There are almost endless things to do on Maui, but a few stand out as more adventurous than others.

Let us know in the comments below whether you’ve done any of these Maui Adventures.


Exploring Iao Valley Inn

If you haven’t visited the scenic Iao Valley State Park, you’ll be missing out on one of our favorite places to escape on Maui. Lush cliffs, rolling clouds, calming sounds from the nearby Iao Valley stream, and the majestic Iao Needle make it special.  

Iao Valley

But what makes it truly special lies beneath your feet: This historic valley was the setting for one of the bloodiest battles in Hawaiian History.  In 1790, Kamehameha waged the Battle of Kepaniwai with hopes to unite the Hawaiian Islands. We won’t share more from this fascinating historic spot because there are plaques around the State Park to read on.


Visit Haleakala at SUNSET

Most visitors are told to visit Haleakala during sunrise, which can offer what many describe as an “awe-inspiring” sunrise through the clouds below.  It’s true, this is an unforgettable experience, but many don’t think to visit Haleakala during sunset! 

Haleakala Sunset

Imagine a sunset above the clouds with fewer people and not having to wake early!  There are many reasons why sunset at 10,023 feet is worth looking into.


Adventures in Maui Scuba Diving

Scuba diving is one of our favorite activities on Maui. From endemic fish species only found in Hawaii to stunning views of Maui’s unique underwater landscape, we definitely recommend heading out with a master dive guide. (Just remember to book it a few days away from both visiting Haleakala and flying.)

Maui scuba tours

Without a doubt, one of the most friendly and photogenic animals you’re guaranteed to see in Maui is the beloved Hawaiian Green Sea Turtle, or honu (though you need to keep your distance!) Also keep an eye out for octopus, anglerfish, conger eels, parrotfish, starfish, and more!

Many scuba schools offer Maui scuba tours for every level of diver, from beginner scuba diving lessons to more advanced specialties such as PADI Rescue Diver and Advanced Open Water Certification. For adventurous or experienced divers looking for more of a thrill, we recommend a Scooter Dive or Night Dive.


A Night on the Water

When friends come to visit in Maui, or when the mood to feel particularly fancy strikes, one of our favorite things to do is hop aboard a Maui sunset cocktail cruise for a night out on the water. While driving the Road to Hana is a great way to escape and reconnect with nature, a boat ride does similar things for the soul. Feeling the ocean breeze, hearing the waves and live ukelele music, and enjoying stunning views of a stunning place, adult beverage in hand, is one of the most relaxing ways to end a day in paradise.

Maui sunset cruise

There are many boat companies on Maui that offer a variety of sunset cocktail cruises. On our recent sunset cocktail cruise for a friend’s birthday, we were greeted and promptly given the please-don’t-puke-on-the-boat, the-bathrooms-are-here spiel, followed by a warm welcome from the bar staff and an exceptional view of South Maui from Maalaea Harbor.
Once out on the open ocean, the bar was open for business and Adult Relaxation 101 was open for enrollment. After enjoying a cocktail with good company and beautiful views of the West Maui Mountains, the neighbor island of Lana’i, and Haleakala Volcano aboard the top deck, and pupus were sent out.

Pupus indeed, brah! A buffet of shrimp cocktail, hummus, artichoke dip, chicken, ribs, crackers, Thai chile sauce, and fresh fruit was served up with a smile, and top deck views of the sun fading into the horizon and the Maui skyline was one for the books. Strawberry shortcake and more live Hawaiian music were served for dessert, and our friends felt truly welcome and grateful to spend a night outdoors under the stars with good company.


Luxury Car Rentals with Maui Roadsters

When most people think of luxury cars on Maui, they imagine getting picked up from the airport in a stretch limo, renting a rugged Hummer that can weather even the most uneven of roads, and even the occasional Harley Davidson for those who prefer to explore the island by bike.

Maui luxury Cars

Maui Roadsters has introduced a whole new type of classic car rentals to Maui with their fleet of meticulously maintained and classically envied 1957 Porsche 356 Speedster Convertible reproductions.

Not only are these cars the sexiest thing on the road since pavement, but they’re perfect for enjoying unobstructed views of Maui the way they were meant to be seen. They’re very popular for those getting married in Maui.

Porsche rentals are available for either 4 or 12 hours and include unlimited miles. All cars seat two people and have manual transmissions. Choose from a range of colors and personalities and turn your classic car dream into a reality in a tropical Hawaiian paradise. This is the perfect way to celebrate an anniversary, birthday, wedding, portrait session, engagement celebration, and a special day with a loved one.

For more information or to book a day of car bliss, please contact Maui Roadsters directly.

Hawaii Ecotourism Association’s mission is to protect Hawaii’s unique, natural environment and host culture through the promotion of responsible travel and educational programs.

The National Association for Interpretation (NAI) is dedicated to advancing the profession of heritage interpretation and facilitating the stories of our natural and cultural resources.



Know Before You Go

Haleakala is a 10,000 ft volcano and as you bike down Haleakala through scenic Upcountry Maui, you will experience incredible views, a fascinating history, and underappreciated culture. However, you are also riding in unfamiliar territory, through unpredictable weather, on rental bicycles, and on paved public roadways.

Elements to be Aware of on Bike Ride:

Some elements that you need to be aware of may include but are not limited to the following:

Curving/winding paved roads with many 180 degree turns
Steep inclines and declines
Road reflectors, guardrails, and pylons in place for cars, not for bicycles
Roadway debris
Varying climate including hot and cold temperatures, dry and wet weather, high altitude and minimal visibility
Vehicular traffic – private and commercial

Before you participate in this activity, please consider the risks involved which are not limited to those listed here or in the waiver and risk acknowledgement form. You must be capable of competently riding a bicycle and should have recent biking experience.

Requirements to Participate:

Have recent biking experience
Ability to use a mountain bike with disc brakes, suspension, and gears
Capable of completing several miles of a downhill bike ride at a safe speed
Physically healthy and not have health concerns that may affect your ability to complete the ride safely.
Meet the age minimum of 15 years AND the height requirement of 4’10” or taller.
Understand, acknowledge, and adhere to ALL provided rules and guidelines.
Have not gone scuba diving within 24 hours prior to the activity. (Check with your dive master for details)


Your safety and the safety of others that use the road is our top priority, so we ask that you know before you go, what this activity entails and the risks involved in such activity.