Private Best Highlights Of Maui

Immerse yourself in the natural beauty of Maui with this exclusive and private tour. Explore Iao Valley, visit a tropical plantation, and see a 750,000-gallon tank filled with sharks and stingrays at the Maui Ocean Center.

Meet your private guide at the pier and receive a warm welcome to Maui! Your private tour will start with a drive through Kahului and up the hillside to the historic plantation town of Wailuku located in the shadow of the lush base of the ancient Hale Mahina volcano. Nestled at the foot of the dramatic West Maui Mountains, this plantation town was once the center of all activity before tourism set in. View the charming wooden storefronts around Market Street, showcasing dozens of family businesses, many of which have been in continuous operation for generations.

Continue through the town to Iao Valley, a lush rainforest valley that is home to the iconic Iao Needle. Due to many years of erosion and rainfall, the valley has become a stunning lush green landscape with a river running through the valley floor and is home to many different species of flora and fauna. You will stop at a botanical garden to learn all about the valley, its first settlers, and a bitter battle that took place here. The Iao Valley was once a sacred burial ground for Hawaiian chiefs.

From there you will head to Maui Tropical Plantation, a 60-acre working plantation that is the largest on the island. Have your camera ready to capture photos of beautiful flowers and tranquil ponds, then check out the small pineapple farm or relax with coffee under a Banyan tree. This stop will offer an overview of Hawaii's famous fruits and plants where you can stop and smell the flowers, taste the fresh fruit, and hear the stories that make Hawaii so magical.

Conclude your tour at the Maui Ocean Center, a 3-acre aquarium and oceanography center that boasts the largest tropical reef aquarium in the Western Hemisphere (entrance fee not included). Stand at the 750,000-gallon tank full of sharks and stingrays and be sure to visit the 3D Humpback Whale Experience that allows you an up close and personal look at these gentle giants.

Renowned worldwide for many things; its beauty, atmosphere, history, and never-ending supply of incredible attractions offer an experience that embodies the essence of the island. See the best of Maui when you book this special private tour today and enjoy a one-on-one experience for your small group of family and or friends.

Please Note: Vehicles available for this tour accommodate groups of up to 6 guests maximum. Groups with more than 6 guests will need to book multiple vehicles, there are 2 vehicles available in total. Please take this information into consideration when booking.

Starting At
Tour Type
Group Size
Activity Type(s)
Cultural, Scenic
Tour Duration
5 Hours
Activity Level
Tour Leaves From
An approximately 5 minute walk from the cruise ship tender pier.
Food/Beverage Provided
Not included.
Special Instructions
Comfortable clothing and sensible flat-soled walking shoes are recommended. Sunglasses and sunscreen are suggested.
Some mobility is required to get in and out of the tour vehicle. Handicap accessible only if the passenger has some mobility. Vehicle can accommodate up to 1 collapsible wheelchair or 1 collapsible motorized scooter that weighs 70 lbs or less.
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About Shore Excursions Group
Shore Excursions Group was created with one goal in mind: to provide exceptional travel experiences to cruise passengers in the ports they visit around the world. To accomplish this, we have compiled an exceptional array of tours delivered by local experts with decades of experience serving travelers and delivering excellent tours. Our owners and management team are comprised of seasoned travel industry executives who leverage their considerable experience to deliver memories of a lifetime.

We are experts in providing exceptional shore excursions. We understand that in today's fast paced world, vacations have become an increasingly important way to relax, reconnect with family and friends, and experience new and interesting places. With this in mind, we provide the highest quality tours by performing extensive research, and detailed reviews. While other companies also offer excursions, we strongly believe our expertise and approach set us apart. The large cruise lines sell shore excursions - typically in very large groups visiting high traffic sites. We focus on smaller groups visiting more interesting and authentic locations using more personalized local operators. While the cruise lines are experts in delivering cruises, we are experts in delivering shore excursions.

Our Approach
We believe quality service is not only highly valued by customers, but ultimately leads to better experiences and higher satisfaction. Unlike the cruise lines and other tour companies that rely almost entirely on websites, we encourage customers to call us. We want to invest our time answering your questions, providing input, and selecting the excursions that best meet your needs.

Our Tours
Our goal is to provide customers a wide array of exciting, appealing, and enriching tours. For those customers who prefer to travel in smaller groups with more personalized service, we offer a wide variety of small group tours around the world. These tours generally range in size from 2-12 people compared to larger tours which can number up to 50 people. While exploring the destinations and ports on this website, feel free to search for these "Small Group Tours". For those customers interested in private tours, we offer many outstanding excursions that allow you to travel with your party alone and, in many cases, to fully customize your tour. Search for "Private Tours" if you are interested in this experience. Our "Scenic" tours provide up close and personal access to some of the most spectacular natural environments on Earth from majestic glaciers in Alaska to spectacular reefs in the Caribbean. Our "Cultural" tours allow customers to experience local customs, entertainment and culinary delights ranging from tribal dances in Alaska to an outstanding local meal in Santorini, Greece. Our "Active" tours offer a multitude of exciting and adventurous ways to experience our destinations. Our customers can kayak the turquoise waters of the Caribbean, hike to a spectacular waterfall in Hawaii, or bicycle through quaint villages in France. Our "City" tours allow travelers to see the highlights of great cities around the world with unique insights provided by our expert tour guides.

Our People
In our experience, exceptional travel experiences are almost always delivered by exceptional people. With that in mind, we utilize a comprehensive approach to select and employ the leading tour guides and tour providers around the globe. We hold our people to very high standards which we measure by our comprehensive Quality Control process and, most importantly, by our customer feedback, which we will actively seek from each of our customers.

Our Owners
Shore Excursions Group is owned by seasoned travel executives possessing extensive experience across many sectors within the travel industry.

Bradford J. Miller
Mr. Miller is the former Executive Vice President and Chief Development Officer for Abercrombie & Kent, the World's leading luxury travel company. In that role, Mr. Miller was responsible for contributing to Abercrombie & Kent's international growth through the development and acquisition of tour products and travel experiences around the world with a specific focus on cruising and land based experiences. Prior to joining Abercrombie & Kent, Mr. Miller held a variety of executive positions with Royal Caribbean International and Celebrity Cruises for more than a decade. These positions included Vice President of Guest Sales & Service, Vice President of Brand Development, and Vice President of Onboard Revenue (which included shore excursions). Mr. Miller also led Celebrity Expeditions, a collection of outstanding and unique tours around the World.

Michael Bonner
Mr. Bonner has over a decade of experience working in the cruise industry in a variety of roles for both Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. and Viking River Cruises. Most recently, Mr. Bonner was the Chief Operating Officer for The Scholar Ship, a Royal Caribbean program aimed at providing college students onboard educational programs in conjunction with enriching shore excursions around the world. Mr. Bonner also helped co-manage Viking River Cruises U.S. Operations, and he ran the corporate, strategic, and deployment planning functions at Royal Caribbean. While at Royal Caribbean, Mr. Bonner was responsible for forming Royal Celebrity Tours, Royal Caribbean's land-based tour operation in Alaska, which takes cruise passengers on multiple day tours through the interior of Alaska either before or after their cruises. Prior to working at Royal Caribbean, Mr. Bonner was a consultant for Booz Allen & Hamilton.

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Prices are per-person based on double occupancy, unless otherwise noted.