Things to do in Maui

Below are some recommendations for things to do and places to visit during your stay in Maui.

If you are staying at The Westin Ka’anapali Ocean Resort Villas, please click here for their weekly experience activity calendar. The Westin Ka’anapali Ocean Resort Villas offer a wide variety of activities that are suitable for kids and adults.

The following recommended tourist attractions are categorized according to the regions in Maui – West Maui, Upcountry Maui, East Maui, Central Maui and South Maui.

Or, if you want a check-list of things to do when you’re in Maui, Lonely Planet has a list with more than 200 recommendations. Also, don’t forget to check out U.S News’ Best Things to do in Maui.

And if all you want to do during your vacation in Maui is golf, golf, and more golf, just scroll all the way down for a list of golf courses located in or near Ka’anapali.

West Maui
Lahaina
Historic whaling village filled with historic attractions such as U.S Seamen’s Hospital, quaint shops, art galleries and restaurants.

Ka’anapali Beach
This beach was Hawaii’s first planned resort. To learn more about the history and legends behind Ka’anapali Beach, check out Pipi Holo Ka’ao (translated – a well told tale travels far and wide) – a historical trail, and history and legends tour. Visitors have the option of going on a self-guided tour (download the PDF brochure of the guide) or guided tour (given twice every week).

When you’re there, don’t forget to check out Whalers Village. Whalers Village is home to a variety of shops, restaurants and Maui’s renowned whale museum (admission is free). Don’t forget to check out free Hawaiian entertainment and activities. Please check their calendar of events for more information. The Whalers Village was (and still is) June’s favorite place to go to (among many others).

Below are some photos that we took when we visited the Whalers Village.

      

Kapalua
Kapalua is the home to the Ritz Carlton, our favorite sushi restaurant (Sansei; Quick Tip: Make a reservation if you plan on dining there; or plan to arrive there at least an hour before opening time – there could be a line formed outside the restaurant as early as an hour prior to the restaurant’s opening time), and many other activities across the board such as hiking and ziplining.

Here are some photos that we took during our dining experience at Sansei:

      

Upcountry Maui
Kula
Kula is known for it’s botanical beauty and farms such as Kula Botanical Garden, Ali’i Kula Lavender Farm, Maui Pineapple Tours, Maui Tropical Plantation, Surfing Goat Dairy and Maui Grown Coffee, among many others.

Haleakala National Park
Perfect for nature lovers. Activities available include hiking, horseback riding, ziplining, and cycling. Click here for the park’s schedule of events and recommended places to go. And when you’re there, don’t forget to check out the breath taking Pools of Ohe’o. Admission is $10 per private vehicle and is valid for 3 days.

Makawao
This quaint little town is known their paniolo, or Hawaiian cowboys. Art lovers, don’t forget to check out Hui No’eau Visual Arts Center when you’re in town. We’ve also been advised to try out the ever famous T. Komoda Store & Bakery’s cream puff.

Paia
If you’re a fan of windsurfing or kite surfing, don’t forget to pay a visit to Paia. Paia is the home of Ho’okipa Beach, also known as the “windsurfing capital of the world”.

East Maui
Hana
When you’re in Hana, don’t forget to pay a visit to the Hasegawa General Store (#71 things to do from Lonely Planet). The store is the oldest family-owned business in Hana and even has a song written about it by Paul Weston. Here’s a music video of the song performed by “A Bunch of Coconuts”.

You can also take a self-guided tour ($12 for admission) through the island’s largest underground lava tube system. And for botanical lovers, there’s Kahanu Garden ($10 for self-guided tours & $25 for guided tours). And don’t forget to check out Honokalani Black Sand Beach located in Wai’anapanapa State Park.

Central Maui
Home to Maui’s government centers and Iao Valley State Park.

South Maui
Makena State Park
Home to Makena Beach, one of the largest beach in the island of Maui.

Kihei
Busy town filled with quaint little shops, beautiful beaches and abundant restaurants. It is also the home of Maui Ocean Center.

Here’s some photos from our trip to Maui Ocean Center:

      

  

Molokini
Small island made out of a sunken volcano crater located near Maui; perfect for snorkeling or scuba diving.

Golf
Most of these golf courses have a dress code enforced. Please check respective websites for their dress code.

Ka’anapali Golf Courses
2290 Ka’anapali Parkway,
Lahaina, Maui, Hawaii 96761
Phone: 1.866.454.4653

Please click here for current rates. Golf rates currently begin from $109+ (tee times after 1 pm) and $149+ for Ka’anapali resort guests. Prices quoted are for a round of 18-hole game and includes a golf cart. Prices vary depending on golf course selected.

For avid golfers, Ka’anapali Golf Course also offers the following packages:

  • Multi-Round Package – $299 for Ka’anapali resort guests and $329 for non-resort guests for 1 round one each course (Royal Ka’anapali & Ka’anapali Kai course). You do not have to play both courses on the same day.
  • Whale of a Deal – $549 for Ka’anapali resort guests and $599 for non-resort guests for 5 rounds of golf on any course.
  • 1, 2, 3 FREE – $475 for Ka’anapali resort guests and $519 for non-resort guests. Play 3 rounds and the fourth round is free. Seasonal offer; please call to check for availability.
  • Royal Package – $619 for Ka’anapali resort guests and $669 for non-resort guests for 7 days of unlimited golf.
  • Hana Hou – Repeat round on same day at either Royal Ka’anapali for $75 or Ka’anapali Kai for $65.

Below are some photos that we took when we played at this golf course.

                

                

Kapalua Golf
Kapalua’s Bay Course
300 Kapalua Drive,
Lahaina, Maui, Hawaii 96761
Phone: 1.888.708.9705

Kapalua’s Plantation Course
2000 Plantation Club Drive,
Lahaina, Maui, Hawaii 96761
Phone: 1.888.708.9705

Kapalua has two golf courses to offer to avid golfers – the Bay Course and the Plantation Course. Please click here for current rates. Golf rates varies depending on the course selected and begin from $98 (late afternoon tee time), $138 (twilight) and $208 for regular tee time. Prices quoted are for a round of 18-hole game and golf cart.

The King Kamehameha Golf Club
2500 Honoapiiliani Highway
Wailuku, Maui, Hawaii 96793
Phone: 1.808.249.0033

The King Kamehameha Golf Club is a private golf club. However, you can sign up to be a “Member for a Day” for $200 per person and includes golf and lunch. You will also have access to the clubhouse, men and women’s spa, locker rooms and fitness rooms. Prices quoted are for a round of 18-hole game.

Dunes at Maui Lani
1333 Maui Lani Parkway,
Kahului, Maui, Hawaii 96732
Phone: 1.808.873.0422

Please click here for current rates. Golf rates currently begin from $79+ (tee times after 2 pm), $99+ (tee times after 11:00 am) and $112+ for non-Hawaiian residents. Prices quoted are for a round of 18-hole game and includes a golf cart.

Kahili Golf Course
2500 Honoapiiliani Highway,
Wailuku, Maui, Hawaii, 96793
Phone: 1.808.242.4653

Please click here for current rates. Golf rates currently begin from $75+ (tee times after 1 pm) and $95+ for non-Hawaiian residents. Prices quoted are for a round of 18-hole game and includes a golf cart.

Wailea Golf Club
100 Wailea Golf Club Drive,
Wailea, Maui, Hawaii 96753
Phone: 1.808.875.7450

Please click here for current rates. Golf rates currently begin from $99+ (tee times after 3 pm and valid for as many holes you can complete before the course closes), $135+ (tee times after 11 am) and $179+ for Maui resort guests. Prices quoted are for a round of 18-hole game (unless noted otherwise).

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