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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 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. Please be aware all passengers must be 36" or taller to ride the submarine, a fantastic adventure for all.
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Molokini and Turtle Arches Snorkeling Trip from Ma'alaea Harbor
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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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Maui Sunset Dinner and Dance Cruise from Lahaina Harbor

Maui Sunset Dinner and Dance Cruise from Lahaina Harbor

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On this romantic Maui dinner cruise, cast the bowlines off the dock and cruise the Maui shoreline, enjoying views of the West Maui Mountains and a fiery Maui sunset. Tableside wait staff serves food and drinks while a musician provides the ambience, and finish the evening beneath a blanket of stars as you slowly cruise back towards shore.
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From Ma'alaea Harbor: Molokini & Turtle Town Snorkeling Adventure Aboard Malolo
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From Ma'alaea Harbor: Molokini & Turtle Town Snorkeling Adventure Aboard Malolo

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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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Maui Haleakala Sunrise Downhill Bike Tour with Mountain Riders Rated #1

Maui Haleakala Sunrise Downhill Bike Tour with Mountain Riders Rated #1

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Watching the sunrise at Haleakala Crater is a note-to-be-missed experience, which is only made better by hopping on a bike and riding back down to the beach. Begin early with a pre-dawn pickup before making the winding journey in the dark to the 10,023 ft. summit. As the horizon begins to slowly turn red, then gradually to orange and yellow, the lunar beauty of Haleakala Crater begins to come into view. After the sun has crested the eastern horizon and bathed the crater in light, ride back down to the national park boundray.
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Complete Island 60-Minute Helicopter Tour
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Complete Island 60-Minute Helicopter Tour

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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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