Looking to get off the beaten path?  I put together a list of all the unusual things to do in Maui that you wouldn’t expect to find on this magical island.  From banana bread to vodka, there’s a little something for everyone.

Unusual Things to do in Maui

Puakena Coconut Farm Tour

You can’t be on tropical island without running into the coconut tree.  Have you ever wondered why you can  always find coconut trees at the beach?  Coconut trees have this wonderful ability to covert salt water into fresh water!  Cool huh?  Plus coconut trees enjoy sandy soils, the sunlight and are tolerant to the wind.

Book a tour at Puakena Coconut Farm to discover how the coconut is cultivated, consumed and all its useful qualities.  Puakena Coconut Farm is located in West Maui in Launiupoko.

Sip Organic vodka made from sugarcane

Starting things off straight no chaser is Maui’s very own Ocean Vodka.  The Ocean Vodka Farm is worth a stop alone, the beautiful grounds give you distant coastal views and a unique perspective of Maui.  But you don’t have to visit the distillery to be able to taste this one of a kind vodka.

Ocean’s is served at many bars and restaurants across the island,  Ocean Vodka is a clean vodka distilled from sugarcane.  Mix it with local fruit juices or drink it on the rocks, its so smooth it doesn’t matter.

Sample Cheese at the Surfing Goat Dairy Farm

The surfing goat dairy farm has been making cheese on Maui for over 9 years!  Nestled on the slopes of Haleakala in lower Kula is where you can find the dairy farm.  Take a tour and discover how they make this delicious goat cheese.  This is one of the most unique Maui tours.

If you’re strapped on time take the daily 30 minute tour to pet the goats (baby goats too) and buy some fresh goat cheese for the road.  You’ll want to pair it with this next activity.

Taste pineapple wine at Maui’s only Winery

Nothing tastes better with cheese than wine!  Less than a 10 minute drive from the Surfing Goat Dairy Farm is Maui’s only winery.  Of course they have to have a wine made from pineapples.  The pineapple wine isn’t as sweet as you’d think but I’ll let you be the judge of that.  

Buy a few bottles and have them shipped home, they make excellent Christmas gifts.

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scuba dive along side sharks & local marine life at the Maui Ocean Center

Named one of the Top 25 Best Aquariums in the U.S., a visit to the Maui Ocean Center is a great experience for the whole family.  Located in near Ma’alaea Harbor, the Maui Ocean Center is a perfect activity if its raining or you’re looking for things to do in Maui out of the sun.

The highlight of the Ocean Center is the 750,000 gallon Open Ocean Exhibit.  Inside this exhibit you get to see sharks, rays and a plethora of tropical fish species. 

If you love adventure like I do, opt for a guided experience to swim alongside all of these amazing creatures.  You must be already be certified for scuba dives.

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Experience the reef in a glass bottom boat

Imagine being in a semi submerged glass bottom boat and when you look down it looks like your standing on water.  That’s the experience you’ll get when you take a tour on the Reef Dancer.  

The tour departs directly from Lahaina Harbor, walking distance if you’re staying somewhere in Lahaina town.  This activity is great for the whole family as you can witness all the beauty of the reef and its inhabitants without having to leave the comfort of your own seat.  

This is snorkeling without the mask and/or having to get wet.  💦

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Go on a whale watching tour

Is it really a unusual things to do in Maui list if going on a whale watching tour isn’t included?  One of the BEST things to do on your Maui vacation is to go on a whale watching tour.

Official whale season runs December 15th-May 15th and its an experience I would plan my trip around.  It’s not everyday you get to set sail on the ocean looking for Humpback whales and their young.

Every year the North Pacific Humpback Whale migrates from the frigid temperatures of Alaska to the warm waters of Hawaii to give birth to their young.  Its an amazing experience to watch the whales (big and small 🐳) breech and frolic in the ocean. 

Visit St. Josephs Church on the Backside of Haleakala

My first time stopping at St. Joseph’s Church was in February when I had friends visiting from out of town.  Can you believe it?!  I had been living on Maui for almost 10 years and I didn’t find this gem until recently.

 This beautiful church rests on the hillside with sweeping ocean views.  Cows and chickens playfully frolicked around us as we took pictures at the church.

I loved this church so much I’d make it a stop on your Maui itinerary.  Not only is this one of the most unique things to do in Maui but you’ll probably be the only one doing it.

Julia’s banana bread

I know its Hawaii and banana bread is abundant and sold everywhere but there’s something special about Julia’s banana bread and that’s the adventure it takes to get there.  Julia’s is found in remote Kahakaloa and can be reached by driving around West Maui.  The drive to Julia’s is beautiful and necessary to properly understand Maui.

The road gets pretty narrow as you get closer to Julia’s, at points it can only fit one car.  Hopefully you don’t have a fear of heights.

Maui Honey Bee Sanctuary

One of the most unusual things to do on Maui is to visit the Maui Honey Bee Sanctuary.  The honey bee sanctuary is set on beautiful grounds that overlook the ocean.  You can take a tour or wander around the grounds, grab a coffee or sample the local honeys.  

I bought so many items of their handmade ‘Hive to Home’ and ‘Bees to Body’ products last time I was here.  I put the local lavender honey in my coffee every morning. ☕️

The lavender farm

Image rows of lavender with a distant ocean view in the background.  The Ali’i Kula Lavender Farm is a 13.5 acre farm set on the slopes of Haleakala.  There are pathways that allow you to stroll around and see the different varieties of lavender.  

Don’t leave without stopping at the gift shop.  They offer local handmade lavender products including essential oils, soaps and jellies.  I always get a lavender scone and tea for the road.

Drink coconut flavored beer

One of my favorite things to do when discovering a new place is sampling local beers.  One of my favorite beers on Maui is the Coconut Porter which is made by Maui Brewing Company.  

The Coconut Porter has a rich porter taste with a delightful coconut finish.  You can find this tasty beverage at any local grocery store or in most restaurants.  You won’t be disappointed.

Love all types of cocktails and libations?  Try out a food and craft cocktail tour.  The tour takes you to local distilleries, wineries, breweries and coffee roasters.

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