Aerial view of Molokini Crater off the coast of Maui.

Snorkeling Charters from Ma‘alaea Bay

If you want to snorkel the amazing underwater world of Molokini Crater, you’ll need to charter a boat from Ma‘alaea Bay. You’ll have plenty of choice in your experience, from low to high-priced trips, snorkeling or snuba, sailing or power catamarans, and excursions that incorporate other good snorkeling sites.

Windsurfing Maui on a beautiful sunny day.

Windsurfing Maui’s North Shore

Windsurfers flock to Maui’s North Shore in winter. Summer windsurfing is reserved for spots such as Kanaha Beach Park in Central Maui where wind takes precedent over waves. Here are a few more locations that make for excellent windsurfing, along with area tips and directions.

Choose one of the luaus in Ka‘anapali for your fire twirling fix.

Ka‘anapali Luaus

There’s no shortage of luaus to be found along the Ka‘anapali strip. All feature buffet food for over 100 people, local craft artisans, and some sort of premium seating for an added price, but the atmosphere and food quality varies fairly heavily. Choose which luau is the best experience for you based on these summaries.

Kamaole III Beach is home to ‘u‘au kani (wedge-tailed shearwaters).

Bird-Watching in South Maui

If there were a bird to be associated with South Maui it would be the Pacific golden plover, or kolea. For the opportunity to sight this migratory bird and other native species, there are a few locales to check out, some well-known and one often overlooked gem.

In addition to being a great place to spot nene, Paliku is also the preferred camping area for hikers opting to walk out the Kaupo Gap.

Camping in Haleakala Crater and Beyond

While watching the sunrise, hiking the crater floor, or looking up at the stars as they come out are great introductions to the crater, spending a night in the backcountry is the absolute best way to commune with nature on this mountain. Learn how to make it happen.

If you want to swim in ‘Iao Stream, the best place for accessing the swimming holes is from Kepaniwai Heritage Gardens where short trails lead down to the refreshing—and cold—water.

Central Maui Hiking

Central Maui hiking options are varied enough that while most hikes aren’t exactly challenging, there are opportunities for a good workout. One hike in particular is flat, straightforward, but with excellent coastal views and ruins to explore, while another rewards intrepid hikers with waterfall pools to splash in.

The Waikamoi Ridge Trail takes you just far away enough from the road that the only sound you can hear is the call of native birds and the creak of bamboo as it sways in the wind above you.

Hiking Maui: Hana and Vicinity

Hiking in Hana consists of calm, easy trails, most of which are a nice short break to stretch your legs or a moderate workout. There are a few trails less traveled with rewards such as peaceful picnic areas or pristine waterfalls, and plenty of costal views.

Nightlife in Lahaina is fun and varied.

Nightlife and Entertainment in Lahaina

Nightlife and entertainment in Lahaina is fun and varied, from cultural events to live music and mingling to late-night dive bars. Many events are also free, and several are family-friendly. Whatever your mood, chances are good Lahaina can match it.

A large sea stack off the coast of Lanai.

Lana‘i Hiking Trails

Lana’i has plenty of hiking trails and most have something extra to offer such as unique archaeological sights or a bit of island history. The trails tend toward rugged, and there are a few that require planning ahead unless you’re eager for a challenging return trip.

Aerial view of Molokini Crater off the coast of Maui.

Snorkeling Molokini Crater

Nowhere else in Hawaii can you find waters as clear as those in Molokini Crater, a half-submerged volcanic caldera that rises from 300 feet of water. Snorkeling at Molokini is such a popular activity that if you want as much water to yourself as possible, you had best plan ahead to get there as early as possible on one of the smaller available charters.