The travel restrictions imposed to prevent the spread of COVID-19 forced many of us to cancel our vacation travel early this year. But with the easing of lockdowns in most countries, some places are now accepting visitors once more. This news delighted many, as those stuck at home can finally give in to their wanderlust and enjoy a few days of self-care and fun activities.
And what better place to spend your vacation than in the sun-splashed island of Maui? With its world-famous beaches, lush forests, scenic views, and mouth-watering fresh cuisine, there’s a long list of activities to try at Maui. You’ll be surprised knowing you won’t even need to travel far from your Maui beachfront vacation rental.
Here are some exciting things to do in Maui that are well worth adding to your itinerary:
ATV Adventure in West Maui Mountains
Ready to get wet and dirty? Explore West Maui’s rugged terrain and hard-to-reach places on a thrilling ATV tour that is sure to quicken your pulse and put a smile on your face. This one-of-a-kind experience is for the whole family and off-road adventure enthusiasts. With knowledgeable guides, you will tour through several acres of land and ride to the top of the valley, where you will see breathtaking waterfalls. You will get to access parts of the valley that regular tour vehicles can’t reach. After that, you will continue down to the coast for the picturesque view of the Pacific Ocean. The tour can take up to two hours, so be sure that you’re physically fit and dressed for adventure.
Challenge Yourself in Lahaina Pali Trail
Want to test your strength and endurance? Lahaina Pali Trail is perfect for travelers seeking the challenge of hiking on a rugged 10-mile trail with the reward of Maui’s beautiful panorama. But before you go here, you must first decide whether to tackle the eastern or western side. The east trailhead or the Kihei side is more difficult, but it has the best view. In here, you’ll see the mesmerizing scenery of Haleakala, the Central Valley, Kihei, and Maalaea coastline. The west side or the Ukumehame trailhead, on the other hand, is the easiest path to take and the perfect spot for whale watching during winter. The midpoint of the trail culminates on Kealaloloa Ridge, giving you breathtaking views of Maui’s 34 impressive wind turbines, Molokini, Haleakala, Maalaea, Kahoolawe, and Lanai. On a clear day, you might even see the Big Island of Hawaii.
Ride the Waves
Your Hawaii trip is not complete unless you ride the ocean waves, and Maui has the perfect surfing spots for both beginners and professionals. Just a few miles away from Kahana Village’s vacation condo rentals is the Honolua Bay, one of Hawaii’s best-surfing sites. It boasts a mighty, hollow reef break that generates world-class north, west, and northwest swells. Professional surfers can surely catch the longest surf ride of their lives in Honolua Bay. But if you’re only a beginner, you might want to practice your surfing skills at Launiupoko instead. This area is popular among the locals, beginner surfers, longboarders, and stand up paddleboarders. You could also find some family-friendly surf lessons. It’s just another thing to do in Maui that you will never forget!
Cliff Dive and Snorkel at Black Rock Beach
At the north end of Kaanapali Beach, 10 minutes away from Kahana Village, lies a great place to cliff dive and snorkel. Black Rock Beach is one of the island’s most stunning sun-drenched beaches and is a popular destination for the younger generation. They use this as a leaping-off point for some fun and heart-racing action in the ocean. Black Rock is also one of Maui’s excellent spot for snorkeling and diving. You will get to spot some of the colorful sea creatures, including turtles, parrotfish, butterfly fish, porcupine fish, goatfish, and more.
If you want to fly around and see the beauty of Maui from an eagle’s eye view, then this ride is for you. Parasailing is one of the most exciting activities that you can do in Maui. But unlike on the Big Island, this ocean adventure is only allowed during the late spring and the summer months. Parasailing rides are prohibited from operating in Maui waters during the humpback whale migration, from late October through April. And depending on where you decide to go, some parasail tours permit kids 5-years-old and above to participate.
See Some Humpback Whale Action
If you’re planning on visiting Maui in the winter season, then whale watching should be at the top of your vacation itinerary. Watching the North Pacific humpback whales in action during their migration season is one of the most exciting and memorable experiences that you will have. You can expect to witness the whales play, tail slap, and leap from the surface of the water. Although you can also spot the massive ocean dwellers from the coastline, a Whale Watching Tour is a must-try activity in Maui. There are several boat tour options to choose from, and they usually take up to 2 to 3 hours.
Hike Into the Clouds at Waihee Ridge
This is a hiking destination that you surely wouldn’t want to miss. If the Lahaina Pali Trail is too difficult for you, Waihee Ridge is a moderate 5-mile out-and-back trail in West Maui Mountains. It ascends at about 1,500 ft, allowing hikers to touch the sky and hike into the clouds. This trek is one of the most scenic in Maui, but you need to start early in the day if you want a cloud-free view of the good stuff below. As you walk through the trail, you will be treated with different scenery in every direction you look. You can see the sweeping ocean panoramas, Makamakaole Falls, the lush rainforest of Waihee Valley, and Haleakala.
Maui is a paradise full of treasures to explore for weary housebound people dying to get out of their immediate space. With all the things to do in Maui, it’s the perfect vacation spot for you and your loved ones to create the most unforgettable and happy memories. Given its breathtaking landscapes and world-renowned beaches, the island offers its residents and visitors plenty of activities to do. If you’re traveling to Maui, be sure to add the exciting island activities we’ve listed above to your vacation itinerary. To make the most of your stay, book the best accommodation that’s near all these must-try activities. Check out the stunning property of Kahana Village with beachfront vacation home rentals close to the beautiful beaches and well-known shopping centers and restaurants in West Maui.