Top Adventure Activities Around Maui

Even though I've zipped over a canopy of trees and cycled down Haleakalā, I wouldn't exactly deem myself an "adventurous" traveler, unless, of course, you consider eating poi and wild boar organs—as Andrew Zimmern did while here filiming "Bizarre Foods"—an adventure. Personally, I prefer the Anthony Bourdain route, eating and drinking my way through cities. But for those who seek an adrenaline rush, there's no shortage of ways to get your heart pumping. Promising the adventure of soaring like a bird through a natural habitat, zipline rides have become popular in the adventure tourism trade of Maui. As ecotourism or green tourism becomes a more sought out way to spend vacations, ziplining has become one of the fastest growing eco-friendly activities throughout the world. Cycling, too, has gained traction among adventure seekers. Several commercial outfits sell bicycle tours down Haleakalā and as thrilling as the downhill ride may be, the true adventurist will face the challenge of cycling up and down the mountain. And if the adventure proves daunting, just think “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough.”

Surf Yoga Maui

Combine an invigorating 60 minute yoga session followed by a two hour surf lesson for a full mind and body workout. Surf lessons are also provided for beginners and those working on getting more experience in the water. Surf board, rash guard and reef shoes included.

Piiholo Ranch Zipline

This seven-generation family owned cattle ranch now offers Maui's longest side-by-side zipline - running over a half-mile long. Enjoy coastal and canyon views as you zip through a lush Hawaiian forest.

Seven Sacred Pools

A series of cascading waterfalls and tranquil pools flow through the O'heo Gulch. Above the Seven Sacred Pools and surrounded by verdant vegetation, the Pipiwai Trail is a 4-mile roundtrip hike that ascends 650 feet.

Paddle On Maui

Enjoy the serene waters of Polo Beach in Wailea atop a stand up paddle board. Customizable private tours allow you to create the stand up paddling experience you’ve always wanted. Whale watching tours are also available when in season.


With its mild climate, fertile soil, grazing lands and diverse botanicals, Upcountry has become the Maui version of Napa. Upcountry is where boutique food emporiums and the island’s forward-thinking chefs get top-quality organic ingredients.


Once an plantation town centered on Hawaiian Commercial & Sugar Company, today Paia enjoys status as one of the top windsurfing destinations in the world.

The King Kamehameha Golf Club

As the only private 18-hole golf course on Maui, club members enjoy expansive views of the course, as well as vistas of Mt. Haleakala and Maalaea Bay. Originally designed by Ted Robinson Sr. in 1991 and refreshed in 2005 by Ted Robinson, Jr. The King Kamehameha Golf Club will test each club in your arsenal.

Pacific Whale Foundation

Choose from an array of eco-cruises and water excursions whether it’s a snorkeling trip to Molokini or a dolphin and whale watch cruise. Private charters get you up close and personal with Hawai’i’s unique marine life. 100 percent of profits goes towards research, education and conservation efforts.