Things to do in Maui
Hawaii’s second largest island offers plenty of amazing things to do. Home to lush forests, world-famous beaches, hula dancers, and incredible cuisine, the island of Maui will impress you at first sight. Let us take a look at the best ideas for spending a lovely vacation on the top Hawaiian island.
#1: Visit an authentic luau
Luau is a traditional Hawaiian feast that involves lively music, hula Polynesian dance and delicious food. The first luau was held in 1819, and since then it has been the symbol of Hawaii and the reflection of its multi-cultural society. Luau is one of the most popular activities on Maui, so make sure that you book a seat in advance. The most popular luaus that you may consider are the Old Lahaina Luau, the Feast at Lele, and The Grand Luau at Honua’ula.
#2: Go whale watching
If you are traveling around Maui between November and April, do not miss the opportunity to watch whales. A three-hour whale watching cruise will take you to the ocean, where you will be able to enjoy sightings of these beautiful animals. There is a wide selection of tours to choose from, with price ranging from $30 to $50.
#3: Eat a poke at a local restaurant
Poke is a signature food of the island, made of raw fish and traditionally served with green onions, candlenut, limu, and sesame oil (although there are variations with rice, avocado, and cucumbers). The island of Maui is the top place for trying poke bowls — be sure to stop by South Maui Fish Company, Nalu’s South Shore Grill, or Coconut’s Fish Cafe for an authentic poke experience.
#4: Explore the famous Road to Hana
The Road to Hana is a 52-mile winding road of 617 turns and 59 one-lane bridges. You will be mesmerized by breathtaking views of the ocean, stunning waterfalls that pop up all over the road, and beautiful rainforests. Be sure to make a stop at Nahiki Marketplace to try some Hawaiian food and get a few souvenirs for your friends and family.
#5: Learn to surf
The island of Maui is a great place to learn to surf, with lots of spots for beginners and professionals. If you have never surfed before, be sure to check out the Cove at Kalama Beach Park, Launiupoko in West Maui, and Breakwall. These spots are generally crowded, but have relatively small waves that are suitable for beginners.
Regardless which activity in Maui you choose, you will definitely get lots of positive emotions and plenty of memories to bring home!