Maui's Must-See Destinations

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Lizz Callaway

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  • Domestic Travel

  • USA

  • Hawai'i

  • Beaches

  • Couples Travel

  • Off-the-Beaten-Path Travel

  • Local Culture

  • Relaxation

  • Island-Life

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Curator’s statement

Maui has a reputation for being a golf and resort paradise, but I want to make sure you know that it’s so much more. Respect the land. The natural beauty of Maui will astound you, but please follow the signs and stay out of restricted areas. Chickens and cats! They are everywhere. Don’t worry, they’re very friendly. The weather changes in an instant. Most of the time that light sprinkle will pass in a few moments and that’s how you get the most beautiful rainbows around.

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Where to stay in Maui

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Montage Kapalua Bay

On Maui’s northwest coast, this all-suite resort incorporates Hawaiian culture into everything from its architecture and restaurants, to kids’ club and spa.

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  • $150 spa credit.

  • $60 breakfast credit daily.

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

Fairmont Kea Lani

A family favorite on Polo Beach thanks to the multi-room Villas, three pools and 22-acre beachfront.

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  • $100 hotel / resort credit.

  • Breakfast daily.

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

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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Things to do in Maui

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The Road to Hana: One of the most beautiful but difficult drives to make in Hawaii. Pro tip: If you cannot stomach a tour van, rent a small and/or narrow vehicle. The road is windy, narrow and must be taken slowly. Expect to spend a full day exploring waterfalls, beaches and breath-taking sights.

Po‘Olenalena Beach: Big beach in the Wailea area that’s great for swimming and relaxing in the sun. You can try snorkeling but laying on the beach and enjoying the quiet is a great way to spend your time here.

Nakalele Blowhole: Amazing view but watch your step on the steep and sometimes slippery trail.

Ho'okipa Beach Park: Fun beach to either catch a wave or watch the pros surf on the big waves.

McGregor Point and Lighthouse: One of the best (and free) places to watch the sunset. Park up the road and walk five minutes to enjoy the view.

Waiʻānapanapa State Park: Sacred black sand beach with a blowhole and picturesque views. Pro tip: You need a reservation to enter the park. Get it online and save yourself the heartache of missing out.

Helicopter Tour: Maui is just across the water from Molokai and seeing it from a helicopter is unlike anything you will ever experience. Book online! Pro tip: Confirm your flight before you arrive. Make sure you have all of the details like arrival time, shoe requirements, etc.

Haupa‘Akea Peak: Seeing the sunrise from Haleakala is a once in a lifetime opportunity. Make sure you book in advance as only reservations are allowed entrance between 3am and 7am - the sun rises around 6am.

Places to eat & drink in Maui

Maui's Must-See Destinations - Places to eat & drink

Macadangdang: Tucked away in a small shopping center near Ka'anapali, this unassuming Hawiian Filipino fusion restaurant serves authentic daquiris and elevated cuisine. The sushi bar attached had some of the best negitoro rolls around.

808 Ono Grindz: I am always craving legitimate local breakfast and they do not disappoint. Be patient. They’re small AND popular so be kind and be prepared to wait.

Tamura's Fine Wine and Liquors: Best place to grab poke but do not sleep on their wine and liquor selection! Hard to find bottles everywhere!

Morimoto's Maui: The Iron Chef is a legend for a reason. Fish carpaccio and a spicy cocktail will make your evening.

Tin Roof: Sheldon from Top Chef takes Hawaiian classics and goes ten steps further. Order online!

Esters Fine Prospect: If you want a legitimate tiki drink, they have it. Daiquiris, Mai Tais and more.

Grandma's Coffee: Lovely spot to grab Maui coffee and some local banana bread.

Star Noodle: The famous Lahaina spot has moved to Front Street and reservations are harder to get than ever. Book in advance!

Need to Know

For more Hawaii travel tips, check out my guide to the Big Island: Honoring the Big Island by Exploring Off-the-Beaten Path.

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