Part of the Hawaiian archipelago in the Central Pacific, the island of Maui is a hugely popular tourist destination with travellers from across the globe. From the vast Haleakala National Park, to volcanic Haleakala, to the magnificent pools and waterfalls of Ohe’o Gulch, the island is home to an array of natural wonders. Meanwhile for those seeking rest and relaxation, 30 miles of beaches offer plenty of both.
For those seeking an authentic Hawaiian experience, there’s nothing quite like the traditional dining and dancing adventure commonly known as a ‘luau’ – and there several to be found on Maui. The itinerary is generally similar, but pricing can vary so be sure to shop around. To help you, we’ve selected 5 of the best luaus currently on offer in Maui.
From $125 per person
In a scenic oceanfront setting, this luau invites visitors to enjoy the rhythmic drum beat as the sun sets below the distant horizon. Taking place in the grounds of Maui’s Sheraton Hotel, you’ll experience the magic of Polynesian dance and culture as tiki torches flicker in the night. On arrival you’ll be furnished with fragrant tropical lei before gathering around the steaming imu where food is cooked underground. As you tuck into your magnificent buffet feast of traditional Hawaiian cuisine you’ll get to marvel at traditional Polynesian dancing while listening to an array of atmospheric chants, stories, and songs.
From $176 per person
Taking place at Andaz Maui Resort, set among a grassy lawn and the sandy shore of Mokapu beach, this popular luau offers the chance to learn about the history of Maui and enjoy a family-style dinner and personalised cocktails. Guests can take part in a cultural and culinary experiences, taking a journey into Polynesian history as your host regales you with tales of the arrival of the Polynesians in Maui, before sitting down to a hearty ohana (family) style farm-to-table meal with cocktails. There’ll also be captivating Hula dancers and fire dancers for your entertainment. Classic and upgraded premium seating are available too.
From $188 per person
Combine a luau experience with a submarine adventure, during which you’ll descend to the ocean floor aboard a submarine, before journeying across Polynesia by night for a lively oceanfront luau. You’ll start the day with a 15-minute boat trip from Lahaina Harbor, arriving at the submarine’s dive site just off the Lahaina shoreline. Here you’ll transfer to a submarine for a trip to the ocean floor, where you’ll get to gaze through port holes at tropical marine life all making their home on the reef. Later in the evening, you’ll head north to the shores of Kaanapali for the Royal Lahaina Luau, where you’ll watch a colourful oceanfront sunset before settling in for a show packed full of chanting, dancing and song.