Doing the Hula at Local Luaus
You'll feel welcomed as hula dancers embrace you with fresh leis around your neck upon arrival at a luau. Dancers will light up the room as they thrust their hips back and forth in grass skirts and coconut bras. After the show and a chance to do the hula yourself, indulge in an authentic Hawaiian, all-you-can-eat-buffet complete with Kalua pig, fresh pineapple fixings and coconut-accentuated desserts. For times and prices contact the Maui Visitor's Bureau at (800) 525-MAUI or try Old Lahaina Luau, (800) 248-5828, or Honua`ula, (808) 875-7710, just a few places were you can see a luau.
Get an Aerial Perspective: Take a Helictoper Ride
See Maui in a whole new way from more than 10,000 feet in the air on a helicopter tour. Depending on the tour company, tours last between 45 minutes to one hour. The Hana Rainforest, Haleakala crater, waterfalls, West Maui Mountains and Kipahulu are just a sampling of the things you can see while flying above the island. Fly with Full Circle Island Deluxe Helicopter Tours, (800) 701-9738, Blue Hawaiian Helicopter Tours, (800) 745-2583, or Sunshine Helicopters, (808) 871-5600.
Make Friends Under the Sea
Swim, snorkel or scuba dive at several locations throughout Maui. One place for all these is the Molokini Marine Preserve. At more than 2.5 miles long, and with over 250 species of fish, this sunken crater is one of Hawaii's best places to snorkel. Keep an eye out for wild spinner dolphins and green sea turtles. The really brave can get certified to go scuba diving in ancient volcanoes and grand caverns all over the island. To set up a scuba diving trip, call B & B Molokini Scuba at (888) 700-3764 or see Resources for additional scuba tour operators.
Try a Zip-line Adventure
Soar through the tree tops from one end of a zip-line to the other. Sporting a helmet and a harness that attaches you to the zip-line, you'll fly through the air at top speed on an aerial runway made of cable. This unique adventure sport gives you a new way to see Maui while challenging yourself to do something on the wild side. Some tour companies take you on an off-road tour and a small hike to get to the zip-line. While you are up there, you'll see waterfalls, views of Pacific Ocean and rugged mountains. Hiking boots or sneakers are a must. Book with Skyline Eco Adventures, (808) 878-8400, or Kapalua Adventures, (877) 665-4386.