Hawaii whale watching season runs from December through May. One of the most popular and fun things to do during this time is to go on a whale watching cruise. The island of Maui is the best Hawaiian island to watch these majestic mammals. It is in the shallow and protected Auau Channel where most of the Pacific humpback whales like to hang out.
Did you know that only about 30 percent of the island of Maui can be reached by car? Most of the island is inaccessible from the ground. Fly above Mount Haleakala, the largest dormant volcano in the world, see Maui lush north shore and the famous Road to Hana, then continue on to spectacular Iao Valley and the resorts on the island south shore. Some Maui helicopter tours even take you across the channel to neighboring Molokai, home to the world tallest sea cliffs.
Visiting a Maui luau is a great way to experience Hawaiian culture. What all our Maui luaus have in common is delicious food. Try popular Hawaiian delicacies, such as kalua pig, mahi mahi and lomi lomi salmon, or savor all-time American favorites. The luau feast also includes tropical cocktails and of course dessert, usually a variety of delicious cakes. There is something for everyone.
Enjoy up-close views of Hawaii underwater world without having to get wet! The Maui Ocean Center is a state-of-the-art facility dedicated to Hawaii marine life and has the largest collection of live coral displays in the nation.
A trip to Hawai'i is not complete without experiencing 'Ulalena at Maui Theatre. Called a ''stunning theatrical sensation'' by National Geographic, 'Ulalena shares the rich history of Hawai'i through authentic Hawaiian music, dance and over 100 instruments played live - all masterfully portrayed in a dynamic, colorful, emotional, and entertaining theatrical performance.
Maui is known world-wide as a top destination for golfing. The island is home to many championship golf courses that feature spectacular ocean and mountain views. Some Maui golf courses have signature holes that overlook the island beautiful shoreline, others are backed by tropical vegetation and mountain views.
Learn how to surf on Maui or take your current skills to the next level by taking a surfing lesson. Goofy Foot offers a variety of surfing classes on Maui. Join a group lesson and learn the basic surfing techniques, from standing up on a surfboard, paddling, timing and board maneuvering, to catching a wave, stopping and even wiping out. Or take a private surf lesson, which increases your wave count and ensures your surfing instructor is undivided attention.
Maui's refreshing Hawaiian vibe and tropical scenery make an inspired setting for the practice of yoga on Maui. There's no better place to try it for yourself, or continue your exercises with one of the island's certified instructors
The island with crystal clear waters and spectacular coral reef is a snorkelers dream. Many of Maui is best snorkeling spots are located a little further offshore where the water is clearer and there is more to see. One such prime snorkeling destination is Molokini, a crescent moon-shaped islet that is actually an extinct volcanic crater about 2.5 miles off Maui south shore. About 250 species of fish, some found nowhere else on Earth, make these pristine waters their home.
Peahi, also known as Jaws, is one of the biggest ridable waves on the planet. During big winter swells can reach up to 50 feet overhead. WSL Pe'ahi Challenge are held here each year.
If you have ever wanted to see dolphins in the open ocean, here is your chance! The waters off Maui are home to a large variety of marine life, including dolphins. Of all the dolphin species that can be seen in Hawaiian waters, spinner dolphins are the most common. They are named after their playful behavior. Watch them leap out of the water and spin in the air. On your Maui wild dolphin watch tour, you may also see bottlenose and spotted dolphins, the second most common dolphin species in Hawaii.
Maui horseback riding tours are fun no matter if you are a beginner or expert. Maui is offering a great selection of horseback riding tours at two different locations.