Within Walking Distance
Your cruise to Maui drops anchor near the Kanaha Wildlife Sanctuary. Tucked in between shopping centers and a highway, Kanaha is a breeding area for endangered Hawaiian birds, including the Hawaiian koloa duck, the stilt, and the coot. North of the harbor is Hoaloha Park, a two-acre white-sand beach for swimming.
Beyond the Port Area
A popular shore excursion from cruises to Maui is a trip to the top of Maui’s tallest peak, Haleakala in Haleakala National Park. The Heavenly Hana excursion takes you on a 2-hour drive through rainforests and clouds to the peak at 10,000 ft., where sacred Haleakala (Hawaiian for “House of the Sun”) volcano crater towers over the island and offers sweeping panoramas of Maui’s emerald-green mountains. On your way up, you’ll drive through Upcountry, central Maui’s farm and ranch land. Stop in at the tasting room of the Tedeschi Vineyards, to try their white, red, rosé, and pineapple wines. You can zip and float over the whole island to spot isolated waterfalls and ribbons of remote beaches on a helicopter tour. Or, you can take a driving tour of the curvy, coastal Hana Highway as it edges past verdant rainforest, tempting beaches, and trails leading to gushing waterfalls. Your tour ends in Hana, a historic sugar town nestled between sandy beaches with calm waters for swimming and a rainforest with hiking trails. The rugged Kahekili Highway is another scenic drive past the crashing ocean and the dramatic volcanic landscape. Along the way you’ll pass through Kahakuloa, a tiny Hawaiian village with a picturesque wooden church.
Visit Lahaina harbor on Maui cruises to plunge beneath the waves on an Atlantis Submarine. Journey on the Atlantis Submarine & Lahaina excursion as it goes on a Jules Verne-style tour of the technicolor underwater world surrounding the island. Take some time to explore the mile-long stretch of Lahaina’s main street, lined with boutiques and inviting restaurants.
Beaches in Maui
Maui, Hawaii, has 120 miles of shoreline with more than 80 beaches of golden sand. The Hana Highway curves pass many of the island’s best beaches. Visit the unusual black sand beach of Waianapanapa State Park or stop by Hookipa Beach Park and watch the windsurfers jump over waves and twirl weightless in the air like butterflies. The waves at Jaws Beach are a natural spectacle in winter—watch the pros as they ride the hollow tube waves here.
Nightlife in Maui
Enjoy the Maui Luau excursion. Feast like a king at a Hawaiian luau, with authentic Hawaiian cuisine, spell-binding hula dancing, and a classic setting on the beach.