Hawaii is one of those places that people dream of visiting at least once in their lifetime. Each island in the Aloha State has its own charm, its fair share of beaches and some hot mountain spots inland. Among all Hawaiian islands, Maui is one of tourists’ favorite, so today I will show you some cool things to do in Maui.
Drive on the Road To Hana
The road to Hana is one of the top things to do in Maui. As you drive along this highway, you can stop at the many waterfalls along the route, including the 80-feet tall Wailua falls, one of the most magnificent waterfalls in the whole of Hawaii. The road to Hana, despite officially a highway, is just a twisting road with very sharp bends and a single lane in some parts, giving you that little bit of adrenaline rush.
Claim Your Spot at Kaanapali Beach
Kaanapali beach is one of the most popular attractions in Maui and it was, in fact, the first planned resort here. Maui house rentals are on the rise and a great alternative to the many resorts on Kaanapali beach, which was voted as the second best beach in the USA.
The shallow waters also make Kaanapali one of the best places to go snorkeling on the island. Apart from colorful schools of fish, it’s also possible to see giant turtles as you snorkel, but many tourists have reported seeing whales off the coast.
Go Surfing on Jaws Surfers Beach
Whether you’re a surfer or not, it’s definitely worth visiting this place. Jaws Surfers Beach – officially called Peahi – is where you can find some of the world’s tallest waves in the winter time and is a magnet for professional surfers from around the world. Surely, even if surfing is not for you, it’s worth coming here just to watch those guys (and gals) challenging 60-feet tall waves and nailing it.
Walk Down The Crater of Mount Haleakala
Haleakala National Park occupies a total of 30,000 acres and is home to Mount Haleakala, which can be seen from any part of Maui. The park is open 24 hours and most people choose to visit it very early morning, so they can see the sunrise and its colors. The experience is complemented by a walk down the mouth of the world’s largest dormant volcano, passing by a desert-like landscape. The crater measures an astounding 19sq miles and here you will be able to take some amazing pictures. A real must!
Go On A Helicopter Ride
It’s also possible to see the beauty of Maui from above. A number of helicopter flights are available, covering different parts of the island and offering some quite unique experiences.
There are many routes available, including a flight over Molokai island, where you can see what’s considered the world’s largest sea cliffs and beautiful waterfalls. That also includes the tallest falls in Hawaii, known as the Kahiwa Falls.
Top of my list is the 50-minute flight over Hana rainforest and Mount Haleakala, which shows you the forest’s greenery and gorgeous waterfalls. In contrast, you will also see the desert landscapes of Haleakala National Park and fly over the mouth of the volcano. In the distance, you will also see the crescent-shaped Molokini crater.
Whale Watching Tours
The algae-rich waters of western Maui receive a giant visitor every year. The Great Pacific Humpback Whales can be seen up-close and personal from on board a catamaran or an early morning cruise. As you watch these gentle giants feed just off the coast of Maui, you will also learn from marine biologists about their migrations, the way they feed and the impact of sea pollution on whales.
Molokini Snorkeling Adventure
Molokini Island is an intriguing crescent-shaped volcanic crater off the coast of Maui. This marine reserve is a sanctuary for different types of marine life and snorkeling here is one of the best experiences in Maui.
To get here, you’ll have to join a tour and come in a fast boat. As you snorkel in the crystal-clear waters, you can see colorful fishes and the stars of Molokini, the green Hawaiian sea turtles. From the boat, it’s also possible to watch many birds that make their breeding nests on the volcano crater.
Fly Underwater on a Scooter Dive
If you’re a certified diver with recent diving experience, you will be able to “fly” underwater with a hands-free scooter. This type of diving lets you cover a lot of area and fly through schools of fish, turtles, dolphins and rays.
It’s possible to go scooter diving in three areas, including Keawakapu outer reed – the only area where non-advanced divers can take part.
Visit a Country Farm
This is indeed a very cool experience in Maui and one that not many travelers explore, since most activities on and around the island are related to the sea. But in the central part of Maui, not far from Haleakala National Park, there are many farms and ranches that will make you think you’re in the wild west, rather than a tropical island.
On some tours, you will have the chance to drive your own ATV (quad bike) to explore the area, while others will let you dive into the culture and see traditional arts and crafts from locals.
Have you been to Maui or other Hawaiian islands? What is your best tip on things to do there?