ATV Tours on Maui

Standing on the sunny shores of Lahaina it’s impossible not to notice the mountains.

They do, after all, rise over 5,000 feet from the sandy, palm-lined coast. The pavement leading up these rugged, ridge-riddled slopes, however, ends after only 500 feet. So, there’s a sense of mystery surrounding the mountains—they’re largely inaccessible, unless, of course, you have an ATV to go off-roading.

Currently the only ATV tour on Maui is with Kahoma Ranch, which not only allows visitors the chance to get dirty, but also explores a section of a mountain that’s otherwise closed to the public.

Because most vehicles can’t navigate the road to reach the ATV headquarters, riders meet in a Lahaina parking lot and shuttle up to Kahoma Ranch for a safety briefing and to get their equipment. Each ATV can hold two passengers (so you and a friend can get muddy together), and after displaying an ability to operate the vehicle, you’re off to explore the 600 acres of rugged roads and trails.
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With engines revving and mud chunks spraying, you’ll climb the side of a mountain, eventually reaching an elevation of 1,800 feet. From here, Lahaina appears as nothing more than a small row of homes; the view even extends all the way to the islands of Moloka‘i, Lāna‘i, and Kaho‘olawe.Though no experience is necessary to drive the ATV, drivers must show a valid license and be at least 16 years old, and any drivers under 18 must be accompanied by a parent. Children as young as five years old are welcome to ride along, and while helmets and goggles are provided drivers must wear closed-toed shoes they don’t mind getting covered in mud.

If you’d like to wash out the dirt from your ears, there are tours in the middle of the day that include waterslides. After rumbling up the bumpy, off-road network of trails on an ATV, you race down a chute carved into the mountain and finish by splashing into a pond. It’s the ultimate backyard playground of your dreams and a way to pair the sweeping view with a double dose of adventure.

Or, while the ride doesn’t technically take place on Maui, you can ferry to Lāna‘i for a UTV tour with the Four Seasons Resort Lāna‘i. Booked through Island Adventure Center, the guided, Polaris UTV tours visit sweeping viewpoints of the Pālāwai Basin and ramble down rugged dirt trails, while also incorporating island history and hidden cultural sites.

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Photo: Patricia.

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