Over the years of coming to Maui my wife, Lory, and I have come up with a pretty extensive list of our “Favorites.” This list is fluid, so check back to see updates. We also welcome your ideas and comments. After all we all know, Maui No Ka Oi! (If you are looking for our favorite restaurants, click here)
Some of the links below are directly to the activity but many are to our concierge’s info on the activity. It’s worth it to talk with Concierge Connection as they will ask the questions you don’t know to ask to insure you get the perfect activity & provider for your group and may come up with some ideas you’ve not thought of. Our family and many of our guests have had special tours arranged by Sandi, Mona and Concierge Connection.
Blue Water Rafting– A MUST – we LOVED IT! Do the Kanaio/ Molokini Tour – you don’t have to get out and snorkel if you don’t want to (Lory didn’t) but the extended trip to Molokini is well worth it! You can even see the fish in the water while you are on the boat. The added bonus is you go during whale season (Nov – May) you will also have a mini-whale watch too!
Whale Watching is another MUST during Whale season (most tour groups guarantee sightings mid-Nov until early May). There are a ton of different options, but the BEST we have found (by far) is Maui Adventure Cruises. They use large inflatable outboard engine boats (similar to the Coast Guard) so you are very close to the water – yes you can stick your go pro in for some cool underwater shots! They do not take too many people either so you can get up close and personal!! Check out this action from our Facebook Page of a competition pod gong under our boat.
Another good one is the Pacific Whale Foundation, but they are larger boats and pack on way too many people. So you are farther from the action, and can get many heads in the way of your breach.
One my folks have loved is Trilogy. They have great Molokini and even sunset snorkels. A fast gorgeous catamaran and great food, knowledgeable and fun staff.
Zip line (totally amazing- LOVE it!!) is a great time and allows you to “fly through the air.” This activity is gaining popularity on Maui but you should certainly book in advance as they fill up quickly, especially if you are coming during High Season. I have done the one in Ka’anapali and the one by Haleakala- both are awesome.Skyline Eco is our favorite.
The Road to Hana– crazy twisty roads on sea cliffs- but BEAUTIFUL!!! make sure to pick up a CD that you play as you drive. This will tell you where to pull off to take one of the many hikes to the BEAUTIFUL waterfalls!!! Also make sure to check out the black sand beach (there is a red sand beach as well)! You don’t want to miss: Keanae Peninsula, “heavenly hana” town, Wainanapanapa, State Park (Black Sand Beach), Pools of Oheo (Seven Sacred Pools)-AMAZING! You can swim under a waterfall here! You can stop any ABC store, or even Costco, K-Mart or any grocery or gift store to find a CD. Or you can buy my favorite, R2H here.
Deep Sea Fishing– we caught 5 mahi mahi and 2 ahi tuna last January- we took a 9 hour private tour (you can do shared tours as well). You can pack a lunch and bring beverages too. Don’t forget to take your sea sickness pills before leaving, the ocean can be choppy out near the DNR’s buoy. Start Me Up is by far my favorite. Located in Lahaina.
A fun cultural trip to bring you back to the ancient Hawaiians is the Hawaiian Outrigger Canoe and Snorkel Adventure. Better known as the Maui Sailing Canoe this is a fun time for all to go out on the water, snorkel and experience the ocean as the Hawaiians did many years ago. I’ve seen dolphins, whales, turtles and tons of other fish! They leave from Polo Beach in Wailea – just in front of the Kea Lani Hotel.
Stand Up Paddle Boarding (SUP) can be a ton of fun. Go in the morning when the ocean is as smooth as ice. You can rent boards, or if you are new and just want to try it out, there are good SUP Schools here too.
Beach Rental Equipment can be a great accessory. After you have mastered the SUP from your lessons, you’ll want to rent one. Or perhaps you’ll want you own mask and fins or you just do not want to pack your stuff. The Snorkel Store is a great Maui resource for beach rental equipment. Use this code at check out for a $20 savings ($20wev).
Haleakala Crater/Volcano is amazing! lots of hiking trails, you can even bike down the volcano– also the best sunrise EVER!! Wear LAYERS- if you go to watch the Sunrise, it is SUPER COLD in the winter months until the sun gets up- you are on top of a mountain! 🙂 The National Park Service has good info.
Sunsets: Some of the best sunsets I have ever seen!! Best seen from Wailea of course. Try to get dinner reservations around sunset with an ocean view!!! My favorite is to head down to the main pool at Ekahi Village with some pupus (Hawaiian for appetizers) and beverages.
One of the best ways to see Maui, and the surrounding Islands is through a Helicopter tour. Breathtaking, that’s all I can say. Lory and I do one almost every time we are on Island. The best tours are: West Maui & Molokai, Maui Spectacular and Maui-Big Island. Check out Blue Hawaiian for the best rides.
If you are like me, you cannot come to Maui and not get out on the golf courses. Not only are Maui’s golf courses in great shape and vary in challenge, they also offer some amazing views. If they are not on their lanai, whale watching or snorkeling, you’ll probably find my folks on the golf course too.
Golf on Maui can be expensive for the tourist – even with special rates. Afternoon play is almost half price. This is because the trade winds blow making for some very interesting golf. Our secret – Find the courses that are sheltered from the trades – a great deal in the PM. All the courses are well cared for and the scenery can’t be beat. Staying in Wailea Ekahi gives you a good rate at the 3 Wailea courses. Weather on this end is more predictable than the west coast (Kaanapali). We happen to think those courses are over rated – you may not agree.
The Wailea Golf Courses offer 3 great 18-hole courses. If you stay at Ekahi, make sure you ask for the “Wailea Resort” discount.
A more economical course in South Maui is the newly minted Maui Nui Golf Course. Previously the Elleair Golf Course.
Finally, if you want to play where the PGA does, head over to Kapalua Golf and take on the Plantation Course