Maui Fulfills All of the Tropical Activity Dreams of Any Traveler

Jan 4, 2021 | Activity Information

Space shuttles don’t launch from Maui but otherwise we don’t know of any activity that you can’t find on the island. Maui seems to have been divinely created for every kind of activity. For example, even the shape of the coastline makes it perfect for boaters. includes countless choices for boat tours, all of which have won rave reviews.

To make the dizzying choices of boat tours and other activities easier, we offer Activity Match. Take your choice of sailing trips, snorkel trips, dinner cruises or, in mid-Dec. to mid-May, whale watching. But every boat and boat trip is different and offers a different experience. It helps only a little that most boats leave from Lahaina or Ma’alaea. So please do your pleasurable homework to pick your preferred choice of destination, type of boat, departure location, time of day, number of passengers, length of tour and more. Although big fish prefer deeper waters off the Big Island, in less than an hour large game await anglers. Here again, most charters leave Lahaina and Ma’alaea for fishing grounds.

Exploring Maui from the air in a helicopter or airplane is a marvelous experience. Rave reviews of helicopter tours of Kauai are not exaggerated. But offers comparably memorable helicopter flights over West Maui and its Honokokau Falls, Olowalu Valley and Iao Valley, perhaps with a sidetrip to the seacliffs of Moloka’i. Like flights on Kauai, do it early in your trip for orientation to the island and preferably in the morning to avoid clouds. Another consideration is that Maui doesn’t have as many narrow valleys as Kauai so airplane tours do quite well. You can even learn the basics of airplane controls and learn how to fly!

Ride an ATV in the West Maui mountains for a couple of hours or through the rugged terrain of a cattle ranch. Mountain bike in Upcountry above Tom Barefoot’s HQ in Makawao, including the Kahakapao Recreation Area. If you’re energetic enough to get up at about 2am, you can see the sunrise from Haleakala and then bike down with or without a guide. Since understandably most of the attention on Maui’s biking opportunities focuses on Haleakala, visitors passionate about biking can miss biking on Skyline road on the other side of the volcano that also offers a scenic short sidetrip on the Mamane Trail. None of’s dozens of biking vendors offer this challenging 8 mile ride which requires two cars, including one 4WD.

Finally, Maui’s incredible assets for activities include some of the best easy and more difficult hiking choices in Hawaii. offers jungle hikes deep into Maui’s beautiful rain forests to gaze at amazing waterfalls, through bamboo forests unlike any elsewhere in the islands or on some of the 41 miles of trails in the Haleakala Crater. Trek the shoreline lava trails at Wai’anapanapa State Park near Hana, the coastal to the tide-pools of Honolua or on short and long trails to a variety of waterfalls (Punalau Falls, Wailua Iki, Pipiwai Trail, Alele Falls and more).