Let’s face it, everywhere in Maui is Instagram-worthy. From the warm, tropical days full of nā lā (sunshine), to the beauty of the island’s beaches, Maui brims with beautiful sights and people. Your Instagram photos of Maui are guaranteed to ignite awe and perhaps a few #travelgoals hashtags from your friends!
Here are 7 things to do in Maui that, when captured, will spark ooooooos and ahhhhhhhs from friends and followers everywhere.
Go snorkeling at Makena Landing
Snorkeling is a great way to engage with the beautiful wai (water) that surrounds our island. Hawaii’s first inhabitants, the Kanaka Maoli, named the area Makena because of its calm water and abundance of sea life. Hawaiian Ocean Sports offers a snorkeling adventure from Makena Landing to Turtle Town in South Maui. The water is calm, clear and safe for the entire ohana (family)! You can swim with honu (Hawaiian Green Sea Turtles) and fish that are native to Hawaii. This area is also known to be a hub for hahalua (manta-rays) and naia (dolphins)!
photo idea: Snap a selfie near the sea turtles with your waterproof camera.
Take an outrigger canoe tour from Wailea Beach Park
Taking a traditional Hawaiian Outrigger Canoe tour will connect you to Hawaiian history as you walk in the footsteps of the Ali’l (chief warriors) in the Sacred Waters of Happiness (Wailea). You can participate in traditional Hawaiian oli (chants) as you paddle our hoe aw’a (canoe) though a sea full of honu and honu’ea (Hawaiian Green Sea & Hawksbill Turtles).
photo idea: Have a friend take a photo of you holding the helm of the boat from the shore!
Take surf lessons at Kalama Beach Park
There’s nothing like riding the waves and feeing the breeze run through your sun-kissed lauoho (hair). You can learn to surf with the elite instructors at Aloha Surf School. They will show you the ancient sport of Papa He’e Nalu(to ride a surfboard) the Aloha way. Contact us today to learn more.
Go stand up paddle boarding at Olowalu Beach Park
Stand up paddle boarding is a must-do when you’re in Maui. There’s nothing like standing on top of the water, using your paddle to propel you though the clear Maui waters. When you go stand up paddle boarding with Hawaiian Ocean Sports, you will be on top of the water in no time. We offer private and semi-private stand up paddle boarding lessons for all ages and skill levels.
Watch a Maui sunset with sea turtles at Hookipa Beach Park
Maui sunsets are postcard-perfect. The soft purples, pinks, oranges and yellows filter though the sky as the day turns to night. Sea turtles often come onto the beach right before sunset at Hookipa Beach Park. (Guess they want to watch the sunset too!) The honu are beautiful and majestic, certain to make your sunset experience extraordinary.
Go to a Luau
The colors, delicious foods, dances and activities of our Hawaiian luau’s are sure to delight all of your senses. You can watch hula dancers and enjoy traditional Lua foods such as kalua pork and chicken long rice. You can find luau’s throughout the island.
Visit Haleakala National Park
Haleakala National Park is home to the world’s largest dormant volcano. You can also hike the park’s most popular trail, Pipiwai. There’s all kinds of stunning photos waiting to be taken at this beautiful park. Snap away!