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  • Maui: Myths of Maui Luau with All-Inclusive Buffet

    1. Maui: Myths of Maui Luau with All-Inclusive Buffet

    Immerse yourself in the rich cultural history of Hawaii and Polynesia at the Myths of Maui Luau. Located at the breathtaking Royal Lahaina Resort, atop 27 tropical acres along Ka'anapali Beach, enjoy an evening of entertainment and authentic food fit for the whole family. Edging the sand and surf of Maui, this luau is surrounded by scenic trails and beaches. Begin your evening with an Aloha shell lei greeting to get in the spirit of the celebration, then head to the Imu ceremony where the roasted pig is unearthed from an underground oven. Soon afterwards, prepare for a bountiful Hawaiian feast, as well as a kids buffet suitable for all palates. Hear the spirited sound of the drums as you enjoy fresh local fish, teriyaki chicken, salads, pan fried noodles, Molokai sweet potato, fresh fruit, and taro dinner rolls from the all-you-can-eat buffet. Sip on tropical cocktails as you listen to ...

    Really enjoyed watching the dances from different Polynesian cultures! Also loved learning about the Polynesian gods and goddesses.

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

    2. 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. 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 t...

  • Maui: Sunset Dinner Cruise from Ma'alaea Harbor

    3. Maui: Sunset Dinner Cruise from Ma'alaea Harbor

    Enjoy a relaxing 2.5-hour boat excursion, complete with sunset views and a delicious meal. Departing from the Ma’alaea Harbor, you’ll set off into the waves on a deluxe, 3-story catamaran. After the spacious boat exits the harbor, enjoy a complimentary drink before the dinner service kicks off. Explore the alcoves of the boat, finding hidden pockets to sip your drink, gaze out over the ocean, and snap photos. While soaking up the tropical views, listen to relaxing island tunes throughout your excursion. When it’s time for dinner, on-board chef Keoni carves the succulent Hawaiian prime rib, also serving up Mahi Mahi, teriyaki chicken, ribs, steamed vegetables, roasted potatoes, and much more — be sure to select your preference upon booking. Enjoy your meal with a second complimentary drink. As you dine, take in views of Kaho’olawe and Lanai in the distance, as well as the top snorkeling...

    The live music was great and the staff were very friendly. My husband and I enjoyed a very lovely sunset on the boat for our 1 year anniversary

  • Maui: 75-Minute Hana Rainforest Helicopter Tour with Landing

    4. Maui: 75-Minute Hana Rainforest Helicopter Tour with Landing

    Enjoy a scenic flight from Kahului over the remote landscape of Maui with this guided helicopter tour. Your experience includes a 30-minute landing to explore the rainforest on foot. 

    Board the helicopter at the airport in Kahului and begin your tour of Maui. Fly along the island’s north coast and admire views of cliffs, forest, and cascading waterfalls. Soar above Paia, Hookipa, and Haiku as you listen to your guide’s commentary.

    See aerial views of Peahi, or Jaws a famous surfing location. Fly over the Road to Hana and the iconic Jurassic Rock, to reach the landing-place deep in the Hawaiian rainforest. 

    Descend to the forest floor and visit a former taro plantation in the Wailua Valle, home to lush vegetation of banana and coconut palms. Enjoy your time exploring the rainfor...

    This was a great experience. The guide knew all about the local plants the land etc. Landing I the rain forest was incredible. I am so glad we booked this trip.

  • Maui: Kahului Airport (OGG) Traditional Lei Greeting

    5. Maui: Kahului Airport (OGG) Traditional Lei Greeting

    No matter the size of your party, you will receive a warm Hawaiian welcome to the island of Maui on arrival at Kahului Airport. Your local greeter will meet you at the baggage claim area and present you with the traditional Hawaiian lei of your choice. In addition, the greeter will help you find transportation or your connecting inter-island flight. You can ask the greeter to take a photo of your party to remember this momentous occasion. The lei greeters consider it an honor to be your first contact on the island. An airport lei greeting sets the tone for your stay in paradise – so don't miss your chance to experience this friendly tradition for yourself.

    I loved the lei welcome! It was an amazing way to get into the Aloha spirit after such a long flight. The greeter was friendly and helpful.

  • Maui: Road to Hana Adventure with Breakfast & Lunch

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

    Start your journey with hotel pickup and hit the road to Hana as you head towards the Ulupalakua Ranch. Explore one of Maui’s oldest ranches with its beautiful rolling pastures and green forestry. Then, head for the scenic backside of the island around Kaupo.

    Enter the Kipahulu District and the edge of the rainforest. Charles Linberg’s loved the area so much that he requested to be buried here after he died. See his grave at the 19th-century Palapalahoomau Church, before witnessing the spectacular Wailua waterfall. Enjoy a picnic lunch before heading to Koki Beach. Relax surrounded by breathtaking white sand, and turquoise-colored water, with the rainforest stopping right at the shoreline. Walk along the edge of the bay, sit under a tree, or maybe even go for a swim.

    Travel to the traditional villages of Wailua and Keanae. Learn about their hunting and cooking cu...

    We had the privilege of getting Kaili as our tour guide. He hands down made our trip amazing! We’re so glad we did this on our first day because he helped shaped the rest of our vacation. He gave us his own guide to Maui with tons of food recommendations that never disappointed and great spots to checkout all over the island. As for the tour itself, we hit all of the major spots and we are so glad we had an experienced driver taking us through the road to Hana! Thank you Kaili for the great experience!

  • Maui: Beginner Discovery Scuba Dive Excursion from Lahaina

    7. Maui: Beginner Discovery Scuba Dive Excursion from Lahaina

    Embark on an awe-inspiring scuba diving excursion perfect for beginners with no certification required. Experience what it's like to breathe underwater and swim with the fish off the coast of Lahaina. Benefit from personal attention on a small group excursion for no more than 4 people. Begin with a short classroom session where your PADI certified instructor will help you suit up and brief you on your upcoming journey. Learn how to breathe through a regulator, manage your buoyancy, and safely swim underwater with all the necessary equipment. Soon you'll be ready for an ocean dive with your instructor at one of Maui's tropical beaches. Once in the calm clear island waters, take in the magnificent surroundings filled with tropical reef fish, turtles, and rays. Explore beautiful seascapes teeming with interesting sea life you may have never seen before.

    Dave was an excellent instructor and was very professional and kind the entire time.

  • Maui: Feast at Mokapu Farm-to-Table Luau in Wailea

    8. Maui: Feast at Mokapu Farm-to-Table Luau in Wailea

    Elevate your Hawaiian experience with Maui's most authentic luxury Luau at Andaz Maui Wailea Resort. Take part in a beautifully-curated cultural and culinary experience set among our iconic grassy lawn and the sandy shore of Mokapu beach. Take a journey into Polynesian history as your host regales you with the story of the arrival of the Polynesians in Maui. Learn about how ahupua'a was settled and gain insight into Hawaiian values. Marvel at Hula dancers and be thrilled by the fire dancers. Indulge in an ohana (family) style meal, beautifully plated and executed by the executive chef, Isaac Bancaco. Handcrafted cocktails personalized to your liking will also be available to enhance this culinary family style experience. Choose Classic seating if you'd like to be seated in the second row and beyond. Upgrade your party to Premium Seating for a truly VIP experience. Premium sea...

    We've been to a number of Luau's in Hawaii. This one is excellent. Loved that we were served instead of lining up for a buffet. In a buffet, you take what you "think" you want and skip many item. Usually put too much on the plate. They provided just the right amount of everything. So we tried everything. In a buffet you feel hurried to finish before the show. Here the show was integrated so that both can be enjoyed to the fullest. We were fully satisfied with the super delicious courses and the show was absolutely spectacular. Highly recommended.

  • Maui: Self-Drive Sightseeing Road Trip

    9. 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

    The guide was great! Very easy to understand, step by step instructions, and gave us lots of history about the sites along the way as well as tips for activities, dining, and shopping. Excellent!

  • Maui: 3-hour Rainforest & Waterfall Adventure for Families

    10. Maui: 3-hour Rainforest & Waterfall Adventure for Families

    Your naturalist guide will walk you through the rainforest to two dazzling waterfalls. Here, you can swim in natural pools and practice 10-foot cannonball jumps from safe rock ledges (weather permitting). Along the way, you will learn about the island and its rainforests from your knowledgeable guides. This easy one-mile roundtrip hike is great for families, and multi-generational groups. Snacks and bottled water are included.

    What a fun adventure. Our guide Ran made the hike enjoyable and knowledgeable too. The waterfalls were beautiful.

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What people are saying about Maui

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 33 reviews

It was a great trip! We got to see so much and our guide, Del, was awesome. He definitely made the trip so much better. If you get motion sickness easily, be prepared. The roads can make you nauseous. But in the end, it's worth it. You'll see so many great places. My personal favorite being the Black Sand Beach. Great views, great sand, being in the water is also fun. I definitely recommend doing a tour rather than driving it yourself. It's a much better experience.

Very enjoyable cruise! Service was excellent and food was very good. We even saw a group of four spotted eagle rays right next to the boat! Highly recommend!

The Captain was great and his crew really went all out to make our trip a wonderful one. We had a really good time.

What a fun adventure. Our guide Ran made the hike enjoyable and knowledgeable too. The waterfalls were beautiful.

Ken was great. I had no clue about how pineapples grow. Very informative. Really enjoyed. Great tasting