Activities in Maui,
today to discuss your Maui,
you ever wanted to do something a little bit wild or out of the
Something not like "YOU"? We'd love
you to another side of "YOU"! In addition to being a beautiful
island, Maui offers a multitude of unique, challenging and exciting
We would like to enhance your Maui experience and invite you to
in any, or all of the following. We have selected one or two operators
in each category based on personal experience and client feedback.
The best activities
will always sell out early (Old Lahaina Luau, Trilogy excursions,
etc). As soon as your dates are set, you
should consider booking your activities. Check
our activities site, filled with helpful
info, and discounted
OR call Andreas at 888-222-3602, or 808-244-6200. He
has tried them all, and is full of helpful info!
One phone call can save days of emails!
Snorkeling is one of our favorite activities, and there are plenty of
snorkeling sites that you can access from the beach - FREE.
you arrive in Maui, stop at Maui Dive
(Kihei or Lahaina) for their FREE, full color snorkel/dive
This will give you the location details, entry points, and tips to make
snorkeling experience a safe one. Both
day and night dives can be arranged to exciting sites, with enticing
as "Cathedrals", "Monolith", and "Sharkfin Rock".
Some of the best snorkeling can be found at Honolua and Kapalua Bays
end of Maui), Olowalu
(located at 14 mile marker south of Lahaina) and Ahihi and La Perouse
the south end of Maui. These areas
locations allowing you to see fish in a natural state in protected
Andreas can help you compare the
various boat trips offered. Call him at 888-222-3602 or CLICK HERE
Reserve through Andreas at 888-222-3602 or CLICK HERE
authentic and favorite of the luaus - the
Old Lahaina Luau offers a traditional feast, Hawaiian music and a hula
Although most of the major hotel chains offer a similar experience, the
Lahaina Luau is picked to be the least commercial favorite.
NOTE: The show is the history of hula,
and might be a little boring for young children. You might have a
evening if you leave the little ones with a sitter (we recommend the
IMPORTANT: Make your reservations well
in advance, as this is
sold out most evenings. Seating is made based on when you make
reservation (best seats are for those that booked first), so make your
reservation as early as possible).
|BICYCLING ON MAUI
There are a
different types of bicycle tours on Maui.
Most are follow the leader style, pulling over every couple of minutes
the traffic pass. If you seldom get on a bike, this might be the
option for you.
But if you're a
little more active, and want something
more fun, we highly recommend cycling on your own. One of our
guests gave us this feedback about cycling on Maui:
"The ride from Twin Falls to
is physically the most amazing ride I have ever done. It is an
amusement park ride from the physical standpoint, with wonderful twisty
descents challenging you to go ever faster, while the uphills are
barely noticed as you soak in the lush scenery and amazing ocean views.
The road is stressful to travel by car, but fabulous on a bike.
Few locals will ride beyond Hana and Kipahulu because of the dirt and
rough pavement around Kaupo, but that very fact means there is almost
no traffic and the ride feels quite adventurous, challenging your
riding skills, while moving through many totally different climate
zones. For those of us who live in mono-climatic regions of the country
(world) the ride around South Maui and all the way back through
Ulupalakua and Kula is truly a life-changing experience. For me, riding
through dry cattle country with crashing surf on my left and views of
lush forest high on the mountain, complete with water falls through
sharp valleys on that distant hillside to my right was awe-inspiring.
Sugarcane valley, Hookipa surf, Rain forest, Hana's pastoral cattle
ranches, high cliffs on rugged shoreline, dry cattle
country, nearly barren lava beds, high eucalyptus forest and high
grassland....there are precious few places in the world where you can
experience all of this in a single day of biking !
West Maui loop was my first experience on the island, since Shawn
Conners dragged me out for the West Maui Metric Century event 6 or
so years ago. The stretch of road past Lahaina and the other resorts
kind of sucks, but then all of a sudden it becomes small twisty road
and you pass the blowholes, and eat up great ocean views and do more
twisty up and down to Kahakuloa, after which the road gets even smaller
and more personal before reaching the screaming descent to Waihee.
That's another "amusement park ride" there...
volcano is a natural challenge that many riders will want to do as a
milestone in their lives, but it's a lot of work for a long time, and
after you have been spoiled by the sheer amount of sensory input on
other rides it is hardly boring, but it can seem like a long
"slog". I didn't bother to do it this year.
on Maui is not for the faint of heart or for those who are not fit,
because most of the great rides involve climbing and descending,
but among cycling aficionados Maui would be considered an undiscovered
paradise. I am hoping to organize a group trip in the next year
or two for the sheer pleasure of watching the looks on my friends'
faces and hearing them talk about their experiences doing some of these
rides. You'll hear from me when that takes shape."
Courtesy of Glenn Swan
Go Cycling Maui - challenging rides with Donnie and his crew -
Na Ala Hele trail system - click
here to visit
Trilogy trips have
always been a favorite with our clients. They operate well
catamarans with snorkel trips to Molokini and Lanai.
The Lanai trip takes the better part
of a day
but is well worth it. Start with hot cinnamon buns and fresh Kona
delightful sail to Lanai, snorkeling
Hulopoe marine preserve, followed by a great barbecue lunch on the
also provide a van tour of Lanai, guided by a Lanai
resident. Our opinion - "There are
less expensive trips, but Trilogy seems to offer the best value!"
quote SAILING MAGAZINE "..is the one that's most like sailing on a
friend's boat. It's an unusual excursion, without the slick phoniness
afflicts many cruises."
Other options: American II (high performance), Angelique,
Kapalua Kai, Kiele V, Paragon, and Scotch Mist. CLICK
FOR MORE INFO
SURFING, KITE SURFING
Equipment: KANAHA KAI - 808-877-7778
Lessons: MAUI SPORTS UNLIMITED -
and South shores of Maui have great
spots year round for both beginners and experts. The winter months see
the North and the summer in the south.
NeW tried surfing, kite surfing or
windsurfing? No problem - lessons will have you achieving some
success on your first day. Call Linda and crew at 808-280-7060.
Already know how to surf or windsurf, but
need a board? No problem - stop in at Kanaha Kai in Kahului, for
selection of surf and windsurf board rentals. CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO Our opinion - "This is an activity that
you probably didn't consider when you planned your trip, but one that
leave you with a great sense of accomplishment".
Go for it! Buy or rent a
boogie board with fins, and follow the surf! Boogie boarding is fun,
will be enjoyed by young and old alike. It's not unusual to see local
as young as three out enjoying the small waves. Don't
know how? Don't worry, it's
easy. If you feel that a lesson is in order, call Linda at Maui Sports Unlimited 808-280-7060.
actually be quite dangerous, particularly with the offshore breezes of
BUT, it can also be a lot of fun. This can be an opportunity to
marine life that you wouldn't normally get a chance to see. We've
out at LaPerouse
with hundreds of dolphins - a true
nature experience! If you want to kayak, there are a number of
operators offering kayak tours and rentals. Use
your judgment, and exercise extreme
Reserve through Andreas at 888-222-3602 or CLICK
HERE FOR MORE INFO
Reserve through Andreas at 888-222-3602 or CLICK HERE
through March the whales come to Hawaiian
waters to breed and bear calves. It's almost impossible to imagine
creatures, until you're out on the board, and see one come up beside
This is definitely a MUST DO for a winter vacation.
SATURDAY MORNING FLEA
Entry fee .50 cents
This will add some local color to your
trip. Visit the Saturday morning flea market in Kahului (next to
Office, and across from McDonalds). This is an unusual blend of
treasures, fruits & veggies, flowers, and T-shirts ($4-$5
great place to pick up souvenirs. Many clients shop for their
supply of produce.
SELF GUIDED TOURS
It's exciting to explore a tropical island. Whether you take a guided
venture out on your own, there are a few sights you shouldn't miss:
1. Haleakela National
- Weather Report and Conditions - 808-572-4400 (office) and
is visited by a million people a
year. This dormant volcano's vast moon-like cratered floor with its'
cinder cones is a geological wonder. Sunrise
and sunset are two glorious times of the day to view the crater in
beautiful settings. The road leading to the summit is just 38 miles
long - 1
1/2 hours from the center of Kahului. If you are planning to go for
plan to be AT THE TOP approx. 45 minutes before actual sunrise.
By SUNRISE time,
the color show is pretty much over. The
crater can be cold! Whenever you choose to visit the crater, call and
weather and general viewing conditions. For ranger led hikes and
check park bulletin boards or call the above number.
Three miles inland from the center of old Wailuku
town is one of Maui's most beautiful
The Iao Valley. The centerpiece of the valley is the Iao Needle which
2250 feet high, constructed naturally of lava and overgrown with lush
foliage. Walking through the park you will see many varieties of exotic
and trees and enjoy the views from the sheltered lookout.
3. Hana - The Hana road
meanders along the northern
coastline, a breathtaking experience of cliffs, lush valleys, streams,
waterfalls and pools. The road has 617 curves and 56 one lane bridges
straightening out just before Hana. This area has many beautiful hikes,
and beaches to explore and enjoy. The
Seven Sacred Pools is just beyond Hana,
and you might want to turn around here or take the back road
you're driving to Hana on your own, pick up a Hana Tour CD (available
many locations) or call 808-871-1555. The CD will be your guide, giving
info on the vegetation, points of interest, Hawaiian tales, etc...
Reserve through Andreas at 888-222-3602 or CLICK HERE
Maui has a wonderful variety of terrain that can be explored on
horseback - Haleakala crater, eucalyptus forests, beach areas, and
Hana coastline. Guests are appropriately screened, to select
riding tours suited to their ability.
SPEND A DAY UPCOUNTRY
Many people come to Maui,
and spend their entire vacation on the beach on the South Shore.
But there is plenty more to see. Spend a morning or afternoon
Upcountry. You could start with sunrise at the top of Haleakala
you'll need to get up super early), followed by breakfast at Kula
Then perhaps a stop at the winery or a protea farm. Make sure to
Makawao to enjoy the quaint collection of shops (clothing, art, unusual
items). If you don't want the early start, plan to sightsee in
afternoon, ending with sunset at Haleakala. Stop at Casanova's
Makawao for dinner on your way home.
All over Maui
there are many great hiking trails ranging from an hour to full day
through beautiful rain forests, open fields or the crater floor. There
plenty of informative books to help you take yourself into some very
terrain - with crisp fresh water pools to swim in - and some great
walks to get
the blood flowing! For the true hiker, check into the GPS hikes
available on Maui.
Wailea Tennis Club - 808-879-1958
Many condo properties have
tennis courts, but if you prefer the atmosphere of a tennis club,
offers three grass courts, eleven plexi-pave courts and excellent
They will also match you for play with other players of similar ability.
Reply on Andreas' expertise to compare the
various trips for you. Give him a call at 888-222-3602 or
See the island like a
bird! There is no other way to get this total overview.
forests, Haleakala Crater, the Hana coastline, West
|FOR THE MORE ADVENTURESOME
Sky-line Eco Adventures -
This is a popular activity, so book very early.
Call Andreas at
888-222-3602 or CLICK HERE
There is no way to adequately describe the magnificence of the humpback
whales. Huge, graceful, gentle, loving, playful are just a few
Contact Andreas (888-222-3602) to arrange a whale watch
adventure (winter only).
Our favorite... the Pacific Whale