Hawaiian islands, there are many places to experience a variety of foods, shop from high-end luxury stores to shops where you can find collectibles to take home with you as a remembrance of your comforting and relaxing stay on the beautiful island.

The beaches are endless and draw you to them with its clear, blue waters and white sand beaches, which is simply relaxing. This relaxation continues into the night as you have dinner along the seaside and enjoy the sound of the ocean in perfect rhythm to the live Hawaiian music being played by local musicians. There are also bars and nightclubs available to have a cocktail, dance the night away, and simply relax under the moonlight and stars.

Tours and Attractions

Maui’s tours and attractions are based on its variety of outdoor activities due to its clean, blue ocean, miles of white sand beaches, and lush greenery of tropical trees and plants. For outdoor adventure in the Pacific Ocean, you can take a surf lesson from local vendors in the town of Lahaina, or take a parasailing cruise a few feet from the shoreline enjoying the beauty of the coastline and hillsides. If you enjoy snorkeling, you can take a tour to the island of Molokini just outside of Maui, which is the State of Hawaii’s Marine Life and Bird Conservation island. It is 18 acres and offers the best snorkeling to view exotic tropical fish of Hawaii. During humpback whale watching season, you can embark upon a whale-watching tour from Kaanapali Beach Park to learn about these species that travel to Hawaii each year between December and May. You also have the opportunity to explore Maui by land. These tours include traveling to Haleakala mountain for a day of horseback riding, exploring tropical Native Hawaiian forests and the panoramic views of the Maui coastline. One of the most famous sights on Maui is the Iao Needle in the Iao Valley State Monument in Wailuku. This is a site where great battle occurred when Kamehameha took his reign of the island by conquering it in 1790.

Dining

There is no end to the dining experiences available on Maui, whether you are looking for fine dining, casual dining, or fast food. You can also find a variety of several ethnic foods, such as Mexican, American, Japanese, Chinese, Pilipino, and Hawaiian cuisine. Most of the ingredients found in many of the dishes are provided from local Maui farmers, offering the freshness in taste. The best place to enjoy Hawaiian food and be entertained at the same time is at a traditional Hawaiian luau. These luaus are mainly held at the resorts along the coast. You can also try local cuisine in the small towns where it is most popular due to its large population of local people, such as Paia, Kahului, and Wailuku. Lahaina town is also a great place to choose a simple meal or treat yourself to fine dining directly across the ocean with breathtaking views of the island of Lanai. The surf community of Kihei has great small eating establishments to experience a variety of foods in a casual atmosphere. This town is known for having the best hamburgers and the most “laid back” community. In Kaanapali town, there are also many outdoor dining options along the coastline that offer a variety of seafood in a fine dining atmosphere. There are many choices and you have the wonderful opportunity of trying a variety of foods at many restaurants that have a perfect ocean view.

Shopping

Although Maui is a small island, its shopping is large. You will always find a place to shop on the island. Downtown Lahaina offers a variety of fashion stores, art galleries, and island made treasures for remembering your trip to Maui. Upscale shopping can also be found in the areas of Lahaina and Wailea. Whalers Village on the Kaanapali Beach is a popular shopping destination that offers free Hawaiian music as you shop, making your shopping experience a pleasurable one. It is a large shopping area with approximately 90 shops and dining establishments. Central Maui is home to most of the shopping centers and malls, such as the Queen Kaahumanu Center that has a variety of shops, a movie theater, and casual dining options.

Beaches

Mostly the entire island of Maui is surrounded by beautiful white sand beaches with some marked with smooth rocks, old lava flows, Native Hawaiian plants, and coconut trees. The beaches are very clean and respected by the local people who take pride in caring for their land. The water is clean and enticing as you travel on the coastline to different towns and regions. This island is magnificent as it is where you can explore white, black, and red sand beaches. Some beaches are known as great surfing and windsurfing areas, and some are great for paddle boarding, swimming, and snorkeling. This island is known for having diversity in its most beautiful beaches. Most beaches that are identified as State parks have a lifeguard on duty, showers, shaded picnic areas, picnic tables, and restrooms. Kaanapali Beach in West Maui is the most famous beach, which is located by many hotels, but it is great for swimming and snorkeling. Kapalua Beach in this region is also a famous beach that was the first ever to be awarded “America’s Best Beach” in the year of 1991. Some other great beaches that you may want to visit in South Maui are Kamaole Beach that is great for swimming, Kihei Beach, and Makena Beach. In the Central region, Kahana Beach is the best beach for swimming and windsurfing. In East Maui, Hana Beach is most popular by the local people of the area. If traveling or staying on the West side region, Lahaina beaches that front many resorts are great for swimming and sunbathing, although it is busy with water tours departing from this area.

Relaxation

Relaxation is complete as soon as you land at the Kahului Airport. You should immediately turn off your phone or at least its notifications, and definitely refrain from answering any email. This is the first step in experiencing the tranquility of Maui. The natural beauty of the island resonates in its coastline of what seems like endless white sand beaches, as well as in the mountain of Haleakala. Taking an early morning or late night stroll on the beach barefoot, feeling the soft sand beneath your feet and breathing in the cool ocean breeze brings instant relaxation. If exercising is your relaxation, an early morning run on the beach or at a fitness center can set the tone for your day of exploration of the many regions of Maui. Enjoying a casual or fine dining meal along the ocean where it actually feels like you are right on top of the ocean is soothing whether it is after a day of adventure or in the middle of your day’s exploration. Traveling to the Upcountry region, you can visit beautiful gardens with many tropical plants that are surrounded by a peaceful and quiet environment. Further relaxation can always be found in the numerous day spas at the resorts, or even by visiting small towns and experiencing local life without the crowds.

Nightlife

The nightlife of Maui includes dining out where you can listen to live music at resort restaurants, fine dining establishments, or bars. The Wailea area offers dining under the stars on the beach for a truly perfect way to end your day. It also has the popular Lobby Lounge to have cocktails, appetizers, and a beautiful ocean view. The town of Kihei is known for its lively bars with dancing in a casual atmosphere. The Whalers Village also offers live Hawaiian music where you can relax and enjoy the evening. The Hula Grill is also another popular area conceived by a popular Hawaii chef, Peter Merriman. In the Central Maui region, you can also experience the Maui Arts and Cultural Center where concerts and theatrical performances are held. The town of Lahaina has endless beaches with numerous resort dining options to have dinner on the beach and enjoy spectacular views.