6 Unusual Things To Do in Maui


Maui has many well-known sights and destinations you’ll want to check out on your vacation. But if you’re looking for adventure off the beaten path and unusual things to do in Maui, this island will not disappoint.

Consider the following six of our favorite unusual things to do in Maui before you plan your next visit:

1. Spend time with the animals at Leilani Farm Sanctuary.

Rolling green pastures, expansive ocean vistas, tropical environments, and herds of cute animals await you on this 8-acre farm. Animal lovers will fawn over meeting, feeding and petting the many rescued animals who now call this slice of paradise home. These happy herds include deer, sheep, rabbits and more.

Tours are held Wednesdays at 4 p.m. and Saturdays at 10 a.m. Reservations are required.


2. Learn more about Maui’s history in ‘Ulalena.

Do you have little ones who love the animated film Moana? The 'Ulalena theatrical performance tells the more authentic version of Maui's fabled history, an all-encompassing story of the land's creation, transformation, and rebirth. It's an ancient tale brought to life through authentic Hawaiian dance and music. While National Geographic calls ‘Ulalena a “stunning theatrical sensation," we call it an adventure not to be missed and a leader on the list of more unusual things to do in Maui.

Performances run every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday at 5 p.m. with a 4:30 p.m. check-in.


3. Tour the grounds and sample vodka at Hawaii Sea Spirits Organic Farm and Distillery.

Hawaii may make you think of tropical drinks like mai tais, but did you know Maui is renowned for its vodka distilleries? At Hawaii Sea Spirits Organic Farm and Distillery, delicious drinks are made from the farm's own sugarcane crops. While the family that runs the facility offers exciting tours around the farm and distillery, but what we love most is the Martini Garden, a unique, one-of-a-kind space where guests can meander through rows of lovely-scenting Kula lavenders, passion fruits, pineapples, strawberries and more. All of these ingredients are used to provide cuttings and pairings for the distillery's own vodka martinis. That's an entirely in-house drink you can only enjoy here!

All tours end with an optional sampling and a shot glass.


4. Enjoy the flower power of a sunflower field.

Have you ever wanted to get lost in a field of flowers? In Maui, there's a sunflower field perfect for you. These plants are part of a Pacific Biodiesel project and will be harvested and used to make an expected 100 gallons of oil per acre. In the meantime, they create a stunning sight as they sway in the gentle breezes and rotate their enormous petals to follow the sun. Locals and visitors alike enjoy standing underneath the giant sunflowers and their huge golden heads.


5. Combine canoeing with culture in the Ko'ie'ie Fishpond Cultural Canoe Tour.

Kula Bistro is the place to go when you've got a big party to feed and/or you have a big appetite to satisfy because this unassuming cafe is known for its massive menu selection and huge servings. Notable menu items include the crab cakes, made in-house and served with mango aioli sauce, and the slow-roasted prime rib, seasoned and seared with au jus. Be sure to grab one of the freshly baked goods on your way out (as you’ll be too full to enjoy it then!).


6. Browse and buy at the Maui Swap Meet.

If you’re looking for unique souvenirs to take home, the Maui Swap Meet offers a wide variety of one-of-a-kind items from local artisans. While there, treat yourself to a refreshing drink served in a coconut or some delicious Hawaiian ice.

The swap meet is open Saturdays from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.

If you’re planning a visit to Maui, an aerial tour with Maverick Helicopters will give you a unique perspective of the island. Several tours are available, including the Hana Rainforest tour, which offers an exclusive landing in a taro plantation. To book your tour or to find out more information about these and other unusual things to do in Maui, call us at 1-800-978-0266 or 1-808-893-7999.


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