Aloha! If you are planning a trip to Hawai’i, or even considering a tropical destination in the near future, might I recommend Maui?
We have a popular saying here, “Maui no ka oi,” which means Maui is the best. Because truly, it is. As a Maui resident, I’m not surprised that top travel sites such as TripAdvisor & Conde Nast Traveler consistently rate Maui as the best island in the world. It really is that incredible. The beaches, the people, the scenery, the food, & the abundance of things to do make Maui an ideal vacation destination.
When I moved to Maui I took it as my personal responsibility to try every thing there is to do on this island. It took a few years, but with a little persistence I have checked every single beach, trail, river, waterfall, site, & restaurant off my Maui bucket-list. In doing so I’ve created my own list of “Maui musts” that every tourist should try while visiting Maui.
This is the tried & true, will-not-disappoint list. It is chock-full of places we frequent as Maui residents & spots we go to anytime family & friends visit. Regardless of whether you come to Maui for a romantic getaway, a family vacation, or an adrenaline pumping adventure you are sure to find just what you are looking for on this list of Maui musts.
I have included more options than any visitor can hope to do in a normal travel period, so you’ll have to consider what works best for your travel style & conditions. And remember, you can always come back! There is no shortage of things to do on Maui…unless it rains. But even when it is raining on one part of the island it isn’t hard to find a dry spot somewhere on Maui.
- Iao Valley
- Twin Falls
- La Perrouse
- Paia Town
- Haleakala (sunrise or sunset, both are equally incredible)
- Lavendar Farms
- Maui Tropical Plantation
- The Road to Hana
- Three Bears Waterfalls
- Pua’a Ka’a State Park
- Kahanu Garden
- Hana Farms Banana Bread (it’s the best on island. I tried every single spot just to be sure.)
- Wai’anapanapa State Park
- Ohe’o Gulch (Seven Sacred Pools)
- Maui Ocean Center
- Whale Watch Tours
- Zip Line
- Old Lahaina Luau
- Front Street Lahaina (& Banyan Tree Park)
- Nacelle Blow Hole
- Makawao Town (& T. Komoda donuts!)
- Ululani’s Shave Ice
- Pipiwai Trail
- Kapalua Coastal Trail
- Ululani’s Shave Ice (OK so maybe this one isn’t technically a “site” but we take our shave ice pretty seriously on Maui. If you are going to eat shave ice ever, in your life time, this is the spot to go.)
Beaches: when visiting Hawai’i beaches remember to use proper ocean safety. The ocean is not to be trifled with. Read the warning signs, talk to the lifeguards, check the conditions, & remember, “if in doubt, don’t go out.”
- Ho’okipa Beach
- Wailea Beach
- Big Beach
- Kamaole 1, 2, or 3
- Baldwin Beach
- Wai’anapanapa Beach
- Hamoa Beach
- Napili Beach
- Honolua Bay
- D.T. Flemming Beach
- Kapalua Beach
- Black Rock
- Honolua Bay
Now it’s time for a little local public service reminder. The aloha spirit is strong in Hawai’i and that is part of the charm of this place. When you visit please bring your own aloha to share. Be respectful as you interact with others both Locals & other visitors as you tour this beautiful island. We love to share our little island with all those that visit; just leave your troubles behind because on Maui there are no worries. We hope to see you on Maui soon! Aloha!
3 things to bring with you when you visit
If you are going to snorkel, you need this mask. I did NOT like snorkeling until I tried it using this mask – now I LOVE it!!! No salt water in your eyes and mouth, no water up your nose, and no tired jaws from holding the snorkel. Check out the reviews.
Have you tried these? Made of parachute material so super light weight, folds up super small and shaking sand off is breeze. Need a bigger one?..It has snaps on the side so you can connect multiple one together.
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