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Best Things To Do in Maui

Maui's various attractions and activities cater to just about every interest. While adventurers hike the dormant Haleakala volcano, more relaxed travelers can soak up the sun on one of many shorelines or test the fairways at one of the island's 14 golf courses. But Maui isn't just for beach bums and active types: The island offers up its own history and culture at sites like Iao Valley State Park, Banyan Tree Park and the Old Lahaina Luau. And those traveling with kids can learn all about Hawaii's underwater residents at the Maui Ocean Center.

How we rank Things to Do

Updated September 21, 2017

  • #1
    Road to Hana
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    #1 in Maui
    Sightseeing, Free
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    Half Day to Full Day
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    Sightseeing, Free
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    Half Day to Full Day
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    To find excellent views of Maui's beautiful coastline, all you need to do is drive. The Road to Hana is a scenic highway (Highway 360)that twists through the lush rainforest and past the cascading waterfalls that line the island's eastern shore. Most people start their trip in Kahului (home to

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  • #2
    Helicopter Tours
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    #2 in Maui
    Sightseeing, Tours
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    1 to 2 hours
    TIME TO SPEND
    Sightseeing, Tours
    TYPE
    1 to 2 hours
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    After you've experienced Maui throughthe eyes of a fish, consider getting a bird's perspective on a helicopter tour. Recent travelers describe this experience as a "splurge" (tours can cost between $150 and $350 per person, depending on the tour operator and the duration of your flight), but they also concede

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  • #3
    Kaanapali Beach
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    #3 in Maui
    Beaches, Free, Neighborhood/Area
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    Beaches, Free, Neighborhood/Area
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    Half Day to Full Day
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    One of Maui's most popular strips of coastline, Kaanapali Beach stretches across 3 miles of the island's northwest coast, offering plenty of space to surf and sunbathe. (Be careful while swimming, however, as travelers say the currents can be deceptively strong.) But coveted sand is just one of this beach's

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  • #4
    Snorkeling Tours
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    #4 in Maui
    Sightseeing, Tours
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    2 hours to Half Day
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    Sightseeing, Tours
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    2 hours to Half Day
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    It can be easy to become mesmerized by Maui's multicolored beaches, verdant hiking trails and breathtaking sunsets, but don't forget about the world that lives beneath the surrounding Pacific Ocean floor. According to travelers, setting aside a morning or afternoon to explore Maui's underwater creatures is an unforgettable experience. With

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  • #5
    Haleakala National Park
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    #5 in Maui
    Hiking, Parks and Gardens, Recreation
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    Hiking, Parks and Gardens, Recreation
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    Half Day to Full Day
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    Every year, more than a million tourists visit Haleakala National Park, home to the world's largest dormant volcano. The entire park occupies 30,000 acres of land in Upcountry Maui, though most visitors focus on a few specific areas of the park. Of course, there's the mountain: Haleakala's summit stands more

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  • #6
    Napili Beach
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    #6 in Maui
    Beaches, Free
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    2 hours to Half Day
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    Beaches, Free
    TYPE
    2 hours to Half Day
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    Though not nearly as expansive asWaileaorKaanapali, crescent-shaped Napili Beach is particularly popular with families. Napili's waters are much calmer than those at other Maui beaches, so kids and adults alike can take to the seas for swimming, paddleboarding and boogie-boarding. Plus, Napili Beach provides a quiet, laid-back atmosphere that sunbathers

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  • #7
    Wailea Beach
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    #7 in Maui
    Beaches, Free
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    2 hours to Half Day
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    Beaches, Free
    TYPE
    2 hours to Half Day
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    You visitHookipato see Maui's daredevils hang 10, and you head to Kaihalulu orWaianapanapafor multicolored sands. So which beach do you go to just to swim and relax? Wailea. This shoreline caters to the sun-seeking guests of several nearbyresorts. Wailea feels much less rugged than some of Maui's other beaches: The

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  • #8
    Waianapanapa State Park
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    #8 in Maui
    Beaches, Natural Wonders, Recreation, Free
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    Half Day to Full Day
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    Beaches, Natural Wonders, Recreation, Free
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    Half Day to Full Day
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    In Hawaiian, "Waianapanapa" means "glistening waters." But it's not the ocean that draws travelers to Waianapanapa State Park– it's the jet-black sands. The shoreline here is composed of volcanic sediment, which acts as a stark contrast to the bright blue waves and verdant jungle.

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  • #9
    Hookipa Beach
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    #9 in Maui
    Beaches, Recreation, Free
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    1 to 2 hours
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    Beaches, Recreation, Free
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    1 to 2 hours
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    The wintertime waves at Hookipa Beach are so white and frothy that hardcore surfers and windsurfers can't stay away. The water is definitely too rough for swimming, but if you're even remotely curious about surfing, you should pause at Mile 9 along theRoad to Hanato take in the action at

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  • #10
    Iao Valley State Park
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    #10 in Maui
    Hiking, Parks and Gardens, Sightseeing
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    2 hours to Half Day
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    Hiking, Parks and Gardens, Sightseeing
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    2 hours to Half Day
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    LikeHaleakala National Park, Iao Valley State Park offers visitors the chance to admire something other than the beach. This 4,000-acre, 10-mile-long park in Central Maui boasts a verdant landscape and striking rock features– the most famous of which is the Iao Needle. Rising roughly 1,200 feet into the air, the Iao

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  • #11
    Golf
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    #11 in Maui
    Golf, Recreation
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    Half Day to Full Day
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    Golf, Recreation
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    Half Day to Full Day
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    Travelers who prefer greens to beaches will find plenty of places to put their clubs to good use. Maui is home to 14 highly acclaimed golf courses, some of them conceived by such pro designers as Arnold Palmer and Ben Crenshaw. Some of the more popular courses include the Gold,

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  • #12
    Old Lahaina Luau
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    #12 in Maui
    Entertainment and Nightlife
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    2 hours to Half Day
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    Entertainment and Nightlife
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    2 hours to Half Day
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    The Old Lahaina Luau is one of the most popular things to do for first-time Maui visitors; those who have taken in the show highly recommend devoting an evening to this luau in particular for a fun intro to Hawaiian culture. Those who put on Lahaina's luau pride themselves on

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  • #13
    Banyan Tree Park
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    #13 in Maui
    Parks and Gardens, Free
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    Less than 1 hour
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    Parks and Gardens, Free
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    Less than 1 hour
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    Sitting near the courthouse and the harbor in the town of Lahaina on Maui's northwest coast, this relatively tiny park is centered around something huge: One of the largest banyan trees in the country. The tree– which was brought to the island from India in 1873– rises more than 60 feet in

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  • #14
    Maui Ocean Center
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    #14 in Maui
    Zoos and Aquariums
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    2 hours to Half Day
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    Zoos and Aquariums
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    2 hours to Half Day
    TIME TO SPEND

    If you find yourself facing a rainy day on the island, consider spending some time at the Maui Ocean Center. This facility was created to cultivate visitors' interest in learning about Hawaii's underwater ecosystems. The vast Maui Ocean Center offers a variety of ways to get up close and personal

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