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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.
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.
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.
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.
They say the best things in life are free. Make sure you explore the following around Maui:
Hui Noʻeau Visual Arts Center - Satisfy your passion for arts and culture here and observe local talent at work.
Waikane Falls - Just being near the water is certain to leave you feeling refreshed and calm.
Hali imaile Farmer's Market - Stop here for a while and discover the importance of this place to the local community.
Holy Ghost Mission - Work on your spiritual side or simply savor the tranquil ambiance at this place of worship.
Makaluapuna Point - Retreat from the urban jungle and get in touch with nature at this awe-inspiring landscape.
Maunalei Arboretum - Work on your green thumb and enjoy admiring the wide variety of plants on display.