There are a myriad of reasons Maui is consistently named one of the planet’s best islands. The bottom line is Maui is simply intoxicatingly beautiful. Trade winds rustle the palm trees, the sunsets are so stunning they are a daily celebration and the perfume of hibiscus scents the air. The weather is warm year-round and there are miles of swimmable beaches. In fact, Maui has some of the best beaches in the US. A nature-lover’s paradise, the waters between Maui, Molokai and Lanai are home to the densest population of Humpback whales in the world from December to April.
There are so many fabulous experiences in this blissful part of the world in addition to experiencing Maui’s pristine beaches. Here are six of the best things to do in Maui:
Maui Film Festival
Since its inaugural year in 2000, the Maui Film Festival has produced an under-the-stars and lit-by-the-moon film festival and culinary arts celebration. Starting with its 10th annual event in 2010, the festival has since evolved into a one-of-a-kind solar powered open air event presenting a panorama of global cinema with a shared commitment to the presentation of compassionate vision and transformative storytelling. The festival has screened films with budgets between $50,000 and $100 million provided by major studios and their mini-major divisions, independent distributors and both long-time and first-time filmmakers. This fest is a must attend event if you’re a film buff.
Hui No‘eau Visual Arts Center
Hui No‘eau Visual Arts Center is a visual arts education organization offering open access to quality arts instruction by teaching artists. You may be so inspired by your surroundings that you might be inclined to take a class or two! Programs and services are accessible to all regardless of artistic aptitude. The exhibition program and galleries play an important role in Maui’s art community and feature work from local artists and creative minds from around the world. The unique gallery shop features the work of Hui No‘eau member artists and a wide variety of handcrafted and museum-quality gift items.
Molokai and Maui Helicopter Tour
See the highlights of West Maui, then fly across the Pailolo channel to discover Hawaii's tallest waterfalls along Molokai's remote and isolated north shore. Be dazzled by the world's steepest sea cliffs, a few of which are more than 3,000 feet tall. Molokai has the world's steepest sea cliffs created by a massive earth slide 1.4 million years ago. Whizzing over the Maui area, you’ll see Kapalua, Kaanapali, Old Lahaina Town, Hana Town, Seven Pools, Upcountry, Ho'okipa, Charles Lindbergh's final resting place, pineapple fields, and much more.
Niihau, the Forbidden Island
For a fascinating excursion most never get to experience, take a tour of Niihau, the island travelers aren’t normally allowed to visit. Niihau was purchased from King Kamehameha in 1864 and up to 1987, visits to the island were typically restricted to owners and their guests, or government officials. However, owners now offer half-day helicopter tours and safaris. You can spend hours swimming, snorkeling, scuba diving, exploring and searching for shells. The island is also home to as many as 80 of the remaining 150 endangered Hawaiian monk seals that still come close to the main islands giving you something else worth seeing. It is thought there are no more than 1,100 of these seals left, so the ones that come to shore are a treat.
Wherever you travel, it’s paramount to have a home base that is private, exceptional, yet comfortable. When you’re in Maui, Villa Beatrice provides all that and much more. This ocean view estate is perched on some of Maui's most exceptional terrain, overlooking the coveted Wailea coastline – romantic, lush, and secluded. You’re just a few barefoot steps from the famed sands of Keawakapu beach yet completely hidden away from beachgoers. As with all LVH private luxury homes, you will have full services and 24/7 support.
Old Lahaina Luau
When you step through the gates at the Old Lahaina Luau, you’re swept into a well-preserved epicenter of Hawaiian culture, storytelling, and feasting with a breathtaking ocean view. This the best Hawaiian Luau the islands have to offer. Get serenaded by local musicians playing island melodies. Take a seat, order a beverage, and settle in for an evening of entertainment, Hawaiian culture, bright clothing, and lots of local cuisine.
Road to Hana
When it comes to driving the Hana Highway on Maui, the main attraction is the journey, not the destination. Choose one of many luxury rental cars we have to offer in Maui to experience a drive replete with cliffs cloaked in green and lush valleys bursting with waterfalls. Curves hug the coast and gaze over an ocean stretching uninterrupted all the way to the Alaskan coastline. Add black, red, and white sand beaches, a multitude of trails, and gorgeous gardens and you will feel you’ve discovered the highway to Heaven itself.
There is no doubt Maui offers some wonderful places to visit. No matter where you would like to travel first, LVH will take care of every vacation detail. We strive to make your getaway everything you ever expected it would be and more. That entails doing those things that give you the most joy. We invite you to contact one of our experienced client relations team members who will get planning underway. Share your vacation dreams with LVH and let us get to work making them come true!