The Hawaiian Islands consist of several attractive Islands that present different unique atmospheres. The second-largest Hawaiian Island – Maui is characterized by volcanoes and jungles, beautiful beaches, high mountains, and an abundance of sea creatures. When all this is combined with its Conducive atmosphere and its strong Hawaiian culture, Maui becomes a place that travelers will have a hard time forgetting. From watching gorgeous Sunrises and relaxing ocean waves, to engaging in exciting surfing and hiking, these are some of the activities the locals in Maui spend their free time engaging in.

9 Surfing

Surfing is a sport in Maui that brings people together. It is not uncommon to see a very young teenager or a heavy mother engaging in this beloved sport here. But it’s easy to see why they love it so much - the waves of the water are excellent and the weather is pretty much conducive to allow surfing. The Honolua beach, Ho’okipa beaches, and the Lahaina Reefs present some of the best stages for surfing in Maui.

For travelers who can’t surf, watching the surfers do their thing is also a great way to enjoy the sport. Nevertheless, if you want to be the one chased by a raging, there are many ways to learn how to surf here plus the locals are welcoming and find it very prestigious to teach people their favorite sport; although, professional surf lessons are better ways to learn this discipline.

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8 Whale Watching

Going to Maui and not watching whales is like going to Italy without eating Pizza. And yes! Locals love it too. Whale watching is one of the main leisure activities to do in Maui especially during the winter months. With the Island’s abundance of whales, travelers do not even need to go far before catching sights of some of the magnificent creatures. Whale-watching tours will even take travelers to the best spots to see the whales with other curious travelers as well.

7 Savoring The Savory Dishes In Maui

The truth is that a trip to Maui is not complete without getting thrilled by those wonderful flavors. From Poi, Loco Moco, and Laulau to Poke and noodles, Maui has a lot of dishes to keep the mouths of travelers busy at all times. The island is also big on seafood since fishing is one of the main occupations here. Head over to a Maui restaurant to enjoy the different seafood available on the menu.

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6 Scuba Diving

Besides surfing, another beloved water sport in Maui is diving. Most beaches on the Island are safe to enjoy a refreshing plunge. From seasoned to amateur, divers of all levels have stages that will meet their diving needs. Besides the refreshing swim, divers will also be treated with sights of different sea creatures such as – whales, manta rays, dolphins, and more. Just pick a dive spot and take the plunge to begin the experience or get on a dive tour to enjoy guided dives in some of the most remote caves underwater.

5 Watching The Sunrise And Sunset

Treat yourself to some scenic views by watching the sunrise and sunsets in Maui. Here the sun is fierce but in that fierceness lies the beauty but that beauty is seen best during its rising and setting hours. At least once, travelers should make sure they get up in time and enjoy the beautiful rising of the sun from a suitable observatory such as – the Haleakala Crater, or the Red Hill Observatory. When it comes to sunset, the mesmerizing colors of the sky can be seen from just about anywhere whether you’re on a beach or a hiking trail.

4 Floating On A Kayak

What the strong love of the sea in this Hawaiian Island, travelers better be ready to engage in lots of water activities here – kayaking being one of them. Kayaking is another way to explore the beauty of this Island. Along with the relaxing float, lucky travelers will also be accompanied by some lovely sea creatures including turtles and large whales that might jump out of the waters and rock your kayak with a thundering splash. Some tours even offer the opportunity to kayak and snorkel at the same time so travelers can dive into the water and chase the sights of their favorite sea creatures whenever they want to.

3 Attending A Hawaiian Party (A Luau)

Luau is a Hawaiian traditional party that offers a terrific way to witness the unique and flattering culture of this large volcanic island. At the traditional event, travelers will be entertained with melodious music, delicious Hawaiian food, and beautiful dance performed by some charming dancers robed in unique cultural attires. In Maui, one of the most popular Luau to attend is the Old Lahaina Luau and the ticket which starts from $145.8 is worth all that hospitality and premium entertainment. Those who are lucky to get seats on the front row will even feel flattered because it usually feels like the performers are simply dancing for you.

2 Hiking On The Trails In Maui

With jungles, mountains, and lush forests at every angle, Maui is not short of amazing hiking trails. While most of the trails offer exciting outdoor experiences, some include sights of mesmerizing waterfalls and intense scenery. Some of the most popular trails to take include – the Pipiwai Trail (for scenery, bamboo sights, and waterfall), the Sliding sands trail (for sand and Mountain scenery), and Waihee Ridge Trail (for views of gorgeous water bodies and beautiful mountains from the top of the Haleakala Volcano).

1 Camping In Front Of Some Scenery

Want to feel like a free bird in Maui, go camping and connect with nature while enjoying views of the amazing scenery. Travelers often have so much on their list of must-do activities that they forget the amazing camping experience. Maui is so connected to nature – the whole Island is green in every direction and with the water bodies surrounding all that greenery, travelers are sure to enjoy a thrilling camping experience here. While some campgrounds present views of isolated rocks in the middle of the ocean, others will have campers waking up to the melodious tweets of birds, and the gentle waves of the sea.

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