West Maui Activities

West Maui Activities

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When it comes to West Maui attractions and activities, the sky is the limit! From enjoying a delicious Ululani's Shave Ice under the shade of Lahaina's Banyan Tree to a day of fun in the sun at Ka'anapali Beach, there is no shortage of attractions to make your day in paradise a memorable one.

Some of our favorite West Maui activities include:

Take A Helicopter Tour

Blue Hawaiian Helicopters offers aerial tours of Maui. Helicopter tours are an exciting way to get unique and unforgettable views of the island. There's no faster way to cover more ground and see the hidden beauty of Hawaii. They offer tours of The West Maui Mountains, West Maui & Molokai, Haleakala Crater, and more.

blue hawaiian helicopter flying above maui's northwest side

Whale Watching

West Maui is one of the best whale watching areas in the world due to the shallow channel that lies between West Maui and the neighbor islands of Lanai and Molokai. Grab a blanket and seat on the beach and enjoy whale watching from shore

whale breaching

Get Active While Learning About Hawaiian Culture

There's plenty of things to do on Maui, but when you get an opportunity to step back in time, and build a new appreciation for the Hawaiian people and their history, those activities become priceless. Hawaiian Paddle Sports will take you on a Hawaiian Outrigger Canoe, give you a private surf lesson somewhere uncrowded, and take you snorkeling from a kayak.

people raising paddles in outrigger canoe

Hop Aboard a Boat Tour

Trilogy Excursions offers a wonderful assortment of boat tours from West Maui, including a Ka'anapali Sunset Sail, Lahaina Picnic Snorkel & Sail, Ka'anapali Snorkel, and even sailing and snorkeling trips to the neighbor island of Lanai!

family getting ready to snorkel aboard the trilogy

Dinner and a View

Experience a menu that changes daily at the The Mill House while basking a the majestic views of the Waikapu Valley. Their menu is dictated by what is growing seasonally at the organic farms on their property. Call for reservations at (808) 270-0333.

Mill House Maui

Scuba Diving

From scooter scuba sessions to night dives, Scuba Mike offers a personal guided underwater experience of Maui. Scuba Mike also offers Padi Scuba Certification. If full certification isn't something you're ready for, they also offer a discovery dive that requires no experience. (808) 250-5494

family snorkeling on the west side of maui

Guided Hiking Tours

Let Hike Maui take you on a hiking tour of Maui's secret spots. Whether it's on the water or on land, they know the most amazing locations to hike, kayak, snorkel and zipline. Call (808) 427-0849.

hiking waterfalls in Maui, Hawaii

Camp at The Beach

You haven't fully experienced Maui's beauty until you've camped out by the ocean, falling asleep to the sound of the waves washing ashore just outside your tent. Camp Maui-X offers guided excursions and rentals of trucks or SUVs with rooftop campers. Convenient, spacious, and high off the ground away from the critters and tides, this is the best way to camp by the ocean. Two great spots on Maui's West side are South of Lahaina at Papalaua State Wayside Park along the Hono'apiilani Highway (Mile Marker 10.5), and North of Lahaina at Windmills which sits at the end of a rugged drive, but has gorgeous NorthWest views. (808) 298-5828

camping at the beach on maui

Go Ziplining

Skyline Eco-Adventures is voted the #1 zipline course in Hawaii by Hawaii Magazine. Choose from the Classic Adventure Tour in Ka'anapali, where you'll zipline through the West Maui Mountains with amazing views of the ocean, or the Maui Zip & Dip Tour that also includes a swim at a natural mountain pool. Call (808) 745-1323

zipline maui

Get Married

Hawaii Wedding Planners are no strangers to perfect weddings. Their beach ceremony locations make your dreamy day complete, with the aqua waters and stunning sunsets. There are a few different beaches in Lahaina to choose from and these planners will help you find the perfect place for your day! Olowalu Plantation is an oceanfront home with an oceanfront lawn that will melt your heart! Kapalua Beach is that classic Maui beach, with sugary sand and gentle waves breaking on shore. Napili Beach is one of Maui's prettiest coves, sparkling blue water and you might even have monk seals in attendance at your ceremony! For more details on planning your beach wedding, call (800)859-0072.

hawaii wedding planners

Kayak & Snorkel

Maui Kayak Adventures offers two kayak and snorkel tour departure locations in West Maui, including Olowalu Beach on the south side of Lahaina and D.T. Fleming Beach Park in Kapalua. Choose from Olowalu Coral Gardens or during the Summer months a trip to Honolua Bay. All tours include FREE photography, snacks, water and snorkeling.

maui kayaking

Snorkeling around Lahaina

There are many places to snorkel on the west side that will blow your mind! We love Kapalua Bay, Napili, Honolua, and also Olowalu (pictured below.) Ask about the best spots to snorkel from the shore when renting your snorkel hear from Boss Frogs. (808) 856-4264

Olowalu snorkeling

Get a Massage

Every day on vacation spent with a sore back or neck is another day you're not completely relaxed. Why not call Maui's Best Massage and find out the true meaning of a vacation in paradise? With their massage outcall services that come to you, the only effort you need to make is scheduling a day and time. Their expert massage therapist will work out the tightest of knots and have you singing "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" in no time! (808) 426-7418

mauis best massage

Attend a Luau

We recommend Drums of the Pacific at the Hyatt for a romantic luau experience in a beautiful setting. Watch hula dancers, fire spinners and acrobats perform while sipping a mai tai and enjoying delicious local food. (808) 892-3177

Hyatt Luau Maui

Hawaii Mermaid Adventures

Be a mermaid on Maui with lessons and incredible photography documenting your experience. Call (808) 495-8919.

mermaid lessons

Go Surfing

Lahaina is home to many great surf spots, both for shortboarding if swell is big enough and longboarding almost anytime. The west side is very popular for stand up paddle surfing because there are many surf spots that can rarely be surfed with anything else. Island Surfboard Rentals have a great selection of boards and provide free delivery and pick up.

Lahaina surfing

Maui Sunset Dinner Cruise

With a daily departure from Lahaina Harbor, Hawaii Ocean Project invites you aboard their luxury double decker yacht, the Maui Princess, for an evening of fun, food and dancing along Maui’s stunning western shoreline. Featuring local musicians, all premium seating on the yacht’s upper deck, table side food and beverage service, a full bar and post-dinner dancing, guests are invited to sit back, relax, and enjoy the views of tropical paradise during this delightful evening experience in west Maui. Tickets include complimentary alcoholic beverages with a valid I.D., as well as courtesy busses to and from most west Maui hotels and resorts. Experienced staff members are on hand to make sure your every need is met, and the yacht’s sizeable amenities ensure for a comfortable, stable, and enjoyable experience for all. Call (808) 667-6165. Check out the Maui Princess Dinner Cruise.

Lahaina dinner cruise

Make a Sunrise Trip to Haleakala

Grab a seat in a 12 seater custom cruiser for the journey of a lifetime through Upcountry Maui to reach the 10,023 foot summit of Haleakala Volcano in time to witness a sunrise for yourself. Valley Isle Excursions offers round trip transportation, information from a local guide, a light breakfast before sunrise, warm beverages at the summit, and a Maui style breakfast buffet after sunrise for guests of all ages.

Sunrise at Haleakala

Haleakala, Bike Downhill and Zipline

Haleakala Volcano is full of opportunity for adventure. From witnessing a stunning sunrise to downhill biking along the slopes of Haleakala National Park to ziplining through the serene forests of Upcountry, travelers and locals are never at a loss for ways to explore this gorgeous area of The Valley Isle. Fortunately, Skyline Hawaii offers an excellent 3-in-1 tour of this region on their daily Haleakala Sunrise Bike & Zip Tour. Including round trip transportation, guided narration and tips from an experienced local guide, a 21 switchback downhill bike ride, continental breakfast and 5-line zipline ride through the treetops, this memorable tour is available for guests 12 years of age and older.

Haleakala Bike and zipline

Rappel down Waterfalls

For those looking for a more immersive, thrilling way to experience the beauty of Maui first hand, Rappel Maui offers three options for adventurous rappelling tours along the famed Road to Hana. After meeting in central Maui, participants will board a private tour bus for a guided drive half way down the Hana Highway, where they will arrive at the site of their rappelling adventure, a 30 acre botanical garden. Whether it is your first time or you are an experienced rappeller or climber, the opportunity to rappel down several cascading waterfalls in the heart of Maui’s jungle is an unforgettable - and completely safe and thrilling - experience of a lifetime for guests 10 years and older. Call (808) 445-6407 for more information or bookings.

rappel waterfalls

Go for a Bike Ride

Maui may be globally known for its sun-drenched beaches and towering waterfalls, but among certain circles it’s also acclaimed for its scenic bike routes and terrific trails. Rent a comfy, kick-back beach cruiser from Krank Cycles and you can coast down Front Street like a kama’aina (and not have to worry about parking). Intrepid travelers can get a different kind of Maui bike rental instead—Krank has an impressive variety of carbon and aluminum mountain bike styles—and hit up the Olowalu Petroglyphs Trail south of Lahaina Town; here, you’ll find over 70 300-year-old petroglyphs at the cultural reserve. And with road bikes meant to make the most of the pavement—including the ultra-sleek Giant TCR or the BMC RoadMachine 02—you can take the 65-mile West Maui Loop, which offers some of the most stunning views on the island.

Lahaina bike trail

Halloween on Front Street

Lahaina's Halloween Celebration is known as the "Mardi Gras of the Pacific" for a reason. Pack your best costume and enjoy costume contests, live entertainment, keiki parade and more with friends and family.

lahaina halloween

Visit the Banyan Tree

Imported from India and planted in 1873, this massive banyan tree has grown to the size of an entire city block and is more than 60 feet tall. Enjoy a break from the sun and bring the family for a great photo op.

Banyan tree in Lahaina

Book a Photo Session

Celebrate your time in paradise with a beach portrait session. Anna Kim Photography offers gorgeous portrait packages for families, couples, weddings and more. Contact her directly for more information and take home a souvenir of time well spent in Maui.

Walk the Lahaina Historic Trail

Take a walk through Lahaina Town to some of the most historic sights and landmarks on Maui, including the Wo Hing Museum, Lahaina Jodo Mission, Baldwin Home Museum, Lahaina Heritage Museum, Lahaina Lighthouse and Hale Pa'ahao (Lahaina Prison).

Grab some Local Grinds

Visit our list of The Best Restaurants in Lahaina and grab yourself a plate lunch, poke, or Spam, if you dare!

Visit a nearby Beach

Visit our list of The Best West Maui Beaches and enjoy a refreshing swim, snorkel, surf session, scuba dive, picnic or nap on the beach.

Attend a Friday Town Party

Every second Friday of the month in Lahaina, the Lahaina Town Action Committee holds a free town party in Campbell Park across from Pioneer Inn. Enjoy live music, arts and crafts demonstrations, local shopping, food and performances under the stars.

Celebrate Pau Hana

Every hour is happy hour in Maui! Enjoy a fresh, local cocktail from some of the best restaurants on the island while watching a beautiful Maui sunset over the water.