When you think of Hawai’i, you might immediately think ‘beach’ — the sand, surf, the warm wind blowing through your hair while you sip a Mai Thai. However, Maui has so many other amazing activities to enjoy and adventures to have away from the beach. The unique geography — from breathtaking mountains to lush jungles — combined with the amazing Hawaiian culture provide an ample amount of land tours and activities for you to choose from.
1. See Maui two ways: by bike and then by air.
What is a better way to see Maui than at your own pace on the back of a bike? Feel like a kid again as you zip around the beautiful landscape, stopping for awesome photo ops and to learn more about this magnificent island. Bike Maui offers some amazing options for you to pick through so you can find a bike tour that fits your needs — but why not to choose one of the tour company’s bikes plus zip lining tours, for even more fun?
You start your day with a 23-mile bike ride (trust us, it’s not as much as it sounds — you’ll be surprised how quickly the miles go by!) in either Haleakala National Park or in Upcountry, your choice, making your way down the volcano. Then, it’s time to fly through the trees. There are seven exhilarating zip lines for you to experience, as you pair an adrenaline-packed activity with jaw-dropping ocean views.
2. Hike through the rainforest.
If you prefer to explore a locale on foot rather than from the treetops or on the back of a bike, then Maui’s just the place. There are so many fun hikes to enjoy, you’re sure to find some trails you love during your visit, and then be itching to come back to try the rest on a return trip!
The hiking tours available on the island really range in terms of activity level so even those who aren’t used to hiking can pick a trail that works for them. These easier trails and tours are also often a good pick for families traveling with kids or grandparents. But, if you’re a seasoned hiker, rest assured that there are strenuous hikes that’ll give you a good workout, too.
See the rain forests, waterfalls, valleys and mountains, all while learning about Hawaiian culture and history, the native habitat, plants, and animals.
Maui Hiking Safaris is a top pick if you’re looking for a tour provider, though if you’re really adventurous, you can bypass a tour and take on one of Maui’s well-marked trails on your own. For those interested in a guide, if you book with Maui Hiking Safaris, you can expect a personalized experience with your lunch included!
3. Eat your way through Maui.
Nature not your thing? Explore the island of Maui in a different way — with your tastebuds! The long history and heritage of Maui have resulted in some tantalizing flavors that you won’t want to miss.
From the coffee to the wine, the craft beer to the fields of pineapples, taste it all!
Maui Craft Tours offers four different experiences for your dining and drinking pleasure. The Maui Pineapple Express tour takes you along a pineapple’s journey from the Hali’imaile Pineapple fields and on to local wineries, distilleries, and brewers over eight hours. Enjoy midday, sustainable lunch at Hali’imaile General Store. Along the way, you’ll learn about how pineapples are produced on the island, give them a taste and even receive your own pineapple to take with you.
The Taste of Upcountry tour kicks off at Maui Tropical Plantation for locally grown and roasted coffee accompanied by tasty pastries before you visit the friendly goats at Surfing Goat Dairy that provide the milk for artisanal cheeses. Lunch there is followed by a visit to MauiWine, Maui’s only winery; Kula Country Farms, a can’t-miss local farmers market; Hali’imaile Distilling Company; and The Mill House Restaurant.
4. Explore Maui’s bamboo forests with your own rappelling adventure.
For more adrenaline-packed thrills, book a rappelling tour. Lush bamboo forests and waterfalls provide the perfect backdrop for your own action-packed day of daring heights, challenging obstacles and breathtaking views.
Rappel Maui has your back during it all, ensuring a safe and professional experience as you scale down waterfall faces of 50 feet or more. Each trip is a combination of dry and wet rappels and some even including falling through free space, for a speedy, blood-pumping descent into the water below.
5. See Maui on horseback.
There are so many ways to get around Maui: biking, hiking, and rappelling certainly aren’t your only options. See Maui on horseback during your vacation for a unique experience that gives you all the enjoyment of horseback riding combined with the beautiful Maui views.
These types of excursions are well suited for all level of rider, even if you’ve never jumped on a horse before in your life. Just let your guide know ahead of time about your skill level, and they’ll pair you with a riding tour and a horse that’s right for you.
Adventure Maui will help you book the perfect horseback Maui tour, and you can even take a horseback tour as a cruise ship passenger if you’re not staying in Maui for the duration of your vacation.
6. Capture the heart of Maui forever.
Don’t rely on quick iPhone pics and Instagram shots to capture your Maui vacation properly. Instead, capture the beauty of Maui forever, with stunning photographs that you take yourself when you book a Maui photography tour.
Head out on a tour during golden hour and see some of the most pristine landscapes on the island. Work alongside professional photographers and learn the keys to a can’t-miss photo and upgrade your photography game in one of the most photogenic locations on Earth.
Blue Hawaii Photo Tours take you across the island to photograph whatever subjects interest you most, from wildlife to panoramas, street photography to macro photography.
Whatever type of traveler you are or your interests, you’re sure to find some land-based activities and tours on Maui that are perfect for you and your family.
After you’ve seen some of the best this magnificent destination offers, you’ll want to come back home to a relaxing space where you can recoup from the day’s adventures in preparation for the next day’s fun. There’s no better place than at your very own private beachfront condo or luxury suite.
Check out the huge selection of Maui accommodations of Ali’i Resorts and join the Ali’i Resorts Ohana during your next visit to Maui. We can’t wait to welcome you home!