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

Lahaina: Turtle Town Snorkel and Whale Watching Cruise

1. Lahaina: Turtle Town Snorkel and Whale Watching Cruise

Spot Hawaii's native marine life in its natural habitat on a snorkel cruise to Turtle Town from Lahaina. Swim past green sea turtles, Moorish idols, and even humpback whales. For beginners, there is an onboard snorkel demonstration before you set out. Enjoy an onboard lunch and drinks. Set sail from Lahaina Harbor towards Turtle Town, aka Mala Wharf (if weather conditions allow). In 1992, a powerful hurricane destroyed Mala Pier. The surviving posts have 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. All of these locations offer an excellent opportunity to see Hawaiian green sea turtles, brightly colored tropical fish, and beautiful coral reef formations. During the whale season (December to April), observe humpback whales as they enjoy the warm Hawaiian waters. This tour segment will include expert narration about the whales and provide a play-by-play commentary of the whales' behavior as you view them.

Maui Ocean Center Full-Day Entrance Ticket

2. Maui Ocean Center Full-Day Entrance Ticket

Explore Maui Ocean Center, the Aquarium of Hawaiʻi, through its roots in conservation, education, and sustainability. See hundreds of underwater animals from the moment you walk through an acrylic tunnel to an enormous 750,000-gallon marine habitat once inside. Your full-day entrance ticket provides access to live coral and reef fishes, where you can learn about reef, blacktip, whitetip, hammerhead, and rare tiger sharks, considered the most dangerous sharks to inhabit tropical waters. Experience the gracefulness of sting rays and spotted eagle rays, and get up close to protected Hawaiian green sea turtles. Play with 40 interactive modules, video monitors, and narrative boards in the new Marine Mammal Discovery Center, focusing on the Hawaiian monk seal, dolphins, and humpback whales. Included with your general admission ticket is The Humpbacks of Hawai`i Sphere Experience where you can explore the kingdom of these incredible ocean mammals in a 3D Sphere experience. Aptly named "The Hawaiian Aquarium," the Maui Ocean Center is the only aquarium in the world dedicated to fostering understanding and respect for Hawaii's marine life. More than 60 self-paced interactive exhibits are joined by 2 restaurants and the Maui Ocean Treasures gift shop to complete your day.

Maui: Road to Hana Adventure with Breakfast & Lunch

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

Total Duration: 10 hours 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 stoppin

Maui: Road to Hana Full-Day Tour with Lunch

4. Maui: Road to Hana Full-Day Tour with Lunch

Cruise through winding roads on the iconic Hana Highway, also known as the Road to Hana. With roughly 620 curves and 54 one-lane bridges, this epic adventure offers incredible views of the Maui coastline. Along the way, your local guide will "talk story" with you and share more about Hawaii's rich history. Sit back, relax, and enjoy this exciting and memorable tour aboard a spacious mini-bus. Begin your adventure with a local-style breakfast before embarking on your journey to Hana. You will enjoy multiple stops along the route, including the beautiful Ho‘okipa Beach. Stop at Kaumahina State Park, where you can experience breath-taking vistas of the northeast coastline of the island and the Ke‘Anae Peninsula.  From there, travel along the winding roads to Pua‘a Ka‘a State Park, where you can stretch, grab a snack, and take a swim in the refreshing natural spring. Then, cruise over to the gorgeous Wai‘anapanapa beach to explore and marvel at the black sand. Once you're in Hana, head down to Hana Bay to enjoy a local-style lunch. This incredible adventure continues around the island to the world-famous Haleakala. From here, you will see scenic ocean views from the top of the mountain, along with tropical rainforest behind you.

Maui: Road to Hana Full-Day Tour with Lunch and Transfer

5. Maui: Road to Hana Full-Day Tour with Lunch and Transfer

Cruise through winding roads on the iconic Hana Highway, also known as the Road to Hana. Enjoy a route of 620 curves and 54 one-lane bridges with scenic views of the Maui coastline. Let your local guide will "talk story" with you as they share more about Hawaii's rich history. Sit back, relax, and enjoy an exciting and memorable tour aboard a spacious mini-bus. Begin your adventure with a local-style breakfast before embarking on your journey to Hana. Enjoy multiple stops along the route, including the beautiful Ho‘okipa Beach. Pause at Kaumahina State Park to experience the vistas of the northeast coastline of the island and the Ke‘Anae Peninsula.  From there, travel along the winding roads to Pua‘a Ka‘a State Park, where you can stretch, grab a snack, and take a swim in the refreshing natural spring. Then, cruise over to the gorgeous Wai‘anapanapa beach to marvel at the black sand. Once you're in Hana, head down to Hana Bay to enjoy a local-style lunch. Continues your trip around the island to the world-famous Haleakala. From here, you will see scenic ocean views from the top of the mountain, along with tropical rainforest behind you.

Maui: Molokini and Turtle Town Snorkel Tour with Lunch

6. Maui: Molokini and Turtle Town Snorkel Tour with Lunch

Take a snorkeling tour to the Molokini Crater and Turtle Town from Maalaea harbor. Encounter the extinct volcanic cone of Molokini and marvel at native Hawaiian marine life in their natural habitat. Start the day off right with a breakfast of eggs, ham, cinnamon rolls, donuts, coffee, fruit, and juice. Get ready to spot the manta rays, fish, and sharks, who swim around the coral year-round. Molokini is protected as a marine preserve and bird sanctuary, so expect pristine conditions. Use the snorkeling equipment to explore the underwater world. Enjoy riding down the two water slides to splash into the water. Take a peek at the reef without getting in the water via the glass-bottom viewing room. Have peace of mind knowing a lifeguard will be in the water at all times watching over the snorkelers and ready to help if requried. After leaving Molokini, head for your second snorkeling spot of the day at Turtle Town. When there, take the chance to swim with Hawaiian green sea turtles amid the calm waters before returning to the boat for lunch. Take advantage of the boat's amenities which include two slides, two freshwater showers, quality snorkeling gear, flotation devices, and restrooms. The boat features an easy-to-use stairway in and out of the water, and lots of shade if you want to stay out of the sun.

From Ma'alaea Harbor: Molokini Snorkeling Adventure

7. From Ma'alaea Harbor: Molokini Snorkeling Adventure

Embark on a half-day snorkeling adventure on a glass-bottomed catamaran, with breakfast, lunch, and a professional crew included. Look out for all types of Pacific marine life, from dolphins to turtles and coral reefs, in 2 snorkeling spots — the Molokini Crater and Turtle Town.  Begin your tour at Maalaea Harbor to board your boat. Join the crew aboard the Calypso, Maui's newest addition to the fleet, where you can even view the ocean from its glass bottom. Calypso is the only 3-deck catamaran in Hawai'i. Benefit from an easy-to-use stairway in and out of the water, lots of shade, and plenty of Jimmy Buffet music.  Start the day off right with a hearty breakfast that includes scrambled eggs, Portuguese sausage and either turkey or chicken and mushroom sausage, mixed muffins, pastries, mixed fruit, coffee, tea, and juice. Next, be dazzled by Molokini Crater, located off the south shore of Kihei. Expect pristine conditions as Molokini is a protected marine preserve and bird sanctuary.  See how the extinct volcanic cone provides a home for native Hawaiian marine life such as manta rays, fish, urchins, and sharks, who all swim around the coral through the clear water year-round. Use the provided snorkeling equipment to explore the underwater world.  Take advantage of the 2 water slides to make it more fun, especially for kids. And fret not— a lifeguard is always in the water watching over the snorkelers to ensure their safety. After leaving Molokini, your second snorkeling spot of the day is Turtle Town, where you will swim with Hawaiian green sea turtles amid the calm water and coral. Then, return to the boat for a relaxing barbecue lunch buffet. Finally, enjoy a fun trivia game for the chance to win a crew T-shirt. Some of the tour’s top amenities include 2 slides, a jumping platform, 2 freshwater showers, use of snorkeling gear, flotation devices, and restrooms on the boat. There are 11 stair points to get into the water for easy and comfortable access. Hire everything you need on the day, with wetsuits, or underwater digital cameras available to rent.

Lahaina: Maui Channel Whale-Watching Catamaran Cruise

8. Lahaina: Maui Channel Whale-Watching Catamaran Cruise

Travel via high-speed catamaran from Lahaina Harbor to the Maui Channel 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 creatures in their native environment from comfortable table and chair seating. Keep your eyes peeled for whales slapping the surface with their very long side fins, tails, or the strong muscles attaching the tail to the rest of the body. 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.

Maui: Haleakala National Park Sunrise Tour

9. 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.

Maui: Molokini and Turtle Town Snorkel with Deli Lunch

10. Maui: Molokini and Turtle Town Snorkel with Deli Lunch

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 your choice of roast beef, chicken, or ham croissant sandwiches, or pulled pork and BBQ sauce on a bun, with chips, 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 Maalaea Harbor, where your unforgettable activity will come to an end.

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Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 5,773 reviews

Absolutely incredible! My friend and son (age 5) decided to try out snorkeling. Although my son was a little hesitant the crew made his trip. Ms. Ashley was amazing. Each crew member specializes with an ocean animal. They had so many facts they shared. We were lucky enough to spot some whales on the trip too! I couldn’t recommend this tour enough!!! Also I learned it was a non profit. So money spent goes towards research and keeping our oceans safe for the wildlife. It was absolutely incredible. Do yourself a favor and check it out while in Maui!!

Staff great, food great, we had perfect seating, got to see a whale, saw sights of volcano, pics did not turn out well, too bright!

Our guide Jon was absolutely brilliant. His passion, knowledge, and excitement made this experience unforgettable.

Knowledgable staff that really enjoy their jobs! Great learning experience for all ages!

Wonderful experience, great food and staff. Reasonably priced!