A Cruising Couple | December 29, 2015 10:00 PM ET
5 Awesome Activities You Must Do In Maui
Maui is the iconic beach paradise escape every American dreams of during their 9-5 office job. Thankfully, the hype lives up to the actual experience. Getting out and exploring the wildly gorgeous island of Maui is a trip you’re bound to remember for years to come. But besides lounging on the beach, where do you begin to experience the absolute best that Maui has to offer?
We recommend starting with these five awesome activities in Maui, perfect for all types of travelers and adventurers:
1. Experience A Luau
A luau is a classic Hawaiian experience complete with Hula dancing, grass skirts, fruity cocktails and fire dancing. When visiting Maui, taking part in a Luau is the perfect way to experience an emblematic Hawaiian cultural attraction (even if most luaus today are inherently touristy.)
Most luaus in Maui feature impressive dancers, entertaining acts, and Hawaiian-themed buffets. Quite a few even feature an open bar with delicious classic Hawaiian drinks like the Mai Tai — a concoction made of pineapple, orange, mint and rum. Bring your friends and enjoy the party, Hawaiian style.
We found our Luau on GetYourGuide, where we were also able to book a fun and casual sunset dinner cruise. It was a highlight of our time in Maui, and the perfect way to end our weeklong adventure on the island.
2. Drive The Road To Hana
If you’re looking for a tropical paradise that has escaped development, then you can’t miss the trip to Hana. Not only is the drive gorgeous (and one of the only coastal rainforests accessible by car) but there are also countless stops along the way that make the journey an exciting, full-day adventure.
Photo via Flickr/Intiaz Rahim
You can take a guided tour, or choose to drive the scenic winding road yourself. If you do choose to take it solo, make sure to leave plenty of extra time to stop and explore the waterfalls and pristine beaches along the way.
3. Sunrise At Haleakala Volcano
The Haleakala National Park is an International Biosphere Reserve that is known for its stunning volcanic landscape and endangered species. Exploring this remote national park is rewarding, eye-opening, and adventurous. But perhaps one of the most sensational ways to experience the beauty of the park is by witnessing the sunrise over Haleakala Volcano.
Haleakala itself means “house of the sun,” which is quite fitting considering the remarkable views when the sun rises above the clouds between the peaks and dips of the volcanic range as you stand at more than 10,000 feet above sea level.
Plan on getting there well before the actual sunrise so you can make the most of this unforgettable scene from the onset. You’ll also want to bring a warm jacket — even in Hawaii, it’s freezing at these higher altitudes. Not a morning person? Check out this list of pros and cons between seeing the sunset versus seeing the sunrise on Haleakala!
4. Drive To Upcountry
Drive to Upcountry Maui for a chance to witness the laid-back, rolling hills of this gorgeous island. For centuries, Upcountry was a source of livelihood for Hawaiian farmers. Today the rolling grassy hills contrast beautifully with the blunt, strong mountains of Upcountry Maui. Here you can witness botanical gardens and farms left from the early days.
You will find a much different Maui than the resort-laden beaches would lead you to believe. Wine tasting around the world is one of our favorite things to do, and Maui certainly does not disappoint. Make sure to stop by the Maui Winery where you can sample their mouth-watering pineapple sparkling wine.
5. Relax On The Beaches
You did come all the way to Maui, so it makes sense to enjoy the best of the beaches!
Photo via Flickr/Envios
Mai Poina 'Oe Ia'u is best for those that enjoy long walks on stunning coastline. This beach is often completely empty and stretches on for miles and miles. The Charley Young Beach is perfect for the whole family — complete with port-o-potties and perfect sandcastle-building conditions. Make sure to watch your little ones, though, since there are no lifeguards on duty.
These are just two of the virtually endless beaches to bury your toes in. The best way to find your own stretch of sand is to hop in a rental car and go exploring. However you choose to spend your time in Maui, you’re virtually guaranteed to enjoy it. These five awesome activities in Maui are a great starting point for you to decide what you want to accomplish.
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