TRAVEL & LIFESTYLE
Top 9 Maui Tours to Book on Vacation in 2018
Ryan, Senior Traveler
20 May 2018
Home to beaches of every sort imaginable, Maui is a place that knows no bounds when it comes to gorgeous stretches of coastal paradise. A true beach lover’s dream, it’s filled with coral-bound coves, golden sands, windswept surf, and some amazing Maui tours. The second largest of the Hawaiian Islands, Maui isn’t quite as developed as Oahu and many people come to take a break from city life and soak up the sun.
When it comes to tours, there’s no shortage of choice in Maui. It’s a nature lover’s playground and there are endless opportunities to experience it, whether it’s in the water, from the sky or ambling down rainforest paths. The glorious attractions come in all shapes and sizes and we’ve had the pleasure of getting to know them and finding out which ones we like best. Read on to discover some of our favorite Maui tours in this Hawaiian paradise.
Road to Hana Private Tour
- Only Private Tour
- 4-10 Guests Max.
- Tour highlights: Hāna Town, Black Sand Beach, Sea Caves, Waterfalls & Lava Tubes
- Fresh banana bread and bottled water included
- Free Hotel/Airport Pick Up & Hotel Drop Off
Haleakala Sunrise Tour
- World's most beautiful and unique sunrise spot
- 8 Hour Guided Tour
- Tour highlights: Haleakala Crater & National Park; Kula & Upcountry Maui; Maui’s “Paniolo Country” of Makawao & Hali’imaile
- Light Snack & Delicios Breakfast included
- Free Transportation
Molokini & Turtle Arches Snorkel
- Two snorkel sites with premium snorkel gear, flotation devices, snorkel instruction, and fish i.d. class
- 5 Hour Guided Tour
- Tour Highlights: Molokini Crater, Turtle Town, Reef's End, and Makena Coast
- Continental breakfast/Lunch grilled onboard & Refreshments
- Premium snorkel gear, including optical masks for eyeglass wearers
Makena Turtle Town Eco Kayak Adventure
- Two premium snorkel sites along Maui West Coast
- 4 Hour 30 Minutes Tour
- Tour Highlights: Honolua Bay, Cliff House, Oluwalu, and Mala Wharf
- Breakfast, lunch & open premium bar included
- Free parking validation
Maui Sunset Premium Dinner Cruise (Lahaina)
- Live Hawaiian music and storytelling
- 2 Hour Sunset Dinner Cruise off Maui's Coast
- Tour Highlights: Maui Coast
- Premium 4-course dinner & Open Bar
- Eco-Friendly Tour
Maui Spectacular Helicopter Tour
- A combination of West Maui and Hana/Haleakala Tours
- 70 Minutes Flight Time
- Tour bonus: remote landing at Ulupalakua Ranch
- Tour narration by pilots who are State of Hawaii Certified Tour Guides
- A high quality live DVD/Blue-Ray/USB stick recording (optional)
Old Lahaina Luau
- One of the best luau's on Maui
- Rich history of Hawaii and its culture
- Tour Highlight: location is oceanfront in Lahaina, Maui
- Delicious Menu & Open Bar
- Parking Available
ATV Tour (Kahului)
- ATV ride through the lush pastures of a cattle ranch
- 2-2.5 Hour Tour
- Tour highlights: breathtaking views of Lahaina town, Ka'anapali Resort, and the islands of Lanai and Molokai
- Complimentary chilled, fresh local fruit and refreshments included
- Drivers Must be 16+
Maui Undersea Adventure
- A spacious air-conditioned interior, large view ports and comfortable seating
- 45 Minutes Under the Water
- Tour Highlight: The Atlantis Maui dive site
- Each guest will receive an Atlantis Souvenir Dive Log
- Additional Fees: Harbor Tax - $3.45
Our Favorite Tours Maui Has to Offer
Unlike some of the other islands, Maui’s stunning landscape can be enjoyed from roads, not just the air and sea. The mountainous areas aren’t as extreme as for example Kauai, so the accessibility via roads means you can be treated to a fully immersive experience and some truly unforgettable sights. Though you won’t be getting the birds eye view you’d get from a helicopter tour, you’ll be able to take Maui tours from the ground, with the flora and fauna literally at your fingertips.
For a taste of some of the best sights Maui has to offer, we recommend going with the Road to Hana Private Tour – a full day journey with frankly unbeatable service that even extends to you modifying the stops along the way to accommodate the preferences of your group. A highlight of the tour is the fact that the more people that sign up, the cheaper the individual price gets. Once your group is between 4 and 10 people, you’re only paying as much as you would for a large commercial tour group, but with all the benefits of a fully bespoke, flexible, family-owned tour agency. If you like the sound of driving through paradise munching on freshly baked banana bread, eating lunch on mountaintops and learning about the island, then this is the Maui Tour for you. Book well in advance as this tour fills up fast due to the quality of the experience.
If you’d like to find out more about this Maui Tour and to book your reservation, you can go here.
Everyone always tells you that you can’t go to Hawaii without seeing a Hawaiian sunset and while this is true, you can’t miss one of the spectacular sunrises either. It may mean rolling out of bed a few hours earlier than you’re used to but the jungles, mountains and ocean backdrops make for some of the most spectacular locations to witness the start of a new day in paradise. Maui in particular is famed for the quality of its vistas seeing as if you get to the right point, you’ll be treated panoramic views of the islands of Lanai, Molokai and Hawaii, illuminated by the sunrise.
This type of Maui tour is definitely meant for those who don’t mind a bit of walking but at the same time are perfectly suitable for beginners who are keen to take some incredible photography or simply soak in the once-in-a-lifetime view. With the majority of tour operators offering free pick-ups and provide a range of delicious dietary options, it’s never been easier to experience the sunrise in one of nature’s paradises.
“Do NOT leave Maui without booking a tour or you will be kicking yourself later!”
Water Adventure Tours in Maui
Although there’s an abundance of underwater wonders to see, the majority of the action is found in the submerged Molokini Crater. Molokini snorkeling as well as submarine experiences are hugely popular owing to the breathtaking coral reefs and sea life that can be found there. Whether you want to jump in the water, paddle in a kayak or brave the deep in a submarine, Maui is filled with tours that give you the chance to experience its enticing waters first-hand.
Get ready to get up close and personal with Hawaii’s most celebrated friendly marine giants, the Hawaiian green sea turtle. This tour is our go-to for Molokini snorkeling that’ll keep giving and giving. From optical eye masks for glass wearers to a Junior Naturalist Program for kids, the level of service received on the tour is astounding. Expect to travel to not one but two premium snorkel sites where you’ll get the once-in-a-lifetime chance to explore the coral-bound depths and swim with friendly sea turtles under the supervision of Certified Marine Naturalists. Suitable for everyone including young infants, it’s hard to find a better, more enjoyable tour for the modest price of just over $100. Departing from either the Lahaina or Ma’alaea harbors, this is one underwater adventure not to be missed. To see what’s included in this tour and book your spot go here.
At the Atlantis Maui dive site, you’ll experience marine life and even shipwrecks up close at depths of over 100 feet in absolute comfort and perfect safety. With a capacity of 48 passengers, the Atlantis submarine is the most technologically advanced vessel of its kind, featuring an air conditioned interior, large viewports and comfortable seating. There’s no doubt that this is a go-to premium submarine tour in Maui. Find out more about how you can explore the depths here.
Dinner Cruises in Maui
Remember how we said you can’t visit Hawaii and miss the sunrise? Well it still stands true that you can’t miss the sunset either and what better way to experience it than aboard one of the many premium vessels on a Maui dinner cruise. Dine in unparalleled luxury as you watch the sun go down over the Pacific Ocean on one of the various ships where attentive crews will tend to your every need and island bands will soundtrack your experience. Hugely popular with families and singletons alike, these cruises are the perfect luxury highlight to any visit to Maui.
Departing with the setting sun at 5pm, the Maui Sunset Premium Dinner Cruise is a memorable event, which is why we’re recommending it as our top-rated Maui dinner cruise. Featuring live Hawaiian music and a positively mouth-watering menu cooked freshly on board, this cruise even guarantees a seat outdoors if you choose the premium option. It also accommodates for visitors staying in both Lahaina and Ma’alaea, with a cruise leaving from each of their harbors. Whether you’re looking for a romantic night out, or one with family and friends, this is a great cruise which you can find more info about here.
Although it’s an incredibly enjoyable and up-close experience, driving tours will never give you quite the same breathtaking, sweeping overhead views that you’ll get in a helicopter tour. Perfect for those looking for more of a thrill-ride experience, Maui helicopter tours are the preferred way to get around to seeing more of the island, of which parts are inaccessible by road. If you’d like to discover “The Magic Isle” in a way like never before, then booking one of the many Maui helicopter tours is the way to do it. As the island is small enough, you’ll be guaranteed to hit all the best locations over the course of a day.
Old Lahaina Luau
When it comes to the best of the best, look no further than the Old Lahaina Luau. Famously known to be the best luau in Maui, the oceanfront location in Lahaina is the paradise-like backdrop that people conjure up in their imagination when they picture a perfect luau. With an unparalleled dedication to hospitality and food provided by award-winning eateries such as the likes of Star Noodle and Leoda’s Kitchen, the Old Lahaina Luau is not one to be missed. Having garnered awards for its cultural sensitivity and commitment to providing truly authentic entertainment inspired by Polynesian history, Old Lahaina is also a place of learning, where you’ll leave with an insight into the past of Hawaii.
Perfect for visitors who don’t mind getting down and dirty with nature, an ATV Tour in Maui combines spectacular views with the fun of barreling around paradise on top of your own ATV. The term “All-Terrain-Vehicle” really couldn’t be more appropriate for this style of tour, with Maui being home to everything from grasslands to mountains and dirt roads to jungle paths. Designed for the true adventurer, there’s no feeling quite like the wind whipping past as you zoom through the various terrains that Maui is famous for. Remember to check which tour operators provide raincoats or ponchos or anything else you might need to stay dry because don’t doubt that there’ll be plenty of water to drive through, after-all, these tours are off-road adventures!