Maui isn’t a large island, but it packs just about everything you could dream of into one amazing destination. Fields of sugar cane and green-covered mountains share the same land as black sand beaches and pristine waterfalls. Its legendary sunsets make visitors swoon. Its action-packed beaches offer all sorts of activities, including water sports, stand-up paddle boarding and championship-calibre surfing.
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Go whale watching! Whales have great cultural significance for Native Hawaiians. They play a large role in Hawaiian legend—including one creation story—and appear in ancient petroglyphs on several islands.
World-class snorkeling and diving can be found just off the shore of Maui at Molokini Crater, where crystal-clear waters support an exceptional diversity of marine life.
Maui Ocean Center
Walk through a tunnel surrounded by a 750,000-gallon water tank as manta rays and sharks swim overhead at Maui Ocean Center.
Haleakala Visitor Center
There is plenty to do for families! Turn your 7-to-12-year-olds into Junior Rangers at the Haleakala Visitor Center, or get them involved in hands-on exhibits at the Hawaii Nature Center in Wailuku. If you’re staying in a hotel or resort, take advantage of keiki (children’s) programs that includes everything from lei making to hula lessons.
Surfing was born in Hawaii and is deeply intertwined with its history and culture. If you dream of riding the waves, there’s no better place to learn how to surf and truly commune with the ocean. Learn about the origins of surfing in Hawaii and find out where you can watch the pros or take a surfing lesson on your visit.
Sunrise or Sunset
Looking for a relaxing or romantic getaway? Watch the sunrise wrapped in a blanket at the top of Haleakala Crater, or admire the sunset as you cruise along the golden Kihei coastline. Hike to one of East Maui’s spectacular waterfalls, then enjoy a couples’ massage at a resort in Wailea. Browse the charming shops of Lahaina and peruse the Maui Arts and Cultural Center.