Maui is one of the most well-known and well-loved of the Hawaiian islands as a top vacation spot. With countless this to do and nearly endless sunshine, it is no wonder as to why. Here are 10 suggestions for outdoor adventures to have on this beautiful island that you can add to your next Hawaiian itinerary.
1. Waimoku Falls
Waimoku Falls is a stunning waterfall that cascades a magnificent 400’. Located in Haleakala National Park, the hike to reach the falls is an excellent way to spend an afternoon seeing more of the island and reaching a gorgeous destination! The trail to Waimoku Falls is about 4 miles roundtrip. While it does feature some rockier sections, it isn’t overly challenging or long – just be sure to bring some sturdy shoes and leave time for breaks in your schedule if you’re not much of a hiker.
2. Go Kayaking
With its status as a tropical island, it’s no surprise that Maui is surrounded by some gorgeous waters. A great way to experience these up close is a sea-kayaking trip. This is a great way to get outdoors as well as potentially see wildlife up close. Even better, thanks to several tour groups in the area, no experience or gear of your own is necessary! Groups such as Maui Kayaks offer guided trips off the coast, as well as kayak rentals.
3. Snorkel At Molokini Crater
Molokini Crater was formed by a volcanic eruption thousands of years ago. Nowadays, it’s a well-loved spot for snorkeling and scuba diving. Home to countless kinds of wildlife from fish to dolphins, this is sure to be a memorable way to spend an afternoon. If you don’t have much experience with snorkeling, consider booking a guided tour to be able to relax and enjoy the trip while an expert guides you through gear, transportation, and so on.
4. Go Ziplining
The jungles dotting Maui make for absolutely stunning scenery, and ziplining through them is both a fun and thrilling way to see some of it. If you’re looking to plan a ziplining trip, you won’t have any problems finding one. The island is home to several places that offer zip lining such as Maui Zipline Company.
5. Go Whale Watching
The waters off the coast of Maui are home to humpback whales, pilot whales, and false killer whales. Embarking on a whale watching trip is a great way to see them, as well as a great way to enjoy fresh air and adventure while still being able to sit back and relax. The best season for whale watching is typically November through May, making this an excellent idea for those planning a winter or early spring trip to Maui.
6. Cruise Down A Mountain
Another great way to take in the gorgeous scenery that makes up Maui is by bike. Haleakala mountain is an especially popular place for such a trip. Several companies such as Bike Maui offer trips that provide transportation to the top of the mountain as well as bike rentals to cruise back down the mountain.
7. Take A Surfing Class
If there’s one thing that’s nearly synonymous with Hawaii it’s surfing. Even if you’ve never been surfing before, taking a surfing class can be a great way to get out of your comfort zone, make some fun memories, and enjoy the sun. There are several groups in Maui that offer surfing classes ranging from beginner level is two more advanced, such as Island Style Adventures.
8. Head Under The Sea
Here’s another well-loved adventure to have on Maui. Unlike other suggestions on this list which mostly include enjoying exploring the island or heading out on the water, this suggestion actually takes you below the waves. A submarine tour can be a great way to not only see some truly one-of-a-kind views but also make some memories that are unlikely to be forgotten anytime soon. Atlantis Adventures is one company that offers such tours, With the reservations available online.
9. Visit Seven Sacred Pools
One of the most well-loved outdoor adventures on the island is without a doubt visiting Seven Sacred Pools. Consisting of a series of dreamy waterfalls and pools, this site is accessible via the short Kūloa Point Trail.
10. Go Horseback Riding
Here’s another unique way to see more of the island! Maui Mountain Adventures offers horseback riding tours that will allow you to take in some gorgeous scenery and have a unique time riding a horse. No experience is typically necessary for a trail ride, making this a great way to get a little out of your comfort zone on vacation!
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