Maui Tropical Plantation

Maui Tropical Plantation – A Whole Village of Fun and Adventure Awaits in Wailuku
Local Expert's Rating:
4 / 5
The Bottom Line:

Maui Tropical Plantation is the place to go for fun and adventure plus an inside look at how sugarcane and pineapples grow. Located in the heart of Wailuku, this working farm offers tram tours, zipline rides, food and drinks, and shopping galore. Plan to spend at least half the day exploring it all because there’s simply so much to do.

- The HawaiianIslands.com Local Expert Team

The Maui Tropical Plantation offers a whirlwind tour of their working farm, giving you a glimpse into what it takes to bring pineapples, coconuts, and more to life. At the center of all the sprawling Wailuku farmland sits a small village full of food, drinks, and shopping fun plus additional chances at adventure.

Many people arrive ready to take the tram ride around the property, and then end up filling the rest of the day with zipline adventures. The village serves as an excellent spot to fuel up for all that fun and rest between each activity. You can get coffee at the onsite roasting company, eat a delicious meal at the restaurant, and even buy more produce at the farmstand.

Shopping at the local boutique allows you to bring home beautiful souvenirs at the end of your trip. You can also ship their amazing produce back home if you’d like to share it with your friends and family. With so much to see and do on this plantation, it’s best to plan to spend at least half the day here. If you want to go on both zipline adventures, you might even need a full day or more to experience all the fun.

Top things to do here include:

Hop Aboard the Tropical Express Tour
Wheelchair accessible and great for all ages, the Tropical Express Tour promises to teach you all about the gorgeous plantation. For 40 minutes, you’ll travel around the property on an open-air bus offering incredible views. Your guide will point out all the wonderful sights plus teach you how to husk a coconut, plant a pineapple, and so much more. The tour changes with the season, so don’t hesitate to come back every time you find yourself on the island.

Zoom Along the Two Long Ziplines  
For an overhead view of the farmland and beyond, sign up to experience one or both of the zipline rides. The Maui Zipline features five side-by-side lines that take you on a 2.5-hour adventure across the property. The Flyin Hawaiian Zipline, on the other hand, takes you up the West Maui Mountains for a four- to five-hour ride along eight ziplines.

Enjoy Delicious Food and Drinks
All across the village, you can find delicious food and drinks of all kinds. Start the day off right with a hearty breakfast from the Café O’Lei at the Mill House. Then, grab a quick pick-me-up midday from the Maui Oma Coffee Roasting Co. before finishing up your visit with a stop by the Kumu Farmstand. At that stand, you can buy fresh produce of all kinds back to your hotel to enjoy at your leisure, including pineapple grown right onsite.

Shop to Your Heart’s Content
If you’d like beautiful souvenirs of your trip, stop by the Soley Aloha Boutique and Gallery. At this boutique, they have all the best fine art, apparel, and other locally made items around. Their friendly aloha spirit shines through in all they do, too, making you feel right at home in an instant. If nothing else, grab a hoodie and wear it proudly when the island air gets a bit chilly in the evening hours.

Before you leave, take the time to walk the grounds on your own. The lush tropical vegetation is a true sight to behold and only gets that much better when you take it slow. Use a plant identification app to name all the plants you see along the way and take tons of fun photos with your finds. With that move, you’ll be ready to tell everyone about all your favorites when you get home.

Insider Tips:
-Skip the wait by making reservations several days before your trip over to the plantation.
-Want to save a little money on your trip? Skip the restaurant fare in favor of a picnic. There’s plenty of room on the lawn to spread out a blanket and get your grub on. 
-Want to enjoy plantation produce back at home? Just ask the farmstand to ship your selections to your address on your departure date.