Maui is Hawaii’s second-largest island and boasts a stunning mix of golden coastline, azure ocean and verdant nature reserves. Known as the Valley Isle because of the two mountains that rise up to the east and west, it has a wide variety of activities to offer visitors. Here are seven that you definitely won’t want to miss out on.
1. Drive along the Road to Hana
This famous road winds along the northeastern shore of the island, twisting alongside cliffs, past waterfalls, and through valleys. It’s an adventurous drive thanks to the sharp curves and multitude of bridges, but one you’re sure to never forget. There are plenty of opportunities to stop along the way for photos, snacks from roadside stands, and a swim.
2. Sample the local food and drink
Maui cuisine is an amazing blend of cultures, packed with rich flavors and ingredients which are seasonal and locally grown. Be sure to try some island produced coffee from Kaanapali Coffee Farms and shaved ice from Ululani’s, as well as stopping by some of the region’s famed food trucks.
3. Attend a luau
To experience some authentic Hawaiian culture alongside your food and drink, attend a traditional luau with musical performances and hula dancing. One of the best is Old Lahaina Luau, which boasts panoramic sunset views over the ocean in addition to the lively showcase of Maui heritage.
4. Test your surfing skills
No trip to Hawaii would be complete without a little surfing! There are surf schools all across the island offering classes for different ability levels to help you learn how to catch a wave. Alternatively, you could try windsurfing, kayaking, or any number of other water sports. Prefer to stay on land? The island’s Wailea Golf Club is one of the leading golf spots in the world.
5. Relax on the beach
As all the resorts in Maui Hawaii know, the beaches are what you’re really here for. The good news is that they don’t disappoint. With pristine white sands and crystal clear waters, you’ll feel like you have literally stepped into a postcard. Don’t miss the sight of the sunset over the ocean either, it’s one of the most beautiful views on the island.
6. Hike in the Haleakala National Park
One of the Maui experiences that have to be on your bucket list is watching the sunrise from the top of Haleakala, the island’s highest peak at just over 10,000 feet. The views from up here are truly breathtaking, and seeing the world unfold before you in the dawn is nothing short of magical. Just be sure to wrap up warm!
7. Dive below the waves
Maui is just as mesmerizing below the surface of the ocean as it is above it. Whether you want to snorkel alongside graceful green sea turtles or scuba dive at the iconic Molokini Crater, the underwater scenery is captivating. If you prefer to stay dry, you could go on a whale-watching boat tour or ride a high-tech submarine to get a closer look at the coral reefs in comfort and style.