EPIC MAUI Itinerary! (2020)

Maui Itinerary

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Maui is a tropical paradise located in the warm waters of the Pacific Ocean. This island offers unlimited sunshine, ample outdoor activities, and extensive coastlines. The exotic and rare beauty of the beaches caters to all sun-seeking guests. If you’re trying to decide what to do in Maui, you’ve come to the right place! 

This Maui itinerary will have you spending your days soaking up the sun, snorkeling the warm waters, exploring exotic bamboo forests, and eating an endless supply of tropical fruit! This island is a place of ultimate relaxation!

Whether you’re spending two days in Maui, or two months, we’ve come up with the ultimate Maui travel blog to help you make the most out of your exciting island vacation!

 

Best Time To Visit Maui

Maui experiences warm temperatures year-round. The weather is never extreme, and apart from rain, it’s very predictable. If you’re planning a trip to Maui, here’s a quick look at the different seasons!

The summer months (June – August) produce the warmest temperatures and little-to-no rain. If your ideal vacation in Maui is laying beachside all day, this is the best season to plan a trip!

When to Visit Maui

These are the best times to visit Maui! | source: fotogestoeber (shutterstock)

Heading into Fall (September – November) the weather is still very enjoyable, and the summer crowds will be gone. Although this island is touristy year-round, this is considered the least busiest time to travel to Maui.

During the winter months (December – February) the holiday crowds flock to the island to escape the cooler temperatures in the northern hemisphere. This is the start of Maui’s rainy season, but not to worry, each day will still provide plenty of sunshine!

If you’re touring Maui in the Spring (March-May) you can expect warm temperatures and little-to-no rain. If you’re planning a trip to Maui, this is a great season to vacation there!

 Average TemperaturesChance of RainCrowdsOverall Grade
January21°C / 70°FHighBusy🙂
February21°C / 71°FHighBusy🙂
March22°C / 70°FHighBusy🙂
April23°C / 73°FAverageBusy😀
May23°C / 74°FLowBusy😀
June24°C / 76°FLowBusy😀
July25°C / 77°FLowBusy😀
August26°C / 78°FLowBusy😀
September25°C / 77°FLowMedium😀
October25°C / 77°FLowMedium😀
November24°C / 74°FAverageMedium🙂
December22°C / 72°FAverageBusy🙂

 

Where to Stay in Maui

Whether you’re spending one day in Maui, or one week, you’re going to want to stay in a location that will make your Maui itinerary as accessible as possible.

When looking for accommodation, try and pick a place as close to the beach as possible. This way you’ll spend less time driving and more time relaxing.

where to stay in Maui

These are the best places to visit Maui! | source: Jeff Whyte (shutterstock)

The west side of Maui is the touristy side. This is the best area to stay in if it’s your first time visiting Maui, as you’ll have access to the best Maui attractions! This is the area you’ll find the best luxury resorts and seaside cottages. Keep in mind, since this is the most touristy area of Maui, it’s also the most expensive.

The west side includes Kaanapali, Honokowai, Kahana, Napili, Kapalua, and Lahaina. This may seem like a lot of options, but Maui is a smaller sized island and everything is clustered close together.

The south of Maui is another great option. Accommodation tends to be slightly less expensive than the west, and the scenery is just as beautiful! Kihei, Wailea, and Makena are three great areas to stay in South Maui.

If you’re only able to plan a three-day itinerary in Maui, you’ll be able to see more of the island by staying in these locations.

 

Best hostel in Maui – Tiki Beach Hostel

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Tiki Beach is our pick for the best hostel in Maui!

This Maui accommodation is great value-for-money! This hostel provides guests free use of boogie boards and access to beach chairs, as well as snorkeling equipment. They are located in the heart of Lahaina Maui, right next to Lahaina Beach! This is the best place to stay in Maui if you’re traveling solo, and you’ll be sure to meet loads of fellow travelers!

If you prefer to stay in hostels, check out these cool hostels in Maui.

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Best Airbnb in Maui – Private condo in a great location

Private condo in a great location

Private condo in a great location is our pick for the best Airbnb in Maui!

With white sands, crashing waves, and beautiful sunsets right outside the front door, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a better apartment in Maui. Split bedrooms and beach access make this ideal for a group looking to make the most of the waves.

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Best budget hotel in Maui – Days Inn by Wyndham Maui Oceanfront

Days Inn by Wyndham Maui Oceanfront is our pick for the best budget hotel in Maui!

This Maui hotel is located in south west Maui on Keawakapu beach, meaning guests will enjoy easy beachfront access. All rooms include air conditioning, TV, refrigerator, microwave, and a coffee machine. There is a fitness center, barbecue facilities, and a launderette on-site for guests’ convenience. There is also an on-site restaurant and free parking available.

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Best luxury hotel in Maui –  Aston Maui Kaanapali Villas

Aston Maui Kaanapali Villas is our pick for the best luxury hotel in Maui!

This beautiful resort is situated on Maui’s west shore and located directly on the beach! There is a poolside restaurant serving island cuisine and a bar with an extensive drinks list! Rooms include a refrigerator, while studios and suites feature full kitchens. A private balcony is also standard in every room!

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Maui Itinerary

Whether you’re spending three days in Maui or backpacking through Hawaii with no end in sight, you’re going to need to figure out how to get around.

The best way to reach the most popular Maui points of interest is by car. The public transportation in Maui isn’t as convenient as other cities in the United States.

Car rental companies can be found at the Kahului or Kapalua airports, and renting a car is easy and convenient. Maui has a very simple layout and navigating the island is fairly straightforward. Renting a car is strongly encouraged if you have more than a five day itinerary planned, as you’ll have a lot of time for exploring the island!

Maui itinerary

Welcome to our EPIC Maui itinerary | source: Realest Nature (shutterstock)

However, if you’re not able to rent a car, don’t panic, there are other options available! If you’re only planning to spend a few days in Maui, you can use Uber to get around. This ride sharing app makes traveling in a new area hassle-free and is a great option for traveling shorter distances. 

Maui’s bus system is an option, but it’s more suited for shorter distances. Not much information is available online, so if you plan to use it, it’s best to ask a local or someone at the accommodation you’re staying at.

 

Day 1 Itinerary in Maui

Nakalele Blowhole | Honolua Bay | Kapalua Beach | Lahaina Town | Experience a Hawaiian Luau Show

Start day one of your Maui trip itinerary by checking out the best spots on the west side of the island. Grab your sunscreen and shades, and get ready to spend a gorgeous day outdoors in west Maui!

 

Day 1 / Stop 1 – Nakalele Blowhole

  • Why it’s awesome: This natural blowhole shoots water up into the sky on a regular basis!
  • Cost: Free!
  • Food nearby: The Honolua Farms Kitchen is the closest restaurant to the Nakalele Blowhole. This organic and eco-friendly restaurant serves delicious and wholesome meals, including vegan and vegetarian options!

The Nakalele Blowhole is set on the island’s northwestern coast. It’s a natural geyser where seawater trapped in an underwater lava tube makes a forceful explosion that erupts on a regular basis! A column of water is powerfully jettisoned up to 100-feet in the air!

There are numerous trails that lead down to the blowhole. We recommend taking the trail from mile marker 38.5, it’s considered the safest route and also offers a look at the famous heart shaped hole in the rock! This is a popular photo posted by many Instagrammers and is one of the ultimate things to do in Maui.

nakalele blowhole

Nakalele Blowhole, Maui | source: MNStudio (shutterstock)

The hike down from the main road takes about 10-15 minutes. We strongly recommend you wear proper shoes for this excursion, as hiking down in sandals or flip-flops can be dangerous, especially when the ground is wet.

Despite the geyser’s beauty, it’s important to remember the blowhole is dangerous and tourists need to keep a safe distance, as accidents happen frequently. If you stand too close, you risk slipping and falling on the rocks. Tiny micro-ecosystems live inside of geyser’s avoid getting to close to protect them fragile ecosystems.

Admire and appreciate the blowhole from a distance, and avoid venturing too close. As a rule of thumb, the safest way to view the Nakalele Blowhole is to simply to stay on the dry rocks.

Insider Tip: If you’re traveling to Maui from December to May, make sure to be on the lookout  for whales leaping in the distance!

 

Day 1 / Stop 2 – Honolua Bay

  • Why it’s awesome: Honolua is a rocky bay that’s perfect for snorkeling and surfing.
  • Cost: Free!
  • Food nearby: The Plantation House is a popular Hawaiian eatery with breathtaking views and delicious island inspired meals.

Honolua Bay is located on the northwest corner of the island. During the summer months, this is a great area to snorkel in. It’s one of the few sheltered bays to snorkel on Maui. The waves stay calm, the visibility is great, plus the water is loaded with beautiful coral and marine life! Since this area is protected by a bay, this is a great spot for snorkeling beginners!

The best snorkeling reefs are a bit of a swim from shore. Keep this in mind so you don’t give up too early on your swim. After entering the water, swim near the rocky shore on the right side of the bay until you reach the reef, it will be about 600-feet from the beach. It’s common to see big catamarans dropping off snorkelers in this spot.

Honolua Bay

Honolua Bay, Maui | source: BirdsEyePix (flickr)

During the winter months, the waves pick up and this area turns into a popular place for surfing. Surfers from all over the world travel here, and many surf league competitions take place in Honolua Bay.

Come early to secure a spot in the parking lot, or, park along the road. To access the water you’ll take a short hike through a lush green forest. There are two trails to choose from that will take you to the beach for snorkeling. Both trails are basically flat and easy to navigate.

The first trailhead is near the first bend in the road past the overlook and is a 700-foot hike to the beach. The second trailhead is just past the second big left bend in the road past the overlook and is a 1,500-foot hike to the beach. The beach is rocky, so this area is more geared towards water activities.

 

Day 1 / Stop 3 – Kapalua Beach

  • Why it’s awesome: Beautiful sandy beach in a protected cove along Maui’s west coast, perfect for lounging in the sun and snorkeling.
  • Cost: Free!
  • Food nearby: Merriman’s Maui is a renowned oceanfront restaurant featuring farm-to-table cuisine in an elegant setting. Stop by during the afternoon and check out their daily happy hour specials!

This is the kind of beach that comes to mind when you think of Hawaii. Kapalua Bay was named Best Beach in the World by the readers of Conde Nast Traveler magazine and the Best Beach in America by the Travel Channel!

Kapalua Beach is located on Maui’s west shore and is known for its golden, white sandy beach front. It’s the perfect place to relax and soak up the Maui sun! It attracts a fair sized crowd, but there is always plenty of room to spread out your beach towel.

Kapalua Beach

Kapalua Beach, Maui | source: Sang T. Tran (shutterstock)

The bay is protected by two reefs that extend out on both ends forming a C-shaped cove, giving the water a feeling of being sheltered from the open ocean. This makes it another fantastic spot on Maui for snorkeling! This is a great spot for kids to snorkel in particular, as the ocean will literally be a few feet from your beach towel. Swim masks or goggles are recommended to look out for coral and rocks that fill the bay. 

There is a 1.7 mile long paved oceanfront pathway that begins at Kapalua Beach and stretches north along the coastline, bridging across three different bays; perfect for a nice stroll before or after lounging on this luxurious beach!

There is beach parking conveniently located next to the public restrooms and showers. Kapalua Bay includes a small beach activities desk offering a variety of water-sports equipment and activities. This picturesque beach is a must-visit location on your Maui vacation itinerary!

 

The Best Travel Backpack?!

Pssssst! Not picked the perfect travel backpack yet? The Broke Backpacker team has tried out over thirty backpacks this year! Our favourite carry on backpack is the Nomatic Travel Bag.

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Day 1 / Stop 4 – Lahaina Town

  • Why it’s awesome: Lahaina Town is a touristy area of west Maui with a compact and pedestrian friendly Main Street. This area is filled with restaurants, bars, shops, art-galleries, and more!
  • Cost: Free to visit!
  • Food nearby: Located right on Front Street, Kimo’s Maui is a relaxed seafood spot with gorgeous ocean views and friendly service.

Lahaina is the second most visited spot on the island. This town was the former capital of the Kingdom of Hawaii from 1820 to 1845. Today, it is a compact and touristy area of west Maui. The main area of the town is Front Street. This walkable street is filled with eclectic eateries, buzzing bars, and souvenirs stores selling everything from local handicraft items to touristy trinkets.

You’ll find plenty of art galleries that feature the works of local artists and world-renowned artists, and they’re all free to visit! Lahaina is home to the primary harbor in west Maui and is where the majority of west Maui snorkeling and whale watching tours depart.

Lahaina Town

Lahaina Town, Maui | source: Joe West (shutterstock)

The most famous feature in Lahaina is the Banyan Tree, located in Lahaina Banyan Court Park. This historic tree was planted in 1873 to memorialize the 50th anniversary of the first American Protestant mission in Lahaina. The banyan tree is not only the largest banyan tree in Hawaii, it’s one of the largest banyan trees in the United States; Its extensive trunk and aerial root system covers 0.66-acres!

Free Lahaina Maui walking tours are also available and a great way for tourists to discover the rich history of this popular ocean town. Add this stop to your Maui itinerary to take a break from the beach and explore an exciting area of the island!

 

Day 1 / Stop 5 – Experience a Hawaiian Luau Show

  • Why it’s awesome: Enjoy a traditional Hawaiian dinner and beachside Luau performance.
  • Cost: Approximately USD $125.00 for adults and USD $80.00 for children.
  • Food nearby: Food is included in every Luau that showcases the island cuisine. Popular staple items include a kalua pig, island style fried rice, poke, ahi, poi, and more! The open-bar serves both alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, including tropical drinks, cocktails, wine, beer, and soft drinks.

A Luau is an exhilarating blend of traditional Polynesian food, storytelling, dance and Hawaiian culture. As the sun sets behind swaying palm trees and flickering tiki torches, you’ll enjoy a spectacular night unlike any other!

Enjoy a Hawaiian feast accompanied by an immersive dinner show. Dinner is offered buffet-style and is made up of a large assortment of island specialties, including desserts! An open bar is available for guests throughout the night.

Hawaiian Luau Show

Hawaiian Luau Show, Maui

Witness hula and Polynesian dancers tell traditional stories through rhythm and song with a backdrop of crashing waves and the warm ocean breeze. Luaus are offered in the evenings and last for approximately three to four hours.

There are several venues around the island where you’ll find luau’s, the majority are offered on the west and south side of Maui. It is recommended to buy your luau tickets as far in advance as possible, as this is a popular attraction for tourists, and shows can fill-up fast. A luau is an essential experience on any Maui itinerary, and the perfect way to end your first day in Maui! 

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Tiki Beach Hostel
  • $$
  • Free Wifi
  • Free Parking

This Maui accommodation is great value! This hostel provides guests free use of boogie boards and access to beach chairs, as well as snorkeling equipment.

For more awesome hostels, check out our favorite hostels in Hawaii.

 

Day 2 itinerary in Maui

Iao Valley State Park | Maui Tropical Plantation Tour | Wailea Beach | Makena State Park | Keawakapu Beach

Now that you’ve explored all the main highlights on the west of Maui, check out a few inland activities and then head south for more island fun! Let’s continue with the perfect two day itinerary in Maui!

 

Day 2 / Stop 1 – Iao Valley State Park

  • Why it’s awesome: This state park offers breathtaking panoramic views of the Maui Valley and easy hiking trails that are suited for all skill levels.
  • Cost: Entrance is free, parking fee is USD $5.00 per car.
  • Food nearby: 808 on Main serves gourmet sandwiches, salads, burgers, and snacks. Hit up this casual restaurant for a quick bite to eat before or after you enter the park, or order to-go and take something with you!

Iao Valley State Park is located in central Maui just west of Wailuku. This serene 4,000-acre, 10-mile long park is home to one of the most recognizable of Maui’s landmarks, the 1,200-foot tall Iao Needle. This stunning green-mantled rock overlooks Iao stream and is the perfect place for easy hiking and sightseeing.

There are numerous hiking trails, many of them leading to or offering excellent views of the Iao Needle and the Maui valley. The most popular path is the 0.6 mile Iao Needle Lookout Trail and Ethnobotanical Loop. There is a paved walkway that leads from the parking lot straight to the Iao Needle and through a botanical garden.

Iao Valley State Park

Iao Valley State Park, Maui | source: Abbie Warnock-Matthews (shutterstock)

The majority of the hikes are suited for all skill levels, making this activity perfect for older folks and kids! The park is well maintained, with paved walkways, steps, and signage with historical information. Enjoy a peaceful walk in nature and be surrounded by tropical plants and a beautiful soft-flowing stream! 

The Iao needle is sometimes covered in clouds, so an early start is your best bet for a good view. The park has restrooms located at the beginning of the Lookout Trail. There are no drinking fountains or other refreshments offered on the grounds, so it’s best to bring plenty of water with you. Walk around at your own pace or take a tour.

 

Day 2 / Stop 2 – Maui Tropical Plantation Tour

  • Why it’s awesome: Learn about the tropical fruits and staple crops of Maui. 
  • Cost: USD $24.00 for adult tickets and USD $12.00 for children (3-12 years old).
  • Food nearby: The Mill House is a restaurant located on the Maui Tropical Plantation. Enjoy dishes inspired by fresh and local ingredients while taking in the beauty of the farmland and the breathtaking Waikapu Valley!

Discover all things related to Maui’s most precious commodities. The Maui Tropical Plantation is a 60-acre working plantation. Take a narrated tram tour and learn about the origins of Hawaii’s most popular commercial fruits!

Learn interesting facts about Hawaii staple crops, including pineapples, bananas, coffee, macadamia nuts, sugarcane, papayas, and more! Witness the art of husking a coconut and sample some of Hawaii’s tastiest fruits!

Maui Tropical Plantation Tour

Maui Tropical Plantation Tour, Maui | source: KevinKlimaPhoto (shutterstock)

The Maui Tropical Plantation is perfect for coffee drinkers! Visit the Mill House Roasting Company on the property and experience craft coffee at its finest! The coffee beans are grown naturally on the island and roasted in small batches to achieve the best quality! Enjoy a drink from their full-service coffee house and learn more about Hawaii’s most popular bean!

This plantation also contains several zip-lines! Try out the introductory zip line where you’ll soar through the Maui tropical plantation groups. Or, try out the longest, highest and fastest zip-line course on Maui! This exhilarating course features 8 zip-lines stretching the West Maui Mountains! This family-friendly zip-line course has an age limit of 5 years old.

Visit the Gift Shop and pick up all your authentic made in Maui souvenirs, snacks, and aloha wear!  This tropical plantation tour is perfect for everyone, but families in particular will love this addition to their Maui itinerary!

 

Day 2 / Stop 3 – Wailea Beach

  • Why it’s awesome: Wailea Beach is a well maintained public beach in Maui with a wide coastline, soft sand, and a water activities desk!
  • Cost: Free!
  • Food nearby: Monkeypod Kitchen by Merriman is a popular eatery that offers friendly service as well as a bar with a vast beer and cocktail menu. Enjoy gourmet pub grub with a Hawaiian spin; the majority of ingredients are sourced from organic and local ingredients!

Wailea Beach is located in south Maui. This is another beautiful Hawaiian beach that is a must-see on your Maui itinerary! Characterized by gold-colored sand and outlined with tall palm trees, this beach is the perfect place to relax and enjoy some aquatic activities! 

The shoreline caters to the guests of several nearby resorts, making it very well maintained and geared towards tourists. Wailea beach offers a much less rugged coastline compared to some of Maui’s other beaches. There is a paved walkway that connects the beach to the area’s hotels, resorts, shops and restaurants.

Wailea Beach

Wailea Beach, Maui | source: Dave Dugdale (flickr)

An added bonus is that visitors to this beach will have access to water sports equipment rentals of the neighboring resorts! The waters of Wailea Beach stay relatively calm, making it a great spot for aquatic enthusiasts! Snorkel, swim, paddle-board or just relax, this beach is perfect for everyone!

There are well maintained public facilities, including a paved walkway that runs the length of the beach. Bathrooms, showers and plenty of free public parking is also available! If you’re feeling adventurous, take a helicopter tour!

 

Day 2 / Stop 4 – Makena State Park

  • Why it’s awesome: Spacious and scenic stretch of coastline with numerous beaches and attractions.
  • Cost: Free!
  • Food nearby: Try out Big Beach BBQ for some tasty island barbecue. This casual eatery serves classic Hawaiian comfort food out of a large green street-side food-truck!

Makena State Park is located approximately four miles south of the Shops at Wailea. The beaches in this State Park have a wild, isolated feel you don’t often find on Maui. You’ll find glassy waters, turtles, and fantastic views of Molokini Crater and Kaho’olawe! Be cautious when the surf is up. Although there are lifeguards on duty, some areas of the beach are known for strong undertows and pounding surf.

If you feel like hiking, head to the top of the 360 foot Pu’u Ola’i cinder cone. Although it looks relatively easy, the hill is made of a cinder called tephra, and is basically like walking up loose gravel. The walk is a bit of a battle, but the view from the top is simply stunning, and there’s always a cool dip in the ocean waiting for you below!

Makena State Park

Makena State Park, Maui | source: Ivan_Sabo (shutterstock)

There is a black sand beach, also known as Oneuli Beach, located to the north of Earthquake Hill. Although the “sand” is mostly coarse black cinders, this beach is still gorgeous and a unique place to visit in Maui.

Makena is also home to Turtle Town, one of the best places on the island to see turtles! It is not uncommon to see more than ten turtles in one visit! If you’re spending a weekend in Maui and plan to visit Makena, keep in mind that the beaches will be busy! Nonetheless, this stop is a great addition to your itinerary for Maui!

 

Day 2 / Stop 5 – Sunset at Keawakapu Beach

  • Why it’s awesome: Not all sunsets are created equal, and the enchanting transformation of the day-to-night sky in Keawakapu Beach is solid proof!
  • Cost: Free!
  • Food nearby: Sarento’s On the Beach is an ocean-side Mediterranean restaurant. Enjoy beautiful views, excellent service, and an extensive wine list.

After finishing up at Makena State Park, you’ll probably be heading back up north, as there won’t be too many more attractions if you continue down south. This is a great chance to stop at Keawakapu Beach for an epic sunset!

This beach is slow paced and relaxed, with plenty of shaded areas and grassy space to sit and enjoy the views. Since this beach doesn’t normally get as busy as other beaches found in the area, it’s the perfect setting to enjoy a sunset.

Keawakapu Beach

Keawakapu Beach, Maui | source: Viriditas (Wikicommons)

Make sure to keep an eye out for marine life, as turtles can be spotted bobbing their heads in the water and if it’s whale season (November through May) you might see North Pacific Humpback whales grace the Maui waters during their annual winter migration! There’s also a memorable scuba diving tour available!

The beach is roughly ½ a mile long. There is a parking lot and shower facilities available. Behind the beach you’ll find numerous resorts, hotels, and restaurants. Relax with the warm ocean breeze and take in the aloha spirit. If you’re going to Maui, make sure to visit this beach for a sunset you’ll never forget!

 

Day 3 and Beyond

Now that we’re done covering your two day itinerary in Maui, you’re going to need a few more activities to fill your Maui itinerary. Here are some more noteworthy attractions, as well as some really cool day trips from Maui!

 

Waianapanapa State Park

  • Located along the scenic 64.4-mile long Road to Hana.
  • Experience a mesmerizing black sand beach!
  • Swim in fresh water caves.

Waianapanapa State Park offers the sort of scenery you see on Hawaiian postcards. This tropical oasis is one of the most picturesque sites on the Road to Hana and a must-see attraction if you’re renting a car and taking a Maui road trip!

There are a number of activities to partake in. The black sand beach is the biggest draw for visitors, although, the ‘sand’ is actually tiny black pebbles. This is a great place for stunning photo opportunity, as the black sand contrasts beautifully against the turquoise blue water.

Waianapanapa State Park

Waianapanapa State Park, Maui | source: Abbie Warnock-Matthews (shutterstock)

There is an impressive lava tube site that opens up to the tranquil ocean waters. A natural sea arch and sea cliffs that overlook Pailoa Bay. Rejuvenating freshwater caves, numerous hiking trails, and so much more!

This State Park has so much packed into one stop, you could easily spend your whole three day itinerary in Maui at this location! 

 

The Pools at ‘Ohe’o

  • Also named the seven sacred pools (although there are more than 7 pools).
  • A series of waterfalls and pools in a tucked away scenic location.
  • The Pools of ‘Ohe’o are located in Haleakala National Park along the Road to Hana.

The remote valley of the Haleakala National Park features cascading waterfalls and freshwater pools that are surrounded by rainforest and unbelievable natural beauty. Take a dip in the tranquil water of these tiered pools that are fed by waterfalls.

The Kipahulu area of Haleakala National Park also contains plenty of self-guided hiking trails that weave through the bamboo rainforest and past roaring waterfalls! The Pipiwai Trail is a great choice for avid hikers and one of the island’s best trails! This three to five-hour hike leads to the 400-foot Waimoku Falls.

The Pools at 'Ohe'o

The Pools at ‘Ohe’o, Maui | source: Realest Nature (shutterstock)

Since this attraction is located inside a national park, you’ll need to pay a USD $15.00 admission fee. This fee allows you access inside the park for three days (make sure to save your receipt)! There are full National Park facilities available, including a Ranger Station with lots of great information, a campground, large paved parking lots, and a bathroom.

It is recommended to wear closed toed shoes or sneakers, especially if you plan to hike, as the rocks can be slippery. This is a popular tourist spot on the Road to Hana, the earlier you go the less crowded it will be. This is such a scenic and beautiful area of Maui, make sure to take advantage of visiting this location if you’re planning a Maui itinerary four days or longer!

 

Ho’okipa Beach Park

  • World-renowned windsurfing and surfing destination.
  • Located in north Maui.
  • Free parking, showers and bathroom facilities.

Ho’okipa Beach is a long and narrow white sand beach. It is generally uncrowded with plenty of space to spread out. An exposed reef runs along most of the shore-bank, Hawaiian Green Sea Turtles can be frequently seen bobbing their heads in the water.

Swimmers usually stick to the shallow margins of the shoreline. On the Pavilions side there are small areas of sandy-bottom ocean with sheltered swimming areas, and small tidepools running the length of the middle of the beach. There are also lifeguard towers at both ends of the park.

Ho'okipa Beach Park

Ho’okipa Beach Park, Maui | source: Rachel Haller (flickr)

Beach is a Mecca to the windsurfing and surfing world. However, if you choose to partake in this activity, make sure you’re skilled enough to handle the conditions, especially if you see the orange flags are out.

If you’re more keen on watching surfers instead of partaking in the activity, head to Ho’okipa Lookout. This lookout is on the edge of a cliff overlooking the ocean and is a great place to relax and watch people catch some pretty epic waves!

 

Maui Ocean Center, The Aquarium of Hawaii

  • 3 acres facility that is the largest tropical reef aquarium in the Western Hemisphere.
  • The Maui Ocean Center is open 365 days a year, from 9:00am to 5:00pm.
  • Located in southwest Maui.

The Hawaiian Aquarium is the only aquarium in the world dedicated to fostering understanding and respect for Hawaii’s marine life. Enter the Marine Mammal Discovery Center and enjoy more than 60 interactive exhibits, including interactive modules, video monitors, and narrative boards!

There are hundreds of underwater animals, including live coral reef fishes. Learn about reef, blacktip, whitetip, hammerhead, and tiger sharks; considered the most dangerous sharks to inhabit tropical waters!

Maui Ocean Center, The Aquarium of Hawaii

Maui Ocean Center, The Aquarium of Hawaii, Maui | source: Nopkamon Tanayakorn (shutterstock)

Get up close to playful green sea turtles and stingrays. Walk through an impressive 54-foot tunnel to a gigantic 750,000 gallon underwater world!

There are also two restaurants where you can enjoy an ocean view dining experience. Don’t leave without checking out The Maui Ocean Treasures gift shop, the perfect place to pick up some fun and educational aquarium themed souvenirs!

 

Maui Wine

  • Scenic vineyard and commercial winery.
  • Located in south Maui.
  • Reservations are not required for groups of less than 8 people.

If you’re a Maui bound wine enthusiast, make sure to check out Maui Wine for a tropical wine tasting experience! Taste their famed pineapple wines, exclusive small production wines, and sparkling wines. Step inside the King’s Cottage tasting room and enjoy a piece of history! This tasting room was originally built in the 1870s to accommodate the last reigning king of Hawaii!

Maui Wine

Maui Wine, Maui | source: Infinitepossibilities (shutterstock)

Tastings are offered every day from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm and complimentary guided tours of the historic estate are offered everyday at 10:30 am and 1:30 pm.

For a more personalized experience, book a private wine tasting at the historic “Old Jail,” which once served as captain James Makee’s private office. In this intimate but casual setting, guests will taste four wines, along with small taste pairings that enhance the palate! Reservations are required for the Old Jail tasting and are only available once a day, at 2:15 pm.

Don’t forget to pack a good book!

Maui Revealed: The Ultimate Guidebook: This is our top recommendation for an awesome and inspiring read on this magical city.

 

Staying Safe in Maui

Whether you’re spending one day in Maui, or many, safety is an important thing to keep in mind!

Overall, Hawaii is a very safe place to travel to. However, it is always recommended that tourists take precautions when traveling to a new destination.

If you are traveling with a car in Maui, never leave valuables in plain sight in your vehicle. Keep them locked in your trunk, or even better, at your accommodation. Car break-ins are known to happen, especially if things are left in plain view.

If you are traveling solo, make sure to keep to the tourist areas. Follow our guide for recommended places to stay in Maui to be sure you’re heading somewhere safe. Maui is filled with beautiful hiking paths and endless coastlines; but it’s best to keep to the more popular trails and beaches. 

Exploring unfamiliar territory by yourself can be fun, but there is a safe way to do it. Leave a note in your hotel room saying where you are going, or message a family member or friend back home.

The vast majority of people experience nothing more distressing than sunburn! Follow these simple guidelines and you should have nothing to worry about. Keep your wits about you and enjoy your time in Maui!

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Day Trips From Maui

If you’re spending four days in Maui, or even a month, a day trip can be a fun way to see more of this tropical paradise! These trips are a great addition to your Maui itinerary, and there are lots of options to choose from!

 

Road to Hana Sightseeing Tour

On this ten hour day tour you’ll travel the road to Hana, a breathtaking winding coastal road full of lush rainforests and waterfalls! Go off the beaten path in a small group setting of eight people and discover the less touristy areas of the island.

Road to Hana Sightseeing Tour

Enjoy a refreshing swim at a beach or near a waterfall and feast on a Tahitian BBQ lunch.

Learn about Hawaiian culture, history, legends and myths from your local tour guide who will offer insights into traditional Maui life! Hana is one of the most scenic places to visit in Maui, it’s the perfect addition to your vacation!

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Molokini and Turtle Town Snorkel with Lunch

On this 5.5-hour tour you’ll snorkel in the extinct volcanic crater of Molokini and discover Maui’s marine life! Go to Turtle Town, swim with Hawaiian Green Sea Turtles, and admire the colorful coral that surrounds the island. Experience the dramatic landscape of an extinct volcanic crater!

Molokini and Turtle Town Snorkel with Lunch

You’ll travel to Molokini on a catamaran and enjoy the use of top quality snorkeling equipment. Included in this trip is a continental breakfast and deli lunch with a free soft drink. Alcoholic beverages are available for purchase on the boat. This thrilling adventure is a great addition to your Maui itinerary!

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Dolphins and Snorkeling Cruise to Lanai

On this 5-hour tour you’ll discover the island of Lanai! Enjoy wonderful views of the pacific and enjoy the warm breeze as you sail to this small Hawaiian island on a catamaran. Marvel at the marine life from a glass-bottom viewing area on the boat as you cruise through the water.

Dolphins and Snorkeling Cruise to Lanai

Snorkel with the amazing marine life of the reef gardens and witness spinner dolphins in their natural environment! Enjoy USD $2.00 beers, mai tais after snorkeling and eat a delicious tropical breakfast and lunch! If you’re a fan of dolphins, make sure to add this trip to your Maui travel guide!

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Sunrise & Breakfast Tour to Haleakala National Park

On this 8-hour tour you’ll experience the awe-inspiring Haleakala National Park! Begin your journey with a scenic, early-morning drive through the Kula District and past the Puu Ulaula Overlook. You’ll make it to Mt. Haleakala just in time to take in the breathtaking sunrise!

Sunrise & Breakfast Tour to Haleakala National Park

Learn about the Hawaiian culture and history from your local tour guide. See rare silversword plants and other unique scenery throughout your trip. A breakfast of coffee and pastries is provided. Add this early morning excursion to your Maui itinerary, and you’ll start your day off right! Since this tour departs early in the morning, you’ll be returned to your accommodation with plenty of time to enjoy the rest of the day!

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Island Hop to Oahu: Full-Day Pearl Harbor Memorial Tour

On this 10-hour day-trip you’ll travel to Oahu to tour the Pearl Harbor Memorial. Enjoy a hassle-free day of travel where everything is taken care of for you. All transportation is provided for you and the tour is fully narrated, either by live tour guide, video or personal headset.

Island Hop to Oahu: Full-Day Pearl Harbor Memorial Tour

This tour covers three main attractions in the Pearl Harbor complex of Oahu: the USS Arizona Memorial, the USS Bowfin submarine, and the USS Missouri Battleship. Your guide will take care of everything for you,  from your airline ticket to your lunch! If you’re a history-buff visiting Maui, make sure this trip is included in your itinerary for Maui!

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Conclusion of Your Itinerary for Maui

Maui is a tropical slice of paradise nestled in the secluded warm waters of the Pacific Ocean. With an exceptionally slow-paced and laid-back island vibe, Maui is the perfect place to go for a relaxing vacation. Enjoy endless beaches, epic sunsets, and tasty tropical fruits!

If you’re looking for a Maui itinerary five days long or more, this should provide you with plenty of activities to keep you occupied for your whole vacation! Soak in the sun, waddle in the waves, and take in the tropical scenery that surrounds you!

We hope you enjoyed this Maui vacation blog, whether you’re looking for leisure or adventure, you’ll have plenty of options to choose from.

A trip to Maui nourishes the soul and the body, relax with the warm ocean breeze and soft lulling of the waves. With Hawaii’s raw beauty and unique scenery, this is a place you’ll want to keep coming back to! Once you’ve booked your accommodation at one of the best places to stay in Hawaii, pack your bags!

 

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