Maui – A Tropical Paradise
Aloha! Maui is one of our favorite vacation spots so we want to share some of our favorite things to do. It’s so tropical, beautiful and has a more relaxing vibe than some of the other islands. We’re so lucky to have family that live on Maui so we travel there quite often (at least a few times/year!). We hope you enjoy our tips and check out some of our favorite places on Maui!
Good local food
– Poi by the pound. It’s located near the Kahului airport so Jonathan and I like to stop by right after we land to get our Hawaiian food fix.
Nice date place
- Mama’s Fish House: They work with local fishermen who catch the fish within 24 hours of it being served to you. It’s so delicious and definitely worth a visit. Make reservations early if you decide to go! There’s also a private beach so arrive early if you want to take a short walk or take pictures before dinner.
- NOTE: It’s a little pricey but it’s worth a visit.
– My favorite little French bakery is La Provence in Kula. The pastries are tasty and the views are great. I like to buy a pastry / latte and sit outside.
Fun Early AM activity
– See the sunrise at the Haleakala Crater! If it’s a clear morning you won’t regret it. The views are absolutely gorgeous. Unfortunately people need to make reservations if they want to go there for sunrise so visit the link below if you’d like to do it. I’d recommend doing it earlier rather than later. I think they tend to fill up weeks in advance. If you’re not a morning person you can go during sunset too (no reservations are required – I believe).
Fun daytime activities
– Ulupalakua Winery is Maui’s only winery (I think!). If you like wine then I think it would be nice to spend a few hours here. The grounds are beautiful. Try to see if you can take a tour too. Bonus: They have pineapple wine! I can’t remember what it tastes like though.
– If you like/want to shop, Paia has some cute little shops and restaurants
– If you like turtles I would recommend Ho’Okipa Beach. It’s my favorite beach and lots of turtles like to hang out and rest. They tend to swim in around sunset for the night so I like to go there and watch the sunset / turtles making their way onto the sand
– Lavendar Farm in Kula. You can purchase lavendar tea from the store and walk around the small garden and take pictures. If it’s a clear day then you’ll have a nice view of the valley
– Olinda Forest: a nice stroll through the forest. It’s very flat but you can take some nice pictures there and enjoy the views
– Twin Falls Rainforest: Haven’t been but I’ve wanted to check it out
– Road to Hana: There are lots of cool places to stop by on the “Road to Hana”, the road is along the island so the Ocean Views are including Seven Sacred Pools, Waikamoi Ridge Trail, and more. www.roadtohana.com has a better list of the sights you can see along the way. Since there is so much to see, I would recommend leaving early in the AM so you have enough time to have a relaxing drive, see the sights, and get to Hana.
– Definitely check out the Black Sand Beach when you’re in Hana! It’s really cool. I think it’s called Wai’anapanapa State Park.
– There is also a red sand beach (clothing optional) but the location is off the beaten path a bit. You may be able to find directions if you look online though. But the trail to get to the beach is along a cliff so just be careful and watch your step if you decide to go. It’s really lovely once you’re there though.