Best Attractions & Activities on Maui

Yearning for the spray of salt water in your face as you zip across the ocean surface in a catamaran sailboat?  Dying to meet a few lively sea creatures face-to-face in their submarine homes? Or do your interests lie purely in letting the steady sound rhythm of waves relieve your stress while you kick back beachside and sip on a mai tai?  Travelers, rejoice! You can go to one place to satisfy everyone. Maui is a Mecca for outdoor fanatics and watersports lovers, as well as for lounging enthusiasts.

Regardless of your personal requisite for activity level, Maui is largely a “get outdoors” destination. Even such cultural spots as Tedeschi Vineyards and Winery and Surfing Goat Dairy are located in fairly rural areas. (It is an island after all.) The attractions listed here reflect this, and as such, may not be perfect for those who don’t want to leave the comfort of air conditioning.

However, this doesn’t mean these ten places are exclusively for “rugged types.” Feel like spending the day strolling about the grounds of a lavender farm or botanical garden? Maui’s got you covered.

With all these options, you may start to feel stressed about how best to spend your time. Don’t let the pressure takeover. Relax, remember the aloha spirit, and read this list we’ve compiled for you.  Full of options you’ve probably never thought of, it embraces the uniqueness of Maui’s numerous attractions.



There's no view quite like that from the hull of a catamaran sailboat slipping effortlessly across the waves. Started in 1994 by a husband and wife who both grew up sailing, the Paragon staff and crew are some of the most experienced hands in...  Read More



Two thousand feet above sea level on the leeward slopes of Haleakala Crater may seem like an unlikely spot for a commercial winery. However, the rich volcanic soil and temperate Hawaiian climate on Ulupalakua Ranch, where the vineyards are...  Read More



This funky little stop in Kula was started ten years ago by Eva Kafsack and Thomas Kafsack. Their former occupations of high school German teacher and software company leader, respectively, may make Surfing Goat Dairy seem like an unlikely...  Read More



A snorkeler's and diver's paradise, this crescent-shaped island, which now serves as a bird sanctuary, is all that remains of an extinct volcano. (Note: The island itself is off-limits to humans.) Even the most inexperienced snorkelers will...  Read More

Iao Valley State Park


Lose yourself in the lush, calm jungle of Maui, by visiting this valley. The serenity found here makes it hard to the believe that the battle of Kepaniwai was fought here in the late 18th century. One of the most savage takeovers in history, the...  Read More



Upon its opening in 1994, a dream of Maui residents came true; they finally had an appropriate facility dedicated to the arts. Spanning 12 acres, the center is also quite impressive and includes several theaters, a museum-quality gallery, an...  Read More



Planning a trip is stressful. Luckily, Maui is home to this perfect "wind-down" spot. Reserve a spot on a tour of the gardens, which feature over 40 varieties of lavender, and breathe in the fresh mountain air. (And I mean fresh. No pesticides...  Read More

Maui Tropical Plantation


Though in name may seem like classic Hawaiian kitsch, this 60-acre working plantation is a great way to escape the noise of busy western Maui. Admission to the grounds is free, but tram rides are available to those who want the complete tour of...  Read More

Road to Hana


Not for the faint of heart, this 52-mile road curves all the way around the eastern and southern coast of Maui. This is not a point-A-to-point-B trip, so don't be in a hurry. Despite the many rumors surrounding the Highway, a four-wheel-drive...  Read More

Haleakala National Park


You haven't seen a Maui sunrise until you've seen it from the summit of Haleakala Mountain (a volcano, considered sacred by ancient Hawaiians and dormant since 1790) in historic Haleakala National Park. Step inside the visitors' center to find...  Read More


Meet Laura Berbusse

Originally from Orange County, California, Laura’s family moved to a small–really small–rural town in Arkansas when she was in first grade.  The distinct differences between the two locales...  More About Laura