That said, some of the available tourist activities are very similar to those you might find elsewhere: dinner cruises, swimming, para-gliding. You do not need to travel to Maui to enjoy these activities. When it comes to unique places like Maui, you want unique things to do. Following are the top nine.
9. Sea turtles
Group tours are available for people wanting to snorkel and swim with sea turtles. Weighing as much as 350 pounds, sea turtles are a peaceful mainstay off Maui’s shores. Make certain to purchase a water-proof camera for photos.
Luau’s are traditional Hawaiian ceremonies that involve roast pig, pineapples, and native music and dance. As you dine and drink, native dancers recount the history of the islands. Against the backdrop of the Pacific Ocean, a Luau is the best way to enjoy the night and get a glimpse into Hawaiian mythology.
Fresh Hawaiian pineapple is something altogether different than pineapple bought out of a regular grocery store. More important, the best way to do this is to tour a pineapple farm where you will see fields of pineapple, growing on the ground. Yes, there are no pineapple trees. They grow out of the ground from a thick, sharp, leafy plant. After the tour, fresh pineapple will amaze your palate.
6. Snorkel in a volcano
In Maui, you can snorkel in the Molokin crater, the remnants of an ancient volcano. Beneath the waterfalls along the volcanic rim, you will take respite from the heat amid an unimaginably beautiful landscape.
5. The Naikalele Point Blowhole
Just 25 minutes outside of Ka’anapali, you can hike to the edge of the ocean and witness one of Maui’s most famous geysers. It explodes every few minutes, reminding you of the volcanic heat and pressure just under your feet.
4. Blow glass
At the Hui No’eau Visual Arts Center, native craftspeople will help you blow your own glassware. Heated until it glows, dripping like hot ribbon candy, the molten glass will take any shape you can muster.
3. Avoid the sharks
Actually, you will not be avoiding them at the Maui Ocean Center. Instead, certified scuba divers will accompany you as you dive with the sharks. Meanwhile, friends and family can stand just outside the 750,000 gallon aquarium and take pictures.
2. Mountain sunsets and sunrises
Very few places allow you to witness sunsets or sunrises from a mountain top, but after a short trek to the summit of Haleakala, you can do just that–from the tip of Maui. Sunsets are especially amazing. Once darkness settles in, you can stargaze at the Maui Astronomy Center, viewing the universe via one of the center’s telescopes.
1. The Banyan Tree
One of the most famous trees in the world is The Banyan Tree, located in downtown Lahaina. The tree was imported from India in 1873 and planted in front of the courthouse. At that time, it was no larger than a few feet. Currently, it stands at a height of more than 60 feet. Of course, this height does not sound terribly impressive. However, The Banyan Tree also happens to be the size of a city block.
Read that again. The tree is the size of a city block. Local arts and crafts fairs and town events are held beneath the tree. You can relax in its shade, take a selfie, and enjoy the views off the harbor.
In short, for unique holidays, Maui is the place to be. That said, these top nine activities are just the beginning. Many more diverse and amazing attractions exist. In a land born of Pele, goddess of volcanoes and fire, unique features are what you come to expect.