West Maui Mountains: Our most recommended tours and activities

Central Maui: Two-Island Scenic Helicopter Flight to Molokai

1. Central Maui: Two-Island Scenic Helicopter Flight to Molokai

Experience the beauty of Hawaii from a different perspective on a scenic helicopter flight over Maui and Molokai. Climb aboard at Kahului Heliport and fly over the world's largest sea cliffs. Get bird's eye views of the dramatic waterfalls of Molokai, including Kahiwa Falls. Continue towards the remote north shore to gaze down at the Halawa Valley and the vast fish ponds. Fly over the Pailolo Channel to admire the scenic waters between the islands, including Elephant Rock. Fly over Maui for intimate views of the Valley State Park. Get privileged views of the cascades of Honokohau Falls, the island's tallest waterfall. Look to the horizon to see the dormant volcano of Haleakala and the rugged peaks of the West Maui Mountains. With favorable conditions, you may even see the Wall of Tears waterfall.

Lahaina: Maui Ku’ia Estate Guided Chocolate Tasting

2. Lahaina: Maui Ku’ia Estate Guided Chocolate Tasting

Join a tasting at Ku’ia Estates Chocolate Factory in Maui, the largest chocolate factory in the state of Hawaii. Follow your guide to a curated tasting experience and enjoy 360-degree views from a rooftop pavilion. Start your guided chocolate journey by learning about cacao origins at the factory. Experience the chocolate making process in Lahaina from farm to factory via videos. Learn how to formulate the perfect chocolate bite, and everything in between. Then, prepare yourself for some mouth-watering, award-winning chocolates. Sample at least 9 varieties, taking in each chocolate's aroma and letting the flavors melt on your tongue.

From Lahaina: Lana'i Snorkel and Dolphin Adventure Cruise

3. From Lahaina: Lana'i Snorkel and Dolphin Adventure Cruise

On the cruise over to Lanai from Maui you can listen to music and socialize with friends and family while you enjoy a continental breakfast. The captain will keep you entertained by sharing his knowledge of this island paradise and the abundant sea life that makes this area their home. Nearing Lanai you can take in the beautiful coastline views of the remote and luxurious privately owned island. Keep an eye out for spinner dolphins that frequent the area who are known for their acrobatic tricks. At your snorkel destination you can jump into the water from our "jump for joy platform" off the second deck, take the slide, or for the more conservative take the stairs. All lead to warm, crystal clear waters vibrant with marine life and coral gardens. Be among the few to snorkel at remote locations with great visibility, such as Shark Fin Rock and Manele Bay. See a spectacular view of the West Maui Mountains while enjoying a beverage and Quicksilver Crew Trivia on the trip back to Lahaina.

Maui: Private Valley Isle Customized Tour

4. Maui: Private Valley Isle Customized Tour

The activities listed are options that you can choose from. This tour allows flexibility and is customized to your preferences. Whatever you choose, it will be a full day.  In West Maui: - Go snorkeling (not a boat tour/must bring snorkel gear). - Discover coastline gems, majestic mountains, and cultural and historical sites.  - Venture around the West Maui Mountain loop for coastal views and numerous activities: 1. Hike to the Nakalele Blowhole. 2. Swim in giant tide-pools (weather permitting). 3. Hike the Kapalua Trail, and go cliff jumping into a pristine ocean. 4. Take a stroll to the legendary Dragon's Teeth and labyrinth. 5. Take a leisurely walk through the lush jungle of Honolua Bay, and have local fresh fruit smoothies. 6. Visit the isolated and historical Kahakuloa Village for tasty Hawaiian snacks. 7. Visit Karen Lei's Gallery with over 100 local artists. 8. Discover ancient petroglyphs. On the south side of Maui (Kihei & Makena): - Go snorkeling (not a boat tour/must bring snorkel gear), or relax on the best beaches.  In the central valley (Wailuku): - Iao Valley State Monument (advanced reservations $5 per person/please enquire): cultural tour, native species, stunning views, visit the Iao Needle, hike to the Iao Stream, our largest watershed, and take a dip in the freshwater pools (optional). - Visit Iao Valley Kepaniwai Heritage Park (free): cultural tour, views of Iao stream, our largest watershed, go rock hopping to the streams (optional). - Visit Maui's Tropical Plantation for stunning landscapes and views, with local coffee, fruits, snacks and produce, and the upscale Mill House restaurant for lunch.  Upcountry Maui (Kula), you can see panoramic views from 2500 to over 4500 feet: - Visit the Kula Lavender Farm and diverse gardens, where all products are made with lavender ($3 per person) - Visit an organic vodka, rum, and gin distillery with beautiful views, Have unch at their farm-to-table cocktail cafe, paired with specialty drinks, purchase spirits and other items at their store, and/or book a 35 minute tour (advanced reservations for tour/please inquire). - Visit Maui Wine at Ulupalakua Vineyards (1 hour private tastings require advanced reservations/please inquire). North Shore, Paia: - Discover giant resting green sea turtles.  - Visit acclaimed Ho'okipa Beach for great surfers, wind surfers, and kite surfers!  

Central Maui: Circle Island & Road to Hana Helicopter Flight

5. Central Maui: Circle Island & Road to Hana Helicopter Flight

Soar into the sky and experience the serenity of Maui, "The Valley Isle", on this complete circle island expedition. Climb above Haleakala National Park with views of the crater, the Hana Rainforest, West Maui Mountains, and lao Valley State Park. View Maui's lush landscape, breathtaking coastlines, hidden valleys, scenic waterfalls, and the sharp-blue waters of the Pacific Ocean. Fly near Lahaina, Kapalua, Kaanapali, Wailea, and Hana and witness the stark contrast from upcountry to the beaches of Hawaii's second-largest island. Embark on the journey of a lifetime.

Maui: Ka'anapali 8 Line Zipline Adventure

6. Maui: Ka'anapali 8 Line Zipline Adventure

Enjoy the Pacific Ocean and offshore island views as you soar above Ka'anapali’s remote coastal landscape on an award winning 8 line adventure. After an enjoyable, short hike through stunning scenery, begin your airborne adventure over the incredible, coastal landscape.  Learn about Hawaii's environmental riches and Maui's long ranching history as you fly through the trees on this one-of-a-kind adventure. During the tour you will stand on a viewing platform that looks out towards the West Mau Mountains, beyond a beautiful valley. Each zip line crossing gets longer and more exciting as guests progress through the tour. By the end of your tour, even more timid guests are whooping and hollering on the thrilling final line that finishes off the adventure. The local partner is committed to the preservation of Hawaii's landscape and culture, and wants as many people as possible to experience the natural wonder of the Hawaiian Islands. Part of your booking's proceeds go to the "1% For The Planet" campaign where 1% of annual company revenue goes back to local environmental and charitable nonprofits.

Maui: Jungle and Waterfall Hiking Adventure

7. Maui: Jungle and Waterfall Hiking Adventure

This is a moderately challenging/technical hike for experienced hikers or active and fit types only, including kids. Enjoy the sweet smell of yellow and white ginger flowers (seasonal), as you hike through a lush jungle in the West Maui Mountains. Part of this adventure is the road less traveled, and in lower season, the entire journey feels that way. You will begin with a hike through bamboo thickets to a dirt trail that weaves in and out of a rocky stream. This will lead, on a trail which involves lava-rock/boulder hopping, to an upper-tier waterfall and pool which is perfect for swimming. The stream flow can be higher or lower depending on the season, with a higher amount of rainfall occurring at higher elevations. Along the way, your guide will point out old native ruins, as well as native species such as Awapuhi Ginger (seasonal), which can be used to condition your skin and hair on the spot! You will also find Banyan trees, originally from India, with aerial roots that will leave you in awe of nature. After feeling refreshed from your first swim, we'll return to the original point of entry and begin your descent to the next phase of the journey.  The 2nd phase is local style, and involves hiking through giant basalt formations while descending down to lower-tier waterfalls to explore and swim in the freshwater pools. The first tier has a natural waterfall slide that gushes into the pool, which is great for kids. You will then hike further down the rocky stream to an incredible banyan tree with giant roots for climbing down to a larger and more secluded 2nd-tier waterfall and pool, with the option of climbing into the fall. From here, you will stand above an even larger and steep 3rd-tier waterfall which gushes toward the ocean.

From Lahaina: Thanksgiving Dinner Cruise Aboard Quicksilver

8. From Lahaina: Thanksgiving Dinner Cruise Aboard Quicksilver

Give thanks Hawaiian style on a special holiday dinner cruise aboard the Quicksilver. Relax with family and friends, listen to music, and enjoy the spectacular views of the West Maui Mountains and neighboring islands of Molokai and Lanai as you cruise the calm Maui waters. Sip on cocktails, beer, and wine as the crew serves you a Hawaiian-influenced thanksgiving day feast with all the fixings. After the hearty dinner, enjoy a decadent dessert that is served tableside The Quicksilver is a double-decker power catamaran with a spacious deck and comfortable table and chair seating for all. With its open-air design, every seat onboard offers incredible views of Maui sunsets, and if you're lucky, you may even come across some Spinner Dolphin and Humpback Whales.

Lahaina: Private Sunset Sailing Trip & West Maui Mountains

9. Lahaina: Private Sunset Sailing Trip & West Maui Mountains

Celebrate a special occasion with a private evening sailing cruise in Maui departing from Lahaina. Have the boat all to yourself as you sail over the Hawaiian waters and look out for marine life as the West Maui Mountains become the perfect backdrop to watch the sunset. Make your way down to Whalers Village in the late afternoon and be welcomed aboard your own private sailboat by the captain. Hoist the sails at around 16:00 PM and set out onto the iddylic sea. Relax on deck with your significant other, your family, or your friends and celebrate any occasion as the waves of Lahaina lap against the boat. Treat yourself to some light appetizers including a platter of fruit, cheeses, and crackers and bring your own booze. Watch as the sun begins to set on the horizon and make a moment to remember with the West Maui Mountains majestically rising behind you. Stay for all of the sunset and then sail back to the shore.

From Hana: West Maui Mountains Tour with Hotel Pickup

10. From Hana: West Maui Mountains Tour with Hotel Pickup

Admire scenic views and visit lesser-known spots during this guided daytrip from Hana to the West Maui Mountains. Head to stunning locations like the Iao Valley and the Hoonkau Beach Park. Learn about the history of the area and enjoy bottled soft drinks and water along the way. Start with hotel pickup and drive along the narrow winding roads of the Honoapi'ilani Highway. Admire the views as you make your way to Lahaina. Known as Lele in ancient times, the town was the first capital of the Kingdom of Hawaii and is rich in history and culture. Take in views of the Mauna Kahalawai (West Maui Mountains) and the Haleakalā Volcano, which is nestled between the four waters of Maui Waikapu, Wailuku, Waiehu, and Waiheʻe. Stop to take a stroll through the Hoonkau Beach Park.

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What people are saying about West Maui Mountains

Overall rating

4.9 / 5

based on 121 reviews

Carlos was excellent and so was the ride! This was my second time flying with maverick and they have always been exceptional! We were able to see many waterfalls and whales along with some history of the island. Worth every penny as you get to experience the island in a way you aren’t able to without a helicopter. 10/10 will definitely be back again next year!

This was SO COOL and delicious!!! It was a perfect addition to our day — not too long but substantial and not out of the way in the slightest (we loved spending time in the Lahaina/Kapaluua areas) and introduced us to a small business that is doing amazing work!

This was an amazing experience. The staff on the boat were super friendly and very attentive. We went to a great spot for snorkeling and enjoyed every minute. I would highly recommend this tour and would do it again if I return to Maui.

Our pilot was great, very knowledgeable about the area and made sure we were getting the most out of the flight.

The entire team meet and exceeded all expectations! It was a great and safe time.