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What to Do in Maui: Must See Attractions

Maui Attractions

When island time sounds like the perfect pace for your next getaway, grab your flip-flops and hop on a plane to Maui. This Hawaiian island marries urban adventure with scenic outdoor beauty, making it the ideal destination for just about any type of traveler. Whether you want to trek through a bamboo forest or take a spearfishing tour on the water, you can find things to do in Maui that speak to your personal brand of the aloha spirit.

Areas & Neighborhoods in Maui

While Maui is universally stunning, it is also divided into several distinct areas. Some cities on the island are tucked away, while others are bustling and right in the thick of the culture and action. No matter the nature of your trip, you can find a part of Maui where you feel right at home.

Central Maui — If you fly into Kahului Airport, the largest airport on the island, you will begin your vacation in Central Maui. There are plenty of attractions and activities here, from the Kanaha Beach County Park to the small shops in Waikulu. Upcountry Maui — Travelers seeking an off the beaten path experience will appreciate a trip to the upcountry part of Maui. In the rolling hills and stunning mountains of this region, activities include tours of local farms and slow wanders through botanical gardens. West Maui — Staying on the west side of the island used to be reserved for royalty and other well-to-do travelers. Today, anyone can enjoy the impressive resorts. Some of the best water activities in Maui are also found here—take advantage by snorkeling out beyond the shores of Kapalua Beach. East Maui — The most popular spot in east Maui is Hana, for which the 52-mile Hana Highway is named. Expect lush forestry and national parkland on this side of the island.

Things to See in Maui

While Maui activities may seem to be calling your name, there are some things worth seeing on the island that are a bit less adventurous than diving beneath the sea or hiking a rainforest. For instance, the museums and art galleries in Maui offer intriguing exhibits. Learn something new as you walk through sites like Hana Coast Gallery or Whalers Village Museum. Take in a ‘Ulalena show that only Hawaii could put on at the Maui Theater or a classic magic show at Warren and Annabelle’s.

Sightseeing in Maui

The best things to do in Maui are difficult to nail down, simply because there are so many activities to choose from. Snorkel, scuba dive, or learn to windsurf while you’re feeling the Hawaiian spirit. Maui excursions include hikes in Hana that lead to rushing waterfalls and Kihei paddle boat adventures that might just put you face to face with a sea turtle. Maui tours may also put you atop a volcano or speeding along a zipline as you make your way from one side of the island to the other.

Free Things to Do in Maui

Vacationing in Maui on a budget? The following can be experienced for nothing.

Hui Noʻeau Visual Arts Center - Spend a few hours here and get an insight into the artistic and cultural side of the region.

Waikane Falls - Take a deep breath — nothing beats being beside the water for some rest and restoration.

Hali imaile Farmer's Market - Plan a visit and discover the significance of this place to the locals.

Holy Ghost Mission - Inject a little spirituality into your trip by spending some time at this religious sanctuary.

Makaluapuna Point - Be treated to vistas that'll amaze you at this natural landscape.

Maunalei Arboretum - Arrange a picnic date and enjoy a walk around the trees and shrubs.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What to do in Maui on a sunny day?

Soak up the weather (and give your legs a stretch as well) with some of these popular outdoor activities:

What to do in Maui on a rainy day?

If it's raining cats and dogs during your trip, put your umbrella aside and dive into a couple of these terrific indoor activities:

What is Maui famous for?

Pack your camera and feast your eyes on these renowned sights:

  • Kaanapali Beach
  • Haleakala National Park
  • Waianapanapa State Park

What should I not miss in Maui?

If you want to see the best of this place, fit these attractions into your itinerary:

  • Wailea Beach
  • Maui Ocean Center
  • Kapalua Golf Club Plantation Course
  • Maui Arts and Cultural Center

Are there cheap things to do in Maui?

You'll find lots of fun experiences here that are just the ticket if you're watching your budget:

What can you do in Maui for free?

You could put your wallet in the hotel safe for the day, because these top attractions can be seen for nothing:

  • Kaanapali Beach
  • Waianapanapa State Park
  • Wailea Beach
  • Maui Nui Botanical Gardens