When considering travel to distant places, it’s helpful to plan excursions and attractions you’d
like to see in advance.
The Hawaiian island of Maui has a plethora of tours and attractions ranging from extreme
outdoor activities that test endurance to tamer things like exploring Hawaii’s rich history and
This makes Maui the perfect destination for seniors because if offers activities which appeal to
varying abilities and interests; all which take place against Maui’s gorgeous island backdrop.
Snorkeling is a popular activity which requires minimal skill. No worries if you’ve never tried it
before. Tours are abundant and include gear rental as well as transportation to excellent
Beginners can rest assured that tour boat captains are experienced in making sure first timers
have a safe experience.
Snorkel masks are worth mentioning here. With the advent of full face snorkeling masks,
snorkelers no longer have to be concerned with pesky water entering their snorkels- a great
feature, especially for beginners.
Being surrounded by water you would expect Maui to be a fishermans paradise and your would be correct! You can arrange a deep sea charter where you will catch the big game fish.
But if your looking for a more personal and quiet experience, get a guided tour in a kayak so you can find the best spots. If you are the type of person who likes to do it on your own, there are plenty of places to rent or buy angler kayaks. You can also rent or buy a good quality spinning reel and tackle to have you catching some trophy sized fish!
Helicopter tours are truly a one-of-a-kind way to experience the beauty of Maui. In fact, there’s simply no better to way to appreciate the multitude of its unique geographic formations.
Expect a narrated adventure from your helicopter pilot-guide. Not only will you enjoy taking in the view, you will gain a richer perspective of area’s geology, history, and culture.
Some areas worthy of touring include: Molokai, which boasts the highest cliff in the world, at a height of over 4,000 feet; the Honokohau Falls, the tallest waterfall on the island; the lava rainforest of Iao Valley State Park; Elephant Rock, an islet that resembles its namesake from an aerial view; and a dormant volcano located in Haleakala National Park.
Ziplining may be the most effortless activity you can enjoy while in Maui; but don’t confuse effortlessness with boring. Ziplining is a thrilling experience where you’re transported between a series of platforms on a course made of cable.
These platforms are located at a decent height which allows the rider to zip from one to another, while at the same time, taking in amazing views from above.
Paddling - Paddleboarding and Kayaking
As activities, paddleboarding and kayaking are gentle on the ecosystem and on the body. They allow the paddler to take in the beauty of the ocean while leaving no harm to the environment.
Paddleboarding has become an increasingly popular sport. As a low-impact activity, almost anyone can partake in it. Standing atop a paddleboard, the rider has a unique vantage point. As you skim across the ocean’s surface, peer down to catch a glimpse of the varied sea life below. If you have never tried it, this guide will help you get started.
Kayaking can be done solo or in tandem (sharing a boat with another paddler) and just about anyone can maneuver a kayak. The kayaker’s position right atop the water allows for getting close and personal with Maui’s underwater world.
Whether you prefer venturing out on your own or prefer a tour by a knowledgeable guide, exploring the area on kayak or paddleboard is one of the most serene ways to enjoy caves, craggy coastlines, and native marine life.
Seeing Maui by bike is a no-brainer. Rentals are affordable and biking allows you to enjoy the island’s diverse terrain. Trails abound for riders of all skill-level.
Tour operators offer down-hill rides in the Haleakala National Park.
Those interested in archaeology will enjoy the Olowalu Petroglyphs Trail. Along this trail you will see around 70 petroglyphs that are about 300 years old. These are just a couple of bike riding options on Maui.
Hiking is another activity available to those of all levels of physical ability.
For a leisurely hike, check out Kuloa Point Trail. At a short 0.6 miles, this trail leads to the Oheo Gulch and the Seven Sacred Pools, which are a series of cascading waterfalls and plunge pools.
Located in West Maui, the Waihee Ridge Hiking Trail is a four mile trail considered moderately difficult. It offers dramatic scenery including vistas of the valley and plentiful waterfalls. Hikers will enjoy cooler temperatures on this trail.
If you’d rather seen Hawaii’s spectacular marine life without getting wet, consider the Maui Ocean Center. The Maui Ocean Center boasts the largest collection of living Pacific corals in the world. Featuring over 60 exhibits and a culture and native plant guided walk, the Center is dedicated to sustainable tourism and does its part by educating the public about Hawaii’s unique sea fauna.
Discover an authentic cultural presentation of music and dance while dining on local, traditional cuisine at the Old Lahaina Luau. Enjoy an authentic luau experience set against a stunning ocean sunset view, and a performance that showcases the rich culture and history of Hawaii.
If you’re in the mood for a serene experience, consider checking out the Lahaina Jodo Mission. This Buddhist Cultural Park is located in Lahaina, Hawaii. Housing a large figure of the Buddha and several pagodas, this peaceful park is a perfect getaway from the usual tourist attractions.
Another worthy sight is the Old Lahaina Courthouse. It’s a compact, informative museum highlighting the history of Maui, and it’s free of charge to visitors! This little gem includes a small jail and relevant artifacts.
We hope our guide is helpful in planning your trip to Maui. With its natural beauty and plentiful options for activities and sightseeing, this paradise on earth is sure to please the most discriminating traveler.