Welcome to Maui
there is a saying, “Maui no ka ‘oi,” or
“Maui is the best.”
Indeed, Maui has a certain magic that is undeniable to anyone who has had the pleasure of visiting this island paradise.
Readers of Conde Nast Traveler magazine know the feeling; last year they voted Maui the “Best Island
in the World,” placing the Magic Isle ahead of international hotspots like Bermuda, Bora Bora, the Maldives, Bali, the Seychelles and other tropical getaways. In fact, this is 20th consecutive time that Maui has taken the top spot amongst U.S. island destinations. The reason for Maui’s vast appeal lies in its abundance of activities paired with unending
natural beauty— from open-ocean rafting tours to sheer sea cliffs and underwater caves, to romantic
drives with your sweetheart along the fabled road to Hana and morning
hikes to the summit Mt. Haleakala to watch sunrise, there is sure to be something for everyone.
Indeed, there are many reasons why Maui has fast become a favorite
So you don’t miss out on a single thing to do during your stay, we’ve done our best to sort through Maui’s never-ending array of activities and narrowed them down to only the best of the best, which we then compiled into this handy guide.
Those hoping to discover Maui’s more-thrilling offerings can get their fill while racing over gullies on a ziplining
tour, traveling deep below the ocean surface in a submarine or flying down a 38-mile mountain highway with a
biking tour group.
Other less daredevil ways to take in the island’s amazing natural scenery include a walk through a lava tube, a ride on a steam locomotive, a visit to a hotel where the focus is on Hawaiian tradition or an excursion to Whalers Village Museum in old Lahaina and the Maui Ocean Center in Wailuku, where otherworldly creatures from the deep wait to meet your acquaintance.
If all those sea creatures inspire you to head out to the beach, there’s plenty to do out on the water. Snorkeling, surfing, kayaking, dolphin searches
and something called snuba— an experience halfway between snorkeling and scuba—all make for a memorable family outing. There also are off-island getaways worthy of exploration, like the storied islet of Molokini and the legendary isle of Lana‘i, where pineapple once was king.
Summer on Maui is prime time to enjoy a range of outdoor festivals and gatherings, including the muchanticipated Maui Film Festival, Kapalua Wine & Food Festival and Maui Calls 2014, the signature fundraising gala for the Maui Arts & Cultural Center.
And, after a long day on the go, be sure to take time to unwind at a spa, indulge in some retail therapy, tee off on one of the islands many fairy-tale fairways, kick back at an authentic Hawaiian lu‘au or get immersed in
some small-town charm on a Fridaynight art walk.
It is best advised to take your time and savor each magical moment— there will always be an opportunity to return for another go-round at a later time, and we’ll be eagerly waiting to welcome
you back with 101 Things To Do.