I’m back with a 3-day guide to Maui, Hawaii! Maui is one of the eight main islands that make up Hawaii. Famous for Haleakala National Park, the Road to Hana and over 30-miles of unspoiled beaches.
OUR 3-DAY ITINERARY FOR MAUI, HAWAII
THINGS TO KNOW
As with Kauai, unless you plan to stay exclusively at your resort, you will want to rent a car. We rented a soft-top Jeep for the duration of our stay in Maui.
We visited during October and it is the perfect time. It wasn’t overly crowded and the weather is great in October; average temps are in the mid-80s. It’s much more humid than I am used to in the desert, but the ocean breeze makes it totally bearable.
WHERE TO STAY
There are many options of places to stay in Maui but I recommend Lahaina thanks to its bustling downtown full of restaurants, bars & shopping. Napili is another great spot to stay, with a lot of resorts and beautiful swimming beaches. The small town of Paia is popular, but it was a little too busy for my liking and had more of a bohemian vibe. Southern Maui has a lot of upscale resorts, like the Fairmont, but I personally didn’t love the area.
- Explore Lahaina
- Drinks at rooftop of Fleetwoods
- Dinner at Paia Fish Market
Spend your first day in Maui exploring the town of Lahaina. It’s full of shops, bars & restaurants, beach access and beautiful sunsets. Grab drinks on the rooftop of Fleetwoods On Front Street (great views and an even better soundtrack).
We found the most unique shop in Lahaina called Vintage European Posters. And you guessed it, they sell vintage European posters. Think Monica Gellar’s gorgeous Jouets print above her TV. Finish your day at Paia Fish Market in Lahaina. They offer a variety of fresh fish options and plenty of items for vegetarians!
- Drive the Road to Hana
The Road to Hana is Maui’s most popular tourist attraction. It’s a 64.4 mile drive, infamous for the hairpin turns and one-lane roads. Check out my post, 7 Tips for Driving the Road to Hana for more info! After you finish this amazing drive, partake in a unmatched Hawaiian tradition – a Luau!
The most popular Luau in Maui is the Old Lahiana Luau. We oped to check out a different spot, called the Feast at Lele. Upon arriving you receive a welcome drink and a fresh orchid leis. You are taken to your private table, just steps from the ocean. The Feast at Lele offers a 5-course meal through different pacific islands (Hawaii, New Zealand, Tahiti & Samoa) with a vegetarian option, along with unlimited drinks (and they were NOT watered down). I’m a vegetarian and Paul has a severe nut allergy and prior to the Luau, they called us to confirm our dietary needs and were wonderful and attentive the whole evening.
I don’t want to ruin the fun for you, so I’ll keep the description brief, but its a great time! Be sure to bring cash for a tip, as that’s not included in the ticket price. Parking along the street is free, if you can find it, or there is a lot nearby for $10.
- Beach day
- Banana Cream Pie
Don’t leave Maui without having breakfast at The Gazebo. The wait can be pretty intense, so plan to get there half an hour before they open if it works for your schedule. I usually don’t like to wait in line for anything, but I think this was worth it. Try their pineapple pancakes… they’re to die for! As I mentioned earlier, Paul has a nut allergy, and the staff were wonderful about accommodating him. They made his pancakes without the macadamia nuts!
Whose parents followed the “no swimming for 30-minutes after you eat rule”? Well I’m not your mom, so grab your towel, lets head to the beach! I was a little nervous about swimming in the ocean in Hawaii because there are strong riptides and more sharks than I care to know. Luckily our hotel had a wonderful beach with smooth, clear waters and a clean sandy beach. Check out the many beaches in Maui to find the one best for you… just be aware of your surroundings in the water and don’t venture out too deep!
Finish your day with the best banana cream pie you will ever have! Just outside of Lahaina sits Leoda’s Kitchen and Pie Shop. These pies come in small circular dishes, perfect for sharing with your travel partner (or eating all by yourself if you’re like me). We tried a couple other desserts but nothing compared to the BCP!
Is Maui calling your name yet? If you’re planning a trip to Hawaii, be sure to add this island to your list. We also visited Kauai – you can find my 2-day travel diary to Kauai here, my 7-Tips for Driving the Road to Hana here and my Hawaii Packing Guide here.