It took me awhile to put Maui on my ‘Must Visit’ list & after my amazing stay it definitely lives up to the hype. After landing into Kahului airport (OGG) I had a packed itinerary that had me stay in two of the major resort areas: Kaanapali & Wailea with fun activities that make this island not just another beach destination! * I plan on returning during Whale Season which runs November- May with peak times being January-February!
Lahaina: It’s easy to see why this is the most visited town on the island. Stop here to see one of the largest banyan trees in the world. Stroll front street for great shopping and of course get yourself some Ululani’s Shave Ice!
Wailea: Home to many of the luxury resorts this enclave boasts one of the best beaches, a great golf course & the meanest Mai Tai on the island courtesy of Monkeypod!
Haleakala Sunrise & Bike Tour: There are many companies to choose from but #1 hands down is Bike it Maui Pick up is 2:20AM- don’t let this deter you from this tour- you are then taken to the summit of the volcano to watch one of the most magical sunrises in the world. Then its time to strap in- here is where Bike it Maui has them beat-2 guides (request Mike & Rodney), one that leads on bike and one that follows in the van blocking traffic, take you down the crater. This option is much safer & gives you the option to forgo biking if you wish. $140.00 including breakfast
Sail Kaanapali: With pick up right on Kaanapali beach Sail Trilogy is a perfect option when staying in the area. Start the day with their famous cinnamon rolls then head to your first snorkel spot- I upgraded to the SNUBA experience and if you always wanted to try scuba this is a great introductory option. 20 feet below for 20 min was thrilling and swimming along sea turtles is always a highlight. $119.00 per person + $59.00 snuba upgrade
Road to Hana: Although I did not have time to do this popular road trip its on the list for next time!
Fun facts I learned while on the island
- The last sugar plantation on the island closes this year, meaning Maui will no longer farm sugar cane
- Whale Season runs Nov-May so water sports such as jet skis & parasailing do not occur during this time
- Haleakala – house of the sun- is the largest dormant volcano in the world
- All beaches are public, but their are plenty to choose from so take your pick.
If you know of any more please comment below! Mahalo