Millions of tourists visit Lahaina in the island of Maui, HI. Each year, visitors immerse themselves in the town’s natural beauty and rich history. Pack your bags and get ready to experience the best that this historic town has to offer.
Here are some fun things to do in Lahaina.
- Scuba diving
Located in the downtown area, just off Front Street, Lahaina Harbor offers several scuba diving charters to help you explore the town’s underwater attractions. Get the chance to see scalloped hammerhead sharks and beautiful wrecks like the Carthaginian.
Don’t miss the opportunity to explore Turtle Reef, which can be found just off West Maui’s coastline. Teeming with marine life, the reef is accessible by boat and is home to stunning creatures like whitetip reef sharks, green sea turtles, and frog fish.
Enjoy a romantic sunset cruise at Lahaina – board a private yacht and have dinner and drinks while you take in stunning views of the water. This activity is perfect for newlyweds and couples celebrating their anniversaries.
There are several companies offering private boat charters in West Maui, some of which will take you whale watching and snorkeling at the nearby island of Lanai. Some vessels can accommodate up to six passengers. Larger yachts offer first-class service to keep you and your guests comfortable. These crafts often come with outdoor showers, swim ladders, and several areas for sunbathing.
If you want to explore the water on a smaller craft, you’ll find kayak rentals in Lahaina. Paddle out into the ocean and admire gorgeous views of the water’s surface. Lucky kayakers have spotted dolphins, monk seals, sea turtles, and eagle rays while out on the water, so don’t miss this amazing experience.
There are companies that offer kayaking lessons. Visitors will also find a kayak launch in Lahaina Harbor in downtown.
The Lahaina Pali Trail takes you through a five- to 10-mile hike, from Maalaea to Ukumehame. Hikers get treated to stunning views of the ocean, valley, and the neighboring islands. The trail is rocky, and there are uphill sections that make for a strenuous hike.
The Mahana Ridge Trail takes you on a 6.4-mile hike from D.T. Fleming beach all the way to Maunalei Arboretum. The trail offers scenic views of the surrounding area, so whip out your phone and share your snaps on social media. Or bring a separate camera with you.
To ensure your safety and to make the most out of your trip to the mountainside, opt to go on a guided hiking tour.
There are several beach camping spots across West Maui, with the most popular ones located in the North of Lahaina at Windmills and the South of Lahaina at Papalaua State Wayside Park. There are companies that offer guided excursions into these scenic camping sites, as well as truck and SUV rentals with rooftop campers. Sleep under the stars, listen to the sound of the waves, and tell each other stories by the campfire.
Go on a historic walking tour of the town, which takes you across Front Street, with stops at historic homes and other significant structures. One of the highlights of the tour, the Baldwin Home Museum, is a former missionary compound with landscaped grounds. Admire the kou and kukui trees on the property, and take in the architectural details that make this structure, the original of which was built in 1835, the oldest house in Maui.
- Shopping and dining
Lahaina’s Front Street is lined with shops, restaurants, and art galleries to keep you occupied during your visit. Outlets of Maui carries designer brands and major retailers. Volcom and Sand People sell surfing gear.