10 Must Do Things in Maui!

I have been to Hawaii twice and I absolutely love it! I have heard people say the flights are too long or its too expensive but trust me-it is worth it! I have also heard its sun and beach which you can get on the mainland but trust me-it is not Florida or California. The weather is perfect with 80 degrees even in August, there are different terrains on the various islands with mountains, volcanoes and waterfalls. Hawaiians are extremely friendly and inviting and Polynesian food and drinks are delicious!

The last time I was in Hawaii I was able to spend some time on the island of Maui. I experienced so much in a few days that I thought I would share the things you must do while visiting this breathtaking island.

10 Must Do Things in Maui, Hawaii!

In Maui Hawaii

1) Take a tour up to the Haleakala summit to watch the sunrise. This is without a doubt one of the best things I have ever experienced. Even more so since I was able to do it with my Mother. Make sure to dress warm since temps up there can be 40 degrees or less even in the summer! One of my favorite lines was asking one of the tour guides “what is all that fluffy white stuff?”. His answer- “umm the clouds!” Besides being in an airplane I have never seen or come close to clouds! Watching the skyline go from complete darkness to the wide range of colors while the sun rose was magnificent.

10 Must Do Things in Maui, Hawaii!

Sunrise at Haleakala Summit!

2) Hang  out on Kanaapali beach. I was lucky enough to stay on this beach. There are paths that lead to a cute downtown area with shops and restaurants and it is a great place to go star gazing at night and watch all the surfers which leads me to #3..

10 Must Do Things in Maui, Hawaii! My Mother under a beautiful palm on Kanaapali Beach

My Mother under a beautiful palm on Kanaapali Beach

3) Go surfing! It is Hawaii after all. I cant say that I did this but people that I watched taking lessons seem to enjoy it! There are lessons for pros or beginners available.

10 Must Do Things in Maui, Hawaii!

Surfers in Maui, Hawaii!

4) Go to a Luau. This is a Hawaiian tradition and not to be missed. I suggest researching the different ones available in your area for price and location. I definitely recommend doing one on the beach at sunset. Expect tasty traditional foods such as poi (made from the taro plant), Lomilomi salmon, poke-a salad with tuna and spices, and of course pork from the Kalua pig which is cooked underground.  There is also entertainment including live music and flame throwers that make it a night to remember.

10 Must Do Things in Maui, Hawaii!

Enjoying a Luau in Maui!

5) Take the road to Hana. The drive is long and winding on cliffs, pass waterfalls, lush tropical landscape and with ocean views! I took a tour to Hana but many tourists rent there own car and do the drive themselves. It is not for the faint of heart but absolutely worth the trip!

10 Must Do Things in Maui, Hawaii!

The Road to Hana in Maui!

6) While in Hana visit the black sanded beaches! Due to lava from the volcanoes the sand is black and the water has a grey hue. Beautiful, unique and so calming!

10 Must Do Things in Maui, Hawaii!

The Black Sanded Beaches in Maui.

7) Visit the seven sacred pools. These are waterfalls that empty into pools which empty out into the ocean. You can climb down and go for a magnificent swim in the fresh, cool water.

10 Must Do Things in Maui, Hawaii!

The Seven Sacred Pools in Maui!

 

10 Must Do Things in Maui, Hawaii!

A view of the Seven Sacred Pools in Maui!

8) Watch the sunset every night from everywhere! The beautiful colors and the uninterrupted views watching the sun disappear beyond the ocean is memorable to say the least.

10 Must Do Things in Maui, Hawaii!

Sunset in Maui!

9) Eat macadamia nuts! I can not believe I did not take any pics of these! There are roasted macadamia nuts, chocolate covered ones, macadamia crusted fish at food stands and restaurants and my favorite-macadamia nut ice cream! I was seen eating chocolate macadamia nut ice cream at the airport terminal prior to boarding my flight!

10) Relax and Enjoy! Hawaii and Maui in particular are the perfect places to relax and unplug. Enjoy the beautiful surroundings and people all around you. While going through pics I found my first selfie taken with my camera and both arms stretched out! lol I was trying to capture the colorful plants behind me!

10 Must Do Things in Maui, Hawaii!

A selfie in Hawaii.

 

Have you been to Maui? If so share your thoughts with us!

N.S.W.

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  1. 3

    says

    Yes, I’ve been to Maui and it was AMAZING. I did the road to Hana, and it was just amazing. I wish I had left earlier so I could really stay longer at each stop. I stayed in Lahaina, where I could walk to everything and enjoy the best hamburger I’ve EVER eaten in my life at the Cool Cat Cafe. I definitely want to go back again. It was actually more affordable than I thought for flight and hotel, but the food is extremely expensive. I stayed in a condo rental at the Outrigger Aina Nalu , and cooked most of my meals, and ate out a few nights a week to balance it all out. Overall one of the BEST trips of my life.
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    says

    Great post, my boss is going to Maui in December and if I wasn’t jealous when I found out I sure am now. Hawaii is on my list of places to visit.
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    Genesis says

    Wonderful post! Thank you so much. My husband and I are planning a trip there, what Hotels would you suggest?

    Thank you
    -Genesis

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