Whether you’re a devout trip planner or more of a spontaneous soul, you may feel slightly overwhelmed when looking at the many choices of things to do on the island of Maui. There are countless “must-see” locations, numerous beaches to lounge on, and enticing foods to try. Where do you start?
1) Make it personal
The most important thing to remember when choosing what you want to do on your vacation is to make it your own. Choose activities that fit well with your lifestyle. Are you a solo traveler? Are you traveling with kids? If you are traveling in a group, consider the ages of each group member when you are planning your excursions.
Thankfully, Maui provides fun for every type of traveler. For the adventurous vacationer we highly recommend spending a whole day driving the famous “Road to Hana”. The lush, jungle-like scenery is home to many waterfalls and hikes. There are plenty of options to choose from so pick your favorites and head on out for an adventure. Be sure to pack some snacks or make a stop at one of the banana bread stands along the drive. For the more laid-back vacationer looking for some rest, we recommend spending a day at Po’olenalena Beach on Maui’s south shore. During the week, this spot is often less crowded and perfect for sunbathing & snorkeling. There may even be a chance for a turtle sighting if you are lucky!
2) Ask about the “hidden gems”
Everyone knows you can find some incredible places just by asking a local! Don’t be afraid to ask someone where their favorite place to eat is or where the best family friendly beaches are, you may just be surprised at what you find out.
One of our favorite hidden gems is the Ali’i Kula Lavender Farm in Upcountry Maui. This lesser-known part of Maui is home to green, rolling hills, cooler weather and is less than an hour drive from Central Maui. The lavender farm has breathtaking views of the entire island and is the perfect place for a relaxing morning or afternoon. Spend some time walking through the gardens and be sure to stop in the gift shop for a cup of lavender tea and a scone.
3) Plan a memorable excursion
You’ve made it all the way to Maui and you want that “once in a lifetime” experience. We highly recommend choosing one or two special outings to make the most of your trip.
We’ve compiled a list of a few excursions for you that will provide a memorable experience on the island. Some of these suggestions can be done on your own OR with a tour company.
- Haleakala Sunrise
- Snorkel Boat Tour of Molokini Crater
- Te Au Moana Luau
- Ziplining on the North Shore
- Helicopter Tour of West Maui Mountains & Molokai