If you’re planning a trip to Maui, you might be overwhelmed with everything there is to do here, and you’re wondering what should go on your list. Of course, that all depends on how much time you’ll be spending here, what your budget is, and how much you’re willing to fit in to your precious vacation time while still relaxing! To help you narrow it down, here are our five Maui Musts—five categories of experiences that you really shouldn’t miss while visiting Maui.
- Water Activities
With sparkling, azure-blue waters, Maui is one of the best places in the world to get in the ocean. By just driving down the coast, you’ll see hundreds of people who see the ocean as their natural habitat: swimmers, divers, surfers, stand-up paddlers, and more. You certainly owe it to yourself during your Maui vacation to hop in for some fun! Plenty of visitors spend a great deal of time snorkeling, and others try out boogie-boarding, stand-up paddling, or take some surfing lessons. Whatever you choose, you’ll have a ton of fun enjoying Maui’s favorite playground.
- Land Activities
Even if you’re focused on staying in the water as much as possible during your Maui vacation, you’ll definitely want to check out the rest of Maui’s natural beauty. Maui offers some of the most beautiful hiking spots in the country, so if that’s your thing, you’ll definitely want to pack your boots! Not a hiker? Not to worry, there are still plenty of ways to enjoy Maui’s incredible geology. Visit Haleakala at sunrise, explore the world-famous Road to Hana, or even go horseback-riding in Maui’s cool, laid-back Upcountry.
- Air Activities
You saw this one coming, didn’t you? It’s true, though—one of the best ways to explore Maui’s incredible beauty is by air, and there are few ways to do it! You can enjoy hang-gliding, small plane tours, and, most famously, helicopter tours around our beautiful island. You can get a bird’s-eye view of Haleakala, West Maui, the Road to Hana, and even other islands with one of the many options for air tours on Maui. Want to check off two of your musts at once? Try a Hana Sky-Trek! You’ll enjoy a land tour of the Road to Hana, and a helicopter tour of East Maui and Haleakala, all in one half-day adventure.
- Cultural Activities
Once you’ve covered sea, land, and air, you’ll want to get deeper into Maui’s heart with an activity that showcases our rich cultural heritage. Luaus are a very popular choice, and we love Old Lahaina Luau for its Hawaiian authenticity. For a more modern cultural experience, many people love Ulalena for its Cirque du Soleil-style acrobatics, while telling a unique Hawaiian story. Check with your resort, too, for things like hula lessons, kapa- and lei-making classes, and complimentary lectures on Hawaiian heritage.
Yes, of course you’ll be eating while you’re here! What’s really a must, though, is taking time for at least one top-of-the-line dining experience during your Maui vacation. If you’re looking to indulge in the freshest Hawaiian fusion cuisine imaginable, look no further than Mama’s Fish House in Paia. Enjoy amazing views while feasting on fish so fresh, the name of the fisherman who caught it that morning is right on the menu! Fish not your thing? There are hundreds of other top-notch dining venues on the island, like Morimoto, Migrant, Spago, Merriman’s, and more!
There are plenty of other things to fill your time on Maui, and more than likely, you’ll check off a few of these more than once. We hope you’ll find something perfect for you in each category, to make your trip to Maui as fulfilling as possible.