From the article: Top Things to Do in Maui
There is so much to do on Maui and more things are coming every year. Whether it's a favorite place to drive, a great ocean experience, hike, or your favorite luau, I'd love to hear your picks for your favorite things to do on Maui. Share Your Favorites
- Leaving it! Maui and Hawaii in general is a horrible, horrible place! Learn about the history and what America did to the Hawaiian people, you may not want to come after that! I have lived here for 6 years and am leaving in a month. This is a terrible place. LOTS of racial hatred against whites, which is understandable, STUPID expensive, really stupid. If you're white, you are an outcast. Yeah if you go to the west side or are in the resorts, you experience the disney version of Hawaii and it has NOTHING to do with real Hawaii...NOTHING! The animal population is out of control, the animal "shelter" kills 70% of everything that walks through the door's and the locals do not believe in spay and neuter, they have very little reverence for life here when you think it would be the opposite. Don't be fooled. You can NEVER experience true Hawaii, it no longer exists!
- —Guest Carolyn
Yearly Most Anticipated Visit
- Best view restaurant: Gannons in Wailea. Most vibrant restaurant: Monkeypods. Best fish Taco: Coconuts in Kihei. First restaurant after we land: Cheeseburger in Wailea NOT Lahaina. Maui Swap Meet on Saturdays. Pacific Whale Foundation whale watching tour. Snorkel off beach no need for a crowded Molokini tour. We do one new excursion each year. Kula Lavendar Farm and Kula Lodge for pizza. Charleys or Fish Market in Paia. Coming from midwest or east coast, do Haleakala first morning weather permitting. Protea Farm. Luxury dinner: Mamas Fishhouse and Four Seasons. Best Maui surf clothes since they don't have online shopping: Tropix.
- My wife and I went to Maui on our honeymoon and it was amianzg. We spent nine days there and never ran out of things to do. Depending on your hotel/resort there may be tons of things to do there without even leaving. There should be a visitors center where hotel employees will show you everything available and usually you can purchase tickets and make reservations through them and it bills to your room. If your on your own just pick up some of the tourist magazines they have just about everywhere you go, especially in the airport. One of them is called 101 Things To Do and it has great ideas for everyone. We had a blast going parasailing, horseback riding through the mountains at sunset, going to the beach/pool, visiting Lahaina, going to magic shows, etc. If you want to save money leave the tourist areas for meals. Breakfast at our resort was about $ 20 a person but when we went to Lahaina we got twice as much food for about $ 4 a person. Good Luck!
- —Guest KsXEcjBPcNUM
La Perouse Bay
- Free! Just keep on driving past the last hotel in Makena. The place is surreal - moonscape (I think - I have never been on the moon) meets the Pacific Ocean. No tour boats. No crowds. Black lava rock all around. Sea urchins in tide pools. A trail through the lava field. Mind-boggling and mind-blowing. I did the Hana highway, the Molokini snorkeling, the zipline and the top of the Halea'kala volcano - La Perouse Bay beats them all. This is a place you have no idea exists. but it does.
- Awesome zip line adventures! The staff is knowledgable an very friendly. Easiest way to get over a fear of heights is with these guys...
- —Guest JDH
- Definitely go on a snorkeling trip...the clear blue water is so beautiful! (www.mauisnorkeling.me was very helpful to us while planning our trip). Also try to do the Road to Hana so you can see the black sand beaches and gorgeous waterfalls. If you have time, check out Photo Safari Hawaii (www.photosafarihawaii.com)...that was awesome! The bamboo forest is also really fun. There is something for everyone in Maui! :)
- —Guest JessAnn
Snorkel, Snorkel, Snorkel!
- I had everyone tell me I needed to charter a boat for a snorkel trip while I was on Maui, so that was the first thing we booked. I had a friend recommend booking through http://www.mauiboattrips.com and I am glad we did! I really like that this is a family owned and operated company...the crew really made us feel comfortable and that made it more fun. You can really tell they love what they do! Our trip was about 5 hours long...they served us lunch and had music playing, and they brought us to several locations which weren't over crowded with other snorkel groups. We only had 12 people on the huge boat, so it was very personal, not to mention spacious! I got some awesome pictures...we saw dolphins, whales, turtles, and some crazy looking fish!!! What a great time!
- —Guest Quenton Campbell
- My family and I went to Maui in February of this year, and loved it. I urge anyone who hasn't gone sport fishing to check it out...that was by far the most fun I've had on vacation in a while. We booked the 'Tale Walker' (my boyfriend found it on http://www.sportfishmaui.com/) and it was a once in a lifetime experience. Highly recommended!
- —Guest Abby Fleischer
Favorite things in Maui
- Go to the Beach, eat fish and chips at Alexanders, swim at the beach, snorkel, walk on beach, drive the road to Hana, lay on beach, drive around the West Maui Mountains, go to the beach, shop in Lahaina, go to the beach, and did I mention, GO TO THE BEACH.
- —Guest Signer
- We took a whale watching trip with Maui Boat Trips (http://www.mauiboattrips.com/maui-whale-watching/) and had a great time. We also went to the Bamboo Forest which was cool, and absolutely loved the road to Hana. We stayed at the Royal Lahaina, but next time will hopefully rent a beach house or condo. Such a beautiful place.
- —Guest Jeffrey Royce
- Maui is my favorite of the Hawaiian Islands...so it is VERY hard to pick my favorite thing. But when we have gone on snorkeling trips we have always had tons of fun. We've done Trilogy and Pride of Maui, but our favorite so far has been Maui Boat Trips. It was less crowded(there were only 10 of us on a HUGE catamaran) and we were able to fish, snorkel, whale watch, while enjoying food and drinks and listening to music. We went to 3 different locations and the views were just breathtaking. We will DEFINITELY go with them again. Also, check out a luau if you've never been to one. So much fun!!!
- —Guest Laura Jeff
Favorite Maui Activities
- Snorkeling & Whale Watching Highly recommend doing this, but be careful about which boat you choose. Discounted trips are 'discounted trips'-you'll be packed on a boat, forced to wait in lines to get in and out of water- www.Mauiboattrips.com: one of the largest catamarans in Maui, they limit the guests on snorkeling trips to like 10-12 people, & it's like a three in one trip. It costs more than the other snorkeling/whale watching boats, but you get to fish, go snorkeling, whale watching, and they provide food & drinks(cocktails also). Catch a fish and they even even fillet it up and served it up! They also have plenty of great snorkeling gear & they go to several amazing snorkeling spots. Their boat is called Aikane X5, you can book them at http://www.mauiboattrips.com Go to Paia & enjoy the fish market, then continue on to the Bamboo Forest to go hiking-really enjoy the tropical environment of Maui. Shop on Front street in Lahaina & hang out at the 100+ year old banyan tree!
- Everything we did while we were on Maui was truly unforgettable...it is a stunning paradise! Definitely going to have to recommend the road to Hana...our kids got a kick out of the black sand beaches and waterfalls. They also really loved snorkeling. We went through Maui Boat Trips and it was a once in a life time experience! We went to multiple locations and were lucky enough to see a whale and a few dolphins! Absolutely beautiful! My favorite vacation thus far.
- It has got to be anything related to Hana. A road to Hana tour with Valley Isle Excursions, the gulches, the hidden pools, all the hikes, the roadside bbq just outside of Hana village, The Hana Hotel, Red sand beach, the gardens, the caves, the surf, the fish...
- —Guest Dan
Maui Noka Oi [Maui is the best]
- Maui is always the best! I nevered have a boring day, I like going there just to relax and meet the folks there! Made a friend who is the mailman who delivers mail in down town Lahina. Love walking downtown Lahina on the evenings. Maui is the Best!
- —Guest George Villalvazo
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