7 must do activities on Maui
The island of Maui is an absolute dream. We were fortunate enough to spend a whole week there recently for our friends' wedding and had the best time exploring all this oasis has to offer.
Where we stayed: Kihei
Kihei, on the Southern side of Maui, feels like a sleepy seaside village and has plenty of accomodation options to choose from. We spent 3 nights at the resort Mana Kai Maui, then 4 nights in an Airbnb with some friends.
Kihei was perfect for us as it meant we were able to easily explore all sides of the island.
A quick note: you need to hire a car on Maui.
In order to properly experience the full island, you will need a car. Make sure you book in advance and hire one at Kahalui airport. We rented through Advantage, who were really affordable.
1. The Road to Hana
The Road to Hana was one of the most amazing experiences we have ever done. I can't stress this enough: If you are going to Maui 10000% do the Road to Hana! For more on this incredible drive, and ideas of where to stop, take a look at my blog post dedicated to the Road to Hana.
Lahaina is a quaint old whaling village at the west-end of Maui. This beautiful town is quite unlike any other area on Maui, and well worth exploring. If you're looking for a quiet, relaxed and quite luxurious place to stay, Lahaina is home to some amazing resorts.
3. Explore local beaches
On Maui you will find some of the best beaches in the world, so take some time exploring the local beaches. The water temperature is very mild, perfect for swimming, and if you hire a snorkel set, you can see the beautiful array of marine life that calls the warm Hawaiian waters home! We were lucky enough to see two sea turtles basking on the beach while we were walking along.
The crater is the most popular tourist destination on Maui, and sadly one that we didn't get to visit on this trip! A popular time to go to the summit is for sunrise, however you need to book this in.
Take a look at the National Park Services website for more information or to plan your visit.
5. Iao Needle
The Iao Needle is located in the Iao Valley in West Maui. The track itself is about 0.6km, so while it's called a "hike", it's really just a gentle walk! Highly recommended for people of all ages, while you probably won't spend a great deal of time here, it's well worth seeing. The area is full of lush vegetation and very Hawaiian.
6. Go snorkling
Maui is full of incredible snorkling locations, both on the island and just off. Molokini is one of the best snorking locations in the world and is just a short ferry trip from Maui. We didn't have a chance to visit, but it's definitely on my "next time" list!
7. Ali'i Kula Lavender Farm
For stunning views and plenty of lavender treats, head up to Ali'i Kula Lavender Farm. The Lavender Farm is perfect for people of all ages and offers a range of lavender based beverages and food. There's also a treasure hunt to keep the kids (or adults!) entertained, and if you find all of the spots along the hunt, you receive a lavender cookie.
No matter what you do on Maui, you are sure to have an amazing experience. Just try to leave your resort and experience all that this Hawaiian paradise has to offer!
What are your "must do" Maui activities?