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What Are the Most Popular Maui Water Activities?


Ask anyone about their trip to Maui, Hawaii, and you’ll likely hear stories about one thing – the water! Located in the middle of the Pacific, Maui’s waters offer countless adventures. You can enjoy a relaxing paddle, take a guided snorkel tour, go whale watching, and more. So what are you waiting for? Pack your swimsuit and get ready to have some fun! Here are the best Maui water activities to try during your island getaway.

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Top 7 Maui Water Activities

1. Whale Watching

Did you know that Maui is regarded as the best place in the world for whale watching? This bucket list experience is available from November to May when thousands of North Pacific Humpback whales grace Hawaiian waters. Their annual winter migration is a spectacular sight to behold! You’ll be able to see mamas, babies, and plenty of breaching males. Read our blog about Maui whale season for details.

2. Snorkeling

Thanks to its clear waters and vibrant coral reefs, Maui offers some of the best snorkeling on the planet. The island is surrounded by hundreds of dive spots, from the spectacular Molokini Crater to Turtle Town. You’ll see creatures like tropical fish, sea stars, octopus, and even Hawaiian Green sea turtles! Feel free to rent gear and head out on your own or book acatamaran cruise for a guided tour of the Pacific.

3. Scuba Diving

Looking for something a little more challenging? Try scuba diving on Maui. This activity is sure to be a highlight of your vacation, offering a close-up view of eels, whales, sharks, and more. We recommend visiting the Lanai Cathedrals, about 45 minutes from Maui by ferry. These large caverns are 50 feet deep and have made the list of “Top 10 Dive Sites in the World” for over 25 years.

4. Surfing

Surfing is a vital part of Hawaiian culture. Most residents learn the sport at a young age and go on to teach their children, passing the tradition from one generation to the next. If you’re new to surfing, Maui is the best place to learn. You can sign up for a lesson and try different surf break locations like coves, bays, and beaches. All you have to do is get in the water!

5. Windsurfing

Combining elements of both surfing and sailing, windsurfing is an exciting activity for thrillseekers. The steady trade winds at Kanaha and Ho’okipa Beach Parks make these locations favorable for windsurfers. Plus, Action Sports Windsurfing offers a complete range of lessons and tours for surfers of all ages and skill levels.

6. Stand Up Paddleboarding

Stand up paddling (SUP) is rapidly becoming one of the most popular ocean activities in the world. That’s because it’s relaxing and easy to learn! Kids and adults alike love the sense of achievement that comes with finding balance on the water. For lessons, rentals, and guided tours, contact the friendly staff at Maui Eco Tours.

7. Jet Skiing

There’s no better way to cool off than by flying across the water on a jet ski! Maui Water Sports is the only jet ski rental company on the island and is your go-to for high-speed fun. Ride times range from 30 minutes to an hour, leaving you plenty of time for lunch and other activities. After meeting at Ka’anapali Beach, a boat takes you to Jet Ski Island, the company’s private island in the middle of the Pacific Ocean.

Come Home to The Old Wailuku Inn at Ulupono

There you have it! You’re officially an expert on the best Maui water activities. When it’s time to find lodging on the Valley Isle, book your stay at our bed and breakfast. Our inn offers incredible accommodations, amenities, and views in the heart of central Maui. We even provide a delicious gourmet breakfast each morning!

If a peaceful oasis is what you’re looking for, consider booking our Bird of Paradise room. Elegant eucalyptus floors and an original elliptical shower stall are special features of this second-floor accommodation.

Check our availability and book direct today!

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