Maui is one of our favorite places to visit. Whether you’re a beach bum or a thrill seeker, there’s a ton to do for everyone. We recently visited Maui and Hawaii and can’t wait to get back! Below are our top 10 things to do in Maui.
1. Road to Hana
The Road to Hana is probably the most popular thing to do on Maui and for good reason. The drive to Hana provides some of the best scenery on the entire island. The Road to Hana officially starts just east of Paia town. From there, you’ll be able to drive and stop at many scenic spots along the way. The road is one lane throughout and gets pretty windy and narrow along the mountainside. The drive will take you anywhere from 4 to 8 hours depending on how often you stop to enjoy the views. There aren’t many restaurants along the way nor gas stations so be sure to stock up before. For those who get motion sickness, we highly recommend taking some anti-nausea medication before doing the drive. The Road to Hana is definitely a must do when in Maui.
Lahaina is the quintessential small Hawaiian town and is the place to go to find great restaurants. Take a stroll down Front Street and you’ll find cool little shops. In the heart of the town lies the banyan tree park where the oldest and coolest banyan tree lives. We visited on a weekend and there was a music festival in the banyan tree park. There is much to do, see, and eat in Lahaina and it’s only a 5 minute drive away from Ka’anapali Beach!
3. Ka’anapali Beach
There are many beaches on Maui but our favorite is Ka’anapali Beach. Ka’anapali Beach is located on the western side of Maui where the weather is comparatively more dry than the rest of the island. This means that you will always have plenty of sunshine to enjoy the soft sands and blue waters. We stayed at the Hyatt Regency during our visit there which was on the southern tip of the beach but it was beautiful nonetheless. If lounging on the sand isn’t your thing, there are also lots of water sports and snorkeling areas on the beach.
4. Haleakala Sunrise
The Haleakala sunrise is also a must do while in Maui. Haleakala, or “house of the sun” mountain is the tallest peak on Maui sitting at 10,023 feet. The sunrise or sunsets on the peak are amazingly beautiful as you’ll be looking down at the clouds as the sun rises. This creates one of the most stunning sunrises that you can possibly see! Haleakala is a bit of a drive from all resort areas so you’ll have to plan on leaving super early in the morning to catch the sunrise. From Ka’anapali beach, it’s a 3 hour drive to the summit. The road up the mountain is windy and can be a little scary in the dark and rain. We left at 2 am to catch a 5:30 am sunrise. We weren’t so lucky with the weather during our visit and wasn’t able to see the sunrise. But the journey there was definitely fun for us!
Pro tip: Haleakala requires you to purchase tickets in advance per car. It is recommended to book as early as possible since they sell out super quick. If you forget or the tickets for your dates are sold out, you have another chance to grab tickets 2 days before your desired date. They release 40 last minute tickets at 4 pm HST two days prior.
5. Pipiwai Trail
The Pipiwai trail is located on the eastern part of Maui, in the Haleakala National Park. It’s an hour drive past Hana if you’re doing the road to Hana so don’t just stop and turn back around! Keep on going and you’ll be reward with more stunning scenery and a great place to hike at the Pipiwai trail. The trail is also connected to the Seven Sacred Pools at Ohe’o. On the Pipiwai trail hike, you’ll see more spectacular waterfalls and take a stroll through a refreshing bamboo forest. The full hike to Waimoku falls is 4 miles there and back. As with any hike in Hawaii, the duration will vary based on how long you stop to enjoy the scenery.
There are a plethora of outdoor and adventure things to do on Maui. Ziplining is one of our favorites to do while on Maui. You can enjoy beautiful views of the island from the mountain while you’re doing 30 mph down a zipline. We did a 6 line tour that took us down 3,500 ft of lines. It was thrilling and also let us enjoy the natural beauty of Maui.
7. Nakalele Blowhole
The Nakalele blowhole is a natural wonder on the northwest coast of Maui. A blowhole is a hole that is connected to an underwater cave. Water is ejected through the hole as waves crash into the cave. You can see this cool blowhole up close through a rocky hike down. Beware though, it is not safe to get close to the blowhole. There have actually been fatalities from people falling into the hole! You can also admire this wonder safely from afar without making the hike down.
8. Ululani’s Hawaiian Shaved Ice
You can’t go to Maui and not try Hawaiian shaved ice and one of the best places to try it is at Ululani’s. Hawaiian shaved ice is a delicious treat made from filtered water ice blocks cut down to resemble snow cones. Fruit syrups and toppings are added to give it that sweet and tasty goodness. Hawaiian shaved ice is, in our opinion, a million times better than a regular snow cone. If you’re in Lahaina, make sure to stop by Ululani’s. They make the best shaved ice on Maui!
9. Wai’anapanapa State Park
Wai’anapanapa State Park is one of the best stops along the Road to Hana. The reason that this park is so popular is because of it’s beautiful black sand beach. The black sand was created from a volcanic eruption. When lava comes in contact with the ocean, it quickly cools and fragments creating the black sand. The Wai’anapanapa State Park is a must stop on your road to Hana drive.
10. Kapalua Coastal Trail
Kapalua is a small town just north of Ka’anapali Beach. The Kapalua coastal trail is a scenic hike along the coast of this town. It’s more of paved walking trail than a hiking trail but it still is one of the best walks on the west coast of Maui. Walking on the trail, you get great views of the ocean as well as views of the nearby islands of Molokai and Lanai. The trail starts at Kapalua beach and ends at D.T. Fleming beach and is roughly a 1.5 miles in length. We recommend checking out the sunset from this trail. It is gorgeous!
Maui has no shortage of things to do or see. We hope that this list gives you a great idea of things to do while in Maui!
Let us know what your favorite spots in Maui are in the comments below!