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Where in the world: USA  /  Hawaii  /  Maui
A classic sun-and-sand vacation is what most visitors have in mind when traveling to Hawaii, but things to do in Maui also include many versatile activities away from the beach. The world's largest dormant volcano, Haleakala Crater is one of Maui's most popular attractions, offering a series of rugged hiking trails. A tour along Hana Highway - Road to Hana gives you access to some of the island's most beautiful sites, including towering waterfalls and gardens. Maui's beautiful shoreline remains the island's biggest draw, so take your time swimming, snorkeling, surfing, or simply basking in the sun at one of its beaches, like Wailea, Napili, or Ulua Beach.

Maui is best known for its Scuba & Snorkeling, Beaches, and Zipline.

Top 15 things to do in Maui

1. Hana Highway - Road to Hana

One of the area's most famous highways, Hana Highway - Road to Hana is about the journey rather than the destination. Your 84 km (52 mi) trip between Kahului and Hana will guide you to some of the island's most beautiful sites, many of which are significant in local mythology. You can drive the road yourself or take a tour. The latter is a better option for nervous drivers because the winding road is very narrow. Along the way, you'll see towering waterfalls, miles of coastline, and gardens, and will have several opportunities for hiking or swimming. Food vendors are dotted along the highway, but it's a good idea to bring water and snacks with you. Stop at Halfway to Hana to sample some of its famous banana bread.
Suggested duration: 8 hours
Tours from $179 › Learn more about Hana Highway - Road to Hana

2. Haleakala Crater, Haleakala National Park

Known primarily for its dramatic sunrises and sunsets, Haleakala Crater is the world's largest dormant volcano, forming more than 75 percent of the island of Maui. Over a million years old, the volcano is locally known as the "House of the Sun," its tallest peak rising up to 3,055 m (10,023 ft) above sea level. You can reach the summit, gaze into the crater, or walk across its floor by hiking up a series of rugged trails. Though there's little chance of an eruption, you must be extremely careful on the steep and often treacherous paths. Check the weather before you go and dress appropriately for cold temperatures at the summit.
Suggested duration: 3 hours
Tours from $125 › Learn more about Haleakala Crater

3. Ka'anapali Beach, Lahaina

Located in a popular beachfront resort, Ka'anapali Beach attracts visitors with its warm sands and shallow waters close to shore. You can board a tour boat right from the beach, or drop by one of many kiosks along the sands to rent snorkeling gear or purchase sunscreen. The beach also features several booths where you can sign up for sailing and surfing lessons, or find out about upcoming luaus and kayaking excursions. Several major hotels and shops surround the beach, along with a shopping complex and a renowned whaling museum. For an ultimate Hawaiian vacation within walking distance of this beach, book a stay at the nearby condominium village.
Suggested duration: 4h 30 min
Tours from $20 › Learn more about Ka'anapali Beach

4. Small Group Road to Hana Adventure Tour with Pickup

FROM $220
Live the real Maui experience on the Road to Hana with our expert guides! Immerse yourself in the beauty of the spectacular Hana Rainforest. Witness the entire journey without the hassle of driving! Experience one of the oldest roadways in the Hawaiian Islands and step back through time to witness what REAL Hawaii is all about! With awe inspiring waterfalls, to the black sand beaches, to the untouched Hawaiian Landscapes of Kaupo, take a tour you deserve! This tour takes you around the part of island which has the most scenic coastal route in the world, through forbidden roadways to give you the full experience as you will swim at the Blacksand Beach!
Suggested duration: 10h
Tours from $220 › More about this tour at viator.com ›
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5. Lahaina Banyan Court, Lahaina

Occupying the site of an old fort, spans just under 1 hectare (2 acres) and contains several heritage sites on the  self-guided trail through the town's historical district. The star attraction of the park is a banyan tree, planted here in 1873 to mark the 50th anniversary of the first American Protestant mission in Lahaina. Now the largest banyan tree in all of Hawaii, the giant trunk and its aerial root system cover nearly 2,700 sq m (29,000 sq ft) of the park. Native to India, this banyan is one of 60 types of fig trees currently found on the islands of Hawaii. 
Suggested duration: 1 hour
Tours from $12 › Learn more about Lahaina Banyan Court

6. Scuba & Snorkeling, Lahaina

A guided snorkeling or scuba diving trip from Lahaina allows you to take a break from the bustling streets and beaches of this popular getaway and explore the island's turquoise waters teeming with vibrant marine life. With a vast variety of guided tours--by luxury sailing boat, speedboat, or kayak--you'll easily choose one that suits your budget and schedule. Whether you prefer to break a sweat and paddle or lay back and relax on a comfy boat deck, you'll visit some of the best snorkeling and diving spots in the area, including Molokini Crater, Honolua Bay, and Turtle Town. Most tours include complimentary breakfast or lunch (if not both) regardless of their duration (2 to 6 hours).
Suggested duration: 2 hours
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7. Maui Ocean Center, Wailuku

Get a close-up view of Hawaii’s diverse marine life at Maui Ocean Center. This aquarium has recreated Hawaii’s ocean ecosystem and hosts only animals that naturally occur in the region. Gain a deeper understanding of the islands’ rich underwater world from more than 60 exhibits and information displays. Explore the Open Ocean exhibit, which features a 240-degree-view acrylic tunnel through a 2.8 million l (750,000 gal) tank. You’ll feel like you’re walking the ocean floor as y+F16ou watch sharks, stingrays, and thousands of tropical reef fish. Certified divers can even swim in the massive tank.
Suggested duration: 2h 30 min
Tours from $20 › Learn more about Maui Ocean Center

8. Haleakala Maui Sunrise Tour w/ Breakfast

Likely to sell out FROM $234
Witness the dawning of a new day atop Haleakala (the house of the sun) a dormant volcanic mountain overlooking Maui. Deep canyons and slopes and unspoiled terrain are home to endemic Hawaiian Nene geese and rare Silversword plants. You'll be transported in a comfortable mini coach to 9,740 feet elevation, close to the summit to witness the ultimate sunrise; a spectacular show of lights and colors. The sunrise tour is an unforgettable experience and a definite must-do on your Hawaii vacation. On the descent, marvel at sprawling scenic views of Kula and the Pacific Ocean on your way to breakfast at local favorite, Mill House Restaurant in Waikapu.
Suggested duration: 10h
Tours from $234 › More about this tour at viator.com ›

9. Zipline, Lahaina

Suggested duration: 2 hours
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10. Scuba & Snorkeling, Kihei

Suggested duration: 2 hours
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11. Wailea Beach, Wailea

Wailea Beach offers silky smooth sand, warm water, and turtles swimming through the waves. With shallow water for non-swimmers, and no rocks to hurt your feet, it’s easy to see why this beach is considered one of the most beautiful on Maui. Bathroom and shower facilities are available, and you can rent an umbrella. To see moee of the the coral and fish, you can rent a kayak or stand-up paddle board.
Suggested duration: 3 hours
Tours from $20 › Learn more about Wailea Beach

12. Private Air Tour 5 Islands of Maui for up to 3 people See it All

FROM $452
As Seen on HGTV's 'Hawaii Life': Your Most Awesome Maui Day is just a Click Away! Enjoy Maui's Most Affordable Aerial Activity: Your Spectacular, Once-in-a-Lifetime, Award Winning Maui Plane Ride! Enjoy your Private Cabin that Safely, Smoothly and Comfortably Seats up to Three and Offers your group Intimate Space to Create Cherished Memories for a Lifetime! Choose Maui's Only Private Cabin Airplane Made of Metal & featuring Non-Tinted Panoramic View Windows for Crystal Clear Clarity! Experience the Emotion of Leaving Earth Below as You Effortlessly Take Off and Fly- Free as a Bird! Based on availability: if your preferred date or time is not available, we will contact you to explore alternatives. Aloha!
Suggested duration: 1h 30min
Tours from $452 › More about this tour at viator.com ›

13. Zipline, Ka'anapali

Glide above the exotic tropical scenery of Maui on a guided zipline tour from Ka'anapali. This type of activity is ideal for those looking for an adrenaline kick in a safe but exciting, controlled environment. Trained guides will ensure you get a safety briefing and don your gear correctly, so that you can concentrate on zipping over the island's scenic landscape. A zipline tour could last from 2 to 8 hours, with varying difficulty levels at adventure courses--keep in mind that some have age and weight restrictions.
Suggested duration: 2h 30 min
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14. Scuba & Snorkeling, Maalaea

Suggested duration: 4 hours
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15. Road to Hana Day Trip

FROM $220
The Hāna Highway is a 64.4-mile long stretch of spectacular views of rainforest, waterfalls, beaches and coastline. On the east after Kalepa Bridge, the highway continues to Kīpahulu on the Piilani Highway. Although Hāna is only about 52 miles from Kahului, it takes about 2.5 hours to drive when no stops are made as the highway is very winding and narrow and passes over 59 bridges, 46 of which are only one lane wide. There are approximately 620 curves along Route 360 from just east of Kahului to Hāna, virtually all of it through lush, tropical rainforest. Many of the concrete and steel bridges date back to 1910 and all but one are still in use. This full-day trip to the Hana coast has the best scenic drive along the shorelines of Maui.
Suggested duration: 9h - 10h
Tours from $220 › More about this tour at viator.com ›