Over the summer, we took a trip to beautiful Maui! It was a trip of a lifetime and I loved having all of my loved ones around. We did lots of fun adventures together and enjoyed the very strong sunshine. I still can’t believe I got burnt (that seriously NEVER happens!).
There is lots of things to see and do on the Island and it was hard to narrow it down to just 5 places. However, I did it and here are my top 5 destinations to go to if you visit Maui!
Lahaina is a beautiful town on the West-side of Maui Island. We originally went there to explore and do a bit of tourist shopping. Little did I know, they had some amazing local and outlet stores! Who knew Hawaii would have a pretty great outlet.
The town itself is absolutely beautiful. Personally, I found that you can see and feel the “American Influence”. Nonetheless, it is worth the trip, wherever you are staying on the Island.
Haleakalā National Park.
Wow. Now this is a must. Haleakalā is located over 10 000 feet above sea level. It is a volcano that forms more than 75% of Maui Island. It is a tough drive to get up there, however it is definitely worth the trip! It is now a National Park, so you must pay to take your car into it. There is also the possibility to bike up or down.
* It is highly recommended to go during sunrise or sunset. Please keep in mind, you MUST make an early reservation to do so. Book it by clicking here. Also, make sure you bring warmer clothing with you, it does get cold up there!
This was a great snorkeling location! We stopped at Kihei I, around the rocks by the hotel. We swam around and saw several turtles. It was a struggle to find some, during our first few attempts in Wailea. However, once we did see them, it was pretty amazing. Swimming with turtles is definitely on everyone’s Hawaiian Bucket List.
There is also a wonderful hiking trail along the water, that runs from Wailea to Kihei. Definitely worth the walk! You also have many possibilities to go for a quick swim, if it does get too hot!
Keep in mind that there are 3 main beaches in Kihei. They are all great in their own ways, so not to worry! It is also located in a great area, with lots of stores and restaurants. If you need a break from the water, there are plenty of options there!
Or Makena Beach, is also a state park. And as the name states, is the biggest beach on the Island, 1.5 miles long to be exact. With beautiful greens all around, white sand and turquoise water, this is a beach worth seeing. Big Beach is located South of the Island.
*It is important to keep and eye out for the shore break, it would not be advisable for inexperienced swimmers. During opening hours, there are always lifeguards on duty. Please consult with a lifeguard about the shore break beforehand, if you do not feel comfortable.
We stayed in the Wailea-Makena area and absolutely loved the atmosphere. With many beautiful beaches around, you have many options to choose from. We did several walks along the shore reaching all the way to the Grand Wailea, which is definitely a location worth seeing. Wailea-Makena also has great snorkeling and a local mall; The Shops At Wailea. If you are looking for a residential area to stay at in Maui, I definitely recommends staying here!
*The condo where we stayed; http://tidd.ly/e8bf4e99
Have you been to Maui? If so, what are your favourite destinations? If you do end up visiting any of these, I’d love to hear all about it!
I can’t wait to go back one day and hopefully be brave enough to do the Road to Hana!
Thank you for reading & until next time! x