Activities and Tours
There are many sights and
beauty to behold in Maui, and there are just as many companies who
take you there. You have countless opportunites to see Maui on
land, air, and sea. You can fly a helicopter deep into the
depths of the West Maui Mountains, hike into the Haleakala crater, or
sail along the beautiful
coast while sipping on a Pina Colada.
The following sections will give you
an overview of the types of tours available on Maui, and link you to
the companies that offer them. I strongly recommend checking out
the official websites that we have linked to in order to discover what
activities you are interested in, and then checking out our
Discounts & Bargains
page, as you can usually find a better price through one of the
countless activity and tour brokers on the island.
This page lists activities and tours
that require minimal physical activity. If hiking, biking,
paragliding, caving, or snorkeling are more your speed, check out our
Sports & Recreation
page for all the info!
Helicopter and Fixed Wing Tours
The most fantastic way to see the
rugged landscape of Maui is by helicopter. The pilots can take
you places that would take you days, even weeks to get to on foot,
places where no roads exist and some that have never been explored.
You can get close-up views of waterfalls, dash through valleys, take
glorious photographs, and take back the memory of a lifetime.
Most of the helicopters on Maui are
A-Stars, carrying six passengers. The
A-Stars are air-conditioned, with 180° windows for great views.
They are the newest and fastest choppers out there, so they get you to
the good stuff fast. The down side is that the passengers in the
middle don't get as good of picture-taking opportunites and their view
is sometimes obstructed. Also, while the windows provide good
visibility, they also provide a lot of sun glare, making photography
difficult at best. An alternative to alleviate this problem is
the in-flight video system, which records your flight on a video,
complete with narration, for you to take home. Most of the
helicopter companies offer this option, usually for around $20.
Alexair boasts the only two-way
communication system on Maui, allowing you to talk back and forth with
the pilot during the tour and ask questions, and Blue Hawaiian
is the only company on Maui to fly the brand-new EC-130B4 Eco-Star,
the latest and greatest chopper on the tourist scene.
Fixed-wing tours are also available,
if a helicopter makes you skittish. Pacific Wings, Paragon Air,
and Active Volcano Air Tours all offer service on Maui and to the
neighboring islands as well. If you want to see all the islands
from the air, rather than just Maui, fixed-air tours may be for you.
The price is also around $50pp less than a helicopter tour.
There's no better way to see Maui
than from the deck of a luxury catamaran, getting a tan or sipping on
an after-dinner cocktail. The jagged coastline and fantastic
backdrop of the West Maui mountains are breathtaking. When we
took a boat out to our dive sites, humpback whales breached near the
boat, dolphins swam off the bow, leaping and spinning, and
flying fish fluttered alongside. Rainbows encompassed the
mountains, while the waves crashed into the beaches until the sun set
over the ocean, sending pink, magenta, and orange lights blazing
throughout the sky.
A sunset sail can be very romantic,
while a booze cruise can stir up a quite a party. You can sip
champagne from the deck of a sailboat, or dance and dine on a luxury
ship. The Windjammer is even a 70-foot 3-masted old-time
schooner, providing a pirate ship feel. Any way you slice it,
there's nothing like sailing the waters of Maui. See our
Sports & Recreation page
for information on whale watching or snorkeling cruises.
Check out the links below to read
about the cruises offered on Maui, but we recommend that you visit our
Discounts & Bargains
page before making any reservations. You'll probably find the
cruise your looking for at a fraction of the price.
From the towering peak of the
dormant volcano Haleakala to the awe-inspiring beauty of the Hana
Road, these guides will take you there, narrating and often serving
lunch. There are tours to meet all needs from bus tours to
limousines. Guides of Maui offers private individual tours,
while Roberts Hawaii takes the tour bus approach. Either way,
it's nice to have someone there to tell you about what you're seeing,
and to drive so you don't have to!
One of the most popular tours on
Maui take you to the top of Haleakala to see one of the most
spectacular sunrises on earth. We rose at 3:30AM to get up
there, but when we arrived, the day was overcast, and though the
sunrise was still beautiful, it wasn't what it was cracked up to be.
If you're going to check this out, and we highly encourage you to do
so, make sure to check your weather forecast first.
The Hana Road is another very
popular option. The road to Hana is a breathtaking jaunt along
the North coast of Maui, winding through hairpin curves over countless
1-lane bridges, all the while surrounded by fantastic topography, lush
tropical forests, endless waterfalls and scenic vistas. It'll
take you most of the day, but it is truly one of the most beautiful
The following links will take you to
the official websites of the tour companies, allowing you to check out
what tours are offered and a bit about the companies themselves.
Once you've chosen a candidate, check out our
Discounts & Bargains
page, where you can often find great deals on the activity you choose.