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Captain-Tested, Crew-Approved: 8 Can’t Miss Maui Activities

Snorkel Molokini

Molokini Crater snorkeling

Of course it’s our favorite – it’s what we live to do! The crescent-shaped islet of Molokini is home to ultra-clear water and over 250 species of tropical fish and there are also eels, octopus, rays and even the occasional Hawaiian Monk Seal. We recommend visiting Molokini in the calm waters of morning before the afternoon trade winds pick up.

Visit Haleakala

Haleakala

At 10,023 ft. (3,055 m) Haleakala is the 3rd tallest volcano in Hawaii.  It is famous for the stunning panoramic views it offers of Maui. Remember, the view is weather dependant – that’s why we encourage our friends to check the weather before they drive  2.5 hours to the Haleakala summit. Located in a much different bioregion than the beaches most people frequent on their vacations, temperatures here can reach freezing in the winter months and the area can even receive snow.  The Silversword plant (`āhinahina) can be seen blooming and is just one of the many living things here that can be found nowhere else in the world. Remember to dress in layers and don’t forget your camera!

 

Journey to Hana

Maui Rainforest Hiking Tours

Rainforest Hiking Tours

The road to Hana is one of the most scenic and beautiful drives you can take in Hawaii.  Over 600 curves and 59 bridges stretch this 52 mile drive from Kahului town.  Without stops you can make this drive in about 2.5 hours, but you’d be missing out on epic waterfalls, black sand beaches, bamboo forests and the beautiful coastline. Be sure to stop, too, at one of the many roadside stands that sell fresh fruit, tacos and fresh-off-the-grill burgers.  Once you reach Hana, continue to Kipahulu and visit Oheo Gulch.  The park rangers will let you know if conditions are right for swimming in the many pools there.  The key to this drive is to leave early in the morning, take your time, and spend the full day out Hana way.

Feast at a Luau

Maui Shows & Luaus

Shows & Luaus

Roasted pig, mai-tai’s, sunsets and hula dancers – the luau is a perfect combination of these and a chance to experience a part of traditional Hawaiian culture.  Most luaus are buffet style with pork, fish, salads and you must really try the poi.  Come for the food and stay for the after dinner cultural entertainment!

Make your time Beach Time

Fun at Maluaka Beach

The Kai Kanani crew is undivided in our opinion on this – it is absolutely essential to take the time to relax on the beach!  Maui has over 30 miles of beaches that grace our coastline and there is a beach for just about everyone.  Whether you wish to snorkel, surf, sunbathe or relax in the shade, when the beach calls, answer the call.  Some people prefer a secluded beach,  others prefer beaches with lifeguards. A list of lifeguarded beaches can be found here.  If a lifeguard is not present remember to use caution and check conditions or ask other beach goers about conditions. Often signs or flags are posted that let you know about high surf.  When in doubt….don’t go out.  Pack a chair and some sunscreen and don’t forget to reapply, even if it’s cloudy.

Learn to Surf or SUP

Surf Maui

Kai Kanani can arrange SUP or surf lessons for you while you are in Maui

We’ve all seen the tv shows or movies with people effortlessly gliding across the ocean, now it’s your turn.  Maui has several nice beginner to advanced surf breaks and the many surf schools here are happy to give you expert lessons.  Cove Park in Kihei is the most popular south side location, while the West Side has several locations as well.  If you want one-on-one attention private lessons can be arranged.  Of course you will want photos of you riding the “big one” so make sure you check to see if your instructor takes photos.

Sunset Cruise

Kai Kanani Sunset Sail

Imagine sailing along the crystal clear blue waters of Maui with champagne in one hand  and your sweetheart holding the other.  Sunsets are a magical time of the day and the colors change nightly.  Open Bar, food and live music are a part of the Kai Kanani Sunset Cruise that cruises the Wailea coastline on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

 

Swim with Sea Turtles

Hawaiian Sea Turtle

Honu or Hawaiian Green Sea Turtles populate the Maui coastline and this is the highlight of many visitor snorkel experiences.  These turtles can weigh up to 400lbs and reach up to 4 feet in diameter.  Though turtles appear brown, they mainly feed on algae and seaweed which then turn their insides a nice shade of green.  Turtles are air breathers, you will see them resting under the water for 20 minutes or even longer.  When they are ready they will come to the surface to take several breaths of air and then dive back down again. Try not to scare them as it does prevent them from getting the oxygen they need. It’s best to give them at least 10 feet of clearance.   Remember, turtles are federally protected in Hawaii and it is illegal to touch, chase or harass them, but they love having their photos taken!  Join Kai Kanani’s naturalists daily at one of our many sites for snorkeling with turtles.

This is just a sampling of the many many fun adventures Maui has to offer.  Other exciting activities include, zipline, horseback riding, and helicopter tours.  Please contact us if you’d like help arranging your Maui vacation – that’s why we’re here!

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