Maui is one of four major islands in Hawaii alongside Oahu, Kauai and Hawaii (The Big Island). Known as “The Valley Isle”, Maui is the second largest Hawaiian Island and is home to some of the world’s most beautiful beaches. If you’re in desperate need of some R&R, then Maui is your destination. We know you’re ready to sit back and relax, so we’ve taken it upon ourselves to research, and point you in the right direction so your visit is the best it can be…it’s just what we do! #futuretravelagentinthemaking
This island has such natural beauty to explore, you’d be crazy to spend your time doing anything else! So we’ve selected the best beaches and parks to see on the island.
Haleakala National Park. Home to the dormant Haleakala Volcano and endangered specifies of birds, Haleakala National Park has both a Summit District (mountain area) and Kipahulu District (coastal area) to explore. Just from seeing the pictures online, you know this National Park is going to be a place you’ll never forget.
Wailea/Napili/Kaanapali Beaches. Beaches on beaches on beaches. Like I mentioned earlier, Maui is home to some of the world’s most beautiful beaches, and these three are a must visit!
Lahaina Banyan Court Park. Have lunch under the oldest living Banyan Tree in Maui. Over 150 years old, this beautiful tree is located in the historical town of Lahaina and is definitely worth the visit. You’ll know what I mean when you see it.
Old Lahaina Luau. Want to feast on a traditional Hawaiian cuisine and enjoy a traditional hula show by the water? The Old Lahaina Luau is the place for you!
Road to Hana. On the opposite side of the Island (away from the most touristy spots in West Maui), is Hana, an isolated tropical paradise. Known simply as the “Road to Hana”, sees you drive along the coastline, with many choosing to stop at various picturesque locations along the way.
Waianapanapa State Park in Hana. No, I didn’t add any extra letters to the name, that’s actually how it’s spelt, crazy right? Waianapanapa State Park is a park full of adventure, from lava tubes, blow holes and caves to, wait for it…a black sand beach! Yes, the sand is actually black! Honokalani Black Sand Beach is truly a magnificent site and totally worthy of an insta pic or three!
Helicopter Tours. This island may be beautiful on the ground, but fancy seeing it from a bird’s eye view! If you’re a bit of a thrill seeker and aren’t afraid of heights, then I would highly recommend doing a helicopter tour of Maui!
We have something on our menu for everyone with this list of where to eat in Maui. So if you’re a picky eater, we’ve got a selection of different cuisines and menus on offer for you to choose from. If you’re not too fussed, then you’re guaranteed to love them all!
Mill House. If you’re looking for a hearty menu that offers you delicious comfort food such as gnocchi, Margherita pizzas, bacon burgers and roasted veggies, then we highly recommend you book yourself a table here!
Da Kitchen. Da Kitchen is Da Bomb hahaha. I had too. But in all seriousness, this place is pretty amazing with its diverse menu, which has an emphasis on traditional Hawaiian food. I mean come on, they called themselves Da Kitchen…they must be pretty cool. They even have a speciality local dish called ‘Notorious B.I.G Moco’.
TINROOF. From pork belly to garlic noodles and spicy chicken sandwiches, this menu has something for everyone. If you order a bowl from here I guarantee you, you won’t be disappointed. Check out their events page to see if you’re in town to join in on the fun.
808 on Main & 808 Deli. Roughly a 25-minute drive from each other, these two Deli’s have a generous menu filled with panini’s, sandwiches and salads, perfect for lunch! Whether you stop at 808 on Main or 808 Deli you’ll definitely walk away feeling full and satisfied.
Maui Brick Oven. Guess what? This gourmet pizza place is 100% gluten-free! They even have a food allergy list which is very considerate of them. Along with pizza, their menu hosts delicious salads, a variety of entrees, rice bowls and desserts! Yeah…we really like the sound of this place!
Merriman’s. This restaurant can be found on three of the four major islands of Hawaii and let me tell you, Merriman’s Kapalua in Maui is absolutely breathtaking, with its oceanfront setting and tropical surroundings. It even has live music daily from 5:30 – 8:30pm, I mean what more could you ask for?
Mama’s Fish House Restaurant. Who doesn’t love a good old family owned restaurant. They feel homey, cosy and more often than not, serve up delicious food; in this case, fish! What’s cool about Mama’s Fish House, is that their daily menu lists the name of the fisherman and where they caught the fish! That’s pretty cool.
South Maui Fish Company. This little red food truck has Poke for days along with their choices of food ‘Off the Grill’. If you’re passing by be sure to pull over to taste some local goodness.
Humuhumunukunukuapua’a. Try pronouncing this one to people when they ask about the restaurants you ate at in Maui! Named after Hawaii’s state fish, this high-end, Polynesian thatch-roof restaurant, located at Grand Wailea Resort, not only serves up delicious island fish and meat entrees but the restaurants floats on a lagoon. Talk about romantic!
Most of the places listed below are beachfront because let’s be honest, on an island as beautiful as Maui there’s no place you’d rather be. Maui can be expensive as I’ve come to find when researching where to stay, so be sure to shop around for the best deals! Try talking to travel agencies about various prices or even shopping around online. You don’t have to change where you want to stay, just try to change the price! Below are a few of our fav picks from the best spots on the island. P.s BF = Beachfront
- Ashton Kaanapali Shores (BF)
- Kaanapali Beach Hotel (BF)
- The Westin Ka’anapali Ocean Resort Villas (BF)
- Royal Lahaina Resort (BF)
- Napili Kai Beach Resort – Lahaina (BF)
- Wailea Beach Resort – Marriott, Maui
- Kamaole Sands – Kihei (Condominium resort where you rent an apartment directly from the owner – opposite Beach)
- Ashton at the Maui Banyan – Kihei
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Words by Jacqui Feros.