Welcome to Maui, the ultimate island recreation destination! Find your happy place amongst lush jungles, blue water beaches and the most exotic driving roads in the country. With so much to see and do, planning an island getaway can be daunting, so we curated this Maui travel guide of must-sees to make your island escape stress free!
Skip the bus tours and tackle the twisties of the famous Hana Highway on your own! A bucket-list drive like this requires a proper and pure car; we recommend our gracious hosts at Mauiminigo. This devout group of Maui’s finest motorheads will go above and beyond to ensure you have a thrilling and memorable driving experience. Cruise here to reserve your ride.
Take a deep dive 100 feet below the surface and discover paradise from under the sea. Get up close and personal with coral reefs, sea creatures, and even shipwrecks. Atlantis Submarines is open from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM daily. Reservations strongly suggested.
Your tour begins with an ATV ride through the pineapple fields and across the largest suspension bridge in the state. The scenic drive turns to action as you ly from the slopes of a dormant volcano, zipping through the mountains of Maui at speeds up to 60 miles an hour! Kapalua Ziplines is perfect for couples as each course has dual ziplines, allowing you and a special someone to experience the high-flying thrills side by side. Kapalua Ziplines is open from Monday through Friday from 7:00 AM to 3:00 PM.
Take a beach day at Waiʻānapanapa State Park
As you cruise through the famous Hana Highway, it pays to take a detour at mile marker 32. There you will find the often-overlooked Waiʻānapanapa State Park. Escape the crowds and seek serenity as you hike through the ancient volcanic coastline to a beautiful black sand beach. Waiʻānapanapa State Park is open daily from 7:00 AM to 6:00 PM, entry and parking fees are required.
After a two-year Covid-induced hiatus, drag racing is finally returning to the island for 2022! Immerse yourself in Maui’s high octane drag racing scene and watch local legends duke it out at one of the oldest quarter-mile drag strips in the country. Participants range from your average street car to top fuel funny cars! Drive here to discover the latest event schedule.
Cruise to Maui’s north shore to discover a local favorite 49 years in the making. Indulge in the Polynesian-inspired flavors of Mama’s with diver-caught Maui Octopus and more! Make your reservation now to guarantee a great meal. Mama’s Fish House is open daily from 11:00 AM to 8:30 PM.
There is nothing worse than embarking on an adventure with an empty stomach. Cure the hunger that ales you with craft burgers, brats and grinds paired with local craft brews, seltzers and wine. What Ales You is open from Tuesday through Thursday from 12:00 PM to 9:00 PM featuring live music in the evenings on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday.
After live entertainment and great food? Make a date with Monkeypod kitchen. Cruise through a diverse menu of delectables with everything from kiawe wood oven pizza, locally caught fish, and big juicy burgers. Monkeypod Kitchen has two locations serving Maui. Located in Wailea and Kaanapali, both open daily from 11:00 AM to 10:00 PM with happy hour from 3:30 through 5:00 PM.
Cruise to the Front Street for Asian favorites served with a dash of aloha! Fuel up on the freshest noodles made in-house paired with craft Saki cocktails. Loved by travelers and locals, Star Noodle often books out months in advance. Star Noodle is daily for lunch and dinner from 10:30 AM to 9:00 PM; take-out is available, seating reservations only.
Named for its celebrity owner famed drummer of Fleetwood Mac, Mick Fleetwood. This rocking restaurant is the perfect spot to score sizzling steaks and seafood. Listen to live music every night from their rooftop bar. Fleetwood’s is open for indoor and outdoor service daily for happy hour from 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM and dinner from 5:00 PM to 10:00 PM.
Places to stay
Seeking an authentic Maui experience that the whole family will enjoy? Stay at the Kaanapali Beach Hotel. This newly renovated resort is bustling with family-friendly recreational activities. Learn how to string leis, hula dance, paddleboard, and more! The newly refreshed rooms have a clean, modern look while paying homage to the local culture.
Open the outdoors wider and stay closer to nature at Camp Olowalu. Leave your gear at home and stay in beautifully appointed tentalows. Treat yourself to island glamping at its finest with twin beds and a private open-air shower and sink.
Take your vacation to the next level at Kea Lani’s ultimate relaxation destination. Retreat and rejuvenate amongst a tropical oasis with suites boasting private balconies or lanais overlooking panoramic views throughout. Amenities include an on-site spa, Wailea beach access and cabanas. Valet and paid self-parking are available, cruise here for details.
Relax and unwind at Maui’s adult-exclusive bed & breakfast. The Plantation Inn is an unparalleled retreat from the ordinary, combining the classic plantation styling mixed with modern amenities. Make yourself at home in beautifully decorated guest rooms boasting a comfortable bamboo bed and a spacious bathroom equipped with a large shower. Other amenities include an outdoor pool and patio area, complimentary gourmet breakfast and free parking. Stay and play right in the heart of the historic town of Lahaina.
Perfect for couples seeking seclusion and space, these rustic cottages are a budget-friendly alternative to the noisy hotel de jour. Amenities include a kitchenette, a private balcony, and free parking. Aloha Cottages is locally owned and operated, located within walking distance of downtown Hana and Hana Bay beach.
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