Day Trip Itinerary Ideas in Maui, HI

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  • Maui

  • Hawai'i

  • Beaches

  • City Travel

  • Outdoors

  • Coastal

  • Entertainment

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Maui is my hometown and has a lot to offer besides sandy beaches and onolicious (good) food. With tons of activities on land and water, your day will be eventful. Whether you're staying on the westside or south side of the island, where majority of our resorts, hotels and lodging are, all you need is a car or 4x4 depending on your activity level onto your next Maui adventure

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Where to stay

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Fairmont Kea Lani - Maui

An expansive Maui resort with an array of amenities, pools and beachfront access.

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  • $100 food / beverage credit.

  • Breakfast daily.

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Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea

Expect spot-on service, a mix of upscale restaurants and a prime location overlooking famed Wailea Beach.

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Hyatt Regency Maui Resort And Spa

Upscale beachfront resort with seven restaurants and bars set in 40 acres of lush tropical gardens.

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  • Hotel / resort credit.

  • Welcome amenity.

  • Breakfast daily.

  • Upgrade & extended check-in/out whenever possible.

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Day 1: Island resort exploration

sleek infinity pool overlooking an island in the ocean

With vast lodgings on the island, on the westside, Lahaina & Ka'anapli are the most popular locations. The resorts sit on a strip of sandy beaches, a boardwalk from the 1st resort to the last, shopping to dining on the water watching the sunset and many more.

Day 2: Sunrise summit adventure

A hike to the top of a hill.

Besides laying in the sand or soaking in the pool, start your day with a sunrise in the morning to Haleakala (House of the Sun) National Park. Sitting over 10,000+ feet above sea level, at the Summit off to the horizon, often times you may see the Big Island's Volcano, Mauna Kea.

Take time into consideration, as this is a high tourist destination and it will take you over an hour to get to the top if you're driving from the west or south side.

Day 3: Local brunch delight

A hut near the seashore

Journey your way down the hill and have breakfast or brunch at a local eatery in the town of Paia. From farm to table, this cafe sits on what used to be our train/bus depot with lots of outdoor dining. I love their fresh fruit smoothies and açai bowl, it hits the spot every time. On your way out, stop by their fruit stand and grab a fruit(s) or raw honey!

Day 4: Ultimate shave ice indulgence

A little boy next to a cup of ice cream.

For dessert, lets drive to the south to Kihei and have Shave Ice at the most popular spots on the island, Ululani's. There's so many variations and toppings, you'll have to come back another time and make another concoction.

Day 5: Unforgettable experience

A traditional Hawaiian Luau table.

Book a Luau for dinner! With so many to choose from, I recommend The Old Lahaina Luau, in Lahaina. It's behind the shopping center off of the main highway. Reservations are required.

This family event will keep your bellies full, entertained with cultural dances, also inviting guests to join in on the action. You'll also see the the pig (pua) being pulled from the imu (underground oven)! Then, watch the sunset into the horizon as you enjoy your luau.

Day 6: Boardwalk in Ka'anapli

Sunlight piercing through the palm trees near the shore.

After dinner, take a walk on the boardwalk in Ka'anapli and listen as the ocean crashes ashore with nature all around you. You'll be captivated, you won't want to leave.

Need to Know

For more travel tips, check out Fora Advisor Carol Johnston's guide, Must-Do in Hawai'i: Best Activities for Each Hawaiian Island.

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This guide is part of our ongoing series on travel to Maui.