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Explore Maui (Kahului), HI

Millions of visitors from around the globe clamor to get to the magical isle of Maui, Hawaii, every year, and it’s easy to see why. Your Maui cruise brings you to this island’s scenic beaches, thundering waterfalls, breathtaking vistas, and serene rainforests. You can ascend to the home of the Hawaiian gods, explore historic villages, and enjoy a romantic star-filled night on your cruise to Maui.

  • Visit the home of the sun atop the 10,000-ft. volcano Haleakala.
  • Plunge beneath the waves and snorkel with rainbow-colored fish on Maui cruises.
  • Walk the buzzing streets of Lahaina, an old whaling port.


Things To Do

Local Attractions

Maui’s natural beauty ranges from a marine world rich in coral to verdant rainforests alive with bird call. The soaring peak of the dormant Haleakala volcano overlooks it all. Take a drive on the famed Hana highway to the remote town of Hana or see the entire island from the sky in a helicopter ride from your Maui cruise.

  • Enjoy the underwater world without getting wet on an Atlantis Submarine.
  • Take the Kahekili Highway inland to find hidden villages tucked among the forests.
  • Raise a toast to the Hawaiian sunset from a waterside bar in Lahaina.
  • Learn the legends and culture of the islands at an authentic luau.
  • Get a birds-eye view of the island from Haleakala volcano or a helicopter tour.

Fun Facts

  • According to Hawaiian legend, the demi-god Maui lassoed the sun to slow it down so his mother could dry her tapa cloth.
  • When on Maui, you can try out a few words of Hawaiian language. “Aloha” is a greeting and farewell, “mahalo” is “thank you”, and “ono” is “delicious”.
  • The Haleakala crater is big enough to fit the entire island of Manhattan in New York City.

Within Walking Distance

The Port Area In Hawaii

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.

Beyond the Port in Hawaii

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

Beaches in Hawaii

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

Nightlife in Hawaii

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.

Travel Tips

TRAVEL TIPS

  • Cruises to Maui dock at the Kahului Harbor, in the heart of the residential area of the island.
  • Maui has a year-round sunny and warm climate (average temperature in the low- to mid- 70°s degrees F.). If you plan to go to the top of Haleakala, bring layers of clothing because the peak can be 30° degrees cooler than sea level.