John and Brittney Naylor jumping in the air at the top of Haleakala National Park in Maui Hawaii

Experience The Magic Of Maui With Adventure And Relaxation

Are you looking for a destination that offers adventure and relaxation all in one? Look no further than Maui, Hawaii. This island paradise boasts breathtaking landscapes, crystal-clear waters, and a rich culture that celebrates life. It’s the perfect getaway for adventurous couples seeking a unique experience. Maui will forever be one of our most favorite vacation destinations and we boast about our trip even years later. Keep reading to discover how you can experience the magic of Maui with adventure and relaxation, too.

Haleakala National Park: A Must-Do for Adventure Seekers

Quite possibly, one of the most exhilarating activities on the island is biking down Haleakalā, the world’s largest dormant volcano, standing at 10,023 feet above sea level. Of course, you’ll have to watch the sunrise first! The view is truly breathtaking as the sun paints the sky with shades of orange, pink, and purple. For adventure seekers, biking down Haleakalā is an absolute must. As you embark on your journey, you’ll be surrounded by otherworldly landscapes filled with moon-like craters, lava fields, and volcanic cinder cones. Most of the bike ride is down hill, though the roads are very windy.

Make sure you come prepared with sturdy shoes, warm clothing, and plenty of water to make the most of your journey.

How to Bike Down Haleakala?

There are numerous tour groups whom you can book with that will provide all the gear you need to bike down Haleakalā. Many of these tour groups also offer hotel pick up and drop off. This is great because the National Park is located on the other side of the island and parking can also be limited.

We highly recommend Bike Maui if you choose to book with a tour company. While the company does provide transportation to and from your hotel and the summit, the 23-mile bike ride down is self-guided. Even though we aren’t avid riders, we didn’t find the route to be too difficult and we always recommend to everyone.

John and Brittney Naylor at the top of Haleakala National Park in Maui Hawaii

Tip: If you’re coming from the states, book the sunrise tour on your first full day. Due to the time difference, it’s possible you will have not yet adapted to the time change. We had to embark on the sunrise tour at 1:00 am local time, which would typically be 7:00 am for us.

John and Brittney Naylor in bike helmets on bikes as they bike down Haleakala National Park Maui Hawaii
A glimpse of what it looks like to bike down the Haleakalā volcano summit in Maui, Hawaii.

Experience the Magic of Snorkeling in Maui’s Waters

Snorkeling in Maui’s crystal-clear seas gives you the chance to discover an entirely new world beneath the surface. Bright coral reefs, tropical fish and sea turtles can all be found in the waters just off Maui. For choosing the ideal snorkeling location, you can go on a guided tour or go exploring on your own. You may get up close and personal with the plethora of marine life in well-known places like Black Rock, Molokini Crater, and Honolua Bay. An amazing experience that will leave you in awe of Hawaii’s natural beauty is snorkeling on Maui.

John and Brittney Naylor standing together in front of catamaran in Maui Hawaii
Brittney Naylor snorkeling in the waters of Maui, Hawaii
John and Brittney Naylor with goggles and snorkel on underwater in Maui Hawaii

Luau: The Best Way to Experience the Hawaiian Culture

To truly experience the beauty of Maui, it’s important to immerse yourself in the local culture. And what better way to do that than by attending a traditional Hawaiian Luau? The Luau is a feast that celebrates Hawaii’s history, culture, and cuisine. You’ll be treated to live music and dance performances, lei-making demonstrations, and a culinary journey through some of Hawaii’s most iconic dishes like kalua pork and poi. It’s the perfect opportunity to not only indulge in delicious food, but also learn about the history and customs of the Hawaiian people.

Where to see a Luau in Maui?

There are many Luaus you can book on the island. My advice is to book early, especially if you’re visiting during peak season. We experienced the Maui Nui Luau at the Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa. It was a really great time and we enjoyed it, however, you can’t go wrong with any Luau you may book on the island.

After experiencing the richness of the Hawaiian culture at a Luau, adventurous couples can continue their journey by embarking on thrilling outdoor activities.

Hawiian dancers on stage at Luau in Maui Hawaii. Maui with adventure.
John and Brittney Naylor posed together in Maui Hawaii at Luau. Both are wearing purple flower leis and are standing in front of greenery with ocean behind. Maui with adventure.

Thrilling Outdoor Activities for the Adventurous Couples

After immersing yourselves in Maui’s culture at a traditional Hawaiian Luau, it’s time to get your hearts racing with some thrilling outdoor adventures. For couples seeking an adrenaline fix, Maui offers a wide range of exciting activities to choose from. Zip-lining through the dense rainforest canopy is one option, providing a bird’s eye view of the lush greenery below. If you prefer something more aquatic, then consider taking to the waves at Ho’okipa Beach to surf the famous swells that attract surfers from all over the globe.

Another great adventure to fill your day is the Road to Hana. With over 700 curves and 50+ one lane bridges, this road trip provides incredible views of tropical rainforest, dazzling waterfalls and secluded beaches. The trip also includes a visit to the Haleakalā Crater. Here, you can take a hike or simply take in the beauty of Maui from the rim of the crater. No matter what adrenaline-filled activity you choose, Maui’s beauty and rich culture are sure to keep you coming back for more.

Brittney Naylor wearing white dress walking on the sandy beaches of Maui Hawaii at Ritz Carlton Maui. Maui with adventure.
blue, orange, pink skies with silhouette of tall palm trees in maui hawaii.

Experience the Magic of Maui with Adventure and Relaxation: Conclusion

Finally, Maui, Hawaii is the ideal destination for couples seeking adventure and relaxation. From exploring the Haleakalā volcano to snorkeling and experiencing the rich Hawaiian culture through a Luau. Maui offers a unique and unforgettable adventure. For the daring couples, there are thrilling outdoor activities like zip-lining and hiking. So, don’t wait any longer to book your trip to Maui and start experiencing the magic of this beautiful island.

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Have you had the chance to experience this beautiful island? Let me know your favorite parts in the comments or feel free to ask any questions.


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The Comments

  • Lindsey
    April 8, 2023

    Awww, I loved this post! We spent our honeymoon in Hawaii and this was one of the islands we stayed on. Such a beautiful place! Took me back to some sweet memories looking at your pictures. You captured so many of the highlights and I hope others take advantage of this post!

    • Brittney
      → Lindsey
      April 8, 2023

      We had always planned to go to Hawaii for my 30th birthday or 10 year anniversary. Then we happened to win this trip from my husband’s company a few years early. It was such a surreal and unbelievable trip! We were very much spoiled and had the time of our lives!

  • Kaitlyn Lowther
    April 8, 2023

    Love this! Your pictures look amazing as well!

    • Brittney
      → Kaitlyn Lowther
      April 8, 2023

      Thank you so much!

  • Linda (LD Holland)
    April 8, 2023

    We visited Maui for the first time last year and were delighted. We sure found lots for adventure and relaxation. We drove up Haleakala. But it would have been fun to take a bike ride down – just not after sunset! Sadly hubby hurt his back just before we left so we passed on most water activities. But snorkelling is high on our list for a return visit.

  • Kiki
    April 8, 2023

    White sand beaches, beautiful sunsets and adventure activities. I am already sold. Maui looks so beautiful.

  • Rhonda
    April 8, 2023

    It looks like you had boat loads of fun. I think I would do everything except that fast downhill bike ride. That’s more my husband’s speed.

    • Brittney
      → Rhonda
      April 8, 2023

      I agree. I almost tried to convince my husband not to do the bike ride down Haleakala. I’m glad I ended up doing it, though. It’s one of my favorite experiences. It may have been scary at times, but I did it!

  • kmf
    April 9, 2023

    Agree! Maui is the perfect destination for adventure and relaxation. I’ve been there 4x, but still need to visit Haleakalā. Another reason to return!

    • Brittney
      → kmf
      April 9, 2023

      WOW! Four times! That’s incredible. My husband really wanted to go back for our anniversary this year, but I’m making him take me to Italy. I’m sure we’ll be back in Hawaii when our daughter is older, though. You will definitely need to see the sunrise at Haleakala! It’s beautiful.

  • Sarah
    April 10, 2023

    Perfect timing! I’ve just started planning a trip to Maui and was looking for some inspirational ideas. Love getting up for sunrises!

    • Brittney
      → Sarah
      April 10, 2023

      Oh wow! You will definitely enjoy Maui! The sunrise on top of Haleakalā is so magical.

  • Stephanie
    April 10, 2023

    I went to Maui in 2008 and absolutely loved it! My husband and I were going to go for our 10th anniversary then covid ruined those plans so we haven’t been yet. I want to take my boys, though, and go to the National Park and all the things. When I was there the standouts were snorkeling Molokini, surf lessons in Lahaina, and driving along the Road to Hana and stopping at some of the blow holes and natural pools to swim.

    • Brittney
      → Stephanie
      April 10, 2023

      Road to Hana was the only thing we didn’t get to do, so we really want to try to do a little bit of that on our next visit to Maui!

  • Kimberley Asante
    April 10, 2023

    What a great post! I can’t wait to check out Maui! And I love the photos you shared too.

  • Pedja
    April 11, 2023

    Wow, such an amazing place! And looks like you guys had a lot of fun activities. I especially like those long bike rides.

  • Stephanie
    April 11, 2023

    Maui looks like a magical place. Thanks for the review – I think all of these activities would be a great vacation for my husband and me!

  • Beth
    April 11, 2023

    A destination that offers adventure and relaxation? I’m down for this. I would love to experience such a beautiful island.

  • briannemanzb
    April 11, 2023

    This will surely be on my next travel plans. So many things to do and enjoy here.

  • Nyxie
    April 11, 2023

    You guys looked to have such an amazing time. The one thing that has stuck out to me is the snorkelling! I’ve been wanting to snorkel for so long but never can find the right place or time!

    • Brittney
      → Nyxie
      April 11, 2023

      We love snorkeling! We’re looking forward to snorkeling in Italy next month. Maybe one of these days we’ll learn how to scuba dive.

  • Monidipa
    April 11, 2023

    Wow, your Maui adventure sounds like an absolute dream come true! The combination of thrilling activities and relaxing moments creates the perfect balance for a truly memorable trip.

  • Ntensibe
    April 12, 2023

    Nnniiicccceeee….I would love to ride or skate down that volcano! Hawaii is truly a beauty!

  • Gloriah
    April 13, 2023

    Nice read. I would love to explore Maui

  • Neely
    April 13, 2023

    I haven’t been to Maui before but it’s on my list! Hawaii is so beautiful!

    • Brittney
      → Neely
      April 13, 2023

      Yes! Maui is SO beautiful!