When you plan a vacation to Maui, you unlock all the wonder of a Hawaiian getaway. Maui is the second-largest of the Hawaiian Islands and is full of diverse landscapes and adventurous activities in or out of the Pacific Ocean.

Maui has something for everyone, including some of the best beaches in the world and stunning waterfalls. You can also step into must-do exciting activities like whale watching, kayaking, and ziplining. You will always find something to do in Maui, the perfect destination for families and individuals alike. Use this expert travel guide for all of the fun things to do in Maui, Hawaii.

Relax on a Hawaiian Beach

Maui has 120 miles of coast including 30 miles of beautiful beaches. There are white-sand beaches and black-sand beaches to choose from. Spend your day relaxing in the sunshine or hop in the water for some swimming or surfing lessons. If you’re feeling really adventurous, you can try paddle boarding—you might even spot some ocean wildlife!

Makena Beach State Park is among the most popular in South Maui with its beautiful white sand and big beach with space to spread out. Kaanapali Beach is one of the best beaches in West Maui and Baldwin Beach Park is a great destination for surfers and those in North Maui with excellent swimming and body surfing conditions.

Take a Helicopter Tour

Taking a helicopter tour is one of the best things to do in Hawaii. The best way to see Maui’s beautiful landscape is by flying high above East Maui’s Haleakala Crater, Hana Rainforest, and the West Maui Mountains with the doors off. We recommend taking a helicopter tour before 11 a.m. as there will be much less cloud coverage than later in the day.

Source: Maui Helicopter Tours

Whale Watching

Speaking of water activities, whale watching is an ever-popular activity in Hawaii. Every year, thousands of humpback whales make their journey to Hawaii in the winter months through the Pacific Ocean. The humpback whales will travel from Alaska around November to December and travel back in the spring.

You can see the whales from the beaches around Maui or you can take a whale-watching tour with a local expert who can show you exactly what you’re looking for.

Waterfall Hiking Trails

Maui, Hawaii is beautifully picturesque and it’s hard to capture it more than on the hiking trails that run through the island. There are all kinds of trails to explore but seeing waterfalls is a must-do on your next visit.

Some of our favorite hiking trails in Maui include Seven Sacred Pools Trail, Nakalele Blowhole Trail, Kapalua Coastal Trail, and Pipiwai Trail & Waimoku Falls (moderate). Pipiwai Trail & Waimoku Falls takes about 2 hours to complete and runs through the bamboo forest so you’re in for a treat with some magnificent photo-worthy views. Visit the ’Iao valley state park for the trifecta, a short hike, a nice swim, and gorgeous scenery.

Source: The Old Wailuku Inn

Scuba Diving & Snorkeling

There is no better way to see the diverse Hawaiian marine life than through the goggle lens while scuba diving or snorkeling the crystal waters around Maui. You’ll be able to see the beautiful fish species as well as sea turtles as they swim around the reefs just off the coast of Maui.

There are great local services that offer first-time scuba diving and snorkeling lessons to get you started on the right foot. Maui Diving Scuba Center is a great option if you’re a beginner in scuba diving. They provide rentals and lessons to get you started plus great scuba diving and snorkeling tours to show you the best spots. Snorkel and cliff dive at the black rock area located near the north end of Ka’anapali Beach.

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High above the Hawaiian canopy of palm trees and bamboo forests, ziplining allows you to get a unique perspective on Hawaii with an added thrill. Ziplining is one of the most fun things you can do while you’re here. Strap in and zip across the islands and above the banyan trees to see and enjoy Hawaii like you’ve never seen before.

Skyline Hawaii offers a wide range of tours but we recommend the Haleakala Sunrise Tour through Haleakala National Park to see the most stunning sunrise of your life. Add it to your bucket list and go ziplining the next time you’re in Hawaii!

Source: Skyline Hawai’i

Take the Road To Hana Tour

Experience amazing views of the coastline of Maui on this scenic drive. The Road to Hana aka highway 360 is a scenic highway that twists and turns through waterfalls and the rainforest. Make the many stops along the Hana Highway as you tour the road to Hana. You’ll be able to make stops with your tour guide to explore hiking trails and waterfalls, and experience some of the most spectacular Hawaiian views. You’ll also find convenient stops for Hawaiian coffee, banana bread, and shave ice along the journey to Paia Town.

Source: The Snorkel Store

Maui Golf Courses

Finally, if you’re wanting to enjoy your favorite sport with a unique and beautiful backdrop, golfing in Hawaii promises to deliver. The golf courses in Hawaii offer challenging terrain for any skill level but also give you ocean views throughout your play.

Whether you want to play at a Maui Resort or visit some courses off the beaten path, there are plenty of options. Kapalua Golf Club offers two different courses with incredible views. Wailea Golf Club also offers you the choice of two different courses that are well-maintained and offer unique challenges so why not play both?

Source: Kapalua Golf

Enjoy The Old Lahaina Luau

Immerse yourself into the center of Hawaiian Culture of The Old Lahaina Luau while you experience a night of storytelling, feasting, and entertainment by hula dancers. Upon arrival, you’ll receive a beautiful orchid lei, and a flower necklace, to celebrate the evening festivities. Be sure to come to this Maui luau hungry as there will be many authentic Hawaiian dishes to try!

Stay in your Dream Maui Vacation Home

Stay in a Maui vacation rental home with your family or group of friends gathered together to create an unforgettable Hawaiian experience. Situated in Lahaina, Hawaii, Kailani at Kapalua Ridge Villas Resort provides a beautiful coastal condo with a free shuttle included. Located in Kihei, Hawaii, Nohea in the Maui Kamaole Resort offers a luxury condo retreat with a relaxing lanai ready for you to soak in the sea breeze while dining al fresco.

Book Your Maui, Hawaii Vacation Rental Today!

As you’re trying to decide where to spend your next vacation, why not head on the road to Maui? Say aloha to lasting memories and some incredibly fun things to do while you’re here. Our vacation rentals offer you incredible ocean views or somewhere to sit back and restore. Start planning your trip and book your Maui vacation rental today!

Published by Danielle Vito

As Senior Social Media Manager, Danielle manages AvantStay's social media platforms and writes content for the Atlas blog. Previously, Danielle was the Social Media Producer at The Points Guy where she ran TPG's Instagram and wrote articles on the most social media-worthy destinations, and tips on hacking your travels by using credit cards.

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