The 11 Best Things to Do In Maui
PHOTO: Stay at the Ka’anapali Beach Hotel and have all of Maui as your backyard. (Courtesy Ka’anapali Beach Hotel)
Maui is one part of the Hawaiian Islands known for its beach resorts, activities and beautiful topography, but there is so much to do on the island it’s hard to know where to start.
So much to do, so little time.
But with the Ka’anapali Beach Hotel as home base, the island is at your doorstep.
So here are 11 of the best things to do in Maui.
Toes in the Sand: Get on the breathtaking white sand of the Ho’okipa Beach Park, one of the top spots for ocean sports and recreation in Maui. Hotels, such as the Ka’anapali Beach Hotel, also have Pacific Ocean where you can walk to the beach and put your toes in the sand. The hotel has 432 rooms and suites as well as a whale-shaped swimming pool.
Dive in: Ride the waves, scuba dive or take a snorkeling trip to Maui’s uninhabited Molokini Crater, a cinder-cone shaped area that was left from a volcanic eruption that is believed to have happened around 230,000 years ago.
Explore ocean life: It’s all about the ocean life at Maui and that includes the creatures in it as well. Take a whale or dolphin watching tour or visit the Maui Ocean Center to see the 750,000-gallon Open Ocean Exhibit featuring a 54-ft walk-through tunnel. Observe Hawaiian green sea turtles and other creatures up close.
Smell the flowers: Kula Botanical Gardens has hundreds of varieties of plants to enjoy, sniff, and photograph.
Move it: Maui has so many activities to choose from including golfing, hiking, parasailing and sport fishing. See the beautiful sites of Maui by enjoying a Rappel Maui waterfalls tour where you will cruise down jungle canyon cliffs and natural waterfalls.
Sightsee: Take in a little Maui history at such sites as the Maui Museum, Wai’anapanapa State Park, and historic Iao Theater. Wai?anapanapa State Park is a 122-acre state park in Hana. The Iao Theater was built in 1928 and hosts Maui's community theater group. Ka’anapali Beach Hotel helps its guests to book various activities through its 'Ohana Fun Center, including 'Ulalena, a theatrical performance that outlines the story of Maui's creation.
Head Upcountry: Located on the high elevations around Haleakala, the fertile volcanic slopes of Upcountry are home to ranches, botanical gardens and farms with soaring views. Tour a farm in Kula and see how it produces the Maui onion and discover Makawao, home to the Hawaiian cowboys.
Love libations: Whether it’s beer, wine or a Blue Hawaii, sit back, sip and relax. You can take a tour at the Maui Brewing Company or the Maui Winery.
Take a tour: Speaking of tours, there are a host of behind-the-scenes excursions. The Maui Pineapple Tours allows you to visit the harvesting pineapple fields, taste various stages of the pineapple and tour the packing facility. On the Maui Chocolate Tour you can see cacao trees, learn how they grow, are harvested and processed, and join in “hands on” process of grinding roasted cacao beans into edible chocolate. Other great spots to see include the Alexander & Baldwin Sugar Museum, an historical and cultural repository for the artifacts, photos and documents that depict the history of sugar on Maui.
Be entertained: Enjoy a theatrical performance that combines the art of horse riding and the Hawaiian story telling tradition at the Na Lio Show in Lahaina and The Burn’n Love Elvis Show with Darren Lee is a can’t miss.
Relax: Nothing like a spa day to really enjoy island living.
Shop till you drop: Front Street offers a wide variety of shops to visit and bring home some Hawaiian trinkets and souvenirs.
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