Spring Break to Maui: Activities Around the Hyatt Regency Maui

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Emily:  The great thing about Hawaii is that there is so much to do!  The selection of activities is much better than in Bora Bora, and they are much cheaper as well.  This post will highlight the activities we did in and around the Hyatt Regency hotel, including:

Activities around the Hyatt Regency Maui

Activities around the Hyatt Regency Maui

  • The Hyatt Regency Pool
  • The Hyatt Regency Spa Moana
  • The Stargazing Tour at the Hyatt Regency
  • Snorkeling by Black Rock
  • Atlantis Submarine Tour
  • Shopping on Front Street
  • The “Drums of the Pacific” Luau at the Hyatt

Trip Report Index:

The Hyatt Regency Pool

After breakfast one day, I wanted to lay by the pool, and Daraius wanted to work and rest in the hotel room.  I went out to look for sea turtles around the rocks by our hotel, but I did not see any sea turtles.

Activities around the Hyatt Regency Maui

Ocean Rocks But no Sea Turtles

I did have a nice time relaxing in the sun by the pool.  I swam the entire length, and was surprised by the “deep” waters.  The water averaged about 5’6”, which is exactly my height.  I had to keep swimming to stay above water, which made for a good exercise!

I also went down their huge water slide.  The slide would be perfect for adventurous pre-teens who can swim well, but due to the high speeds and deep water you plunge into (and have to swim out of), I would not recommend it for young children.  There is a separate play area for younger kids with animals and shallower waters.

The Hyatt Regency Spa Moana

One day, I got a manicure, which is a special treat for me since I usually do my own nails to save money.  I enjoyed relaxing and using the sauna, dry heat room, and Jacuzzi before my manicure, which is free if you book a salon or spa appointment.

The manicurist did a great job and I tried the shellac on my nails.  The great thing about shellac is that you don’t have to worry about chipping your polish.  It’s very tough and resistant to chipping.

Stargazing tour

After dinner, we went on a stargazing tour on the rooftop of the Hyatt Regency called Tour of the Stars.  It’s an hour-long rooftop astronomy program with telescopes and extra large binoculars and cost $25 for adults and $15 for kids.

Activities around the Hyatt Regency Maui

Stargazing Tour

We saw Jupiter, Sirius, constellations, galaxies and more!  Kidding aside, Darius and I really liked the session and the gentleman conducting the session was a retired astronomer from NASA!

Activities around the Hyatt Regency Maui

Globe Map of Constellations

I did my best “Leo the Lion” impersonation.

Activities around the Hyatt Regency Maui

Emily as Leo the Lion

Black Rock

After breakfast, we went for a walk along the shore to Black Rock for some snorkeling.  It is about a 20 minute walk down the beach from the Hyatt (turn right and walk on the beach until you come to the black rocks!)

Activities around the Hyatt Regency Maui

Black Rock Shore

Daraius prefers staying on land, so I went in with my snorkeling equipment.

Activities around the Hyatt Regency Maui

Snorkeling at Black Rock

I saw lots of fish in all different sizes.  After a while, I came back because the water was very deep and I had to keep swimming or float to stay above water.  I am not the best swimmer, and neither is Daraius.  The waters can be dangerous because they are deep.

Activities around the Hyatt Regency Maui

Danger and Caution Signs at Black Rock

He kept a good watch on me the whole time because I could see him from the sea.

Activities around the Hyatt Regency Maui

Back on Land!

Atlantis Submarine Tour

After lunch, we went on the Atlantis submarine tour.

Activities around the Hyatt Regency Maui

Atlantis Submarine Tour “Office”

Daraius and I got tickets at Costco near the Maui airport for $90, but found tickets for $50 at a little stand on the street by the large Banyan tree in Lahaina.  We had never heard of Atlantis submarines, but picked up tickets at Costo (an impulse buy!)

There are also discounts if you buy online and a military discount.

Oh, well, we know for next time!  We boarded a shuttle boat, and then went out to sea where we waited for the submarine to arrive.

Activities around the Hyatt Regency Maui

Daraius on the Shuttle Boat

We were very excited since neither of us had been on a submarine.

Activities around the Hyatt Regency Maui

Emily Striking a Pose

Even though Daraius isn’t a fan of the water, he was enjoying himself.

Activities around the Hyatt Regency Maui

A Relaxing Shuttle Boat Ride

The views from the boat were gorgeous!

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Ocean Views of Maui

Soon, we docked in the water and could see something white coming up from beneath the ocean.

Activities around the Hyatt Regency Maui

Submerged Submarine

Little did we know that the submarine was underwater (we thought it would be on the surface waiting for us), and it was really cool to see it come up from under the water!

Activities around the Hyatt Regency Maui

Atlantis Submarine

Soon, the submarine was docked and we got on.

Activities around the Hyatt Regency Maui

On Board the Atlantis Submarine

The submarine could fit 48 people and cost $3.5 million to build in 1985.  We all sat back to back to each other in 2 rows, and had large glass viewing circles in front of us, so there was no bad seat anywhere.  We gradually submerged to 100 feet, and we could see lots of fish, coral reef, and even the bottom of the ocean! We saw a small white tip reef shark…

Activities around the Hyatt Regency Maui

White Tip Reef Shark

…a trumpet fish, Hawaiian sergeant fish, and more.

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Many Fish

In addition to seeing all of the fish, the tour was humorously narrated my an expert tour guide.  He shared with us lots of facts about marine life, and played fun music to heighten the experience, including James Bond, and lots more.

One time, he said very seriously, “Look over there! I can see it!”  And, waited for us to look out the window.  And then announced that it was Leonardo Dicaprio from Titanic and played the Titanic theme song, “My Heart will Go On.”  It was funny!

Daraius thought it was cheesy, but he’s too serious sometimes. 🙂

We also saw an old sunken ship which had lots of  coral…

Activities around the Hyatt Regency Maui

Old Sunken Ship

..and fish around it.

Activities around the Hyatt Regency Maui

Fish Swimming Around the Sunken Ship

The tour guide said that divers could come down here and explore the whole ship.  That would be fun and if only I knew how to dive!

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More Fish

The tour lasted almost 2 hours, some of which was loading/transport time.  The submarine tour was my favorite activity thus far in Hawaii.  Daraius agreed too!

Activities around the Hyatt Regency Maui

Inside the Atlantis Submarine

Banyan Tree LAHAINA

We went to see the large banyan tree, which is the biggest is the US.

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Banyan Tree Park

I have never seen a tree that big!

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Banyan Tree Lahaina

The tree took up the whole plaza.

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Emily Posing by one of the Banyan Trees

It was neat to see its vertical roots.  Daraius has seen lots of Banyan trees in India, but I’ve rarely seen them.

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Banyan Tree Roots

Shopping On Front Street

We then walked around Front Street and went into a few little shops.

Activities around the Hyatt Regency Maui

Shopping on Front Street

I was so excited to discover a shop that sold scented bath salts!  Every time I take a bath I’m reminded of our Maui trip.

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Scented Bath Salts

Hawaiian Luau

Our final activity around the Hyatt regency was a traditional Hawaiian luau.  We booked “Drums of the Pacific” which was held at the Hyatt Regency so we didn’t have to travel.

Daraius:  I’m don’t really like forced cultural shows with loud music and overpriced food, but Emily really wanted to see one.

Activities around the Hyatt Regency Maui

Drums of the Pacific Hawaiian Luau

Emily:  As you approached the Luau, there was a table with items for sale.

Activities around the Hyatt Regency Maui

Local Items For Sale

There was an open bar (always a waste on us because we have only 1 drink!), complete with mai tais and fruit punch, as well as a full buffet with traditional food such as kalua pork, chicken, and mahi mahi.

Activities around the Hyatt Regency Maui

Mai Tais and Fruit Punch

There was tons of food, and Daraius had a feast.

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Kalua Pork

Emily: Daraius was happy to see that there was Shoyu Chicken since the last time he had Kalua Pork he didn’t like it very much.

Activities around the Hyatt Regency Maui

Shoyu Chicken

I opted to be safe, and ordered a special meal from the kitchen due to my fish allergy.

Activities around the Hyatt Regency Maui

Pacific Ahi Poke

The head chef recommended a chicken stir fry for me, so I had that, and it was very good.  I loved the fresh broccoli and carrots.

Activities around the Hyatt Regency Maui

Chicken Stir Fry

I was very grateful that I could eat something at the luau since I planned on not eating since it was a buffet with unknown ingredients.  The server also confirmed that the desserts were fish-free, so I tried the coconut pudding, pineapple upside down cake, bread pudding, and chocolate mousse.  The service was very good!

I loved the bread pudding, and the pineapple upside down cake was also very good.

Activities around the Hyatt Regency Maui

Coconut Pudding, Pineapple Upside Down Cake, Bread Pudding, and Chocolate Mousse

There was also a delicious salsa, fresh fruit, and vegetables.

Activities around the Hyatt Regency Maui

Salsa, Fruit, and Vegetables

It was nice to chat with the folks sitting around us and everyone was so happy to be in Maui!

During dinner, there was traditional music and dance.  My favorite shows were the fashion show, where models came out wearing different styles of traditional Hawaiian clothes and showed us how to wrap/tie them.  I also liked the fire dancer.

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Luau Peformers

It was amazing to see how quickly and confidently he handled the fire.  He even put it into his mouth!

The female performers wore beautiful costumes while dancing.

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Smiling Female Dancers

And were so graceful!

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Graceful Dancers

We wouldn’t go back to a Luau, but it was nice to try it out once!

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19 responses to “Spring Break to Maui: Activities Around the Hyatt Regency Maui

  1. In the evenings you can watch cliff divers dive off of black rock. If you are brave enough you can also climb up and jump or dive off yourself. Also some great hiking on the east side of the Island, as well as sunrise on Haleakala and the road to Hana. There is also an aquarium that is worth a visit. Thanks for bringing back some memories.

  2. As much as we enjoy international destinations, we love that Hawaii takes us to a faraway destination without the typical hassle of international trips – no passport/visa required, no currency exchange, no language barriers etc. Just get on a plane and go! Since you enjoyed star gazing in Maui so much, would definitely recommend you visit the Big Island on an upcoming trip. One of the highlights of our Big Island trip was driving to the Mauna Kea observatory. You can see the entire island on clear days. The University of Hawaii Astronomy Department offers a wonderful FREE evening of star gazing at the Visitor’s Center – complete with a lecture, laser-pointer review of the sky, and several telescopes setup for guests to use. We were able to see the Milky Way clearly with our eyes, and saw several satellites orbiting the earth. Bring a jacket as it chilly year round at Mauna Kea. It was definitely one of those unique experiences that you would not get a chance to see on the mainland. Here’s a link for more details on the University of Hawaii Star Gazing Program.

  3. The rocky beach by the HR Maui is not good for much except if you just want to walk along the water in peace. It’s pretty empty because the sunbathers go elsewhere. If you want to see turtles, Black Rock is much better. They like the deeper water, and I’ve seen at least one there on every trip to Hawaii.

    I’ve snorkeled all the way around Black Rock to the other side but don’t recommend it. At the tip, it gets very shallow and there is a tendency to get washed into the basin with lots of sharp coral. Scratched me up pretty bad. But if you do want to go to the other side (or if you are renting a condo on the other side and want to reach Ka’anapali beach) you can walk through the Sheraton.

  4. We enjoyed the Atlantis sub last year, so glad we booked it.
    Lots to do on maui, you need to go back soon!

  5. I’d love to go to a luau, but I don’t want to do one of the uber commercialized ones. I wonder if there’s a way to go to a locals luau even if you’re just visiting.

  6. Thanks so much for sharing Darius and Emily…we will be traveling to the Hawaiian islands for the third time this fall. I agree Hawaii is the type of place that once you visit you want to return to again and again. We will be going to Maui for the first time this trip. I’m interested to hear more about your dining experiences while on the island.

    • @Rodney – We didn’t do sunrise on Haleakala, but it is on our list!

      @AAP – Thanks for the tip. We’ll definitely try to do that when we are on Big Island. I agree that Hawaii is an “exotic” destination, while having all the conveniences of the US.

      @Scottrick
      – Thanks for the tips!

      @Karen Cagle – We want to go back, but don’t know when that will be!

      @Ken – I don’t know, but am curious if you can go to a smaller luau.

      @Savannah
      – Thanks for reading! Here’s a post on our dining experience by the Hyatt Regency, but keep in mind that Emily is allergic to fish, so we didn’t go to restaurants which specialize in sea food.

  7. What time of year did you guys go on this trip? Looking at the photos, it seems like some people were in wetsuits or the like. Do you know how cold the water was? Could you go without a wetsuit? Thanks!

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  9. I was checking the rates on the website and it says 27,000 points per night. I thought Hyatt’s rates were at most 22,000 per night, is this an exception?

  10. Thanks for your review. My family and I (9 including the in laws) are heading there in september. Is the beach by the hyatt swimmable? I read something that there are a lot of rocks. Appreciate any thoughts.

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