Maui. Who wouldn’t want to visit such a lush, tropical paradise on the Hawaiian Islands?
With a beautiful weather forecast that’s constantly hovering in the mid 70’s, to lower 80’s, the weather is always welcoming for outdoor activities such as kitesurfing, snorkeling, or even road trips.
But what would be the best of the best activities when it comes to taking various outdoor adventures?
Once you find that Maui vacation rental that’s perfect for your group, there are literally loads of things to do. During my time working on a cruise ship surrounding the greater Hawaiian Islands, there were always new places to explore and, of course, interesting cuisine to eat.
Take a look at these top 10 outdoor adventure activities that you and a select few of your most adventurous friends must do – I promise you will remember these good times for the rest of your life!
Maui – The Top 10 Adventurous things to do…
1.) Take the Road to Hana
Ahhh, there’s nothing quite like driving a convertible down a coastal road with the top down and the wind blowing through your hair.
The next time you’re in the Hawaiian Islands, do yourself a favor, pick up a map of Maui, and hit the Road to Hana. Mile by mile, you’ll find there are loads of things to discover including local legends, hiking trails, and beautiful scenic views. Make sure you keep the memory card empty and battery full on your camera as you’ll want to capture every moment for years to come.
2.) Attempt Kitesurfing with Maui’s Winds
With all of the many things to do in Maui, one that you must check off your bucket list is kitesurfing.
During my time working on a cruise ship in Hawaii, I would often look off the port side of the ship to see many people, locals and travelers alike, catching wind and going several feet in the air with their kitesurfing skills. Upon their return, people would rave about what a good time they had (as well as the workout the received in return). To put it short, you must go kitesurfing in Maui!
3.) Go Snorkeling off Maui’s Reefs
One of my most favorite hobbies while traveling to tropical paradises around the world is snorkeling.
And what’s not to love? Jumping into crystal clear, welcoming water while exploring the variations of colors displayed by the marine life below is certainly something most everyone loves to do. It’s particularly more fun in Hawaii as the sea turtles tend to curiously swim right up to you and the fish…lets just say they love to nibble on your toes!
If you’re looking for something a little more adrenaline filled, you may want to tick off shark diving from your bucket list. Remember to quickly follow up this adventure by checking out some of the best shark diving locations in the Caribbean while you’re at it!
4.) Try your hand at Surfing
Hawaii, particularly the North Shore of Oahu, is infamous for some of the best surf in the world!
But don’t let Maui fool you – she’s got some great local spots that you must check out if you’re looking to shred a little. Simply bring your own board, or rent one from a local shop, and pick one of the many beaches to paddle out to that surround this magnificent island!
5.) Experience Zip-lining through the Jungles
If you’ve never given zip-lining a shot for your adventurous routine, then you’re certainly missing out.
And what better place to start than Maui? The primary 9 line zipping tour gives you nearly 4.5 hours of scream filled thrills as you fly over the island accompanied by sweeping views of the Pacific Ocean, offshore islands, and West Maui Mountains. This is THE place to begin your addictive zip-lining adventures!
6.) Catch some local cuisine – Sea Urchin
Want to pick up an adventure that’s easy on the wallet? How about catching your own seafood.
Sea Urchins are quite plentiful in Maui – just ask the surfers. The only thing required for this activity is some snorkeling gear, a small bag, and some gloves. Be sure to do your research, however, as eating uni fresh is quite different than your sushi delicacy. The flavor and texture is much better.
Something else to note: these creatures are still moving as you devour their insides…bon appétit!
7.) Tour the Stars – Go Stargazing
And don’t let Maui fool you, there is much to see in the terms of stargazing goes here. Just bring an extra coat as it can get quite cold during the early hours of the day at the Haleakala Observatory – some 10,000 feet above sea level. Also note, the best time of month to experience this activity is while the moon is at its darkest so that the stars shine brightly and you can make a wish upon every shooting star.
8.) Bike Downhill at Haleakala National Park
Maui offers a lot in reference to the biking community, so why not take an adventurist ride down the road in Haleakala National Park or the Nuuanu Rainforest?
Although it’s quite the climb to the top, the ride down is well worth the trip as you’ll gain the viewing pleasure of mile upon mile of winding roads in both parks. Not in it for the workout? Well we’ve got a fix for you – simply take your bike and hitchhike, book a taxi, or even take a tour where you’ll be escorted to the top for a thrilling ride down.
9.) Maui Hiking Trails – Go for a hike!
There’s nothing quite like hiking in the Hawaiian Islands – in fact I’ve written about the top 5 best hiking trails in Hawaii here.
But if you’re limited on time or can’t make it off of Maui, you should check out the trails in ‘Iao Valley State Park, Twin Falls, Makahiku Falls, or the 5 mile long Waihee Ridge Trail. Of course, there are loads of other trails in Maui to venture down – you just can’t go wrong with any of them!
By the way, if you’re heading to Puerto Rico and would like to do some hiking, the El Yunque Rainforest is definitely worth looking into.
10.) Hang 10 at a Nude Beach
Okay, so I’m not going to lie. Going full nude at a public beach in Maui is technically illegal, however, with the enormous amount of secluded beaches, it’s something you can definitely get away with.
When I had the opportunity to get off the cruise ship I was working on some years back, I usually made my way to the beach where I would work on getting my full body tan. Just make sure to bring some sunscreen as getting sunburn on your junk, or on your lady parts, is certainly no fun day in the sun and you’ll be paying for it later.
Which adventure would you like to do most in Maui?