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Maui: Pineapple Tour

1. Maui: Pineapple Tour

Experience Maui off the beach on this truly unique tour. Hali’imaile farm is a working pineapple plantation where you'll learn step-by-step about the process from plant to packaging. All pineapples are approved and packed for air shipment for a unique souvenir of your trip to Maui. Enjoy a fun and unique educational tour and a peek into an important aspect of Hawaiian life. Discover the story of Maui's finest prickly produce in all its glory. You'll even get a free juicy pineapple as part of the package.

Maui: Self-Drive Sightseeing Road Trip

2. Maui: Self-Drive Sightseeing Road Trip

Embark on a self-driving road trip with a guide in your pocket. Skip the crowded tour buses and experience Maui independently, at your own pace. See historic sites, popular attractions, world-class beaches, and scenic hikes. Listen to local stories, legends, and fun facts about the places you’re visiting as well as unique Hawaiian music to entertain and relax you along the way. Experiences you can have on the tour are: • Hike to Twin Falls • Explore Wai'anapanapa State Park to visit a black sand beach • Hike to Maui’s Red Sand Beach • Swim at Oheo Gulch (Seven Sacred Falls)  • Explore a lava tube • Explore the Backside to Hana • Visit scenic waterfalls • Watch the sunrise atop Mt. Haleakala • Hike the Hosmer Grove or Sliding Sands trails • Visit a lavender or dairy farm • Walk through historic Makawao Town

Maui: Haleakalā National Park Sunset Tour

3. Maui: Haleakalā National Park Sunset Tour

Take a fantastic tour in the twilight hours to witness a sunset from atop Haleakalā, a dormant crater in Haleakalā National Park. View Maui on the ascent from the safety and comfort of your bus. Catch a glimpse of the endemic Hawaiian Nene goose and the Silversword plant on your ascent. Watch the sunset with an incredible view from 9,740 feet elevation. Listen to your driver tell Hawaiian legends and learn about the history and culture of Maui. Descend from the crater and note the changes in topography and weather. Pass through Kula town in upcountry Maui on your return and see flourishing farmland and stunning views of the land below.

Maui: Private Half-Day Iao Valley and Upcountry Farm Tour

4. Maui: Private Half-Day Iao Valley and Upcountry Farm Tour

Discover the dense rainforest and rich history of the Iao Valley on a luxury private tour by SUV. Enjoy waterfalls, shopping, and the jungle flora of Maui's Northshore. This tour also includes visits to a Surfing Goat Dairy Farm. Start with pickup from your hotel and meet your guide for the day. Get your day off to the right start with a delicious breakfast before traveling into the Iao Valley, a region rich in local lore. Admire the scenic views all around you as your guide provides more insight into the area's history. First, stop at Ho'okipa and spot the turtles who can be seen lazing on the sand. Continue with a short hike to the spectacular Twin Falls for a great photo opportunity. Head to the charming village of Makawao, known as the hub of the upcountry region. Have a quick browse through the various local craft stores for souvenirs or gifts. Finally, head to the Surfing Goat Dairy Farm. During the guided visit, you can pet the adorable goats and other cherished farm animals, and taste some quality cheeses. After the visit to the farm, relax on your journey back to your hotel.

Maui: Private Haleakala Sunset Tour with Dinner

5. Maui: Private Haleakala Sunset Tour with Dinner

Travel to the central Upcountry region of Maui, the site of the imposing Haleakala volcano, on a guided tour in a luxury vehicle. Enjoy stops at several locations, including the beach at Ho'okipa and the charming town of Makawao, before enjoying dinner on the slopes of Haleakala. Start with pickup from your hotel and first travel to Ho'okipa beach, known for its stunning views, high waves, and giant turtles who often lie on its golden sands. Have a photo stop here and take the amazing vistas of crashing waves on the beach. Continue with a short photo stop at Old Paia High School. Then, head to the heart of the Upcountry at the town of Makawao. Take some time here to do a bit of shopping as you explore its charming streets. After exploring the town for a bit, travel along the Kula Highway, enjoying the panoramic views all around you. Make a stop at Harold W Rice Memorial Park for a brief photo stop to take in your surroundings. Finally, arrive at a scenic private location on the slopes of the Haleakala volcano. Enjoy a private dinner surrounded by stunning scenery and tranquil nature, with the possibility of seeing birds and paragliders soaring overhead. Admire a beautiful and tranquil sunset as you enjoy your meal. Afterward, relax on your journey back to your hotel in Maui.

Maui: Full Day Haleakala Tour with Sunset

6. Maui: Full Day Haleakala Tour with Sunset

Enjoy a magical Haleakala Sunset tour and see both the scenic and cultural side of Upcountry Maui, as well as a healthy chunk of the famed Hana Highway. Be picked up from the hotel around 9:00 am, and travel first to Ho'okipa (Turtle Beach), known for its impressive waves and reef. See the beautiful rainbow Eucalyptus trees and have the opportunity to snap some photos with them on a brief stop. Stop at the Garden of Eden Arboretum and Botanical garden for a snack, and see some of the over 700 species within the arboretum, which is painstakingly cared for by a private staff with diligent conservation practices. Travel to the Twin Falls trail in Maui, known for its lush nature and beautiful waterfalls, and take some time to hike the trail, take a dip in some of the natural pools, and take some beautiful photos. Make a stop in Paia, a lovely and quaint small town on the northern coast of Maui, and enjoy a tasty lunch during the stop. Take pictures at the old Paia high school on a brief stop before moving on to Makawao to walk around, shop, and take more pictures. Enjoy another short photo opportunity at Oprah's property in Maui. Move on to Rice Park for more photo-taking, and make use of the chance to use a bathroom. Enjoy another delicious meal at dinner time, from around 6:45-7:15, before returning to the hotel for drop-off around 8:00 pm to 8:30 pm. Skip the crowds of the summit and enjoy a personal outdoor dining experience in a private location. Experience a panoramic view from thousands of feet above sea level, ending with an amazing sunset.

Maui: Private Full-Day Iao Valley and Upcountry Farm Tour

7. Maui: Private Full-Day Iao Valley and Upcountry Farm Tour

Discover the dense rainforest and rich history of the Iao Valley on a luxury private tour by SUV. This tour also includes visits to the Surfing Goat Dairy Farm, waterfalls, and a tour of a local distillery. Start with pickup from your hotel and meet your guide for the day. Get your day off to the right start with a delicious breakfast before traveling into the Iao Valley, a region rich in local lore. Admire the scenic views all around you as your guide provides more insight into the area's history. First, stop at Ho'okipa and spot the turtles who can be seen lazing on the sand. Continue with a short hike to the spectacular Twin Falls for a great photo opportunity. After a morning of exploring the beautiful scenery, visit the Paia Fish Market for a traditional lunch of Hawaiian cuisine. Next, visit the Ocean Vodka Organic Farm and Distillery for a guided tour of the facilities. Learn how these high-quality spirits are made from local produce in a sustainable way, and taste some samples. Head to the charming village of Makawao, known as the hub of the upcountry region. Have a quick browse through the various local craft stores for souvenirs or gifts. Finally, head to the Surfing Goat Dairy Farm. During the guided visit, you can pet the adorable goats and other cherished farm animals, and taste some quality cheeses. After the visit to the farm, relax on your journey back to your hotel.

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What people are saying about Makawao

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 51 reviews

Make sure to download the drives ahead of time because there will not be service! The drive did a great job throwing in facts, music, and made me feel like I was really getting the best experience out of the drive. Though he was a little cheesy at times, I still really loved it! I felt safe and comfortable with this audio guiding me around the roads. 100% recommend this for anyone who making the trip to Hana!

Great tour. Our tour guide was fun and very knowledgeable. Got to see baby pineapples and fully grown pineapples. The tasting of the pineapples was the best part! Amazing pineapples.

Interesting history of pineapple plantations. We got to taste pineapple fresh from the field and all visitors go home with their own pineapple!

Always enjoy getting a behind the scenes tour to see how things are produced. Educational, interesting, and tasty!

Enjoyable and very informative? Shiloh was a great guide!