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How to Spend 3 Days in Maui

How to Spend 3 Days in Maui

With three activity-packed days on the island of Maui, you’ll experience sun, sand, and sea with a healthy dose of outdoor activities, island exploration, and even the chance for a day trip to see the highlights of Honolulu on neighboring Oahu. Here are some ideas for making the most of your 72 hours on Hawaii’s Valley Isle.

Day 1: Outdoor Adventure

Today is all about Maui’s abundant natural attractions—its postcard-perfect beaches, lush valleys, and volcanic peaks. Spend your morning with an outdoor adventure on land: take a guided bike tour to the summit of Haleakala at sunrise; go ziplining through the West Maui mountains; hike to a waterfall in the rain forests of East Maui; or head out on an oceanfront horseback ride. In the afternoon, explore Maui on the water between bouts of lazing on the beach: take a surfing lesson or go parasailing high above the sea; hop aboard a sailboat for a few hours of snorkeling or whale watching; or discover Maui beneath the surface with a journey aboard the Atlantis Submarine. End the day with a romantic sunset dinner cruise.

Day 2: Epic Road Trip

No trip to Maui would be complete without a journey along its legendary road, the Hana Highway. Let someone else take the wheel as you embark on a guided day tour, soaking up the views along the scenic route’s 64 miles (104 kilometers) of beaches, waterfalls, lush bamboo jungle, and sleepy beach towns. Each twist and turn—there are more than 600 of them—reveals something new. Highlights along the way include the Seven Sacred Pools of Oheo, Twin Falls, Ho‘okipa Lookout, Honomanu Bay, Hana Lava Tube, numerous white- and black-sand beaches, and, for a touch of history, Palapala Ho‘omau Church, where aviator Charles Lindbergh is interred. Finish off your day on the island with a quintessential Hawaiian tradition: a beachfront luau.

Day 3: Island-Hopping

Now that you’ve experienced the best of Maui, it’s time to head farther afield to one of its neighboring islands. One of the most popular options is Oahu, where you can spend the day paying your respects at the World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument—home of USS Arizona Memorial—at Pearl Harbor, touring the USS Missouri, strolling downtown Honolulu, and spending some time on iconic Waikiki Beach. You might even have time for a quick hike to the summit of Diamond Head. Alternatively, head to Molokai, one of Hawaii’s less-visited visitable islands. Fly across the Pailolo Channel and take a guided tour of the Friendly Isle, stopping at the Molokai Museum, Kaunakakai Town, Purdy Macadamia Nut Farm, and a coconut grove along the way. End your day with a quick return flight to Maui in time for a farewell dinner.

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Maui Whale Watch Cruise from Lahaina Harbor

Maui Whale Watch Cruise from Lahaina Harbor

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Catch an exciting peek at the underwater world on this whale-watching cruise in Maui. Your excursion includes narration from your captain and crew, as you learn more about these majestic creatures. Enjoy stunning views and photo opportunities while traveling along Maui’s exquisite coastline. Your family-friendly cruise comes with a guarantee that you spot a whale during your adventure.
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Haleakala Maui Sunrise Tour with Breakfast

Haleakala Maui Sunrise Tour with Breakfast

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Experience an incredible daybreak view from top of Maui’s highest peak during this 7- to 8-hour Mt. Haleakala sunrise tour. Journey with a guide on this massive volcano to witness the orange and red-colored dawn of a new day set amidst the clouds, enjoying the sublime beauty of a sight that once inspired literary great Mark Twain. This Maui sunrise excursion also includes round-trip hotel transportation, breakfast and entrance fees.
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Small-Group Road to Hana Luxury Tour with Helicopter Flight return
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Small-Group Road to Hana Luxury Tour with Helicopter Flight return

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Travel the famous Road to Hana in style, enjoying a luxurious small-group sightseeing roadtrip by limo-van and a stunning helicopter flight back, during this 6-hour adventure. Sit back and relax inside your plush limo-van on the way to Hana, stopping at Hana Tropical Gardens, the Hawaiian hamlet of Ke-anae and at a gorgeous waterfall, where you’ll have time to swim. You’ll also enjoy a beachside lunch before eventually boarding a helicopter for an incredible 36-minute flight above Haleakala Crater and the island’s rugged coast. This luxurious small-group trip to Hana also includes a professional guide.
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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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Maui Sunset Dinner and Dance Cruise from Lahaina Harbor
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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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Oahu Day Trip to Pearl Harbor from Maui
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Oahu Day Trip to Pearl Harbor from Maui

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On this unforgettable Pearl Harbor day trip from Maui, journey back to December 7, 1941, when the United States was tragically thrust into fighting in World War II. Stroll the decks of the USS Missouri where the surrender agreement was signed. Coupled with a tour of downtown Honolulu, this day trip from Maui to Pearl Harbor is great for visitors of all ages with an interest in America’s history.
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Maui Horseback-Riding Tour
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Maui Horseback-Riding Tour

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This Maui horseback riding tour is run by real 'paniolos,' the Hawaiian cowboys who make their living by ranching, roping, and riding. Canter across pastures with sweeping views looking out at the island’s north shore, and trek through the West Maui rain forest. This is real ranching and real riding out in the Maui country.
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Molokai and Maui Helicopter Tour
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Molokai and Maui Helicopter Tour

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Soar above two scenic Hawaiian Islands on a helicopter tour of Maui and Molokai from Kahalui. Watch surfers riding Maui’s breaking waves as you fly towards Molokai’s sheer coastal cliffs, capture aerial images of Kahiwa Falls and the isolated North Shore, then turn towards the emerald green Halawa Valley. Watch for whales and dolphins as you cross Pailolo channel, swoop over Maui’s lush rainforest canopy and explore Iao Valley State Park, then enjoy views of Honokohau Falls and Haleakala volcano on your return flight to Kahalui.
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