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Kaanapali: Whale Watching Cruise with Open Bar

1. Kaanapali: Whale Watching Cruise with Open Bar

Experience the beauty of the Hawaiian coastline on this whale-watching tour from Kaanapali. Hop aboard for the chance to see Pacific humpback whales in their native environment. Embark from Ka’anapali beach and take in sweeping views of the sandy shore as the captain and the trained naturalist guides set off in search of the most active whale pods in the area. Listen as your guides provide you with fun and interesting facts about Pacific humpback whales. Pass the time between the shore and the whale sightings with a cool drink in hand from the premium open bar. Enjoy a tour that operates with hours that are specifically dedicated to the whales to ensure that you get to see these magnificent creatures in action. Ask the naturalist guides all your burning questions about whales, as they are eager to share their passion for whales with you. Take a tour that is suitable for beginner whale watchers or for those that are more seasoned. Know that no two whale watching tours are alike Let a breaching whale take your breath away at a location that is host to the largest population of Humpback Whales on the planet. Return to your starting point at Kaanapali Beach in Lahaina. 

Maui Lahaina Group Surf Lesson

2. Maui Lahaina Group Surf Lesson

During your visit to Hawaii, the birthplace of surfing, take a great opportunity to learn how to surf. Experience the calm waters of West Maui which offer perfect conditions for beginner surfers. Take part in a group lesson with a maximum of 5 surfers, which means you will have a ton of opportunity to learn from your professional surf instructor. Before you start, get you geared up with a surfboard, long-sleeve UV rash guards, and water shoes. Leave everything you do not want to get wet or whatever that does not float in the cubicles provided at the surf shop. On the beach, have a brief 15-minute 'land lesson' to go over safety measures and procedures. When your group is ready, head into the water to get started. Each surfer has their own turn to ride a wave and learn to surf. After your wave is complete, you will head back to the designated waiting area until the instructor signals for your turn again. The first few rides usually take some time, but it starts to move faster once everyone starts to get the hang of things. As an added bonus, there will be a professional photographer taking close up shots throughout your lesson.  The group surf lesson is 2 hours in total from the time you leave the surf shop to when your instructor signals you back in from the water. If you do finish early, there is a beach to sit on and wait until the rest of your class is done. Once the class is over, everyone will carry their surfboards back to the shop and then head back to the beach to shower off in fresh water. Return all your surf gear back to the shop and have an opportunity to check out your surf lesson photos which are available for purchase. 

Maui: Snorkeling and Sailing Adventure with Buffet Lunch

3. Maui: Snorkeling and Sailing Adventure with Buffet Lunch

The primary destination during most of the year is Maui’s Honolua Bay Marine Reserve, renowned for its superb snorkeling. Alternative snorkeling locations include Cliff-house, Lanai and Turtle Town in Olowalu. While snorkeling along Maui’s west coastline, experience warm waters abundant with sea life. You will see a variety of tropical fish including Hawaii’s state fish, the Humuhumunukunukuapua’a, and if you’re lucky an endangered Hawaiian green sea turtle. After snorkeling, a hot buffet lunch is served and the complimentary bar is open. During the summer months, the crew sets sail into the tradewinds always on the lookout for spinner dolphins. During the winter months, the crew sets off to look for Maui’s annual visitors, the humpback whales.

From Ka'anapali Beach: West Maui Half-Day Snorkel Adventure

4. From Ka'anapali Beach: West Maui Half-Day Snorkel Adventure

Begin your snorkeling adventure by departing from Kaanapali Beach on a luxury catamaran. On the way to the snorkel spot, enjoy some breakfast while keeping your eyes open for Hawaiian spinner dolphins, bottlenose dolphins, and during the winter months, large humpback whales. The captain will determine the best spots to visit on the day, based upon the weather conditions. Once in the water, observe beautiful tropical fish, honu (Hawaiian green sea turtles), colorful coral reefs, and potentially some other rare underwater species. After the snorkeling session, have a delicious lunch with premium beers, cocktails, and other liberations. Relax as you cruise back to Kaanapali Beach, enjoying the scenery along the way.

Central Maui: Two-Island Scenic Helicopter Flight to Molokai

5. Central Maui: Two-Island Scenic Helicopter Flight to Molokai

Experience the beauty of Hawaii from a different perspective on a scenic helicopter flight over Maui and Molokai. Climb aboard at Kahului Heliport and fly over the world's largest sea cliffs. Get bird's eye views of the dramatic waterfalls of Molokai, including Kahiwa Falls. Continue towards the remote north shore to gaze down at the Halawa Valley and the vast fish ponds. Fly over the Pailolo Channel to admire the scenic waters between the islands, including Elephant Rock. Fly over Maui for intimate views of the Valley State Park. Get privileged views of the cascades of Honokohau Falls, the island's tallest waterfall. Look to the horizon to see the dormant volcano of Haleakala and the rugged peaks of the West Maui Mountains. With favorable conditions, you may even see the Wall of Tears waterfall.

Maui: Self-Guided Audio Tours - Full Island

6. Maui: Self-Guided Audio Tours - Full Island

Don’t miss a thing as your favorite audio tour narrator guides you across the Maui's popular driving routes; Road to Hana, Haleakala & Upcountry, Iao Valley, West & South Maui. Follow our suggested itineraries or create your own half, full or multi day sightseeing. Maui’s beauty is obvious, but when you uncover the stories, culture and history, you’ll truly connect with the Valley Isle. Includes commentary for: Road to Hana Haleakala Volcano West & South Maui Iao Valley Road to Hana (3 Routes) Maui's most famous drive and absolutely an adventure, the Road to Hana begins over by Kahului Airport and follows the coast all the way to Hana. You'll be driving along the side of the massive Haleakala Volcano to the quietly authentic town of Hana. Then, it's recommended to continue for another 45 minutes or so past Hana to the Oheo Pools. The road is famous for its rainforest, picturesque waterfalls, black sand beach and much more. Equally famous is the driving itself, on a road that winds its way through hundreds of curves and crosses 61 bridges along the way. Major Highlights: Hamoa Beach Hana Ho'okipa Beach Ke’anae Arboretum Ke’anae Peninsula Koki Beach Alau Island Lava Tube Paia Oheo Gulch (7 Sacred Pools) Pipiwai Trail Upper Waikani Falls (3 Bears) Rainbow Eucalyptus Twin Falls Wai’anapanapa State Park (Black Sand Beach) Wailua Falls Haleakala The south and eastern part of Maui is dominated by the 10,000 foot tall dormant volcano - Haleakala. It's like nowhere else in that you can drive from sea level to the summit in about two hours. And when you get there, the scenery and environment are stunning. Going to watch sunrise from Haleakala is popular and you must book your space in advance. But visiting at any time of day is very worthwhile. Major Highlights: Haleakala Summit and Crater Hosmers Grove Kalahaku Overlook Nene Geese Pukalani Silversword Makawao – Upcountry West Maui West Maui describes the area from Ma'alaea all the way north along the coast through Ka'anapali, Kapalua and Honolua Bay. This region is filled with popular resorts, beaches, Hawaiian historical and cultural sites and even a terrific blowhole. Major Highlights: Nakalele Blowhole Honolua Bay DT Fleming Park and Beach Ka’anapali Olawalu Mile 8 (Whale) Lookout Ma’alaea & Maui Ocean Center South Maui Kihei and the high-end resort area of Wailea. Kihei is a popular area to explore with many good snorkelling areas, sandy beaches that you can take a long walk on and enjoy a sunset. There's also many mini malls for shopping and dining. Immediately south of Kihei is Wailea which has some magnificent cove beaches and superb snorkeling where you can cruise around with the local turtles. Continue south for the favorite beaches of Maui locals at Makena. And if you are the type who likes to drive to the end of the road - continue all the way to La Perouse Bay, for more snorkelling and the see the site of the last big lava flow on Maui. Major Highlights: Kihei Kamaole Beach Parks Wailea Turtle Town Makena Beaches La Perouse Bay Central Maui Central Maui is there part of the island that sits in the isthmus, or flat area between the two giant volcanoes that form the island. Mostly you will use this area to drive from the resort towns, across to join the Road to Hana and Haleakala tours, and for the airport. But there is some good sightseeing here too. The Iao Needle features a towering volcanic spire and is one of the wettest places on the planet. There's also tropical fruit farms, Maui's shopping areas and the Ocean Center. Major Highlights: Iao Valley and Needle Kepaniwai Park Kahului Shopping Maui Tropical Plantation Alexander & Baldwin Sugar Museum

Maui Bundle: 6 In-App Driving And Walking Audio Tours

7. Maui Bundle: 6 In-App Driving And Walking Audio Tours

Welcome to Shaka Guide's audio tour app, your ultimate companion for exploring the magical island of Maui, Hawaii. Get ready to embark on a journey of adventure, relaxation, and natural beauty as you discover Maui's stunning beaches, lush rainforests, majestic mountains, and vibrant culture. As you begin your tour of Maui with the Shaka Guide app, prepare to be enchanted by the island's diverse landscapes, rich history, and warm aloha spirit. The app will provide informative and engaging audio commentary, sharing insights into the island's geology, marine life, Hawaiian traditions, and local tips. You can start your adventure in the bustling town of Lahaina, where you can explore the historic Front Street, lined with charming shops, art galleries, and restaurants. The app will guide you through Lahaina's fascinating history, from its whaling days to its vibrant present. Continue your exploration as you venture along the stunning coastline of West Maui. The app will lead you to picturesque beaches like Kaanapali and Kapalua, where you can soak up the sun, snorkel in crystal-clear waters, and witness breathtaking sunsets. Experience the natural wonders of Maui as the app guides you to the lush Iao Valley State Park, home to the iconic Iao Needle. Learn about the valley's rich cultural significance and take in the breathtaking views of verdant peaks and cascading waterfalls. Discover the captivating beauty of the Road to Hana, one of Maui's most iconic drives. The app will guide you through the winding road, pointing out scenic viewpoints, hidden waterfalls, and cultural landmarks along the way. Immerse yourself in the tropical rainforest, swim in refreshing pools, and embrace the tranquility of this legendary journey. No visit to Maui would be complete without exploring Haleakala National Park. The app will guide you to the summit of Haleakala, where you can witness a mesmerizing sunrise or enjoy a hike through the otherworldly volcanic landscape. Indulge in the culinary delights of Maui as the app recommends local eateries and farm-to-table experiences. Sample fresh seafood, taste tropical fruits, and savor the unique flavors of Hawaiian cuisine. Immerse yourself in the cultural richness of Maui by visiting historic sites like the Bailey House Museum or attending a traditional Hawaiian luau. The app will share stories of ancient legends, Hawaiian customs, and the island's vibrant arts and crafts scene. Throughout your journey, the Shaka Guide app will provide valuable information, recommendations, and insights to enhance your visit to Maui. Whether it's exploring hidden gems, snorkeling with sea turtles, or simply relaxing on pristine beaches, the app will be your knowledgeable companion. So, grab your phone, and get ready to embark on an extraordinary journey through the captivating landscapes and vibrant culture of Maui, Hawaii. Aloha and enjoy your adventure!

Maui: Ka'anapali Wild Dolphin Sail

8. Maui: Ka'anapali Wild Dolphin Sail

Enjoy a 2.5-hour dolphin watching adventure in a luxury schooner sailing vessel. Spot dolphins in their natural habitat and enjoy a bite to eat in an island setting. Set sail and witness some of the local dolphin species in action. Get up close and personal as you spot the Hawaiian Spinner Dolphins, friendly Bottlenose Dolphins, and the elusive Pantropical Spotted Dolphins. Listen to your on-board, expert guides as they teach you how to interpret their behaviours and share fascinating facts about wild dolphins. Dolphin sightings are guaranteed or you will be invited to go again for free while on your vacation.

Maui: Breathtaking Sunset Cocktail Cruise in Ka'anapali

9. Maui: Breathtaking Sunset Cocktail Cruise in Ka'anapali

Come on board this state of the art catamaran and enjoy an evening cruise between the islands of Maui, Molokai and Lanai. What better way to end a day than on board Teralani’s Original Sunset Sail. The journey begins on Kaanapali Beach where the catamaran's helpful crew and experienced Captain take you out to see to enjoy Maui’s magical sunset. While on board you can relax and sip on refreshing beverages, surrounded by breathtaking West Maui coastal views. Enjoy delicious appetizers prepared for you by an experienced chef. A perfect way to end your day, or start your night, relaxing in comfort and embracing an incredible Maui sunset.

Kaanapali: Sunset Dinner Catamaran Cruise With Drinks

10. Kaanapali: Sunset Dinner Catamaran Cruise With Drinks

This experience starts on Ka'anapali beach where you will hop aboard our luxury 65ft beach loading catamaran. Feel the mana beneath you as you cruise with the tradewinds along the shore of Maui and enjoy humbling panoramic views of Maui and its surrounding islands during the magic hours of sunset. Watch for ocean animals while you will enjoy a full open bar, and unforgettable elevated dinner by Chef Jai. At sunset we do a special champagne toast and cheers to the end of another incredible day in Maui.

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4.9 / 5

based on 355 reviews

We had a great time! The crew was AWESOME and the boat was nice! Bean bag chairs over the net on the front of the catamaran, as well as plenty of seating. They had a photographer on board who got some amazing photos of us both in and out of the water. The only thing that could have been better was the food, but the drinks made up for it. I would highly recommend this trip!

This was the best self tour guide ever. Highly recommend it. The voice tour guide kept us entertained and we learned lots about Maui. There’s so much to see and so many stops on the road to Hana so this really helped with the experience.

Lee was awesome, i was getting up by myself before the hour was up, very helpful, very fun time, definitely recommend to everyone, he is local, and love to give back to the community of lahaina!!

This was a great purchase! We were given excellent driving directions and plenty of relevant information about the areas and history.

It was incredible, Bob, we named him that, always gave us perfect instructions so we didn't miss anything!