Maui’s Best Activities, Happy Hours & Restaurants To Keep You Satisfied!
Growing up in Vancouver, our go-to destination for surf and sand are the Hawaiian Islands. My family would spend the winter breaks in Maui and I have come to consider Maui as a second home. I can navigate the island without GPS, know the party hot spots, the best beaches, and the coolest activities. So put your winter coat back in your closet, pack your swim attire and head to heaven, or Maui, it is actually the same thing!
TOP 10 THINGS TO DO IN MAUI
10. Snorkel Molokini, a volcanic atoll; the cute Baby Beach in Lahaina; or the rocky, lava flow created Black Rock in Kaanapali. You will be amazed at all the different tropical fish, turtles and even sharks you will see.
9. Drive to Hana and take a dip in the seven sacred pools. I am not going to sugar coat this. Although the Hana Highway is about 40 miles long, it takes about three hours to make it to the pools and not because you are stopping off to see the cliffs, beaches, or waterfalls, but because this road is so windy you would think you were competing in a race of who could survive the most hair pinned turns. A note to the wise: If you allow a manic driver who thinks they are Enzo Ferrari to navigate this road, then bring plenty of gravel and sick bags. Not a thing of Häagen-Dazs, which I devoured. Although tasty, a bad idea.
8. Hang out in Paia. This hippy plantation town is a great place to watch windsurfers navigate the North Shore Waves. Hungry? My favorite pizza place, Flat Bread Pizza Company is the ideal lunch spot.
7. The Sugar Cane Train. This is more for the kids, but if you are a kid at heart get out your conductor’s hat and enjoy the ride. You might see some Humpback Whales while choo chooing along this 6-mile track.
6. Lahaina Town. Want to buy chocolate covered macadamia nuts for your friends back home? Or take a picture under the 143-year-old Banyan Tree? Or just plain shop until your flip-flops no longer flop? Then Lahaina is the town for you. This historic town is where the first Polynesian settlers arrived over a thousand years ago. With a view of Lanai Island to the west and the lush green mountains to the east, your stroll along Front Street will for sure be a scenic one.
5. If you do not want to shop till you drop, then why not go golfing. There are 13 golf courses to choose from. Swing from the tees while soaking up the rays near the ocean or why not head inland and enjoy the mountain range. Plenty of opportunities to become the next Rory McIlroy or Lydia Ko.
4. Haleakala Volcano. Want to see the sun rise above the clouds? Or hike along the volcanic landscape? Spend an afternoon exploring this National Park. And if the mood suits you, dress up in winter attire and bike down the volcano. What a cool story to tell your friends back home.
3. Bored of Maui? Never. But since two Islands are in close proximity why not spend a day exploring Lanai or Molokai. Ferries leave every day from the Lahaina Harbour. Lanai is a destination for those who want to see very few tourists and have the beaches to themselves. So if hanging at the Four Seasons and having a $15 cocktail is what you are looking for then spend the day here, you just might run into Bill Gates. Want to ride a mule or walk along a 3-mile white sandy beach? Then Molokai is where you need to go. It is quiet, peaceful and a great place to relax under a palm tree.
2. Happy Hour. Stop sun tanning, get out of the ocean, and put your sarong on, cause 4 pm is cocktail time! There are many bars to satisfy your thirst and hunger. What a great way to unwind, chat with the locals and start your evening off a bit tipsy! My favorite spots are the Sea House in Napili Bay, Kimos and the Aloha Mixed Plate in Lahaina and the Hula Grill overlooking Kaanapali Beach.
1. Relax. This is my number thing to do when I go to Maui. You will find me reading under a palm tree after taking a dip in the warm and inviting crystal blue ocean. No need to rush, you are on Maui time.
ALOHA MIXED PLATE
*I have only stayed in Puamana, which is a five-minute drive from Lahaina. It is a quiet, more residential community with three private pools (one of which is the only pool in Maui that is right on the rocks) a tennis court and lovely, private beach.*
**If you would like more suggestions about Maui or Oahu, leave a comment below or send a private message. I could talk for hours about these amazing group of islands**