Maui Activities for the Adventurous Visitor

Maui outdoor activities for the adventurous visitor. Maui is well known for it’s laid back, easygoing feel. While most enjoy the slower pace here on our beautiful Magic Isle, beyond the sunbathing and relaxing, many thrills and adventures are waiting just around the corner! Read ahead for some of the best Maui Outdoor Activities for the adventurous visitor.

Maui Sunrise Bike Tour at the Haleakala Crater

Maui Outdoor Activities -Start your day with extraordinary views of the worlds largest dormant volcano, Haleakala, appropriately named “House of the Sun.” The Bike Tour begins at sunrise, with continental breakfast and pick-up from your Hotel or Condo. The Bike Tour is approximately 28 miles long, starting at 6500 elevation, continuhaleakala bike rideing down to sea level. Total time spent on the bikes is about 2 hours, as there are restroom breaks and stop for photo opportunities along the way. As you trek down the mountain on a single speed “cruiser” bike, you will bike through pasture lands with breathtaking views of Maui and the Pacific Ocean. You will also pass by pineapple fields, sugar cane and end up in the charming old style plantation town of Pa’ia (former capital of Maui.)

Jungle Zip-lining

Soar through trees and above gulches along the slopes of one of the worlds largest volcanoes! The Haleakala Zipline Tour begins with a walk through the woods in Maui’s beautiful upcountry to5 ziplines and a new swinging bridge on the slopes of Haleakala. Bring your camera to capture the excitement from this one-of-a-kind adventure! This tour is great for couples, families and groups!


Kaanapali Ziplining

Soar high above Maui’s Kaanapali Resort area in the mountains of Lahaina! This adventure has 8 ziplines that sail you high above waterfalls and streams, through lush green valleys and plunging cliffs. End your adventure with a delicious meal served at the edge of a 1,000 ft. overlook with breathtaking panoramic views. This activity is great for everyone! (Great for children over 10 years of age)Skyline-Zipline-3 Kk

Maui Horseback Ride

Experience Maui on Horseback with Hawaiian cowboys! (Also known as Paniolos) This Horseback RIde begins at the ranch corral, and then you will ride up pastures into the rainforest to some of Maui’s biggest waterfalls. End your horseback adventure with a great BBQ lunch with the Paniolos! horse

Maui ATV & Waterslide

Hop on an ATV and ride the dirt roads in the Lahaina Mountains, and then slide on waterslides into a freshwater reservoir! This is a fun adventure for families, groups and couples!


Road to Hana

Enjoy a hosted tour of the world-famous Road to Hana, and all of it’s spectacular locations along the way. Ride past lush green rainforests, waterfalls and a breathtaking views of the ocean. All you have to do it sit back, relax and enjoy! Don’t forget your camera!


Related: 10 Popular Places to Visit While on Maui

Maui Haleakala Volcano

Ride in a deluxe MotorCoach 10,000 feet above sea level through the raw beauty and unforgettable scenery of Haleakala. This is an experience that is sure to remain in your memory for years to come!


Maui Whale Watching

Every year thousands of visitors flock to Maui to catch a glimpse of Maui’s most famous visitors, the Humpback Whales! Witness pods of cows with their newborn calves, and bulls putting on a great show for the audience! This adventure is great for everyone!whale-watch-4

Maui Parasailing

Experience breathtaking views while you are soaring in the air above the crystal blue waters of Maui! During this parasailing experience, flyers are hydraulically winched safely on and off the boats as they zoom across the water. You can even request to get your feet wet by getting dipped in the water! This is a great adventure for families, groups and couples!


Maui Sport Fishing

Experience an exciting fishing adventure with a Maui Sport Fishing crew! Whether you’re a novice or an experienced sport fisher yourself, you are sure to have an experience unparallel to any other fishing adventure you’ve ever had! This experience often includes tropical sunrises and whale watching when in season!

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Maui Surf Lessons

Hop on board! Experienced and professional Surf Instructors will teach you the basic fundamentals of riding the waves, with an extra focus on safety, navigation and general awareness of the ocean. Excellent equipment and Maui waves make for the best possible learning and surfing experience! If you’ve always wanted to learn how to surf, Maui is the best place to bring the dream to life! Great for families, groups and couples!


Stand-up Paddle Board Lessons

Learn how to to Paddle Board in a beautiful blue water lagoon! This introductory lesson will match you with the best equipment, and teach you how to Stand-up paddle board, with an emphasis on safety! Paddle boarding is an excellent water activity that you will want to do again and again.


Maui Snorkeling

Maui snorkeling is a perfect adventure for curious explorers. During a Maui Snorkeling excursion, you will snorkel by spectacular sea caves, tidepools, and blow holes around dolphins and monk seals! Expert instruction will hand out snorkel equipment and special instructions on how to use the snorkeling equipment.


Maui Scuba Dives

Experienced Divemasters will take you for a scuba diving adventure of a lifetime. Dive through the inside and backwall of Molokini, lava tubes, archways & caverns alongside green sea turtles with the best Divemasters on Maui, using the latest technology and quality equipment!


Maui Snorkeling and Kayak Adventure

Snorkel through the colorful reefs of Maui, have lunch on a small bay and then travel to Turtle Town in your kayak to view green sea turtles and spectacular marine life! Have an encounter with dolphins or maybe even the famous Humpback Whales! This is a fantastic paddling adventure for younger children ages 5 and up!


Maui Snorkeling and Dolphin Watch

Snorkel Kanaio Coast, La Perouse, offshore Kahoolawe, Molokini, Turtle Arches or the beautiful Coral Gardens. During this adventure, snorkelers will get the chance to see Spinner Dolphins or even Pacific Bottlenose Dolphins!



Maui Helicopter Tours

Tour West Maui, Hana and Haleakala in a helicopter! This detailed tour of the beautiful island of Maui begins with an exciting aerial exploration of West Maui valley and lands at a scenic and remote landing site at Ulupalakua Ranch, on the slopes of Haleakala! There is nothing quite like viewing the breathtaking scenery of Maui from a helicopter!


Maui Mule Ride

Experience an incredible piece of  history riding on the back of a mule. You will learn about the leper colony on the island of Molokai, Father Damien and the remarkable tales of courage, love and human struggle.


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Talk Like a Local

An Introduction to Pidgin and Hawaiian Slang

Pidgin is the unofficial language of Hawaii, and is commonly used as the standard means of communication by residents everywhere. Hawaiian Pidgin’s origins and background has been influenced by many languages including: Japanese, Filipino, Korean, Portuguese, and Cantonese. Pidgin is an accurate and interesting depiction of Hawaii’s regional character and cultural diversity.

Take a look at some of the most commonly used words and phrases, and learn to talk like a local!

Aloha (ah-LOW-hah)- Aloha has numerous meanings, but the most common way Aloha is used is as a greeting or farewell.

A Hui Hou (AH-HOO-ee-HOH)- Goodbye, take care, until we meet again.

E Komo Mai (E-COH-mo MY)- Welcome.

Mahalo (Ma-HA-low)- Thank you, expression of gratitude.

Howzit (HOW-zit)- “How are you?”

Lua (LOO-ah)- Restroom.

No Ka Oi (No-ka-OY)- “is the best”

Keiki (KAY-kee)- Child.

Wahine (WAH-hee-NAY)- Woman, girl.

Kama’aina (Kah-mah-EYE-nah)- “Child of the land.” A long time resident of Hawaii.

Lanai (Lah-NYE)- Patio.

Slippah (SLEE-pah)- Thong sandals, slipper.

Pupu (Poo-poo)- Appetizer.

Shaka (Shah-KAH)- Otherwise known as “Hang Loose” A common Hawaiian hand gesture used to express hello, thank you, or “all right!”

Haole (HOW-lay)- A non-derogatory word to describe a Caucasian person.

Ohana (Oh-HAH-nah)- Family, both blood related and non-related.

Ono (OH-no)- Delicious.

Grinds– Food.

Da Kine– A commonly used versatile catchphrase with endless meanings, used to describe or reference just about anything.

Brah, Bruddah, Braddah (Masculine)- Brother, friend, used to address someone.

Sistah (Feminine)- Sister, friend, used to address someone.

Talk story– Chat, casual conversation.

Puka (poo-KAH)-  Hole.

Kai– Ocean.


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Maui View Types – Understanding Maui Vacation Rental "Views"

Maui View Types

A Guide to Understanding Maui Vacation Rental “Maui View” Types – In a Kukui Nut Shell!

Maui View of Couple enjoying a Maui morning in Kapalua.

Maui View Types: Here is an example filled guide to understanding Maui vacation rental view types.

Maui View type is a very important factor to consider when choosing your perfect Maui Hawaii vacation rental, or even a Maui hotel room. When booking your Maui rental it is important to understand the vast Maui view types. There are several key factors to consider, one of the most important that can make a world of difference to your Maui Hawaii vacation experience is your Maui view type. There are four basic view types to choose from at Maui condo resorts and hotels: Oceanfront, Beachfront, Ocean View and Island View. Please read ahead to learn the differences between the four, which can greatly help you select your dream vacation rental on Maui.

Maui View Example: Oceanfront

The most affordable way to be near and on the water in Maui.

Maui View types oceanfront condo- you will have a full view of the ocean from your unit. Please be advised that although an Oceanfront property is situated on the ocean, there may or may not be a swimmable beach out front. Oftentimes the beach out front may not be swimmable due to a seawall or coral reefs, and may only be suitable as a “walking” beach or grassy area where you can sunbathe oceanside. Ask your Maui Specialist what the area in front of the property is like. Most Oceanfront properties are very close walking to driving distance to swimming and snorkeling beaches!

Insider Tip: There are plenty of Oceanfront properties with Ground Floor condos where you can walk directly out from your lanai to dip your feet in the water!

Subcategories of Oceanfront Properties & Condos: Ground Floor Oceanfront, Oceanfront with Pool View, Direct Oceanfront, Prime Oceanfront, Deluxe oceanfront, OF

Maui View Photo Examples of Maui Oceanfront Property:

Maui View Example Beachfront

The most requested Maui view type of all.

Maui View type, Beachfront is a term used to describe a property situated on a sandy beach. You may have an “Ocean View” at a Beachfront property, however, there are condos available that are considered Beachfront as well. Meaning, if you are on the Ground Floor of a Beachfront property, you may be able to walk right out to the beach directly from your unit. If you book a Ground Floor condo at a Beachfront property, confirm with your Maui Specialist if you are able to walk directly out to the sandy beach from your unit.

Insider Tip: Beachfront properties are normally higher in price than condo properties that are situated across the street, or within short walking distance to swimming and snorkeling beaches.

Subcategories of Beachfront Properties & Condos: Ground Floor Beachfront, Penthouse Beachfront, Prime Beachfront, BF,

Photo Maui View Examples of Beachfront Property & View:

Maui View Example Ocean View

A view of the magnificent Maui sea!

Ocean View means you will be able to view the ocean from your condo, however, it will not be completely unobstructed. You can have an Ocean View from your unit, even though the actual condo property is not situated on the Ocean side (across the street) You can also have an Ocean View at an Oceanfront or Beachfront property.

Insider Tip: When booking at a property with Ocean Views, oftentimes if you book a unit on a higher floor you may have a better view of the ocean.

Subcategories of Ocean View Properties & Condos: Partial Ocean View, Ocean View with Pool View, Ocean View with Resort View, Ocean View with Courtyard View, Partial Ocean View, Peek-a-boo Ocean View.

Maui View Photo Examples of Ocean View:

Maui View Example Island View

A view of anything but the ocean.

Island View, Mountain View, Garden View, Scenic View and Resort View are often interchangeable. If you book a condo with an Island View, Mountain View, Garden View or Resort View, it means you will not be able to view the ocean from your unit. Your view may be overlooking the property courtyard, gardens, etc. Insider Tip: In general Island View, Mountain View, Garden View and Resort View condo units are sometimes more affordable. The general rule of thumb is: better view equals higher rate. You can almost always expect to pay more for an ocean view. 

Subcategories of Island View Properties & Condos: Resort View, Mountain View, Garden View, Value View, City View, Courtyard View, Pool View, Scenic View

Photo Examples of Island View, Mountain View or Resort View:

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Mouthwatering Maui Eateries for Foodies

Mouthwatering Maui Eateries for Foodies

Maui offers some of the best dining and restaurants in Hawaii, with a tantalizing array of exotic cuisine and Hawaiian regional cuisine. Fresh caught fish, fruits and vegetables abound! There are few things in life more enjoyable than a sunrise poolside dining experience welcoming in a brand new day on the Magic Isle with macadamia nut pancakes, or sunset dining right on the sparkling beaches of Maui as the sun disappears beyond the horizon, welcoming in the balmy, tropical nights. There are many dining hot spots where you can get dressed up or dress down, to fuel up by way of savory local feasting. With many options to choose from, it will surely be difficult to choose just one! Maui offers several award winning popular hot spots for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Check out our growing list of Mouthwatering Maui Eateries for Foodies sure to please any palate!


1. Mama’s Fish House

Location: Paia

Price Range: $$$$

Maui’s most famous restaurant. Mama’s Fish House hosts an unforgettable top-notch dining experience that you will hold in your memory for years to come. Mama’s is located in Maui’s Historic Plantation Town, Paia. Nestled on a tiki filled beach, Mama’s Fish House offers Michelin Star quality food, a romantic ambiance, incredible beachfront views, freshly caught that day tropical fish, custom cocktails, and unique desserts. The Wild Fish Caught by Mama’s Fishermen Menu changes daily. Some Favorite Menu items include: Tahitian Ceviche, Lobster & Crab Stuffed Mahi Mahi, Fresh Baked Hawaiian Bread, and the famous Polynesian Black Pearl dessert. Great for groups, families and couples! Reservations are accepted and highly recommended.

View Mama’s Fish House Menu Here: Mama’s Fish House Menu 



2. Star Noodle

Location: Lahaina

Price Range: $$

A great choice for Asian fusion lovers! Star Noodle has many unique dishes such as: Vietnamese Crepes, Pad Thai, Steamed Pork Buns, Ramen, Udon, and delectable desserts like Mango Pudding, and Malasadas. Aside from their tantalizing menu, Star Noodle also offers an array of cocktails and beverages such as Sake, Sake Cocktails, Wines and Beer.  Star Noodle accepts reservations, and is great for kids and groups. Casual ambiance in a friendly, modern atmosphere.

View Star Noodle Menu Here: Star Noodle Menu



3. Aloha Mixed Plate

Location: Front Street, Lahaina

Price Range: $$

If you love traditional Hawaiian cuisine, this is your place! Aloha Mixed Plate is a local favorite, offering a wide selection of Hawaiian eats for Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner. Aloha Mixed Plate has a full menu with savory plates like Shoyu Chicken, Fresh Fish, Teriyaki Beef, Kalbi Ribs, Salads, Burgers, Sandwiches, Noodle Dishes, and a delightful selection of Island Cocktails and Beverages like Mai Tai’s and Passion Fruit Smoothies. Aloha Mixed Plate is a casual spot with outdoor seating. Great for kids and groups!

View Aloha Mixed Plate Menu Here: Aloha Mixed Plate Menu



4. Coconuts Fish Cafe

Location: Kihei

Price Range: $$

Coconuts Fish Cafe serves Fresh fish, Coconut Shrimp, Tacos with Mango Salsa, Mahi & Ono Fish & Chips, Ono Fish Burgers, Onion Rings, Seafood & Chicken Pastas, Steak & Seafood Salads, Soups and Kids Entrees. Coconuts Fish Cafe is a casual walk-in style restaurant, and great for groups and families looking for a quick delicious bite.

View Coconuts Fish Cafe Menu Here: Coconuts Fish Cafe Menu



5. Hula Grill Kaanapali

Location: Kaanapali

Price Range: $$

Hula Grill Kaanapali is located in Whaler’s Village, along the beachfront path. Hula Grill Kaanapali offers Lunch & Dinner for American, Hawaiian and Asian Fusion cuisine, Desserts and Island Cocktails. Menu items include a Pupu & Raw bar with Sashimi, Poke Tacos, Hawaiian Ceviche, Soups & Salads, Fresh Hawaiian Fish & Seafood, Coconut Seafood Chowder, and Kids Entrees, to name a few. Casual, beachfront ambiance. Great for kids and groups. Reservations are accepted and recommended.

View Hula grill Kaanapali Menu Here: Hula Grill Kaanapali Menu 



Related: 10 Popular Places to Visit While on Maui



6. Kimo’s

Location: Front Street, Lahaina

Price Range: $$

Kimo’s is a Seafood and Steakhouse on popular Maui Hot Spot- Front Street in Lahaina. Kimo’s is a great choice for Dinner, with upstairs and outdoor seating. Kimo’s has a casual, friendly ambiance. Kimo’s offers a great menu selection including: Pupu’s,Tiger Shrimp Cocktail, Sashimi, Smoked Fish Bruschetta, Macadamia Nut Crusted Calamari, Fresh Fish Tacos, Koloa Pork Ribs, Hamburgers, Desserts and Cocktails. Kimo’s is great for groups and families with kids. Reservations are accepted.

View Kimo’s Menu Here: Kimo’s Menu



7. Da Kitchen Cafe

Location: Kahului/Kihei

Price Range: $$

Da Kitchen Cafe is a local favorite, offering satisfying Hawaiian style entrees. Favorite menu items include: Deep Fried Spam Musubi’s, Mahi cakes, BBQ Beef Sticks, Lumpia, Da Kine Moco, Katsu Sandwich, Misoyaki Butterfish, Saimin Noodles, Pastas, Salads, Steaks and Burgers. Come here hungry! Portions are as big as the flavors! Great for lunch, families with kids and groups.

View Da Kitchen Cafe Menu Here: Da Kitchen Cafe Menu



8. Kihei Caffe

Location: Kihei

Price Range: $

Kihei Caffe is a popular inexpensive choice for Breakfast and Lunch! Welcome in the new day on Maui at Kihei Caffe’s outdoor seating area. Delicious menu items include: Banana Macadamia Nut French Toast & Coconut Syrup, Pork Fried Rice & Scrambled Eggs, Eggs Benedict and Home Fries, Chorizo and Eggs, Supreme Breakfast Burritos. Sausage Biscuits & Gravy, Cinnamon Roll French Toast, Haleakala Hot Chili, and much more! Kihei Caffe is a casual dining spot that is great for groups and families with kids!

View Kihei Caffe Menu Here: Kihei Caffe Menu 



9. Gazebo Restaurant

Location: Napili

Price Range: $$

Gazebo restaurant is a charming dining spot set right on the beach  with local Hawaiian flair. A great spot for Breakfast & Brunch, with outdoor seating and casual ambiance.  Favorite menu items include; Champagne Mimosa’s, White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Pancakes with Whipped Cream & Coconut Syrup, Portuguese Sausage, Kahuna Omelettes, Bacon Cheeseburgers, Coffee and more! Gazebo Restaurant is great for groups and families with kids.



10. Sansei Seafood Restaurant & Sushi Bar

Location: Kapalua/Kihei

Price Range: $$$

Sansei Seafood Restaurant & Sushi Bar is a popular local favorite spot for unique, inventive sushi rolls and fresh seafood. Local favorites include: Maui Onion Tempura Rings, Matsuhisa Style Miso Butterfish, Lobster & Blue Crab Ravioli, Sansei’s Mango Crab Salad Roll, Seared Foie Gras Nigiri Sushi, Panko Crusted Ahi Sashimi Sushi Roll, Sansei’s Asian Shrimp Cake, Dungeness Crab Ramen with Asian Truffle Broth, Tempura Fried Ice Cream, and a Full Bar. Great for groups. Reservations accepted and recommended.

View Sansei Seafood Restaurant & Sushi Bar Menu Here: Sansei Seafood Restaurant & Sushi Bar Menu



Where is your favorite place to dine in Maui? Comment below and share your dining experience!


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Best Time to Travel to Maui A Simple Guide for First Time Visitors

Best Time to Travel to Maui A Simple Guide for First Time Visitors

Planning a trip to the Magic Isle? Determine the best time to travel before you begin planning.

Determine When To Go By Season

Maui is always in season. However, most visitors don’t realize that there are different seasons in Maui, which determine the best options for rates and availability. Read ahead for Best Time to Travel to Maui A Simple Guide for First Time Visitors

High Season Dates: Mid-December to Mid-April. This is a very popular time to travel to Maui. Prices are set at High Season Rates, and everywhere tends to sell out quick island-wide! The Holiday Season (Mid-December to Mid-January) is a prime time for Maui visitors, as everyone is looking to escape the cold of Winter, and opt to spend their Holiday in Maui. If you are looking to travel to Maui within the High Season Date range, it is always recommended to consider looking for accommodations well in advance, and booking at least 6-9 months, or even up to 12 months prior to your arrival date.

Even during High Season, there are still many great deals and special promotions available, you just need to know where to find them. Maui Hawaii Vacations will take the guess-work out of where to find the best Maui deals during any month of the year. We offer 1/2 off Weekly Rates all year round at the Westin Ka’anapali Ocean Resort Villas, discount car rentals, the best rates for Maui activities and various other promotions island-wide! Check with your Maui Specialist for the best bargains during your travel dates.


Low Season Dates: Mid-April to Mid December. Low Season is the time when rates are significantly lower and availability is much higher. Maui is generally less crowded, leaving many more options to choose from, without the rush of people flocking to the best Maui deals. Keep in mind that even though Spring Break & Summer (June-August) is during Low Season, it is the most popular time to travel to Maui during Low Season. It is best to begin planning well in advance if you are looking to spend your Spring Break or Summertime on Maui. If you are wanting to save money, Low Season is the ideal time to plan for your Maui Vacation, as visitors are more likely to get the best bargains on accommodations, car rentals, activities and flights.


Related: How to Get the Best Maui Deals


Determine When To Go by Month

Maui is a fantastic and ideal tropical destination all year long! Weather is consistently warm and pleasurable throughout the year, but prices vary by Season.

January– Clear and warm days, with occasional tropical showers in between! High Season/Whale Watching Season. High Season Rates only. Many properties booked to capacity early on.

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Maui’s Majestic Humpback Whales all along the coast during the Winter months.

February– Clear and warm days, with tropical showers in between! High Season/Peak Whale Watching Season. High Season Rates only. Many properties booked to capacity early on. February tends to be a popular time to get Married in Maui! However, Maui is a very popular choice for weddings in a tropical destination all year long!

March– Warm and sunny! High Season/Peak Whale Watching Season. High Season Rates only. Many properties booked to capacity early on.

April– Mid-April is when Low Season begins. Generally less crowded, with the exception of Spring Break and the week before and after Easter Holiday.

May– Low Season. Generally less Crowded. Maui begins to warm up and weather is Summer-like. Low Season Rates available.

June– Low Season/Summertime. One of the drier months of the year. Warm and sunny days. Low Season Rates available now. Popular month for travelers during Summer Vacation. Many properties booked to capacity early on.

July– Low Season/Summertime. Climate temperatures are generally warmer with Summer in full-effect. Warm to very warm temperatures. Low Season Rates available. Popular month for travelers during Summer Vacation. Many properties booked to capacity early on.

August– Low Season/Summertime. Climate temperatures are generally warm and sunny, with very few cloudy days. Popular month for travelers during Summer Vacation. Low Season Rates available.

September– Low Season. Climate temperature continues to be warm. Low Season Rates available.

October– Low Season. Less Crowded. Temperature begins to come down to a moderate warmth as the island prepares to welcome Fall. Low Season Rates Available.

November– Low Season. Less Crowded. Transitional temperatures from Fall into Winter. Low Season Rates available.

December– High Season/Holiday Season. Beginning of Whale Watching Season. Low Season Rates available until Mid-December, when the rates go up to High Season. Many properties booked to capacity early on.

Related: 10 Popular Places to Visit While on Maui


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