Best of West Maui
Dive into Adventure on a West Maui Tour
Tour and travel West Maui in style with a private guide who will take you and your guests on an unforgettable journey. Boasting a rugged, scenic coastline, magnificent mountains, and plenty of sacred and unusual nature sites, our West Maui Tour has a little bit of something for everyone. Fun, adventure, majesty, and mystery await.
Where to go on your private West Maui Tour
While Maui Paradise Tours’ private guides and drivers are more than happy to recommend stops, with so many activities available, getting an idea of where you want to go will help ensure a smooth, enjoyable experience for you and your guests. So pull out your West Maui map and read on for the types of sites you can see on your adventure:
- Explore historical plantations and villages One of the most exciting parts of visiting the Hawaiian Islands is exploring historical sites that give you a taste of what old Hawaii was like. One of these sites is Maui Tropical Plantation, home to a variety of West Maui activities, entertainment, and places to dine, shop, and walk, not to mention a huge organic farm. Visitors can take a tram to tour the plantation grounds and learn about the plant life and farm crops which grow there. For another taste of history (and ocean views you won’t believe), the secluded Kahakuloa Village is open to visitors who want to see what life was like on the island many moons ago. The historic home of native Polynesians, this small, rugged community of 100 people boasts farm stands, a bake shop, and a famous missionary church.
- Take in local art and shop for gifts and souvenirs Also found in Kahakuloa Village is the beloved Clifftop Gallery. Known around the island as one of the best places to shop for a genuine Hawaiian goods, the store boasts handicrafts, jewelry, art and more from local Maui artisans.
- Pay respect at one of the island’s most sacred sites If you only choose one stop on your West Maui Tour, Iao Valley is an easy decision. A perfect place to immerse yourself in the natural beauty of the island, Iao Valley is one of Maui’s most sacred sites, a former battleground, and the final resting place of many Hawaiian chiefs. Follow the paths to learn about the historic battle that took place there, and gaze at the 1200-foot Iao Needle from a bridge in the center of the park. Those hankering for a swim can walk down toward the water and jump into the Iao Stream for a cool, refreshing break. Also inside the Iao Valley is Kepaniwai Heritage Gardens, a park built in memory of the people that make up Maui’s diverse culture. Heritage Gardens is a great spot for those who want to learn more about Maui’s history or sit and have a meal at one of the park’s public picnic areas while perusing a West Maui map.
- Visit some of Maui’s most rugged natural destinations If you’re in a group that loves the great outdoors, ask your West Maui Tour guide to stop at Nakalele Blowhole and Honolua Bay. Unpredictable in its eruption patterns and force, the lava rock surrounding the blowhole is known to be dangerously slippery, while the exploding water can pull you down under if you get too close. Have you ever wondered what it would be like to imagine yourself inside the mouth of a dragon? Don’t miss seeing Dragon’s Teeth. The result of one of the last lava flows on Maui, Dragon’s Teeth is a unique rock formation resembling jagged teeth. Located at Makaluapuna Point in Kapalua on the island’s north western shore. Those who want to get really wet can grab their snorkeling gear and head to Honolua Bay, one of the best surf spots on the island. Watch the surfers or dive in to explore the sea life that lurks beneath the surface. Just be careful and on guard when exploring both sites and follow the instructions of your guide.
- End your day in bustling Lahaina Town Did you know historic Lahaina Town is second most visited place on Maui? Home to everything under the sun from beaches to outdoor adventures, dining, shopping, nightlife, and entertainment, Lahaina Town has something for the whole family, and is a wonderful place to end your West Maui Tour no matter what activities you choose. Travel up and down world-famous Front Street and you’ll find plenty of art galleries, clothing stores, and kitschy shops packed with souvenirs, not to mention booths where you can sign up to take boat tours or go snorkeling – you can even pull out your West Maui map and go whale watching if the season permits! If you’re hungry, you’ll find an abundance of dining options from Fleetwood’s on Front Street to Bubba Gump Shrimp Co, and if you’re in the mood for a snack, there are plenty of local spots to satisfy your Hawaiian shaved ice or gelato craving. Papawai Point is located along the Honoapiiliani Highway heading west of Ma'alaea to Lahaina and is a very popular whale watching lookout roadside park. During peak whale season activity is visible all day long. The Hawaiian whale season stretches from mid-November through mid-April and happens annually. The point itself is beautiful with a great view of Upcountry Maui, to the east and west coast, Maui Mountains and the island of Lanai to the west. It also makes a great place to see a sunset.