Best Things To Do When Visiting Maui: The Top 5

Best Things To Do When Visiting Maui: The Top 5

Maui is a wonderful island, full of cultural significance, amazing natural scenery, and countless once-in-a-lifetime experiences! With so many attractions and activities, it can be overwhelming to decide just what to fill your time with. As local Hawaiians, we know our way around the island and can make some suggestions about the best things to do when visiting. Here are our top 5 favorite things to do on Maui:


Why not start off your vacation where surfing originated? Take a private or semi-private (2-4 people) surfing lesson with one of our world-class surfing instructors. At Hawaiian Ocean Sports, lessons consist of two hours of personalized attention. A private surf lesson will have you shredding the Kalama Beach park waves within no time and a semi-private lesson is perfect for any friend or family group! Regardless of your age, experience, or interest in surfing, we believe that each individual’s skills are unique. You are capable of surfing the gorgeous waves of South Maui, Hawaii! Don’t want to miss out on an authentic Hawaiian experience, come learn from the best local instructors on Maui.

Old Lahaina Luau

The Old Lahaina Luau is considered an authentic Hawaiian experience like no other, known for refusing to cater to tourist taste and instead presents something genuinely Hawaiian. The ceremony takes place approximately one mile north of Banyan Tree Park and on the Lahaina waterfront. Performances take place every night of the week and last for about three hours. This is a part of the authentic Hawaiian experience you don’t want to miss!

Traditional Hawaiian Outrigger Canoe Tour

Experience a truly unique cultural tour as you learn the ancient art and sport of hoe wa’a, or canoe paddling. Not only does this tour take you canoeing through the beautiful waters of Wailea Beach, but it allows you to relive a part of traditional Hawai‘i as you walk the beach of the Na Ali’i (Old Chiefs). On this tour, you will get to learn about Honu (turtles), Kohola (whales), and other indigenous ocean life through Hawaiian legends, mythology, and stories passed on through generations. A traditional Hawaiian Outrigger Canoe Tour with Hawaiian Ocean Sports is truly the authentic Hawaiian experience that everyone should experience.

Road to Hana

Want to experience some gorgeous scenery and natural wildlife that Maui is home to? There are numerous beautiful scenic sights through the Road to Hana. Various mile markers identify how far along the path you are. You will see the gardens (Garden of Eden Arboretum), waterfalls (Twin Falls), trails (Waikamoi Ridge Trail), and more. You can drive through the road yourself, or have a professional driver escort you through the various wonders of the world.

Kayak Snorkel Tour

Rated one of the top beaches in the world, your guided kayak and snorkel tour departs from Wailea or Makena Beach. During you will take a journey along the South Coast of Maui with Haleakala, Lana’i, Molokini, and West Maui mountains as your backdrop. Our experienced guides have spent nearly all of their lives surfing, fishing, diving, spear-fishing and paddling canoe in this island paradise, and have immense mana’o (knowledge) passed from earlier generations about the stories and origins of Hawaii. Swim with turtles and snorkel with species of fish indigenous only to these islands. Experience the abundant sea life and magnificent coral-sea gardens just minutes from shore with Hawaiian Ocean Sports!

Maui is calling and as you plan your trip make sure to include the top five experiences outlined above!

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