Land Adventures

If you are in search of excitement when planning your next vacation, then in Maui, you have come to the right island! With so many exciting adventures to choose from, all in your party will find the activity that is the perfect fit. How about a thrilling zip line tour? A bit too much for some? Then a horseback ride through the rolling hills of the Maui high country may be just the fit. Maui has you covered.

The Kapalua® Coastal Trail

The Kapalua® Coastal Trail

One of the perks of staying at The Ridge Villas is the easy access to the Kapalua® Coastal Trail. This 3.5 mile trail winds its way along some of the most stunning coastline in all Maui.

The trail can be accessed from several different locations. However, we suggest beginning at either the Oneloa Beach access at Kapalua Bay, or, at Fleming beach. There is free parking at both locations; however, it is a pretty easy walk from your front door.

From either access, you will see a path and signs that will direct you along the Kapalua® coastline. The trail changes from pavement to lava rock, and from time to time, a boardwalk. Along the trail you will see some of the most beautiful vistas of the island of Molokai and Lanai, of Fleming beach, and of the Oneloa and Kapaula® beaches. You will also see our Honus (sea turtles) floating in the inlets along the pathway. During whale season you are in for a special treat! Looking out from the trail, it is not unusual to see the great humpback whales at play!

Location: Kapalua
Kapalua® Ziplines

Kapalua® Ziplines

The Kapalua® Ziplines are an adventure that will get the `ol heart to pumping! This course is conveniently located in the Kapalua® Resort, and features over two miles of parallel ziplines! The course offers adventurers the chance to fly over water falls and forests, and also features breathtaking views of all three islands along the way!

Guests start their zip line tour at the Kapalua® Zipline office, located near the Honolua Store in Kapalua®. After check-in, you will board a 4-wheel drive Polaris, and begin your exciting twenty-minute drive up the Maui Mountains.

The course features three different thrilling tours: a 4-line tour, 7-line tour or their 3-line full moon tour. Whichever tour you take, be assured that the experience will be the memory of a lifetime.

Location: 500 Office Road Lahaina, HI 96761
Phone: 1-808-756-9147
Maui Ocean Center

Maui Ocean Center

The Maui Ocean Center was named as one of the top twenty-five aquariums in the United States. One visit to this extraordinary underwater world, and you will quickly discover just why.

Be sure to put some time aside to visit the Maui Ocean Center. The center has over sixty outdoor and indoor exhibits designed to educate visitors about our Pacific waters, as well as about the Hawaiian culture.

This beautiful aquarium features a 750,000 galleon tank with a walk-through tunnel; it is filled with sharks, sting rays, and a large assortment of tropical fish. The aquarium also features a turtle lagoon and a surge zone, a shallow reef and open ocean exhibits.

After a relaxing day exploring the Maui Ocean Center, stop by the award winning Seascape Restaurant. Enjoy a refreshing Mai Tai or Cucumber Watermelon-Rita as you take in the ocean views and reflect on your exciting day!

Guided tours are available, as well as shark dives in the aquarium`s tank (for certified divers only).

Location: 192 Maalaea Rd. Wailuku, HI 96793
Phone: 1-808-270-7000
Sunrise / Sunset at Haleakala National Park

Sunrise / Sunset at Haleakala National Park

The name Haleakala translated into Hawaiian means, "house of the rising sun." A trip to the summit of Haleakala National Park will give you a deep understanding of the power this sacred place evokes over those who visit.

At 10,023 feet in elevation, Haleakala towers over the island of Maui. During winter, it is not unusual for the summit to receive a blanket of snow! It is a tad discombobulating to be sure, to stand with wet and frozen feet on the snowy summit, while gazing down at the warm Pacific, palm trees and white sandy beaches lining its shores.

Those who dare to rise in the early am to begin their journey to the summit, will experience a sunrise like no other. It is captivating to be sure, to see the sun come up over Maui, as the crater`s colors, and the vistas below, change with the rising sun.

The only event which may rival a sunrise from the summit, is a sunset! Any annoyance with the long drive up disappears instantly, once you have arrived for the show. Bring dinner and some hot chocolate to be ready for that soon-to-appear galaxy of lights, that starry canopy just overhead. There is a reason why Haleakala is home to some of the most powerful telescopes in the world. The clarity of the night sky is one that is perfect for astronomers to explore the depths of our universe.

When visiting Haleakala National Park, you will find two visitor centers, hiking trails, cabins and camp grounds.

Be sure to take a jacket and warm clothes when visiting Haleakala. The temperature can drop, and quickly! Also, be sure your gas tank is filled before heading up to the summit.

Location: Haleakala National Park
Phone: 1-808-572-4400
Iao Valley State Monument

Iao Valley State Monument

Iao Valley State Monument is a historical site for Hawaii. It was here that King Kamehameha defeated the Maui army, which eventually lead to his success in uniting the Hawaiian Islands. It is said the the stream running through this valley, Iao Stream, ran red with the blood of the fallen warriors.

When visiting Iao Valley, you will immediately notice its focal point, Iao Needle. This tall piece of land stands high above the valley and is one of Maui`s most famous landmarks.

Two trails are available for hiking. One trail will take you to Iao Needle lookout; the other trail is used to instruct visitors about the flora and fauna of the plants that were brought to Maui.

Parking is $5 but free for those holding a Hawaii ID.

Bathrooms are available.

Location: 54 South High Street Wailuku, HI 96793
The Road to Hana

The Road to Hana

No visit to Maui is complete without a road trip to Hana. This lovely jaunt will take you along the coastline, and, some of most stunning views you will ever see in your lifetime. This winding, narrow road takes you around 620 curves and fifty-nine beautiful bridges. Cascading waterfalls and a lush tropical rainforest will have you feeling like you are in another world.

When beginning your trip, know that the objective is not to just get to the town of Hana, it is about the experience of the whole drive!

You will find endless opportunities to explore. One of the most popular attractions are the quaint stands on the side of the road that employ the honor system to sell their goods. Here you can find some of the best banana bread in the world, plus fresh floral leis, tropical fruits and other varieties of goodies.

It may be best to obtain a guide book, considering the variety of opportunities on this trip. Black and red sand beaches, gorgeous hiking trails, historic sites and tropical waterfalls are just a small sample of some of the adventures waiting for you.

We recommend taking a break from your day and having lunch at the Travaasa Hotel. Here you will find a most tranquil space to enjoy a quiet lunch, just outside on the patio.

Before you begin your journey to Hana, be sure you have a full tank of gas, a change of clothes, a towel, bathing suit, sunscreen, food, water, camera and medicine if you get car sick. This is a whole day adventure, so plan on making this your only activity for the day.

Most people turn around once they reach Hana. However, the road continues all the way around the island and offers a complete change in scenery. Car companies usually do not allow you to take their cars on this route, as it can be dangerous and in some places it is not paved. Use caution if you decide to go all the way around and know that cell phone service is nonexistent in some areas.

Location: Hana
Hiking

Hiking

For those who may wish to explore Maui by foot, there are an abundance of trails at your disposal.

Hikes on Maui can range from easy walks along the coastline, to more advanced hikes that require more experience and stamina. Whatever experience you may be in search of, Maui has it!

In addition to the Coastal Trail in Kapalua®, we also remind our guests about the Village Walking Trail. This trail will take you along the golf cart path of the old Village Golf Course in Kapalua®. There are two options, either a 1.5 mile cardio loop, or a 3.6 mile lake loop. Once you reach the lake, you can feed the birds and the fish if you thought to bring a bit of bread along.

To access the Village Trail, simply walk or park to the Kapalua® Village Center, and walk on the paved path to the underpass. There you will find trail signs that will lead you in the correct direction.

Another hike that is popular with guests, is the Maunalei Arboretum Trail. Much of the mountainside was planted back in the 1920s with a large variety of different plant species from all over the world, which is what makes this 2.5 mile hike so fascinating. D.T. Fleming was the general manager of Honolua ranch during that time, and made it his passion to preserve the watershed with the introduction of these species. During your hike, you will come across some of the most exotic flora and fauna, as well as coconut trees, guava trees, papaya and coffee trees, plus many others.

You can hike the trail on your own, or you can take a guided tour provided by the Ambassadors of the Environment at the Ritz Carlton.

Ironwood Ranch Horseback Riding

Ironwood Ranch Horseback Riding

Ironwood Ranch is nestled within the West Maui Mountains, and offers riders a variety of different tours that will take you through lush forests and offer spectacular views! The ranch has beautiful and well trained horses. And the experienced guides are not only passionate about their animals, but they are passionate about providing guests with a memorable adventure. Their rides include the "West Maui journey,`" the "Sunset Ride," the "Hawaiian Excursion," the "Maile Pai Ride" and private rides.

Location: 22 Hui Road Lahaina, HI 96761
Phone: 1-808-669-4991
Lahaina Stables

Lahaina Stables

Another ranch which is popular with guests, is the Lahaina Stables. The Lahaina Stables offer three rides: a historic morning ride, a lunch ride and a sunset ride. All tours are guided by their experienced team, who not only lead you safely through the beautiful Maui landscapes, but also educate you on the rich history of our island.

Riders will get to take in some of the most gorgeous views of the Pacific Ocean, as well as our neighboring islands, and, the Maui coastline below.

Location: Punakea Loop Lahaina, HI 96761
Phone: 1-808-667-2222