Aerial view of Kahului in Central Maui.

Getting Around Central Maui

Getting around Central Maui is fairly easy, with a reliable bus network and several car rental options. Depending on your budget, you might want to stick to the bus routes for the most part and rent a vehicle only if you plan to venture off the beaten path or your schedule is tight.

A rider's-eye-view of a horseback riding trail in Maui.

Maui Horseback Riding Tours

Seeing Maui from horseback is an enjoyable, at times thrilling experience. Often there are views of Maui unreachable any other way, and if you’re interested in more than reading about Hawaii’s paniolo heritage, visiting a ranch and striking out on horseback is the way to do it. Though there are plenty of guided horseback tours available, each one differs fairly significantly in the type of terrain, riding, and overall experience offered.

The most popular road cycling ride in Maui is heading from Kahului to Kahakuloa.

Central Maui Biking

Despite the steep grade of the West Maui Mountains there aren’t any official mountain biking trails in Central Maui. There is, however, a popular road cycling route, and the North Shore Greenway, which is a dedicated bike path. Here’s more about those two routes along with recommended rental shops.

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.

A kitesurfer at Kanaha Beach Park in Central Maui.

Discover Central Maui

Central Maui is the first part of the island most visitors will encounter. More than just the island’s business and commercial hub, Central Maui has an underlying charm, a lot of history, and if you’re looking for a culinary scene or to step outside ‘resort Maui’, this is where to go.

View of a helicopter along the coast with an AirMaui paint job.

Maui Helicopter Rides and Flightseeing Tours

Much of Maui is only accessible by helicopter, and a one-hour flight spent hovering over the island will be the most memorable hour of your vacation. Read on for information about tour operators and helpful tips for your tour, like how to take the best photos.