10 Epic Maui Tours

Updated on:
January 19, 2023

UPDATE 1/11/2023: You won't believe the wild Maui whale watch we just had!

10 Epic Maui Tours: Best Maui Tour Providers

Whether you want to watch the sunrise from Haleakala, snorkel Molokini, or explore off-the-beaten-path, consider taking one (or more) guided tours to maximize your Maui time. We’ve sifted through our favorite tours to find a range of excursions that meet every interest and budget. What’s more, these activities are led by local guides eager to share their insights about everything Maui has to offer. Here are our top ten favorite Maui tours.

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Redline Rafting

What: Whale Watch
Price: From $75
Duration: 1.5 hours

In the winter months, whale watch tours are in high demand on the Valley Isle— and there’s certainly no shortage of tour boats ready to welcome you aboard. For a memorable, slightly offbeat whale watch excursion, go with Redline Rafting. From January to March, Redline Rafting hosts down-to-earth Maui whale tours aboard an agile, 35-foot inflatable raft. Whale watching aboard Redline’s compact vessel has some significant perks: capacity tops out at an intimate 15 people, and curious humpback whales tend to approach smaller vessels more closely. Translation? Epic, close-up whale encounters aren’t uncommon. (Before your whale-watching excursion, check out these handy Maui Whale Watching Tips)

 

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    • A naturalist is onboard to detail whale behavior and offer unique facts about humpback whales. Redline’s vessels are also outfitted with hydrophones to listen to whale songs underwater.
    • Whale watches are offered from January to March only.
    • This excursion is not recommended for pregnant women, people with neck or back problems, older people, or children under 8.
    • Passengers are guaranteed to see and hear humpback whales.
    • Three departures from Kihei Boat Ramp daily: 7 am, 9 am, and 11 am.
    • Not visiting during whale season? Redline Rafting also offers Molokini snorkel tours.

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Haleakala EcoTours

What: Haleakala Sunrise Tour
Price: From $210
Duration: 6 hours

Epic Maui Tours Haleakala EcoTours

Dreaming of watching the sunrise from Haleakala Crater? You’ll have to get a reservation first— but that’s easier said than done. Reservations sell out within seconds of being released, dashing countless visitors’ hopes of seeing Hawaii’s most famous sunrise. But all is not lost! Haleakala EcoTours offers daily sunrise tours. This excursion is a boon for countless visitors: not only does it let sunrise hopefuls bypass the reservation system, but it also allows visitors to skip the long, winding drive to the summit— or at least leave it to the professionals. The excursion also includes an informative tour of the summit area and Upcountry Maui. Afterward, you’ll be brimming with knowledge about Haleakala’s history, geology, and cultural significance.

 

Know Before You Go

    • Haleakala EcoTours offers hotel pick-up from select accommodations.
    • Pick-up and check-in time varies depending on the season— the later the sunrise, the later the pick-up.
    • Be sure to dress in layers and lots of them! Temperatures at the summit can be near freezing.
    • Not an early riser? You can still explore the summit on a later tour.

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Kai Kanani

What: Molokini Snorkel
Price: From $239
Duration: 3.5 hours

Epic Maui Tours Kai Kanani

Molokini snorkel tours proliferate on Maui— but if you’re looking for the cream of the crop, set your sights on Kai Kanani’s Signature Deluxe Snorkel Tour. This excursion provides all the fixings for an outstanding day on (and under) the water. You’ll board Kai Kanani’s luxe, 65-foot catamaran at Maluaka Beach in Makena before heading to Molokini Crater for unparalleled snorkeling. After a thorough underwater exploration at Molokini, the tour visits a bonus snorkel location, where green sea turtles are abundant. Once you’ve had your fill of snorkeling, enjoy an open bar (that’s right, open bar!) with Kona Brewing beers on tap and local spirits.

 

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    • Traveling without a car? Kai Kanani offers a shuttle service from Wailea resorts.
    • Don’t worry about packing snacks. You won’t go hungry aboard Kai Kanani: expect fresh cinnamon rolls in the morning, a crudité spread, and a locally-sourced lunch.
    • For the early risers: Kai Kanani also offers sunrise snorkel tours that arrive at Molokini before the deluge of tour boats.
    • Kai Kanani loads from the sand at Maluaka Beach. Be prepared to get a little wet while getting on and off the boat.

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Maui Sailing Canoe

What: Outrigger Canoe Tour
Price: From $189
Duration: 2 hours

Sailing Canoe

For an unconventional yet unforgettable snorkeling experience, set sail with Maui Sailing Canoe. Maui Sailing Canoe hosts one-of-a-kind snorkeling and sailing tours aboard a single-mast Hawaiian outrigger canoe— the only excursion of its kind on the Valley Isle. Tours launch from the sand at Polo Beach before sailing along the coast to an exclusive snorkel spot in Wailea. Along the way, you’ll help paddle the canoe, laze out on the trampoline, watch for whales (in winter), or talk story about life in the islands with the captain. In addition to its individuality, Maui Sailing Canoe’s cultural significance sets the excursion apart. This activity introduces guests to Hawaiian sailing traditions and navigation techniques, forging a vital link between Hawaiian culture and the modern Maui visitor.

 

Know Before You Go

 

    • Tours are offered daily at 8 am and 10 am.
    • Families are welcome! This activity is suitable for children ages two and up. Capacity tops out at eight guests.
    • Cold drinks and snorkel gear are provided. Bring along a camera and sun protection.

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Hike Maui

What: Waterfall and Rainforest Hike
Price: From $155
Duration: 5 hours

Bamboo Forest

Immerse yourself in a lush Hawaiian rainforest with Hike Maui. This excursion leads visitors into the heart of a luxuriant jungle in East Maui, exploring over two miles of trails. Watch as waterfalls measuring up to 40 feet spill over volcanic ledges and— if adrenaline is your cup of tea— leap from cliff sides into frigid freshwater pools. Headed by informative naturalist guides, you’ll learn loads about your environs, from bits of history to the many uses of the native plants that surround you.

 

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    • Tours are offered daily starting at 9:30 am. Hotel transfers are available upon request.
    • Lunch and snacks are provided.
    • Tours top out at 12 people. Kids over the age of six are welcome.
    • Want to hike Haleakala?  Check out Humble Tours.

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Hoaloha Jeep Adventures

What: Road to Hana Tours
Price: From $299
Duration: 6-8 hours up to 10-12 hours

Epic Maui Tours Hoaloha Jeep

When it comes to Maui’s famous road to Hana, taking a tour is the only way to go. And when we say ‘tour,’ we don’t mean the type where you clamber into a minibus full of strangers and follow a strict itinerary and schedule. No, we’re talking about a tour with Hoaloha Jeep Adventures. Hoaloha’s excursions are private and customizable. You’ll only stop at the places you want to stop and leave once you’re good and ready. The only catch: you have to choose from Hoaloha’s approved list of stops, but it’s pretty extensive— just no private property, dangerous locations, or national parks. There are also a few super-secret, 4×4 bonus locations that Hoaloha’s guides are happy to show you. And speaking of your guide… think of them more like a friend that happens to be brimming with historical facts, cultural anecdotes, and stories about life in the islands.

 

Know Before You Go

 

    • Hoaloha’s jeeps are convertible and 4×4— a must on Maui… if you know where to go.
    • Bring a swimsuit, towel, rain jacket, sun protection, and bug spray. You’re heading to the jungle.
    • Hoaloha provides guests with water, juice, and a cooler. Pack snacks, or stop at some of the many roadside stands for lunch.

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Maui Custom Charters

What: Private Sunset Charter
Price: From $1200
Duration: 2 hours

Epic Maui Tours Sunset Sail

There are a million and one ways to enjoy a sunset on Maui— but nothing compares to watching the sunset aboard a private sailing charter. Step aboard Maui Custom Charter’s 42-foot Catalina MKII, Nova, for a sail unlike any other. This private charter departs from Maʻalaea Harbor before cruising along Maui’s dramatic coastline. During the sail, the crew is at your disposal: whether you’re interested in a hands-on sailing lesson or simply want to munch on charcuterie and enjoy the scenery, the crew will make it happen. This charter is ideal for special occasions like birthdays, anniversaries, or proposals.

 

Know Before You Go

 

    • The Nova can accommodate up to six passengers.
    • Light appetizers are provided, but bring along any alcoholic beverages you wish to enjoy. The Nova’s galley is stocked with glassware.
    • Keen for more time on the water? Add an extra hour to your sail.
    • If private sailing charters pique your interest, Maui Custom Charters also hosts private snorkel tours and whale watches.

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Maui Pineapple Tour

What: Maui Gold Pineapple Plantation Tours
Price: From $75
Duration: 1.5 hours

Maui Pineapple

Visitors are invited to explore Maui Gold’s factory and farm on an informative pineapple tour. You’ll start at Maui Gold’s pineapple processing facility, where you’ll learn about the history of the plantation, and the pineapple’s journey from seed to store, and will be able to pick up your airport-ready pineapple to take home. Next, it’s off to the fields, where pineapples grow as far as the eye can see. Finally, the excursion ends on a sweet note: you’ll get to taste a pineapple picked fresh in the fields.

 

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    • Tours are offered daily at 9:30 am, 11:45 am, and 1:45 pm.
    • Children must be over the age of three to participate.
    • Haliimaile Distilling Company is also located next door, offering distillery tours for as little as $12.

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Helewai Eco Tours

What: Puʻu Kukui Watershed Hiking Tour
Price: From $125
Duration: 3 hours

West Maui Hiking Trail

Explore the heart of an untouched native rainforest with Helewai Eco Tours. This guided tour takes hikers along two miles of private trails in the Puʻu Kukui preserve, where you’ll learn about Maui’s thriving native ecosystem and watershed. The excursion reaches its peak (literally) at a stunning lookout near the top of the preserve. After savoring the sights, the tour culminates with a stop at Honolua Bay for refreshments and snacks. This personalized nature tour is designed for those interested in learning more about Maui’s native landscapes, local plants and animals, and water conservation efforts.

 

Know Before You Go

 

    • Tours are offered daily from 9 am.
    • This excursion takes a maximum of ten guests for an intimate experience.
    • Afternoon and private tours are available upon request.
    • Guests should be able to walk two miles over uneven terrain.

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Kapalua Zipline

What: Zipline Tours
Price: From $219.99
Duration: 3.5 hours

Zipline Rider

If it’s thrills you seek, Kapalua Zipline has just the thing. Located in the foothills above Kapalua, this zipline course features two miles of side-by-side lines that soar above the canopy and over canyons at dizzying speeds. The fun is complemented by ATV rides, the longest, tallest suspension bridge in Hawaii, epic views, and awesome local guides.

 

Know Before You Go

 

    • Kapalua Zipline hosts six-line and four-line tours.
    • Multiple tours are offered throughout the day, every day but Sunday.
    • Children must weigh at least 60 pounds and be at least ten years old to participate.
    • Wear comfortable clothes and close-toed shoes.

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