When it comes to vacation, many people get tired of visiting the same places year after year. It’s only natural to crave something new and exciting! If you want to have the adventure of a lifetime, you need to visit Maui. Our incredible island is jam-packed with outdoor activities and fun things to do! Whether it’s hiking Haleakala or snorkeling Molokini Crater, an unforgettable experience awaits each day. Check out some of our favorite adventures on Maui and access our complimentary Travel Guide for even more suggestions!
5 of the Best Outdoor Adventures on Maui
With hundreds of species of marine animals and some of the clearest ocean on the planet, snorkeling on Maui is a popular activity for locals and visitors alike. Swim alongside rare Hawaiian sea turtles, explore coral reefs, and admire the striking beauty of volcanic lava formations. You can even book a snorkel charter or head out on your own. Popular spots include Turtle Town, Honolua Bay, Molokini Crater, and Coral Gardens.
2. Jungle Hikes
Hiking through Maui’s lush tropical rainforest is one of the best ways to add some adventure to your trip. There are plenty of well-marked trails to choose from, including the famous Pipiwai Trail. Visitors are welcome to explore solo or with an experienced guide. They can show you wild fruits, hidden waterfalls, and other points of interest that you’d never see on your own!
Another magical place to hike is through the ancient forests of Iao Valley. This is the site of the Battle of Kepaniwai, where over ten thousand warriors fought for control of the island. Feel free to travel a few easy trails or take a steep climb to the lookout of Iao Needle. The view is well worth the effort! Read our blog about Iao Valley State Park for more information.
3. Airplane Tours
If you want to see Maui from above, the best way to do so is on an airplane tour. You’ll discover the rugged volcanoes and deep valleys that our island is known for! Volcano Air Tours is a top-notch tour company that flies over Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Keep your eyes peeled for Madame Pele, the world’s most active volcano, and Haleakala, the world’s largest dormant volcano. Sunshine Helicopters is another great option, where you’ll hover over plunging waterfalls. Don’t forget to bring your camera!
4. Waterfall Rappelling
Drop into the tropics during this exciting activity that’s perfect for families, couples, and solo travelers alike! You can make memories of a lifetime while exploring waterfalls, cliffs, and natural freshwater pools. No previous climbing or rappelling experience is necessary, and all your gear is provided! Check out the Rappel Maui website for details.
Did you know that the longest zipline in Hawaii is on Maui? Flyin’ Hawaiian Zipline in the Waikapu Valley provides an exhilarating, eco-friendly adventure through the West Maui Mountains. Their zipline tours cover over 2.5 miles of West Maui canopy, stretching from Waikapu to Maalaea. You’ll cross nine different valleys and 11 different ridges, all while gaining insight into Maui’s rich history and culture. It’s fun for adrenaline junkies of all ages!
Other Outdoor Activities to Enjoy
- Horseback riding with Mendes Ranch Trail Rides
- Bicycle tours with Maui Mountain Riders
- Tram rides and tours at Maui Tropical Plantation
- Wine tasting at Tedeschi Winery
- Shopping at Alii Kula Lavender
- Sampling fresh goat cheese at Surfing Goat Dairy
Come Home to The Old Wailuku Inn at Ulupono
A day full of outdoor recreation is sure to wear you out! When it’s time to wind down for the evening, take an easy drive back to The Old Wailuku Inn. Our bed and breakfast is the perfect place to relax and reminisce about your adventures!
Spend some time resting in your comfortable guest room, or hang out with other guests on our breezy lanai. You can even take a stroll through our gardens! ln the morning, enjoy a fresh gourmet breakfast in our dining area. We can’t wait to hear about your experiences on the island!
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