You may have your heart set on relaxing in a hammock, but it's impossible to resist Maui's superb scenery, magical luaus and out-there activities.
Day 1: Maui Highlights
Start the day bright and early with a sunrise visit to the world's largest dormant volcano, Mt. Haleakala. Explore the lush tropical landscape of the eastern Hana coast, or focus on Haleakala National Park and the Iao Valley. For something different, take a trip into the past aboard the sugar-train Kahaina Kaanapali Railroad, or take an exhilarating helicopter flight over Haleakala or the neighboring island of Molokai. At sunset, treat yourself to a gloriously backlit dinner cruise or a traditional luau at a luxury resort - or why not do both with our dinner cruise and luau two-night combo!
Day 2: Outdoor Maui
Maui has swimming, surfing, canoeing, kayaking, hiking and perfect-visibility snorkeling year-round. You can learn to surf like an expert, go snorkeling and turtle-spotting in Molokini Crater, or combine snorkeling and kayaking on Maui's West Shore. Take the wildest eco snorkel tour in Hawaii aboard a traditional outrigger canoe, or go whale-watching from Lahaina, with whale sightings guaranteed! Away from the water, how about biking down the volcanic slopes of Haleakala? Discover Maui's lush interior of streams and waterfalls on a half-day hike, or immerse yourself on a moderately difficult full-day hike.
Day 3: Inter-Island trips from Maui
Take a flying visit from Maui to neighboring islands such as Oahu and the Big Island, or ride the ferries between Maui and Lanai and Molokai. Visit Oahu, taking in the poignant World War II sites of Pearl Harbor, majestic Waikiki Beach and downtown Honolulu. Or take a Polynesian cultural tour. Hop on the Molokai ferry to Hawaii's least developed island, or take a cocktail-hour sunset sailing cruise from Maui to neighboring Lanai and Molokai.
We had three choices for times for this tour and I booked the 7:30am thinking we could get it in and have the rest of the day but when we showed up at 7:10 as asked we were told that since it's the end of the season and they didn't have a lot of response for the early time they had cancelled and we could try to get in the 9:30 am or 12:30 noon tour. Needless to say, it might have been a good idea to get hold of me and let us know so we weren't sitting around for several hours. Once we got on the boat I thought it would be great it we could see something but realizing it was the end of the season didn't expect much. As we approached another whaling boat, the skipper put it in idle and within two minutes about 100 yards away an adult whale came about 80% out of the water and breeched just like the picture with this review(except better). Amazing!! There were four or five groups of whales including one baby who was jumping all the time. Fantastic tour!!! Highly recommended!
It was a grand slam!! The captain brought us to the right spot.
Reply by Viator, May 2013
Doing what: Spectacular Haleakala Maui Sunrise Tour
It was an experience of a lifetime! Wayne, our tour guide was very knowledgeable
and pleasantly friendly.