Maui’s Best Educational Attractions

While you’re on Maui, you might not think about much other than beaches, mai tais, and naps under palm trees. While it’s great to relax and give your brain a break, if you have a craving to expand your horizons a bit while you’re here, there are plenty of ways to do it!

  1. Maui Ocean Center – We’ve mentioned Maui’s aquarium several times, as it’s a great place for kids, vacationers looking to escape a rainy day, or the site of one of Maui’s biggest and most comprehensive souvenir shops. One of the reasons we like it, though, is because it’s definitely an educational goldmine when it comes to Hawaii’s marine life! Listen to naturalists speak daily about sharks, stingrays, and other amazing sea life, or visit some of their interactive exhibits and learn about whale feeding, dolphin anatomy, and environmental research.
  2. Bailey House Museum – Another spot we’ve covered a bit is the Bailey House Museum, one of Maui’s oldest and best-preserved historic homes, nestled in lush, quiet Wailuku. Here, you’ll find artifacts, artwork, and plenty of information from pre-contact Hawaiian life, to the missionary era, and beyond. If your Hawaii-Certified Tour Guide piqued your interest in Hawaiian History during your tour with us, your next stop should definitely be the Bailey House Museum! Check out their elegant gift shop as well for books, hand-crafted jewelry, artwork, and more.
  3. Alexander & Baldwin Sugar Museum – Now that the sugar industry has left the Island of Maui, it’s more important than ever to remember this huge part of our history. Sugar and its production brought over countless immigrants from around the world, and they and their descendants are who make up a pretty big percentage of Maui’s residents. At this unassuming museum, right in the heart of Puunene (Maui’s sugar capital), learn all about sugar’s history, how it was processed through the years, and the huge significance of its cultivation on the Valley Isle.

These aren’t the only spots to feed your brain on Maui—be sure to check out the Makawao Museum (included on our Haleakala Sun-Trek tour), the Hui No’eau (a non-profit art center), and of course, the Hana Cultural Center. Whether you go on a “Museum Tour” of Maui, or just bring back some cool facts about Hawaii’s ecosystems and culture from your Road to Hana adventure, we do hope you’ll return home with a deeper appreciation of Maui’s people, plants, animals, and culture!

Why do the Road to Hana

When we talk to people vacationing on Maui, we love hearing about their plans. Between surf lessons, ziplining, and helicopter tours, though, sometimes people wonder if the Road to Hana, Maui’s famous Hana Belt Road from Kahului to the remote village on the Eastern shore, is worth taking a whole day out of their precious vacation. Believe us—we get it! But, on the other hand, we have spent the last thirty years getting to know every twist and turn in this famous road, and sharing it with our guests is our number-one passion! Here’s why we think you should experience the Road to Hana during your Maui vacation!

History Around Every Turn—all 617 of them!

From the Kings that walked through the rainforest of East Maui, to the ahupua’a maintained by the ancient Hawaiians, from the paths and bridges built by Maui’s first immigrants, to the historic port at Hana Bay—the Road to Hana is painted by Maui’s rich history, and your Hawaii-Certified Tour Guide is there to share as much of it as possible with you and your group of like-minded travelers.

Experiences You Won’t Find Anywhere Else

When you join us on the Road to Hana, you’ll get experiences you won’t find at your resort! If you want to jump in a waterfall, tour a working tropical flower farm, dine at the historic Hana Travaasa, or even dip your toes in the water at a black-sand beach, the Road to Hana has experiences you won’t forget at every stop!

Fresh Fruit, Coconut Ice cream, and, duh—Banana Bread!

Okay, okay, sure—you can have banana bread anywhere, but why do people line up for beignets at the Café du Monde if they can get a donut anywhere? That’s how people from all over the world—us included—feel about the banana bread found along the Road to Hana! You just gotta try it! And of course, don’t miss the fresh fruit sold via honor system at roadside stands, and stop by Coconut Glen’s for some amazing (vegan) coconut ice cream!

Of course, if you opt for more pool, spa, and beach time, we totally understand! The Road to Hana is one of the most amazing experiences in the world—let alone Maui—and if you don’t do it this time, we’ll be here for the next time you travel our way! See you on the Road to Hana!

Our Most Romantic Maui Tours!

Now that the kids are getting ready to head back to school, not as many families will be heading to Maui, and it’s the perfect spot for couples to have their own special, romantic getaway. What’s more romantic than one of the most beautiful islands in the world, complete with pristine beaches, lush rainforest, and miles of breathtaking coastline? If you’re here for your honeymoon, destination wedding, anniversary, or even a spur-of-the-moment trip with that special someone, you should definitely check out two of our most romantic adventures: our Haleakala Sun-Trek and our Hana Ultimate.

Haleakala Sun-Trek

One of our favorite tours, this is the perfect way to spend a day on Maui seeing the peaceful, serene side of the Valley Isle. Begin with an early-morning hotel pick-up, and before anything else, your Tour Guide will take you right to the Kahului Heliport for the first flight of the morning over Haleakala, the beautiful, moon-like dormant volcano, illuminated by early sunshine for an incredible sight. Then, touch down and settle in for a no-host breakfast at Café Mambo, in quirky, colorful Paia. Afterward, tour Makawao Town, the perfect quaint cowboy town for strolling hand-in-hand, away from your busy resort. Toast each other and get an unforgettable distillery tour at Ocean Vodka, where you’ll sit down to a picnic lunch on their beautiful grounds, and then watch goats frolicking in the afternoon sun at Surfing Goat Dairy, where you’ll enjoy a tasty flight of their award-winning goat cheese. This adult-centered tour is the perfect way to get a taste of Maui with like-minded, discerning travelers, a Hawaii-Certified Tour Guide, and of course, your special someone.

Hana Ultimate

The classic, most upscale Road to Hana tour on Maui is back, and guests are over the moon about it. From being picked up at your hotel’s front door, your Tour Guide will take you right to Café Mambo, for a relaxing, run-of-the-menu breakfast. Then, sit back in the comfort of a Luxury Limo-Van, and enjoy the winding Road to Hana, with romantic photo ops around every corner. Join your sweetheart for a dip under a waterfall, learn about some romantic Hawaiian legends from your Hawaii-Certified Tour Guide, and of course, enjoy the beautiful Travaasa Hana for a four-course luncheon. On your return home, see some beautiful, lush plant life, more cascading waterfalls, and if luck is on your side, a brilliant rainbow to make a perfect East Maui day even better.

Whether you’re planning every moment of your Maui vacation, or are looking to surprise your sweetie with an unforgettable luxury tour, we’ll be thrilled to have you on board during your romantic Maui getaway!