Activities on Maui
Maui offers almost unlimited possibilities to spend a fantastic day in paradise. Maui’s ocean playground and magnificent unspoiled nature, and unique culture will make your visit memorable!

Surfing & Boogie boarding, Standup Paddle Surfing, Try Windsurfing, Kids Windsurfing Camps, Kids Surfing Camps, Watch the windsurfers at Hookipa, Try Kiteboarding, Whale Watching, Swim with a Turtle, Hiking on Maui, Road to Hana, Helicopter Tours, Night Life, Downhill Biking,   See a Sea Turtle, Maui Ocean Center, Try some Local Foods, Fine Dining, Shopping, Outdoor Markets, Farmers Markets, Food Carts, Lomi-lomi Hawaiian massage & Spa Treatments, Zip-line Adventures, Parasailing, Surfing Goat Dairy, Visit Iao Valley, Other Activities, Action Calendar

SURFING & BOOGIE BOARDING

Surfing on Maui

Maui offers some of Hawaii’s best surfing without the crowds of popular mainland surf breaks. If you have never tried Surfing, Lessons are a must!  On Maui it can get crowded so ask your instructor where is the best places to surf. Maui offers different surfing spots all around the island but many areas are dangerous and off limits to surfing. It requires local knowledge of beaches and ocean conditions to select a safe surf spot, and it changes daily.  *Never attempt to teach yourself surfing. Surfing is an extreme sport and requires skill and local knowledge. Always get instruction from a trained professional instructor. Call us to book a Surfing Lesson. Click here for Surfing lessons.

STANDUP PADDLE SURFING

Standup paddle Surfing or SUP, is the newest form of surfing. Born in Hawaii, this sport has taken off around the world. Only get a lesson from a good school, they provide the special oversized surfboards and you will be gliding along in no time. Many people are taking to Standup for the fun and exercise and with a professional instructor almost anyone can do it, young or old. This is a great activity the the family can do together. *Please do not attempt to teach yourself as creates a high risk to yourself and could endanger others. Always learn with a professional instructor. Book now! to do a group Standup Paddleboard lesson or click here for More info on Standup Paddleboarding.

TRY WINDSURFING Maui has warm water and steady wind year round. Windsurfing lessons at Kanaha Beach ParkIt is a perfect place to learn windsurfing. There are special beaches just for beginners, where the water is smooth and the wind is gentle. Beginners take advantage of the lighter winds in the mornings. A beginner lesson runs for about 2.5 hours all equipment included. We give you light weight sails and steady boards which are a breeze to use. If you have tried windsurfing in the past, you can do a refresher course and be on the water in no time. Book a Windsurfing Lesson. Click here for more info on Beginner Windsurfing Lessons.
 
KIDS WINDSURFING CAMPS

Kids Windsurfing Camps

Kids windsurfing camps run all summer long.They are 3-day camps Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, Kids start at 8:30am in the mornings till noon (half day) or till 2:30 (full day). These camps are a great opportunity for kids to have a fun and safe introduction into the sport of windsurfing. The emphasis is on fun and socializing, kids make new friends and discover the joys of an ocean wind sport. For Kids Camps we recommend the our Youth Power, camps are Maui’s original and best kids windsurfing camp, and they are now in their eighteenth year. For more information go to our Kids Camp page

KIDS SURFING CAMPS

Kids Surfing Camps

Kids Surfing camps run all summer long. They are 3-day camps Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, Kids start at 9:00am in the mornings till 12 noon. These camps are a great opportunity for kids to have a fun and safe introduction into the sport of Surfing. the emphasis is on fun and socializing, kids make new friends and discover the joys of an ocean sport. For Kids Camps we only recommend the SurfClub Youth Power, camps are Maui’s best Kid’s Surfing camp, Located in Kihei at Surf Club Maui. Call us to book a Kids Surfing Camp. For more information go to our Kids Surf Camp page

TRY KITEBOARDING

Kiteboarding is a hugely popular sport worldwide that started right here on Maui. The conditions here are perfect for the sport; Strong trade winds and warm water. Maui has the best conditions for beginner kiters too, with calm inshore lagoon surrounded by a protective reef. The Kite Beach located at western at Kanaha Beach Park on Maui. Located right behind the Kahului Airport. Unfortunately Maui County does not support Kiteboarding or provide any facilities at the beach (except 2 porta-potties), so bring your own supplies and expect to camp out for the day. *Kiteboarding is an extreme sport, do not attempt to teach yourself, as you create a hazard to yourself and others. Please Note: Maui has extreme conditions and high winds, so always get a lesson with a professional school. Unfortunately Maui County does not police the beaches as it should so there are many fake schools and unqualified instructors operating illegally and unsafely, so take extra care to ensure that you Only book with a Professional Permitted School. To Book your professional Kiteboarding Lessons call us or Book now! .  Click for more info on Lessons.

SWIM WITH A TURTLE

Sea turtles are called Honu on Maui

Turtles are called “Honu” in Hawaiian, and they frequent in our near shore waters. For an up close encounter with a Honu you can rent snorkel gear and go “turtle seeking”.

We have many places where turtle sightings are guaranteed. turtles are protected so you cannot touch them, but you can get quite close and appreciate them. Turtles are harmless unless they are cornered, and then they could deliver a defensive bite. Sometimes turtles “haul out” onto land to take a rest (or to avoid predators). So if you see one on the beach, Please let it rest.

WHALE WATCHING
Whale watching is a popular tourist attraction on Maui during the whale season from December through April.

Humpback Whale

The Humpback whales come from the cold waters of Alaska to Hawaii for mating and giving birth. You are almost guaranteed to see whales on a boat tour. Many boat companies offer whale watching cruises with guaranteed whale sightings. You may even hear the Humpback Whales singing while you are snorkeling. Call us to book a Whale Watch Boat Tour.

HIKING ON MAUI
Maui’s great wilderness areas with varying scenery is ideal for hiking if you have a professional guide. We do not recommend hiking without a guide as many trails lead off cliffs, or other unsafe areas. More people get into trouble hiking than almost any other activity. There are national and state-run parks with marked trails, and camp sites and cabins for overnight accommodation. Most park areas offer a variety of marked trails for different levels of hiker. Be sure you know the estimated duration of your trail before setting out. Some trails go for days.

Hiker going up a waterfall and a rainforest trail Maui

You can go up to the crater of Haleakala, or explore the lush rainforests, with abundant tropical fruit and exotic flowers closer to the sea level. Rainforests, waterfalls, rock pools and ancient Hawaiian ruins. Some areas have extremely high rainfall, creating dramatic waterfalls and fast flowing streams. While they are beautiful and inviting, Not all are suitable for swimming (*Most stream water on Maui is not suitable for swimming or drinking). Valleys can cool off quickly in the afternoons as the sun goes behind the ridges. So when hiking valleys and streams, it is best to start out early. If it is raining further up the mountain, there is a real risk of a flash flood downstream. Call us to book a professionally guided hike. Or join a Hike with the Sierra Club of Maui.

ROAD TO HANA

The scenic drive on the road to Hana

Hana Highway from Kahului to Hana is a spectacular route along the coastline. The Road to Hana (or Hana Highway) on Maui’s northeast shore is perhaps the closest thing to a highway to Heaven as you’ll ever find.

The Road to Hana is 52 miles of undeveloped road that passes by some of the most breath-taking scenery on the face of the earth. Hana is a beautiful small town with flower farms few tourists. Driving to Hana is definitely worth a couple of hours it takes to drive from Kahului and back, however, Hana is best enjoyed as a full day adventure. Hana is also best enjoyed as an overnight side-trip. There are many places to rent a room for the night. This de-stresses the driving experience. The road is very winding and slow, but the view more than makes up for that. On the road to Hana you will see lush rainforests, waterfalls, ocean views, taro fields, villages, and breathtaking scenery. In and around Hana you are likely to find a variety of beaches and maybe your own deserted beach all to yourself. Take great care swimming on any unpatrolled beaches, especially when there are waves it can be extremely dangerous. Driving to Hana can be crowded and gets dangerous when it rains so take care. Only pull out at marked places as there is often no shoulder on the road and cliff beside the road. Stay on marked trails. Please avoid taking the road to Hana during commuter hours, as many locals are trying to use the road to commute to work in Kahului or back to Hana. If you are driving slow please pull over to let faster cars pass (but only when it is safe to do so).

DOWNHILL BIKING

Downhill Bike Riding on Mount Haleakala.

Maui used to have the longest downhill bike ride in the world. Downhill bike riding became a thriving industry, with several companies organizing complete activity packages, to get you from your hotel to the mountain and back.

Sadly Bike riding from the Summit of Haleakala has been Cancelled, and new regulations prohibit it. But bike tours now start outside the park entrance from a lower elevation. Also if you want to see sunrise you now need to make a reservation. Sadly this activity like most things on Maui is now being over-regulated. A 30-mile downhill ride with only 400 yards of peddling. Call us to book a downhill bike ride.

SEE A SEA TURTLE
Sea turtles called Honu in Hawaiian abound at just about every snorkeling spot on Maui. Maui’s  sea turtles are endangered and protected, so do not try to touch them. When you see a turtle underwater, stay a respectful distance away and observe their natural behavior.

Sea turtles are called Honu on Maui

Do not stay above the turtles because they have to surface periodically to get a breath of air. Some turtles are curious and will come over to check you out. There are actually several different species of sea turtles in Hawaiian waters. The Green, leatherback, hawksbill, and loggerhead. Take an underwater camera with you and snap your own turtle photo. Turtles are very photogenic creatures, and usually, stay put while you take your photo.

MAUI OCEAN CENTER
Seeing the underwater world is now easier than ever before. The Maui

Maui Ocean Center Aquarium

Ocean Center at Maalaea Harbor is a world-class aquarium that features the underwater magic that was only accessible to snorkelers and scuba divers. Bring the whole family and take some time to encounter this marvelous display of underwater life. More than 60 exhibits emulate the animal’s habitat in the natural ocean, including the Underwater Journey where you can experience a tunnel that offers a 240-degree view of marine life in a 750,000-gallon open ocean tank. 

TRY SOME LOCAL FOODS
Drink a glass of fresh guava juice or try a P.O.G. (passionfruit, orange, guava) juice, Eat some fresh pineapple, Papaya. Try some Vegan Sushi, Gluten free baked goods, Pohole (fern) Salad, try some POI (taro paste), Gourmet Veggie/Soy Burgers. There are many great places to get local food. You can always get the “Veggie Burger” at most of the “Drive-in’s and Food carts”. When you are Pau Hana (finished working) it is time to eat Pupu (snacks). Try the seaweed salad as an appetizer or snack that goes great with beer. For a taste of healthy Vegan and Vegetarian food options try one of our Recommended Restaurants on Maui.

 

FINE DINING
Maui has some excellent restaurants, featuring local and Polynesian styles and international cuisine. The local ingredients, particularly the fresh produce, make a few good restaurant meals on Maui absolutely essential. Hawaiian style cuisine is a blend of Polynesian with strong Asian influences. The modern Hawaiian cuisine has broadened to embrace an even wider variety of cultural influences and tastes. On the north shore, you should try Maka by Mana in Paia. For a taste of healthy Vegan and Vegetarian food options try one of our Recommended Restaurants on Maui.

 

HELICOPTER TOURS
It is estimated that over 80 percent of Maui is only accessible by helicopter. The rugged mountains and thick rain forest are best appreciated

Helicopter scenic flights over Maui

from a scenic flight in a helicopter. Flights depart from the heliport in Kahului. Maui’s helicopter tour companies have some of the most experienced helicopter pilots in the industry. Some flights can take you across that West Maui mountains and over to world’s highest sea-cliffs on the neighboring island of Molokai. A helicopter flight is the best way to see Maui’s rugged northern coastline. Call us to book a Helicopter Tour. 

NIGHT LIFE

Willie K is a popular local performer.

Night life on Maui is mostly centered around the resort areas in Kihei and Lahaina. Both places offer many good restaurants, bars and but sadly almost no dance clubs. Maui County is against “Dancing” (like in that movie with Kevin Bacon). At some venues, you might find the island’s favorite local musician Willie-K. Ambrosia Martini Lounge in Kihei with live DJ. The Mulligan’s Pub at the Wailea on the Blue (Golf Course) has live music and you can play a game of pool too. Mulligan’s has standing room only every St Patrick’s day so you better book early. Moose’s and the Wave Riders Cafe in Lahaina, and Moose McGillycuddys new location just opened in Kihei are among some of the more popular night spots. Casanova’s (Italian Restaurant) up in Makawao Town gets packed with windsurfers, surfers and locals dancin’ up a storm on Wednesday (ladies) nights.

SHOPPING
The essentials: When you arrive in Maui, go directly to a real surf shop and buy yourself a cool surfer tee-shirt and some proper baggies (board shorts), and some slippers (flip-flops, sandals, thongs,). If you are going swimming and snorkeling a lot buy yourself a Lycra shirt called a “rash guard”. Get some good waterproof sports sunscreen, and buy some sunglasses.

Get polarized sunglasses. they do not have to be too expensive, A $20.00 pair, is better than nothing. For $50-100.00 you get you a decent level of protection, but if you can afford it you should buy the “Maui Jim’s” they are the best. Shop for fun: Front Street Lahaina has a great variety of shops and art galleries. Lahaina Cannery Mall, Queen Ka’ahumanu Shopping Center in Kahului, Kalama Village, Paia town is great for arts, crafts, hippy clothes, jewelry, etc.  Friday night is “Art Night” in Lahaina. A walk down Front Street will take you to many surprisingly sophisticated art galleries. Meet the artists, wine tasting, and some music. Also, try the Whalers Village especially if you are staying on the upper west side.

OUTDOOR MARKETS

Outdoor markets abound. There a few that run all week long like the North Kihei market at the old Suda Store on North Kihei Road. and the swap meet in Kahului and the Maui Community College, which just runs on Saturdays. Try the Kihei Market Place, the Aloha Market, and the Kalama Shopping Village in Kihei. There are also many Roadside stalls, Aloha market and Kalama Shopping Village in Kihei. These are great places to check out arts and crafts, clothing, locally made jewelry, and more.

FARMERS MARKETS

Farmers markets and roadside fruit stands are the best way to but locally grown fruit and veggies. Maui is known for its awesome fresh produce, and the best and most affordable way to buy it is at a farmers market, usually direct from the growers themselves. You will find outdoor markets around the island, some are permanent and some are on special days. Try exotic fruits, and eat healthy. Always ask if the produce is “Organic & Non-GMO”. *To protect your health you should only buy Organic produce and Non-GMO varieties.

FOOD CARTS
Food Carts have gained popularity in Maui. One reason is that rents for restaurant property are super high on Maui compared to the mainland. This is why many good restaurants are closing and opening food carts instead. The bonus is some food carts offer restaurant-quality food and often prepared in permitted commercial kitchens (but not all).

There are some seafood & shrimp carts at the Kahului Harbor, and Several Carts like the Taco trucks, you can find on the way to Big Beach. The one we recommend worth checking is the Kinaole truck parked near Kam 1 beach, in Kihei. They do a great plate of Coconut Shrimp. There are a few new food trucks at the Kihei marketplace (opposite Kalama Beach Park) in Kihei. “Horhitos”: for Mexican Taquera, “Threes”: for Pacific Rim and Southwestern Fusion Cuisine. 

Lomi-lomi Hawaiian massage & Spa Treatments
One of the best massages you will ever have. Hawaiian style massage is a deep tissue massage.

Massage on Maui

It is great for athletes and for relaxation, If you want soft, ask for it. or you will be in for a tough time. Hawaiian massage has a spiritual side that can be incorporated into holistic healing, and can increase your mana (life force). Another Hawaiian style that is great for relaxation is the Pohaku (hot rock) massage. When it comes to massage it makes a big difference to spend a few dollars more to get an experienced masseuse. Blue Bamboo in Wailuku offers a discounted massage matinee.

Zip-line Adventures
We like this concept and it is the very next thing we will try on our next day off.

A nature walk with some quick slides down some zip lines, will get your adrenaline going (and uses way less gas than a jet-ski). This activity is one of the latest in the growing number of eco-adventure style activities. Located upcountry at Kula. Some tours blends a short hiking experience with five picturesque zipline crossings, an “Indiana Jones” style swinging bridge, and an introduction to Hawaii’s unique and fragile landscape. Call us to book a Zipline Tour.

Parasailing

Parasailing in Lahaina, Photo by Maui Mike

Definitely a once in a lifetime experience. The view is fantastic, and you can only go out of whale season. Parasailing is at Kaanapali. we only recommend the very best vendors with experienced crew and the latest lift-off and landing technology. Parasailing is the perfect Hawaii activity for anyone – old, young, active, or physically challenged.  Call us to book a Parasailing adventure.
 

Surfing Goat Dairy

The Surfing Goat Dairy Farm is located on the beautiful slopes of Maui’s Haleakala Crater in lower Kula and has been producing award-winning “Maui Gourmet Goat Cheeses” for over 10 years. Come and take a tour of one of the Islands top Ag-Tourism venues and learn more about our goats and cheeses and what they have to offer. This is a great place to bring the kids, or just to relax and have fun. You can feed the goats, and stroll, and sample the cheeses, or take a tour.

Visit Iao Valley

Iao Valley is a beautiful place with lush rain-forest with streams flowing through it, it is one of Maui’s most important water sources. And it is a very historical place as well. The site of a former decisive battle with King Kamehameha, and it is also a place where you can see Hawaiian buildings, and examples of buildings representing many of the cultures that have come to Maui and the Kepaniwai Park. There is a restaurant and snack bar. and some nice easy walking trails as well.

OTHER ACTIVITIES Sailing, fine dining, World-class golf courses, Guided rainforest tours, Art Galleries, Sightseeing, Horseback riding, Yoga, Beauty & Relaxation Spas, and much more…

ACTION CALENDAR
For more of our special events, Summer kids Courses, Women’s Kiteboarding, sports instructor training, and ocean education courses check out our Action Calendar.

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