Maui, Hawaii is one of the world’s most popular vacation destinations. And with a seemingly overwhelming number of historic sites, hiking trails, water sports, and more, choosing what to experience can be a challenge! That’s why we’ve put together a stellar list of Maui must do’s, complete with the best activities and tours that the Valley Isle has to offer. E Komo Mai! (Welcome!)
Top 5 Maui Must Do’s
1. Experience Haleakala at Sunrise
Haleakala is an inactive volcano that towers 10,000 feet above sea level. It’s the highest point on Maui and is an awesome place to watch the sun light up the sky. We suggest planning a sunrise visit to Haleakala on the first or second morning of your vacation, particularly if you are coming from the mainland. You’ll be jet lagged and will have no problem waking up early!
Local Tip: Reservations are required for sunrise viewing at Haleakala National Park. You can make your reservations ahead of time at recreation.gov. Be sure to bring your reservation receipt and a photo ID when you visit.
2. Explore the Bailey House Museum
Built in 1833, The Bailey House Museum is the largest and oldest history museum on the island. It houses an incredible collection of Hawaiian antiques as well as missionary, monarchy, and plantation-era artifacts. The museum’s gardens and grounds are filled with rare Hawaiian plants, including a few endangered species. And it’s all just half a mile from our inn!
Local Tip: Finish up your tour with a visit to the museum gift shop. The shop offers a variety of locally-made items including Maui coffee, soap, and sea salt.
3. Attend a Luau
If you’re looking for fun things to do on Maui with kids, head to the Old Lahaina Luau. This authentic Hawaiian party is perfect for an evening out with the family. You’ll experience traditional music, dance, and food that reflects the island’s rich history and culture. A bountiful buffet of regional cuisine is offered, and dinner is accompanied by an outstanding hula show.
Local Tip: Other luau guests will be seated with you if your party does not occupy all eight seats at the table. Say Aloha and make some friends!
4. Drive the Road to Hana
The Road to Hana is the undisputed top attraction on the island. This iconic route connects Kahului with the town of Hana and features 600 curves, 59 bridges, and countless lookout points along the way. Guests can see everything from breathtaking waterfalls and beaches to lush, tropical rainforests.
Local Tip: We recommend downloading GyPSy Guide, a GPS Road to Hana tour application that will guide you on your journey.
5. Dine at Humuhumunukunukuapua’a Restaurant
Named after Hawaii’s state fish, Humuhumunukunukuapua’a Restaurant at The Grand Wailea is perfect for a romantic date night. This Polynesian thatch-roof restaurant floats on a lagoon and boasts spectacular sunset views. Diners can expect delicious island cuisine, handcrafted beverages, and award-winning service at this high-end eatery.
Local Tip: For a truly one-of-a-kind dining experience, make reservations at table 70. It’s the best seat in the house!
Book Your Stay at The Old Wailuku Inn at Ulupono
The ultimate Maui must do is staying at our inn! The Old Wailuku Inn at Ulupono is located on a peaceful tree-lined street and is a great alternative to commercial hotels on Maui. Book one of our Garden Rooms with a private lanai, or stay in the historic Vagabond’s House. You’ll even enjoy a delicious homemade breakfast each morning! Visit our accommodations page for more information and contact us today to book your stay. We look forward to seeing you this summer!
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