10 Must-Dos Maui, Hawaii
Updated: Aug 12
Experience paradise like a local!
Pronounced “hah-le-ah-kah-lah”, this 10,000 foot dormant volcano provides some of the most stunning views on all of Maui. You can drive up to the top at night time for sunset and stargazing or you can go a bit earlier in the day and opt for an 11-mile hike through the
crater (not the easiest hike but totally worth it). Most, including myself, think the inside of the crater looks a bit like mars. It feels like you're on a different planet!
If you'd like to go for sunrise, you need to make a reservation in advance. The park is not free, it costs $30 per vehicle but this park pass is good for a few days and the cost of entry can be split up among everyone in the car, making it a bit cheaper.
2. Waihe'e ridge trail
This is easily my favorite hike on island. The scenic views on this hike range from dense forest to the picturesque ridges and, if you're lucky, some mist-covered mountains at the top. The hike totals 5 miles and is rather steep (you end up going down at a bit of a run!). Entry and parking are free as well which is a plus. Though I've already done this hike 3 times, I dream of doing it again!
If you're looking to see a turtle or 2 during your time on Maui, this is your beach! Ho'okipa is famous for it's surfers and it's turtles. You can lay out in the sand, snorkel in the shallows, or watch some locals ride the waves! If you're looking for a beginner surf spot, this probably isn't your beach! You're better off trying Launiupoko, as Ho'okipa is known for being rough. My favorite part about this beach though is the turtles! They lay out on the far right side of the beach all day and bask in the sun. You're almost guaranteed to see them no matter which day you go. But keep in mind, it's not legal to touch them! So don't get close, just admire from afar :)
Home to Front Street, the famous Banyon Tree, a boat-filled harbour, and loads of gift shops, this is definitely one of the top touristy spots on the island! This is a great spot to grab dinner on a night out and while you're here, be sure to stay for sunset! The views are incredible.
5. Road to Hana
This 64 mile road makes for the perfect day trip. If you want to tour the East side of the island you can follow this road from Paia Town all the way to the town of Hana. Along the way are stops at waterfalls, red and black sand beaches, hikes, and sites galore! A lot of the spots are hidden but when you see groups of cars parked along the side of the road, it's a good sign there's something to see nearby!
6. Little Beach Sunday
If you feel like getting a little wild during your time on the island, make sure to pencil in a beach party for Sunday afternoon! You'll find groups hanging out on Big beach during the day and by 4-5pm you'll see everyone heading to the rock formation on the far side of the beach. Just a quick climb over the rocks and you'll be on Little Beach! This is where the party is at. There's fire twirling, a drum circle, body paint, and lots of good vibes. Not to mention an amazing view of the sunset. Just be warned though- this is a nude beach!
7. Launiupoko Surfing
Launiupoko is the best beginner spot for surfing on the island (in my opinion!). The waves are often consistent and predictable and they typically stay around 3ft! There are plenty of places to rent boards in town and plenty of instructors available as well. Be careful though, this isn't a sand-bottom beach. Like many other beaches in Hawaii, this one is coral-bottom. So don't step on the ground while you're surfing!
There's a cute little park here by the beach as well so it's an nice spot for a picnic, hammock laying, or throwing a bbq!
8. Cliff House
Ever wanted to cliff jump? Don't worry these rocks aren't too high! The jumps range from 5-20 feet and overlook crystal clear waters- perfect for snorkeling! Cliff house is located in Kapalua at Montage Resort but it's free to enter. The smaller jumps are located over on the left side by the climbing latters that lead into the water for snorkeling. The bigger jumps are over on the right but if you aren't sure where to jump from, wait and watch to see where others are jumping from!
9. Paia Town
My favorite little town on all of Maui!! This quaint town is home to coffee shops, shaved ice, local pizza, and all the good vibes. You can get a good taste of authentic Maui here. The town is home to 3 main beaches: Paia Bay, Middle Beach (a nude beach), and Baldwin Beach, all equally gorgeous. Make sure to check out Paia Bowls and Paia Bay Coffee while you're in town!
10. Aloha Surf Hostel
My first and favorite hostel experience I've ever had was here at Aloha Surf Hostel. The staff and guests make this place the gem that it is. Just a 5 minute walk into town and a 10 minute walk from the beach, it's location is ideal! It's also got a free pancake breakfast and free daily tours! Do yourself a favor and check this place out. I've met so many life-long friends here and I dream about going back!
Let me know all about your experiences on Maui and comment if you want to add any must-sees!
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