If you’re planning a trip to Hawaii, you absolutely must visit the beautiful island of Maui! Its laid back atmosphere and beautiful beaches make it a perfect vacation destination. My first visit to Maui was only recently and I’ve completely fallen in love with it! Today’s post is everything you need to know for your next trip to Maui! Read on for your quick Maui Travel Guide!
Where to Stay
The more popular areas to stay in Maui are Kihei, Wailea, Lahaina and Kaanapali. These areas are excellent destinations, each with their own unique charms. Wailea is more of an expensive upscale area and Lahaina is more touristy. We stayed in an AirBNB in Kihei which is one of the quieter areas and mostly consists of condos and vacation rentals. Kihei is more low key and the beaches generally aren’t busy. In terms of location, it’s also a good centre point on the island if you’re planning on exploring.
In Kanaapali you’ll find many of the bigger resorts and it’s well known for Black Rock Beach which has amazing snorkeling. You’ll want to rent a car for the duration of your visit to Maui if you plan on doing some exploring around the island because the destinations are fairly spread out from eachother. Extra tip: You don’t need to rent a GPS with your car rental. Maui is very easy to navigate and a simple map from the car rental place will do.
Where to Eat and Drink
What to Do
I’ve always wanted to go on a sunset dinner cruise, and I finally had the chance in Maui! We caught the Maui Princess Cruise out of Lahaina Harbour. It was SO much fun, I highly recommend it! Dinner, live music and a beautiful sunset were the highlights of our cruise.
Road to Hana
I’m so happy we did the drive along the Road to Hana! Damn, that was a windy road but there were so many beautiful scenic areas along the way and sooo many waterfalls and gorgeous viewpoints. Spending two days exploring the Road to Hana is ideal if you want to take your time, but it’s totally doable in one full day (start early). There are several stands along the road that sell scrumptious banana bread! At the very end of the road, past the town of Hana in Haleakalā there’s a fabulous (easy) hike called the Pipiwai Trail that goes through a bamboo forest! Make sure you bring some bottled water with you to take on the hike. I’ve written a whole blog post about my trip along the Road to Hana so if you haven’t read it already, you should definitely check it out here.
When doing our research for our trip to Maui, everyone we spoke to recommended waking up at 4am and driving up the mountain to Haleakalā National Park to see the sunrise from above the clouds. I’ve seen the pictures and it is an incredibly gorgeous view. However, during our recent trip, I really wasn’t feeling the early morning start time, nor did I want such an early start to impact the rest of our day. So we skipped the sunrise and took in our views before lunchtime. It was still gorgeous as you will see below. Tip: It’s quite chilly up there so make sure to bring some warm clothes. Just a heads up, the road climbing up the crater is also winding and narrow, so be cautious.
It’s one of Maui’s most picturesque secret beaches. It’s tucked away between two oceanfront homes in the area of Makena, near Wailea and Kihei. Makena Cove is a very popular spot for wedding ceremonies and when you go, you’ll see why. The busiest time to go is during sunset (unfortunately) but despite this, it’s still worthwhile to experience the sun setting here for yourself. For more information on Makena Cove check out my blog post linked here.
Where to Shop
Two great shopping areas in Maui are Whalers Village in Kaanapali and the Shops at Wailea. We didn’t do a ton of shopping on our trip but we checked out both of these shopping areas out of curiosity and to take a break from the sun.
When to Go
High season in Maui is from mid-December to mid-March. We did a bunch of research before our trip and learned that September is a prime time to visit. In September, summer is winding down but the weather is still hot and sunny and accommodations are less expensive.
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