It’s impossible to stay indoors during your Kahana Sunset vacation with the assortment of Maui outdoor activities and excursions across our beautiful island.
We have many diverse outdoor activities to choose from, so we outlined a few of our favorites below to help you with your vacation planning.
Get your bearings of the island and acclimate to the laid back nature of Hawaii by visiting a nearby beach, especially our own secluded stretch of beach at Kahana Sunset. You may want to rent snorkel gear from a close outfitter to check out the thriving underwater ecosystem we have along our shores.
Often, our guests will spot sea turtles, fish, coral reefs, and more while snorkeling. Spend the rest of the afternoon drying off on the beach and relaxing under the sun. You may want to head back to your condo for lunch, or take a quick trip into Lahaina and find a food truck or food to go.
Just a short 10-miles from Kahana Sunset is the Nakalele Blowhole. Take an enjoyable hike and enjoy the view and cooling spray from this rocky vantage point before heading back to change for dinner.
At night expect to take part in a notorious Hawaiian tradition by attending luau. Be captivated by this legendary cultural tradition and experience unique foods, drinks, hula and live music!
Today, you’re driving down to the other side of the island to visit Haleakala National Park or the “house of the sun.” A true national treasure, the peak of Haleakala volcano is at 10,023 feet which makes it the highest point on Maui.
The summit area of the park has more than 30 miles of hiking trails to explore where you can learn about the history of the dormant volcano or be on the lookout for endemic plants or animals of the area.
On your way back from Haleakala, stop at the Maui Tropical Plantation that is home to the Bailey Historical House, longhorn cattle, tropical plants, and more.
Learn about the land’s history and impact on the way of life on Maui.
After that, enjoy the scenic drive back to Lahaina through our beautiful island
Get up as early as 6 a.m. for your whale watching excursion! Starting in December and running through May, whale watching is one of the most popular activities on the Hawaiian Islands. Have your camera on hand to capture these majestic creatures as they slap their tails against the water or if you’re lucky, you’ll see a breach!
After watching our whales gracefully glide under the water, try your hand at riding the water with a surfing adventure. We recommend a surfing lesson from any of our wonderful local surf schools to teach you the proper techniques and how to be aware of unsafe conditions.
Be sure to reapply sunscreen on this day or wear a rash guard to protect yourself from the sun.
At night, use Kahana Sunset’s gas barbecue grills to cook up a fresh and delicious dinner. You can stop at a local market or store to pick up ingredients and then enjoy eating dinner out in the yard, or take it back to your private lanai for dinner with a view.
On day four, you’ll enjoy breakfast nice and early as you prepare for one of the most celebrated activities on Maui: Driving the road to Hana on the Hana Highway (Highway 36).
The iconic road is 52 miles but can take up to four hours to drive, due to the frequent hairpin turns and occasional drop-offs and one-lane bridges. There are 620 curves and 59 bridges located along the highway. The payoff is witnessing amazing views of Maui and the ability to say you’ve driven on this legendary route.
Many who make this drive stop along the way to visit trails or waterfalls and one stop that’s highly recommended is the Twin Falls! Find the “caveman” or simply enjoy taking a dip in the water.
On the way back, stop at the Kula Botanical Garden, where you’ll find eight acres of Hawaii plants, waterfalls, rock formations, and exhibits. You can also find the endangered native Nene bird in the bird sanctuary. The gardens are open seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and you can take a self-guided tour of the grounds. Guided tours can be arranged ahead of time, but add an additional cost of $45 to the admission.
Start your day off with relaxing vibes and practicing yoga in the ideal studio: in nature! Yoga with Julie is offered every Friday at Airport Beach from 8 – 9:30 a.m. The class is donation-based and it’s recommended to bring a mat or towel.
After your relaxed morning at the beach focusing on your breath, put those skills into practice as you zip line through Maui’s forest! Should you need a cool down after your rush of adventure, try the line zip and dip tour where you can ride four, eight, or nine lines and end up in the natural mountain pool.
Return to your condo and put on your swimsuit again, as it’s time to enjoy the late afternoon sun beachside. You may even want to take a stroll along the beach at sunset for that picture-perfect moment on Maui.
See all of our other Maui activities to begin planning your outdoor adventure in Lahaina.