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Best Maui Vacation Activities

If you're looking for the best or top Maui Vacation activities then you're in the right place. In this article we've selected our top six activities and attractions for visitors on their Maui vacation trip. Our Maui Must See and Do page already highlights the majority of "Must See" attractions on the island, but this list is meant to narrow that list even further. Let's take a look at our top six picks.

First, making this list is purely subjective, it's our opinion and not a list everyone will agree with. That said, we feel pretty confident these are the top things to do and see on the island of Maui. If you feel we've left something off, we hope you'll tell us in the comment section below.

1.) Drive the Hana Highway (Road to Hana).

Drive the Hana Highway (Road to Hana).

The 50+ mile journey that takes you along the winding northeast coastline of Maui is a highlight that's not to be missed. And don't turn around in Hana because some of the best sights are still ahead of you. Make sure you visit the `Ohe`o Gulch beyond Hana town as well. You'll see incredible waterfalls, stunning coastal views, beautiful gardens, and will have a selection of hikes that are more than worth your time. View more information about the Road to Hana.

After doing your research you think that driving the Hana Highway on your own is not your cup of tea; you can still experience the highlights of this journey by joining a Road to Hana Tour with Valley Isle Excursions.

2.) Visit the summit of Haleakala.

Visit the summit of Haleakala.

Whether you come up to view the sunrise or not, make sure the drive to the summit of Haleakala is in your plans. The 10,023ft volcano is a good way to get an up close view of the world's largest dormant volcano. Learn more about Haleakala National Park.

3.) Visit the Iao Valley in central Maui.

Visit the Iao Valley in central Maui.

The valley is famous for the 1,200ft Iao Needle within it, but it's the history of the valley that will fascinate you the most. You can visit the valley in an hours time, so it's a quick visit that's definitely worth a stop. Learn more about the Iao Valley and Needle.

4.) Hike the Waihee Ridge Trail.

Hike the Waihee Ridge Trail.

This remarkable trail will give you a taste of the much older West Maui mountains. While the view is often dependent on the weather, when it's clear - wow! Even on a cloudy day this hike is a lot of fun; that's if you can make it up the first incline - even we'll admit that part is a doozy. Learn more about Waihee Ridge Trail.

If you like hiking, you can maximize your vacation time and see some special places by scheduling an all-inclusive, private guided hike with Alicia at Awapuhi Adventures. Their tours are fully customized and each adventure is designed specifically for your unique interests and fitness level.

5.) Take a Humpback Whale Tour.

Take a Humpback Whale Tour.

If you're fortunate enough to visit during the winter months (December - March) then definitely add a whale watching tour to your to-do list. These majestic creatures call the warm Maui waters home during the winter and will put on quite a show for visitors. This is one of the highlights of visiting Maui at this time of year. If you can't or don't want to take a boat tour, then you can watch them from the shore at beaches like Ka`anapali in southwest Maui.

6.) Go snorkeling.

Go snorkeling.

Maui has a fantastic assortment of snorkeling spots around the island, some of the best locations being in south Maui. You can also consider taking a snorkeling tour out to Molokini Crater for the day. Either way, be sure to slip on your flippers, grab your mask, and dive in. There's a whole other world awaiting you beneath the ocean waves.


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