Maui is indeed one of the dream destinations for many. It has been consistently chosen as the best island in the United States in the Conde Nast readers’ polls. And if looking for the perfect place to unwind, there are numerous Maui beach house rentals where you can spend the rest of your dream getaway, inclusive of excellent services and spectacular views at every turn that will surely surprise you.
Are you ready to visit one of the most beautiful islands in the world? Whether you want to relax or go for an epic adventure, Maui has something to offer for everyone. Here’s a list of the top Maui activities, restaurants and attractions to get you started on the right foot.
Take a Snorkel Trip to Molokini
One of the famous spots to snorkel is at the Molokini Crater. It is a crescent-shaped island that is located about 2 miles off the coast of Maui. Be ready to witness an abundance of colorful fishes and vibrant corals.
Flotation devices are available in the area to ensure a much enjoyable experience for everyone. There’s also a viewport boogie board which allows you to float above the water with an underwater view as well. You can also try the snuba. It is the cool offspring of a Scuba and Snorkeling marriage. However, this doesn’t require certification and just need minimal instructions. In comparison with snorkeling, it offers a much deeper experience.
Ride High through the Treetops on a Zip line
If you’re looking for an adventurous way to see the island, go for a zip line tour with the whole family. Don’t worry it’ll be fun and safe. The guides here are well-trained and qualified plus the equipment is fully tested and secure.
You’ll be hang at around 100 feet up and the platform is about 400 feet away, and that’s the only way to get there! The Piiholo Zip line has 5-course zip line tour. The final line of which is over a half mile long and sits at approximately 600 feet up.
Bike down a Volcano
Engage yourself for an experience of a lifetime. Watch the sunrise over the majestic Haleakala. It is known as the world’s largest dormant volcano. Way back the ancient times, it has been a place of worship and ceremony for the people of Hawaii.
There’s the Haleakala Bike Company that has been operating for over 20 years. They’ve got the outstanding instructions and equipment. You’ll be taken to the summit to see the sunrise then after that to the base of Haleakala National park. It stands at around 6,000 feet. That’s where the biking begins. It consists of 23 fun miles for you to explore and enjoy.
Due to its elevation, the temperature can get down to around 15 degrees Fahrenheit at sunrise. Be sure to dress in layers for comfort.
It is genuine that 80% of Maui is only accessible from the air. And that 80% will surely show you a paradise. Explore deep in the West Maui Mountains, home to the stunning set of waterfalls known as the Walls of Tears and discover the mystical Honokohau Falls. It is said to be the tallest in Maui, as it drops an enormous 1,100 feet.
Take a Surf Lesson
Surfing is indeed a great way to connect with the ocean and Mother Nature. Take your lessons with the experts on Maui. They make surfing so easy! There are many surf schools available in the area from beginner, intermediate, advanced or even group or private lessons.
He’enalu which means surfing in old Hawaii, was originated in the waters of ancient Polynesia. He’e denotes to change from a solid form towards a liquid form while nalu means motions of a wave.
Hike into Paradise
In order to see the best of an island, all you need to do is to get out on foot and have a first-hand experience of what Mother Nature has in store for you. Due to the abundance of tropical flora and fauna on Maui, together with its drastic changes in elevation, it contains seven ecosystem to explore. You’ll see a number of endangered species as you go along.
Don’t forget to bring plenty of water and a snack and wear appropriate footwear for the area.
Top Maui Restaurants
- Mama’s Fish House
Dine in Mama’s Fish House and experience a quality and an authentic Hawaiian vibe. It is located in Paia and is famous for its great seafood selection plus a breathtaking view and island ambiance. Reservations here is recommended.
- Mala Ocean Tavern
It is located in Lahaina, Mala Ocean Tavern. It serves delectable food in a casual yet beautiful ocean view setting. While dining, you’ll able to witness sea turtles cruising by. Don’t forget to try out their Ahi bruschetta and the famous mai tai.
If you’re considering a place where there are a happy hour and even a great dining spot, don’t miss Cuatro in Kihei. It is small but charming. It serves unique seafood dishes like the Spicy Tuna Nachos and fresh fish cooked in four different ways. Their daily happy hour is from 4:00-6: 00 pm. There’s the Foodland, which is just next door. Go grab your choice of drink.
Journey to Heavenly Hana
Hana is indeed one of the last true Hawaiian places on earth. It is located on the east side of Maui. It is described as an untouched fairy-tale consisting of tropical waterfalls, enchanting rain forest and stunning views from the sea cliffs, bamboo forest, and even an ancient taro patches. The road to Hana is a winding 50 miles of around 620 curves and almost 59 moss-covered bridges.
Always remember the number rule: It’s all about the journey, not the destination. Be mesmerized by the views it offers at every stop. It takes around 3 hours roundtrip without stopping. So if you’re planning to drop by the area, allocate at least a day and leave early.
Some of the best stops along the Road to Hana are the following: Twin Falls, Honomanu Bay Lookout, Waikamoi Nature Trail, Upper Waikani Falls (Three Bears), Wai’anapanapa State Park and Black Sand Beach, Hamoa Beach, Wailua Falls, and the Ohe’o Gulch and Seven Sacred Pools.
Experience the Power of Haleakala or the House of the Sun
If you’re on the peak of Puu Ulaula Overlook, which sits at around 10,023-foot summit, you’ll witness a dramatic show of the colossal size and ethereal landscape of the crater. As per the ancient Hawaiians, they believed that this is the location where the demigod Maui lassoed La or the sun of God order to lengthen the days so his people can get good fish and hunt. Today, visitors will see the spot where the rare silver sword that is only found on the slopes of Haleakala or also known as the endangered nene (Hawaiian goose).
The sunrise occurs between 5:30 am to 7:00 am. You have the freedom to choose the tour that you preferred such as the hike, bike or horseback tour.