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How to Spend 1 Day on Maui

How to Spend 1 Day on Maui

With only one day on Maui, it might be tempting to park yourself on the beach and never leave. But the natural and cultural attractions of the Hawaiian island also beckon, and there are several ways to explore them with sun-soaked time to spare. Here are our favorite ways to fill 24 glorious hours on Maui.

Morning: Outdoor Adventure

Maui was made for outdoor fun, so spend your morning enjoying the great outdoors. Get up early—as in, 4:30am—to take in the sunrise from atop Haleakala, Maui’s highest peak, before riding a bicycle back down to the beach. Alternatively, head into the mountains of West Maui to take a zipline tour through the ravines, with spectacular views of the coastline along the way. Both are morning tours, so you’ll have plenty of time to spend the afternoon at your leisure. Take a moment to pick up a picnic lunch replete with fresh local poke (raw seafood salad).

Afternoon: Beach Time

You can’t visit Maui and not spend a bit of time on one of the island’s spectacular beaches. Spend this afternoon relaxing, unwinding, and lunching on the golden sands, occasionally dipping into the cool waters. If you’re game for more activity, opt for a sailing and snorkeling excursion to commune with sea turtles, or sign up for a surfing lesson and learn to catch one of the island’s famous waves. If you’d prefer to stay dry, book a ticket on the Maui Atlantis Submarine to search for reef sharks and tropical fish beneath the waves.

Night: Luau

A luau is a quintessential Hawaiian experience—and the perfect end to a busy day on the island of Maui. There are several shows to choose from: enjoy live drumming, fire twirling, and knife-juggling thrills accompanied by a beachfront buffet, or head to Old Lahaina for a laidback luau with Hawaiian dancing and island crafts. No matter what option you choose, you’ll enjoy sunset views and local fare such as kalua pig, poi, pineapple, and fresh seafood (plus, at many luau, tropical cocktails). If you can’t get enough of the water, set sail on a romantic sunset dinner cruise instead.

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Maui Morning Snorkeling Tour to Molokini Crater & Turtle Town! (Ma'alaea Harbor)

Maui Morning Snorkeling Tour to Molokini Crater & Turtle Town! (Ma'alaea Harbor)

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Imagine swimming in a sunken volcano that teems with thousands of fish, while splashing in crystal clear water. On this Molokini snorkeling tour, cruise out to the crater, before jumping in the crystalline waters and scouring the colorful reef. Make a second stop dependent upon conditions, and search for turtles at Turtle Town or a spot named Coral Gardens. This family-friendly Maui activity is one of the island's most popular, and an unforgettable day of exploring the underwater world.
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  • 5 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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Maui Atlantis Submarine Adventure

Maui Atlantis Submarine Adventure

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Imagine exploring the ocean floor on a submarine tour in Maui, pressing your face against circular portholes in search of reef sharks and fish. On the Maui Atlantis Submarine tour, descend over 100 feet (30m) in an air-conditioned sub, experiencing the sights, sounds, and scenes of life beneath the waves.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Molokini and Turtle Arches Snorkeling Trip from Ma'alaea Harbor

Molokini and Turtle Arches Snorkeling Trip from Ma'alaea Harbor

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Get off the beaten path to explore the wild side of Molokini on this half-day adventure from Maui. The small, crescent-shaped island of Molokini is an extinct volcanic crater with a thriving coral reef, home to more than 250 species of fish and 38 species of coral. Hop aboard a 54-foot, single-deck catamaran and jump in the water for a snorkel at the Turtle Arches reef. Then, cruise around Molokini's rugged, red rock back wall, home to a variety of seabirds. Snorkeling equipment plus a continental breakfast, buffet lunch, and refreshments are included.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Maui Helicopter Tour: Complete Island Flight

Maui Helicopter Tour: Complete Island Flight

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Maui is an island that’s best seen by air, and on this complete island Maui helicopter tour, visitors soar above valleys and waterfalls that are otherwise inaccessible. Fly deep inside the West Maui Mountains where there aren’t even any trails, and gaze upon the colorful cinder cones of Haleakala Crater. Off the coast of Hana, watch as waterfalls tumble their way directly into the sea, and see hidden coves and white sand beaches you never even knew were there.
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  • 1 hour
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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8 Line Ka'anapali Zipline Adventure on Maui

8 Line Ka'anapali Zipline Adventure on Maui

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Experience some of Maui’s best views on this Kaanapali zipline adventure, where you leave the sandy shoreline behind and drive high up the West Maui Mountains. Over the course of various different ziplines spanning deep, eroded ravines, you not only see views of Molokai, Lanai, and the entire West Maui coastline, but also learn the island’s history and about native plants and wildlife.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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