The Ultimate Maui Itinerary So You Don’t Miss A Thing

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Above the clouds at Haleakala Crater

Heading to Maui and need a Maui itinerary?

Well first off, you’ve made a great choice- this is my favorite Hawaiian island so far!

From the Road to Hana and its lesser-known counterpart on the west coast, to Mama’s Fish House and driving above the clouds at Haleakala, there are so many epic things to do in Maui!

You’ll find stunning views, delicious food, and a pretty much endless list of activities on Maui.

Secondly, you’ve come to the right place!

Here’s a Maui itinerary that lists all of the best things to do on the island so that you make the most of your time there!

Maui Itinerary Map

Here’s a map of all of the different locations.

If you open the map, you can click on specific days to show only the activities for that day.

  • Lodging is colored red
  • Beaches and waterfalls are in blue
  • Parks/towns/points of interest are in green
  • Food is orange

Daily Summary

Here’s the general overview of each day of my Maui itinerary. Feel free to click on a specific day to jump right to it!

Scheduling tips

You can mix and match most of these days, but I’d recommend keeping Iao Valley & the Luau right before the Lahaina day so that you can spend a night in Lahaina. It’ll save you some driving time!

Also, if you’re only on Maui for a few days, you can merge Paia Town into the Iao Valley or Lahaina day.

The only day that you’ll be booked from dawn ’til dusk is the Road to Hana day, so keep that in mind!

And if you have more days on the island, stretch the itinerary out and spend more time relaxing! It is a tropical paradise, after all!

Lunch at Lehua Lounge at the Andaz Maui
This cute mural is inside the Andaz Maui

Lodging plans

This itinerary is based off of my experience in Maui and includes a few hotels that we absolutely loved.

My Maui itinerary is set up so that there are:

  • Four nights in Wailea (we stayed at two hotels, the Andaz Maui and the Grand Wailea)
  • Two nights in Lahaina (we stayed at the Hyatt Regency Maui and have also stayed at the Ritz-Carlton a bit further west in Kapalua)

The hotels mentioned in this post invited us to stay for a few nights, but all of my opinions here are my own! I genuinely recommend them to y’all!

Grand Wailea Maui, a Waldorf Astoria Resort

Poolside at the Grand Wailea
The Grand Wailea has my husband’s favorite breakfast in Maui

The Grand Wailea is a great resort in Wailea- perfect for couples, friends, or families!

It’s my husband’s favorite place to stay on Maui for two reasons: their breakfast spread and their epic water slides- good for all ages!

Book your stay at the Grand Wailea here!

The Andaz Maui at Wailea Resort

Poolside at the Andaz Maui
The view from the lobby at the Andaz

While the Grand Wailea is my husband’s favorite resort in Maui, mine is the Andaz! It exudes luxury and resort perfection!

It also has the nicest interiors of all of these, which I love! I talk more about what you’ll find at the Andaz here.

Book your stay at the Andaz here!

The Hyatt Regency Maui

How cute are these little guys?

The Hyatt Regency Maui was our choice for Lahaina- it’s in a great location with a short walk to Whaler’s Village!

Oh, and there are penguins in the lobby! ๐Ÿ™‚

Book your stay at the Hyatt Regency Maui here!

The Ritz-Carlton Kapalua

In the gorgeous pool at the Ritz-Carlton
A yummy breakfast spread at the Ritz-Carlton

The Ritz-Carlton Kapalua is the most remote resort we’ve stayed at in Maui, and is perfect if you love golf or want a resort-focused vacation.

They’ve got an award winning golf course, delicious food at the Banyan Tree (the best bread we’ve ever had!), and a relaxing spa.

Book your stay at the Ritz-Carlton here!

Day 1: Wailea & Molokini

  • Start at your Wailea hotel
  • Makena Stables or snorkeling at Molokini
  • Makena Beach
  • La Perouse Bay
  • Wow Wow Hawaiian Lemonade
  • Sunset at Wailea Beach
  • dinner at Monkeypod

Rise and shine! You’re probably up early because of the jet lag, so get an early start on the day!

If you’re staying at the Grand Wailea, pick up some breakfast from the Grand Wailea’s Cafe Kula, which opens at 5:30am.

An early morning at Makena Beach
Lava rocks at La Perouse Bay

Makena Beach in the early morning hours is an absolute paradise! Enjoy your breakfast at the beach and soak in that Hawaiian morning sunlight!

After your beach time, drive a bit further to Makena Stables. There are morning and sunset trail rides that go out everyday, be sure to reserve your ride here!

Rides last 1.5 hours and the morning ride is at 9:30, but check in is at 8:45.

Your ride will take you through La Perouse Bay, but if you skip the horseback riding, still be sure to stop at the Bay! It has a rough, volcanic shoreline that is absolutely beautiful!

For an alternate morning…

For an alternate morning, take a boat out to Molokini for some of the island’s best snorkeling! There are multiple tours that boat out to the Molokini Crater, These tours last 5+ hours and depart in the early morning.

If you are up for a jam-packed day, You can combine snorkeling and horseback riding if you choose the sunset horseback riding option.

Molokini Snorkel Tour Options:

After your morning is complete, head back to your hotel for lunch. One great option is the Grand Wailea’s Bistro Molokini.

If you’d prefer lunch outside of the hotel, Coconut’s Fish Cafe has a delicious fish taco!

Gorgeous fountains at the Grand Wailea
The Grand Wailea has some beautiful balconies!

After lunch, enjoy some pool time and relaxation.

About an hour before sunset, head to Wailea Beach for an epic sunset, then drive to Monkeypod Kitchen for a delicious dinner!

Sunset at Wailea Beach
Dinner at Monkeypod Kitchen

Reservations are recommended but if you don’t have one, still head over and check on the wait time!

The food is worth the wait, and they are known for their Mai Tais!

But seriously, how gorgeous is this sunset at Wailea Beach?

Day 2: Kula & Haleakala Crater

  • Maui Goat Yoga
  • Ali’i Kula Lavender
  • Kula Bistro
  • MauiWine
  • Haleakala Crater

Today you’ll spend the day in Kula.

Start off with Maui Goat Yoga, which is yoga with goats (yup, exactly as it sounds!).

Yoga with goats and a view!

Yoga starts at 9:30am and is about a 50 minute drive away, so get an early breakfast before heading out.

After yoga you’ll get plenty of photo opportunities with these cuties!
Next, head to Ali’i Kula Lavender, which has lavender in bloom year round

Next, head over to Ali’i Kula Lavender. Entrance is $3/per person.

You’ll see lavender regardless of time of year as they plant different lavender species which bloom at different times.

Grab a homemade lavender scone and some lavender lemonade at the gift shop and enjoy out on the terrace.

If you do the walking tour, you’ll leave with a small bunch of lavender
Enjoy lavender lemonade and scones on the beautiful terrace
These adorable little birds kept us company on the terrace

Guided Walking Tour

IF YOU WANT TO LEARN ABOUT THE DIFFERENT TYPES OF LAVENDER AND PLANTS THAT ALI’I KULA GROWS, JOIN A 30-40 MINUTE GUIDED WALKING TOUR! IT IS $12/PER PERSON IF YOU PURCHASE WHILE YOU’RE THERE, OR $10/PER PERSON IF YOU BOOK AHEAD OF TIME HERE.

Next, stop for lunch at Kula Bistro or Kula Lounge.

If you eat at Kula Lounge, request outdoor seating; they have a really neat patio with circle tables and a beautiful view.

A patio with a view at Kula Lounge.

Interested in stopping for a taste of some Maui wine?

MauiWine is located in Kula and they’ve got a great tasting menu! They are open from 10am-5pm, and do $12-$16 tasting flights alongside their complementary tours. Tours last for 30 minutes and are at 10:30am & 1:30pm.

Haleakala Crater

You can see the observatory and the rolling clouds in the distance
This is an epic view of Red Hill. Looks like Mars, doesn’t it?

For the final few hours of sunshine, drive the climb up to Haleakala Crater! This view will absolutely blow you away, regardless of time of day!

If you do plan to go to Haleakala for sunrise or sunset, go early or leave plenty of extra time for waiting at the entrance booth because there will most likely be a long line of cars.

Afraid of missing sunrise? Book this sunrise Haleakala tour!

Things to know if you want to watch the sunrise at Haleakala on your own

For sunrise, you MUST get an online reservation ahead of time. Tickets are just $1 to reserve your sunrise admission. If the day you plan to go is already sold out, the park releases 80 more tickets 2 days before the date at 7AM Hawaii time. Book them right at 7AM because they will all be gone by 7:02AM! Make sure you set up your login for recreation.gov before booking the ticket, otherwise you’ll have to create a login while purchasing which takes time, and the tickets will be sold out by the time you finish (that was what happened to us!). If you don’t have a sunrise ticket, you’ll have to wait until the park officially opens at 7AM.
This is the kind of view you’ll see as you drive up or down the volcano

Day 3: Road to Hana

  • Twin Falls Maui Waterfall
  • Upper Waikani Falls
  • Honomanu Beach
  • Pua’a Ka’a Falls
  • Honokalani Beach
  • Kaihalulu Beach
  • Braddah Hutts BBQ Grill
  • Wailua Falls
  • The Pools at ‘Ohe’o
  • Waimoku Falls
  • Ono Organic Farms
  • Hali’imaile General Store

Today on my Maui itinerary, you’ll explore one of Maui’s most well known attractions: the Road to Hana!

You’ll see numerous waterfalls all along the Road to Hana

There are a few different routes that people choose to do:

  • Halfway to Hana and turn back
  • Hana town and turn back
  • Pools at ‘Ohe’o/Kipahulu and back
  • Complete a full loop and drive the not-recommended stretch of road between Kipahulu and Kula.

Timing

Twin falls is the first waterfall stop on the Road to Hana and gets very crowded!
Honomanu Beach is a hidden gem- we practically had the whole thing to ourselves

We made a last minute decision to drive the Road to Hana one day earlier than we had planned due to the weather.

My original plan had us out on the road at 6am… but because of the last minute decision, we started our Road to Hana trek at noon instead!

With a noon departure time, our last stop was Honokalani Beach at Waiสปฤnapanapa State Park (try saying that five times fast!).

A glimpse of Honokalani Beach at Waiสปฤnapanapa State Park

I’d definitely recommend starting as early as possible to beat the traffic and get as much out of the day as possible!

The more daylight, the more time to see all that Hana Hwy has to offer!

Booking a Road to Hana tour

If you don’t want to concern yourself with driving, you can hop onto a Road to Hana tour.

Here is a great small-group tour of the Road to Hana (the smaller the group the better in my opinion!).

See the Road to Hana via Helicopter

For a truly unique Road to Hana experience, book a helicopter tour! This luxury helicopter tour includes a limo-van tour of the Road to Hana.

Driving tips

The curvy, narrow road has places to pull off to let people pass
Epic views shrouded in fog along the Road to Hana

People say that the Road to Hana is a long, scary stretch of road, but as long as you’re careful around turns and focused on the road, it should be a breeze!

There are various places to pull off, and I’ve included the most notable stops on my list of places to visit.

If you are driving slowly, give way to locals by pulling off a the next pull off.

Today’s meals:

For breakfast, stop off at a banana bread stand on the side of the road for some fresh Hawaiian banana bread!

For lunch, grab some barbecue at Braddah Hutts BBQ Grill.

Dinner is actually after you complete the Road to Hana.

After a long day of driving, the delcious, organic, locally-sourced food at the Hali’imale General Store is just what the doctor ordered.

Dinner at Hali’imale General Store
Their lobster pizza was excellent!

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Day 4: Paia Town

  • Water activities
  • Mama’s Fish House
  • Hookipa Beach Park
  • Paia Town
  • Ululani’s Hawaiian Shave Ice
  • Vana Paia

After a long day of driving the Road to Hana yesterday, take it easy today with water activities, some of the yummiest food on the island, and a trip to Paia Town!

Start off the day with water activities!

If you’re staying at the Grand Wailea, Aqualani offers water activities at their shack right at the beach.

Try to get out on the water in the early morning hours (ie. typically before 9AM) because that’s when the water is calmest.

We did paddle board and aqua glider rentals from Aqualani
Aqua gliding for the first time!

**Even if you’re not staying at the Grand Wailea, you can still rent from Aqualani.**

My husband and I did Aqua Glider rentals (think of an easy elliptical on the water!) and paddle board rentals. We enjoyed our hour of peace and light exercise on the calm water.

If you’re lucky, you’ll see a manta ray or sea turtle swimming underneath you!

Water Activities

You can find great water activities wherever you’re staying on Maui!

Here are some awesome water activity/snorkel tours based on your location:

If you didn’t snorkel at Molokini on the Wailea & Molokini day, consider one of those tours for today as well.

Next head to Mama’s Fish House (when they open) for lunch!

Y’all. I cannot even begin to explain how delicious this was!!!

I cannot stress how important it is that you dine at Mama’s Fish House.

It has become both my husband and my favorite restaurant EVER.

The food is PERFECT. Fresh, delicious, made by culinary geniuses.

Reservations are most definitely required, but even if they are booked up, you can stop by and wait for a seat at the bar or in their lounge seating area.

The interior of Mama’s Fish House
Playing on the beach after our lunch

After Mama’s Fish House, watch surfers and windsurfers at the famous Hookipa Beach Park.

You can navigate to the Hookipa Beach Park Lookout where you can watch from above. In the winter the swells are absolutely stunning!

A view of Hookipa Beach Park from the lookout parking lot

Next, explore the adorable town of Paia.

This surfer town has a ton of cute shops and is very walkable.

How cute is this charming little surfer town?

While in Paia, enjoy a bowl of Ululani’s Hawaiian Shave Ice; shave ice is a must when in Hawaii!

Cute murals in Paia
Stop at Ululani’s for shave ice

After your shopping and explorations in Paia Town, walk over and grab a table at Vana Paia at the Paia Inn for exquisite sushi and sashimi (I highly recommend the salmon collar!).

Scallops at Vana Paia
Sushi and sashimi at Vana Paia

Day 5: Iao Valley

  • Iao Valley
  • The Mill House
  • Lahaina Harbor
  • Whale watching *if its the winter time*
  • Old Lahaina Luau
  • Stay at a hotel in Lahaina

It’s time to check out of your hotel because today you’ll step back into the Jurassic Period. (But really, check out of your hotel today because if you’re following my itinerary, you’re heading to Lahaina tonight).

The view as you drive towards Iao Valley State Park

Iao Valley State Park is absolutely stunning and looks like a scene out of Jurassic Park.

With lush green canopies and low fog hanging around the towering mountain peaks, it’s easy to picture a Brontosaurus roaming around here.

Out of Jurassic Park, right?!
The terrain here is beyond stunning

There are a few hikes you can go on, and bring your bathing suit if you want to swim in the river!

Afterwards, enjoy a delicious locally sourced, organic meal at The Mill House, located on Maui Tropical Plantation next to Iao Valley.

Lahaina is a charming town for shopping and dining

Next you’ll drive down to Lahaina, where you’ll check into your Lahaina hotel (I recommend the Hyatt Regency Maui!).

Cool off by the pool and relax until the late afternoon, when you’ll head to Lahaina around the harbor to walk around the town.

Alternatively, go whale watching!

Whale watching season is during the winter in Maui, so if you are visiting from January to March, chances are you will almost certainly be able to see some humpback whales! Here is a great catamaran tour from Lahaina.
Views of Lahaina from our whale watching boat
Soaking up golden hour at the Lahaina Harbor

The big event tonight is the Old Lahaina Luau- known as the best luau on Maui!

You’ll need to get reservations here ahead of time; each night is almost always completely booked, year-round!

Our table at the Old Lahaina Luau
Activities and dancing before the feasting begins
The overall set up of the Old Lahaina Luau. You can choose to sit at a table, like you see on the left, or dine in a traditional manner, seated on the floor.

Get ready for three hours of activities, dining, and of course, hula dancing!

The hula at the Old Lahaina Luau is a magnificent story of Hawaii’s past

Day 6: Lahaina

  • Olivine Pools
  • Nakalele Blowhole
  • Heart Shaped Rock
  • Kapalua Bay Beach
  • Sea Maui
  • Kimo’s Maui

For your second day in Lahaina (and the last day of my Maui itinerary!), you’ll be exploring the northwestern side of Maui.

This route is way more difficult than the Road to Hana- at a lot of parts you’re on a one lane road, including during a lot of curves in the road!!

So exercise extreme caution as you’re driving this route; use your horn to signal to other cars that you’re coming around a curve, and drive slowly!

This view is near Karen Lei’s Art Gallery- we stopped in to purchase a souvenir
You can see the Olivine tide pools off in the distance

Now that that’s out of the way, get ready for some gorgeous views!

I’ve included the most notable stop-offs on this route.

When you go to Nakele Blowhole, please remember that you are not allowed to get close to the blowhole. It is extremely dangerous, and people have lost their lives in the past by getting too close!

The Nakalele Blow Hole is so powerful- keep your distance to stay safe
The heart shaped rock is in the same area as the Nakalele Blow Hole

Also, a lot of the stops include short hiking (or long hiking if you want!), so bring sneakers or shoes you can walk around in. I wore comfy sandals all day on this day and was totally fine doing the short hikes, so just be mindful of your own comfort level.

After today’s little road trip, you’ll return to Lahiana where you can spend some downtime relaxing at your hotel.

These penguins are in the lobby of the Hyatt Regency Maui
We spent some time in the crystal clear waters before dinner

For dinner, here are two options for you:

  • If you want to stay on land, enjoy local seafood and prime ribs at Kimo’s Maui where you’ll have harbor views and their famous Hula Pie dessert.
  • If you’re up for a sea adventure, book a sunset sail for tonight!

For the sunset cruise, here are three different options:

In conclusion…

I hope that you found this Maui itinerary helpful!

If you have questions or have a favorite place in Maui that’s not on my list, comment them below!

Mahalo for reading!

With aloha,

Jasmine

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