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
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!
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!
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
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!
The Andaz Maui at Wailea Resort
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.
The Hyatt Regency Maui
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! 🙂
The Ritz-Carlton Kapalua
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.
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.
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!
Molokini Snorkel Tour Options:
- This best rated Molokini tour departs from Kihei and stops at Turtle Town, where you’ll see Hawaiian sea turtles!
- Here is the cheapest Molokini snorkeling tour I’ve found with stellar reviews; it departs from Maalea Harbor and also stops at Turtle Town.
- This catamaran tour is a great option for anyone who gets seasick- it also stops at Turtle Town.
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!
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!
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!
Day 2: Kula & Haleakala Crater
- Maui Goat Yoga
- Ali’i Kula Lavender
- Kula Bistro
- 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 starts at 9:30am and is about a 50 minute drive away, so get an early breakfast before heading out.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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 Waiʻānapanapa State Park (try saying that five times fast!).
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!).
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.
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.
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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.
**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!
You can find great water activities wherever you’re staying on Maui!
Here are some awesome water activity/snorkel tours based on your location:
- This glass bottom kayak and snorkel tour departs from Kihei
- For kayaking and snorkeling near Lahaina, here is a great tour for you
- If you want the chance to see spinner dolphins, this catamaran snorkel tour heads to Lanai, a different Hawaiian island, with a resident spinner dolphin population!
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!
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.
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!
Next, explore the adorable town of Paia.
This surfer town has a ton of cute shops and is very walkable.
While in Paia, enjoy a bowl of Ululani’s Hawaiian Shave Ice; shave ice is a must when in Hawaii!
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!).
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).
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.
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.
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.
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!
Get ready for three hours of activities, dining, and of course, hula dancing!
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!
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!
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.
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:
- An open-bar sunset sail from Ka’anapali Beach
- A sunset dinner cruise that departs from Ma’alaea
- This sunset sail with hors d’oeuvres and beverages that departs from Lahaina
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!
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