Things to Do on Maui

Things to Do on Maui
Maui offers the exquisite vistas of a subtropical island no matter what activity you choose to partake in. This Hawaiian island has award-winning beaches, five-star dining and luaus providing the perfect place to relax after embarking on a land, sea or sky adventure.

On Land

There are a few ways to enjoy the scenery by land on Maui, biking, hiking and horseback just being a few common ways. The Haleakala Crater in Haleakala National Park provides great "summit to sea" routes for mountain biking and hiking. Hike to the 400-foot Waikmoku falls, or hike one of the many trails in Haleakala National Park.

Hike Maui offers guided hikes with trained naturalists. Learn about the culture, history, ecology and geology of Maui's landscape from your guide. Lunch and transport are also provided with Hike Maui tours. The company has been leading interpretive hiking tours since 1983, and many of their guides are scientists with degrees in biology, botany, physics or have been park rangers. They offer half and full-day hikes as well as a kayak, snorkel and hiking combo.

Hike Maui
285 Hukilike Street, Suite B-104
Kahului, Hawaii 96732
www.hikemaui.com
(866) 324-6284

On the Water

If you prefer your adventures in the water, you won't be disappointed in the waters off of Maui. Some of the ways to enjoy Maui's waters are by snorkeling, scuba diving and surfing, whale watching, rafting, kayaking, boating or cruising, swimming with dolphins, deep sea fishing or touring by submarine.

In the winter, Honolua Bay and Hookikpa Beach are where people go to surf big breaks. Out past Hookipa is a monstrous wave nicknamed "Jaws" that can spew out 40- to 70-foot waves. These are only surfed by professional surfers who get tow-ins, but there are plenty of places for the intermediate or beginning surfer on Maui, even if you have never surfed before. Check out the historic whaling village of Lahaina, and visit the Goofy Foot Surf School. The school offers rentals, camps, lessons from beginner to advanced. Group as well as private lessons are available.

Goofy Foot Surf School
505 Front Street Shops, Suite 123
Lahaina, Hawaii
(808) 244-WAVE (9283)
www.goofyfootsurfschool.com

In the Air

Perspective can be a thrilling thing especially when you're above it all. Take a helicopter or airplane tour to see everything on Maui that can't be seen at eye level. Fly above volcanoes, waterfalls, lush green vegetation and valleys and of course the stunning coast line. Flight tours can be some of the most memorable experiences. Check out Volcano Air Tours, which was established on Maui in 1993 and is the only company authorized to fly over Volcanoes National Park. They offer two main tours that are about two hours long, one of which makes a loop over the big island of Hawaii and another that flies over the most active volcano areas at sunset. They are based in Kahului but what airport you leave from depends on what tour you take.

Volcano Air Tours
Kahului, Hawaii 96733
(808) 877-5500
www.volcanoairtours.com

Article Written By Naomi Judd

Naomi M. Judd is a naturalist, artist and writer. Her work has been published in various literary journals, newspapers and websites. Judd holds a self-designed Bachelor of Arts in adventure writing from Plymouth State University and is earning a Master of Fine Arts in creative writing from the University of Southern Maine.

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