Things to do in
Maui

Explore Hawaii’s largest island and find some unique wildlife, volcanic mountains, and impressive waterfalls.

Our most recommended things to do in Maui

South Maui: PM Snorkel to Coral Gardens or Molokini Crater

1. South Maui: PM Snorkel to Coral Gardens or Molokini Crater

Explore one of Maui’s most impressive sites on this relaxing afternoon catamaran cruise to Molokini Crater or Coral Gardens. Dive into the rich marine biodiversity of the reefs in this partially submerged volcanic crater. Head to the meeting point at Maalaea Harbor for your check-in before boarding the Malalo catamaran. Set sail and admire the beautiful Pacific coastal views as you cruise towards your snorkel site. Stop at the ideal snorkeling location for that day. Have the option to purchase food and drink aboard. Jump into the pleasant water and look for colorful fish like parrot fish, yellow tang, and cornet fish. Keep your eyes peeled for the elusive spotted eagle ray. Feel free to rent wetsuits, digital underwater cameras, and prescription masks on the day of your activity to enhance your aquatic experience. After your unforgettable swim, relax with a drink (available to purchase) on deck as you return to your boarding point.

Ma'alaea Harbor: Whale Watching Catamaran Cruise

2. Ma'alaea Harbor: Whale Watching Catamaran Cruise

Board the comfortable and spacious double-deck power catamaran from Ma'alaea Harbor and cruise the Maui coastline to see the humpback whales, who return to Hawaii for a few months each year to mate and give birth. Get up close to these amazing animals to view their spectacular whale behaviors in their native environment Keep your eyes peeled for massive splashes across the horizon from whales slapping the surface with their fins and tails. See them spy-hop, when humpback whales come high out of the water to have a look around at the world above. See the majesty of a breaching whale, if you are lucky. This is when a whale rises completely out of the water and crashes down again. Don’t forget to bring your camera and take memorable photos from the shade of a spacious cabin.

South Maui: Snorkel at Molokini and Turtle Town with Meals

3. South Maui: Snorkel at Molokini and Turtle Town with Meals

See Maui from a new perspective as you swim and snorkel alongside its marine life at Molokini and Turtle Town. Cruise to these famous snorkeling destinations by catamaran, and enjoy breakfast and lunch onboard. Meet your captain and crew near Maalaea Harbor for your check-in. Board the comfortable catamaran and enjoy a continental breakfast of pastries, muffins, fresh fruits, coffee, tea, juice, soda, and water as you head towards Molokini. Arrive at Molokini and admire the scenery of the extinct volcanic cone, home to around 250 different local species. Jump into the water and snorkel with native wildlife such as black triggerfish, yellow tang, and parrotfish. Continue onto Turtle Town, where you’ll swim with protected Hawaiian green sea turtles among the underwater lava formations. Rest assured a lifeguard will be in the water at all times as you snorkel around the beautiful coral gardens. Enjoy a deli lunch with turkey and ham Hawaiian sweet roll sliders with Mediterranean pasta salad, soft drinks, juice, and water. Choose to purchase beers or a Mai Tai, and relax in the shade of the cabin. Or top up your tan on the bow of the boat as you return to Ma'alaea Harbor.

Maui: Haleakala National Park Sunrise Tour

4. Maui: Haleakala National Park Sunrise Tour

Travel to the 10,023-foot summit of Haleakalā National Park to view Maui’s amazing sunrise on a guided day trip. Experience a sunrise like no other as the vastness of Haleakalā National Park awakens with views opening in all directions and the sun casting amazing hues of light into the crater floor. Be transported in comfort with Maui’s newest fleet of guided tour vehicles with large viewing windows, comfortable seating, and climate-controlled interiors. Enjoy a guided narrative including the history of Haleakalā National Park, flora, fauna, and cultural significance of the area.  Stay warm at the summit as you enjoy the complimentary use of warm jackets and gloves while you take in the stunning surroundings.  After your Haleakalā sunrise experience, enjoy a stop at the historic Kula Lodge for more amazing valley views and a delicious lodge breakfast experience. Choose from vegetarian, gluten-free, and light options as you watch the day begin in the valley below.  The tour is committed to the preservation of Hawaii's landscape and culture. Part of your booking's proceeds goes to the "1% For The Planet" campaign where 1% of annual company revenue goes back to local environmental and charitable nonprofits.

South Maui: Eco Friendly Molokini and Turtle Town Tour

5. South Maui: Eco Friendly Molokini and Turtle Town Tour

Discover the underwater worlds of Molokini crater and Turtle Arches on this cruise from Maui. Get instruction on how to snorkel before exploring the reef. Learn about this biodiverse environment from professional naturalists. Eat a delicious breakfast before starting your trip. Enjoy a continental breakfast including pastries, fruit, and coffee before sailing out to Molokini. Molokini, Maui’s iconic crescent-shaped islet, is a beautiful reef known for its crystal clear waters, abundant coral, colorful fish, and resting seabirds. A protected marine conservation area, this volcanic crater is only accessible by boat with a certified tour operator and is the #1 snorkeling destination in Maui. Learn about the history and nature of your surroundings and the efforts being made to protect the ocean here.  Following your time at Molokini, head to Turtle Arches and enjoy a bonus snorkel site with its underwater lava formations and frequent turtle sightings. Watch for sea turtles, eels, octopi, and other reef fish. Once you are done snorkeling and have worked up an appetite, enjoy a freshly prepared lunch of grilled chicken, burgers, and salad before heading back to Ma'alaea Harbor.

South Maui: Gilligans' Island Luau with Dinner and Drinks

6. South Maui: Gilligans' Island Luau with Dinner and Drinks

Join us for an intimate and up close authentic luau experience like no other. We'll take you on a mesmerizing journey through various types of Polynesian culture presented in a fun and engaging format. Through storytelling, audience participation and remarkable performances, we present an experience unavailable anywhere else. Locally owned and operated, we bring you the very best of Polynesian Culture. Our space is limited to maintain the integrity of the experience. So, every seat in the house has a great view. Gilligans is located on the Maui Nui Golf Course in Kihei and is the only luau in Kihei. We are excited to welcome you here! When you arrive, you'll be shown to your table by one of the performers in the show. Then, you'll order drinks from your server from the open bar. Tropical drinks, well drinks, red or white house wine, beer and all non-alcoholic beverages are included with your admission. You'll head to the Hawaiian Buffet. The buffet includes: Hawaiian kalua pork, teriyaki chicken, panko-crusted mahi mahi with lemon dill cream sauce, hummus with vegetable crudites, lomi lomi salmon, mixed vegetables, mac salad, poi, white rice, molokai sweet potato, green salad w/pineapple vinaigrette dressing and Hawaiian sweet rolls with honey butter. , Molokai Sweet Potato, Green Salad w/Pineapple Vinaigrette dressing and Hawaiian Sweet Rolls with honey butter. Save room for dessert: fresh pineapple cubes, chocolate haupia or lilikoi pie, white chocolate macadamia nut cookies, and lilikoi bars. Then sit back and watch the show take you on a journey through the evolution of Polynesian hula, through Hawaii, New Zealand and Tahiti. With a Samoan fire dancer finale and Hawaiian musicians and drummer, you'll be on the edge of your seat. And in our intimate venue, you'll be up close and more personal than anywhere else in Hawaii. We sell out quickly - Reserve your seats today!

Maui: Road to Hana Adventure with Breakfast & Lunch

7. Maui: Road to Hana Adventure with Breakfast & Lunch

Swim at a jungle waterfall and at a black sand beach on this tour from Maui the explores local beauty, culture, and food on The Road to Hana. Enjoy an included lunch and admission to the Wai'anapanapa State Park. Total Duration: 8-10 hours depending on your starting point 1. Safeway, 1090 Ho'okele St, Kahului, HI 96732, USA, 15 minutes 2. Hana Highway - Road to Hana, Route 36, Maui, HI, 10 hours 3. Bamboo Forest, Maui, HI, pass by without stopping 4. Ho'okipa Beach Park, Hana Highway, Paia, Maui, HI 96779, pass by without stopping 5. Waikani Falls, Maui, HI, pass by without stopping 6. Pua'a Ka'a State Park, Hana Highway, Maui, HI, 40 minutes 7. Wai'anapanapa State Park, Hana Hwy. near mile marker 32, Hana, Maui, HI, 45 minutes 8. Wailua Falls, Hana Highway just past Koali Ranch Cottage, Hana, Maui, HI 96713, pass by without stopping 9. Ke‘anae Point, Maui, HI, 30 minutes 10. Charles Lindbergh's Grave, 40990 Hana Highway, Kipahulu, Maui, HI 96713, pass by without stopping 11. Maui Honey Bee Sanctuary, 16655 Piilani Hwy, Kula, HI 96790, USA, pass by without stopping 12. Kaupo, Kaupo, Maui, Hawaii, pass by without stopping 13. Aunty Sandy's Banana Bread, 210 Keanae Rd, Ke‘Anae, HI 96708, USA, 15 minutes 14. Charles Lindbergh's Grave, 40990 Hana Highway, Kipahulu, Maui, HI 96713, pass by without stopping 15. Laulima Farm, Hana Highway, Kipahulu, Maui, HI, pass by without stopping 16. Ohe'o Gulch, Haleakala National Park, Maui, HI, pass by without stopping

From Ma'alaea: Turtle Town Snorkel Aboard the Quicksilver

8. From Ma'alaea: Turtle Town Snorkel Aboard the Quicksilver

Spot Hawaii's native marine life in its natural habitat on a snorkel cruise to Turtle Town from Ma'alaea Harbor. Swim past green sea turtles, Moorish idols, and even humpback whales. Enjoy an onboard lunch and drinks. Set sail from Ma'alaea Harbor towards the westside of the island to Turtle Town, aka Mala Wharf (if weather conditions allow). See where, in 1992, a powerful hurricane created an artificial reef and sanctuary where corals and other marine life thrive. Spot Moorish idols, green sea turtles, and saddle wrasse while snorkeling here. If snorkel conditions are not ideal at Turtle Town a.k.a. Mala Wharf, cruise to one of the other premier westside snorkel locations such as Honolua Bay, Airport Beach, or Launiupoko. See Hawaiian green sea turtles, brightly colored tropical fish, and beautiful coral reef formations. During the whale season between December to April, observe humpback whales as they enjoy the warm Hawaiian waters (time permitting). Learn from expert narration about the whales and provide a play-by-play commentary of the whales' behavior as you view them.

Maui: Turtle Town Kayak and Snorkel Tour

9. Maui: Turtle Town Kayak and Snorkel Tour

Explore the ocean and see marine wildlife on this family-friendly kayaking tour, great for children 5 and up. Go snorkeling and feast on complimentary snacks and beverages as you go. Take a group kayaking tour where you will kayak roughly 2 miles through Makena Bay. Turtle Town is known as one of Maui's best kayaking and snorkeling destinations. Spot ocean wildlife as you battle through the blue Hawaiian surf. This location is famous for the Hawaiian Green Sea Turtle population and exceptional paddling conditions on Maui's calm blue waters. It is also very common to see manta rays and dolphins as well as the Hawaiian monk seal. During whale season (Dec through April) you will have the opportunity to see Humpback whales during their annual migration to the Islands to mate and give birth. Take advantage of the opportunity to snorkel in this unique environment. Enjoy complimentary snacks and beverages as part of your tour.

South Maui: Sunset Prime Rib or Mahi Mahi Dinner Cruise

10. South Maui: Sunset Prime Rib or Mahi Mahi Dinner Cruise

Watch the glow of the sunset on the Kahalawai Mountains, Lanai Island, and the Molokini Crater on this sunset catamaran cruise from Ma’alaea. Keep an eye out for humpback whales while listening to Hawaiian music. Savor a gourmet dinner and relax with two drinks from the bar. Depart from the Ma’alaea Harbor and set off into the waves on a catamaran. After exiting the harbor, enjoy a complimentary drink before the dinner service kicks off. Explore the alcoves of the boat, gaze out over the ocean, and snap photos. While soaking up the tropical views, listen to island-style music. For dinner, chef Keoni will serve the succulent Hawaiian prime rib, Mahi Mahi, teriyaki chicken, ribs, steamed vegetables, white rice with soy sauce, and more. As you dine, take in views of Kaho’olawe and Lanai in the distance, as well as the top snorkeling location, Molokini Crater. Gaze out at the Kahalawai Mountains of Maui extending toward the sky. You are likely to see humpback whales visiting the islands from Alaska along with other marine mammals.

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Day started a little late because of miscommunication to the driver but he handled it well and after picking everyone up he shook it off and was an excellent guide. The sights were breathtaking and the ride smooth. Could have used a little more time in the town we stopped in for lunch. Would have loved to look through the shops but with needing to fit a meal in it was tough to do both. I recommend!

Our crew was great, they provided excellent gear and were very attentive. We went to turtle town first and had it basically to ourselves. Molokini Crater, to be honest is overrated, yes the visibility is great but for variety of fish there are better spots on the island. We got very lucky on our way back we saw some breaching whales. A great excursion Mahalo

Kayaking was with a knowledgeable and friendly local family. Very flexible and helpful. We didn’t see much on our tour cause of the wind so he offered us the option of coming back and joining his snorkeling group at no additional charge.

It was a great experience. The crew has been very friendly and always asked for cocktails and finger food. Highly recommended!

Super cool experience and the staff was wonderful!