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Insider Travel Ideas: What to Do on Maui Now

From great golfing to volcano adventures and wine tasting – 4 experiences you won’t want to miss on Maui

Want to do more than beaching on your Maui vacation? You should – because as gorgeous as those soft, sandy shores are, the island boasts a huge variety of other appealing attractions. From outdoor adventures to scenic golf courses and upcountry food and wine tasting, here are four experiences you don’t want to miss on Maui.

Volcano Adventures
Travelers looking for lofty outdoor adventures should set aside time to explore Haleakala, the world’s largest dormant volcano – and there are many ways to do so. Active adventurers can consider a guided or self-guided bike tour, gliding down 25 miles of beautiful mountainside, or a hike that can last anywhere from 15 minutes to an entire day, covering everything from dramatic deserts to lush forests. And even those less daring should venture to the volcano’s summit, where the sunrise is considered one of the most magical experiences on the island. Get more information on these and other Maui volcano adventures here!

Wine Tasting, Gardens, and Farms in Kula
The Kula district of upcountry Maui is a must for food, wine, and nature lovers. Kula’s fertile soil keeps the area bursting with life, and allows for a variety of unique outings on the island. Flower fanatics should head to Alii Kula Lavender, where 13.5 acres are dedicated to the aromatic attraction, and visitors can enjoy classes, gourmet picnics, tours, and more. The natural wonders continue at Kula Botanical Garden, filled with eight acres of flora, waterfalls, and other scenery.

Those seeking a taste of the region can sample the spread at Surfing Goat Dairy (where they can also milk a goat!) or O’o Farms, where guests join in the harvest and enjoy a fresh lunch prepared with the ingredients. And for a sip of something seductive? Maui’s Winery at Ulupalakua Ranch is home to Tedeschi Vineyards, where visitors can taste distinctive local wines while enjoying intoxicating views from 2,000 feet above sea level. Learn more about these must-visit Kula attractions here!

Top Golf Courses
Fair warning – it might be hard to keep your eye on the ball while playing golf at Maui’s stunning courses. While the island boasts over a dozen courses, particularly noteworthy options include the 18-hole Dunes at Maui Lani – a challenging yet compelling course built atop sand dunes – and Pukalani Country Club, on the picturesque slopes of Haleakala. Kaanapali Resort offers two courses and is known for panoramic views of the ocean and neighboring islands, while Kapaula Resort’s Plantation course hosts the PGA’s annual Hyundai Tournament of Champions. And these are just the beginning! Check out more of Maui’s top golf courses here.

Island Zipline Tours
Perhaps the most thrilling way to enjoy the Maui views, ziplining tours are taking off all over the island. Those who want to soar above the scenery can enjoy the island’s longest course at Flyin Hawaiian Zipline, which whisks guests over two and a half miles of west Maui. Kapalua Ziplines lets adventurers fly over forests, waterfalls, and pineapple fields on a four-hour tour, while six types of tours are offered daily at Piiholo Ranch Zipline, including Hawaii’s longest side-by-side course. Meanwhile, families and beginners can take part in an intro-level course at Maui Zipline, which runs above the lush gardens of the Maui Tropical Plantation attraction. Get the details on more of Maui’s best zipline tours here!

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