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There is something unique and special about Maui! And if you are planning a trip here, it sure is going to be the most memorable one as you will never get bored of the coolest Hawaiian island.
The second most visited of Hawaii’s islands (the first being Oahu) and its unique offerings will keep you enticed for life.
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The Hawaii islands, in particular, have always caught my attention since I was a teenager when I used to browse through travel magazines collecting out the stunning pictures of remote places that I would have never thought it possible for me to visit. At that time it looked like a dream, or a fairytale, or a TV series, or just a magazine picture, as it was, but nothing more.
Fast forward 40 years I realized that everything is possible if you really want it and work towards it. I lived in Mexico, and in the beautiful Caribbean islands, in the astounding Seychelles and Egypt, the so called dream life became my reality. I am sure I will be able to visit Hawaii too, and very soon.
And although I would normally go with the flow and embrace the unexpected when I travel, I would like to be prepared when my time for Hawaii has come.
Therefore I am starting to do my research from now, from this, not exhaustive, bucket list filled with beaches, hiking, yummy eating places, and all my favorite activities in Maui, which is apparently one the most beautiful and appealing among the 8 main islands. I will cover them all in the future, though so stick around if you want to have all the information you need for your upcoming trip.
There are endless attractions in Maui as to enjoy, what with those top-notch restaurants amidst breathtaking tropical nature including out-of-this-world sunsets.
Laze on the beaches and soak up the sun or harvest your own very pearl directly from the oyster.
Here are some of the most fun things to do in Maui:
Activities in Maui
#1 Take the most scenic road to Hana
Drive on the most picturesque road in the world and get rewarded with mesmerizing ocean views, and turquoise waterfalls. Stop wherever you want on the way for snacks and vegan ice creams.
#2 Snorkel at Honolua Bay
Explore the abundant marine life as you snorkel at Honolua Bay. The marine preserve is densely populated with sea plants and Hawaiian fish, corals. Go for snorkeling session in the morning when the visibility is best.
#3 Explore Old Lahina Luau
Get a taste of the local tradition here at Old Lahina Luau. Arrive early to mingle with the local community and sit with them to enjoy how they cook their food or roast the pig.
#4 Hike to the Haleakala Crater
Maui is the perfect place for hikers and this is one of the reasons why it’s on top of my list to visit. Among all the one that looks extra special is in the Haleakala National Park, especially before it seems that it’s one of the most beautiful places you can watch the Hawaiian sunrise. Following the most popular trail of Pipiwai it will take you to also Waimoku Falls. You can check out more detailed information here.
#5 Great surfing at Kihei Cove
Learning how to surf is one of my biggest fear and desire at the same time. I have read that Kihei is just the right sport for all the novices as well as experts in surfing. There are plenty of good beginner surf spots here, and one can enroll in one of the surf schools on the island.
#6 Bask in the Waiʻanapanapa State Park Black Sand Beach
You can spend your whole day at Waiʻanapanapa State Park exploring lava tubes, blow holes and tide pools.
#7 Harvest your own pearl at the Pearl Factory
Nothing can beat the joy of cracking your own oyster and taking out your very own pearl! Visit the Pearl Factory, and you can harvest your own pear in different shades of blue, black and pink.
#8 Maui kitsch at The Birdstand
Enjoy the sidewalk and take great pictures of yourself with a bunch of parrots perched on your shoulders or head. You will never be able to do such bizarre things elsewhere!
#9 Walk on the Black Sand Beach
Do not miss out on this one and enjoy talking on the Wai’anapanapa Black Sand Beach and feel the shiny black sand.
#10 The beautiful waterfalls of the Seven Sacred Pools
I am a waterfall addicted, everywhere I go I need to see every waterfall I can. Maui it seems to have a lot. One that I have read about is the seven sacred pools surrounded by lush rainforest. Looked upon as one of the wonders of the world, it is indeed a unique experience to swim here.
#11 Swim with sea turtles at Maluaka Beach
Do not miss the chance to swim with sea turtles and Maluaka Beach is the only place where you can spot them easily and even swim with them.
#12 Horseback ride at Ironwood Ranch
Nothing could be better than exploring the rolling hills of a pineapple plantation riding horseback. It is fun to take a joyful ride through the green mountainsides and rain forests.
#13 Take a helicopter tour
Book a scenic and hour-long flights that will take you across Hana, Haleakala, West Maui, and Molokai. Enjoy stunning vistas of the islands its mountains and waterfalls and get a bird’s perspective.
#14 Enjoy nature at Banyan Tree Park
Go and see this massive Banyan tree which is more than 145 years old and can be found in the heart of downtown Lahina. The 60 feet high tree is spread across two-thirds of an acre.
#17 Great afternoon at Ali’i Kula Lavender Farm
Spend some time with nature and smell the lavender at Ali’i Kula Lavender Farm and enjoy sweeping views of the island and learn all about its flora and fauna.
The ultimate culinary experience in Maui
#18 Tour a Pineapple Farm
Get the chance to taste a pineapple straight from the bush and enjoy the tour of a pineapple farm and the fascinating farming process.
#19 Hawaiian eating experience at Da Kitchen
When it comes to the best food in Maui, Da Kitchen remains a favorite with the locals. You will come out fully satiated, and next time you think of food, you will head straight for the Da Kitchen.
#20 Most iconic pies at Leoda’s Kitchen and Pie Shop
If you are looking for that perfect bite of pie, you will find it at Leoda’s Kitchen and Pie Shop. Choose from different flavors like banana cream, pineapple, coconut cream, and chocolate macadamia.
#21 Taste local wines at Ulupalakua Vineyards
Enjoy swirling and sipping wine tasting at Ulupalakua Vineyards. You will come across their typical grape varietal wines, and their line of pineapple wines is indeed unique.
#22 The islands best at The Fish Market
Explore the Fish Market of Maui and it is here where you will find the best variety and the tastiest delicacies made of fish. Enjoy fresh ahi tuna cooked with onion, soy and green onion.
#23 Dine at Mama’s Fish House
Mama’s Fish House is one place that stands out amidst those endless hotels, bars, and restaurants in the island. Book your table in advance and enjoy your meal overlooking the secluded beach.
#24 Enjoy Maui’s favorite shave ice
You will love Ululani’s Hawaiian Shave Ice and indeed the shave ice cravings of Maui have won the hearts of the locals and the tourists. Pick from one of the many flavors like strawberry or the pickled mango.
#25 See how Maui make beer
Visit the Maui Brewing Company headquarters, and you can take one of their daily brewery tours. You can sit back and relax whenever you want to play a board game and eat.
Where to stay in Maui
#26 Sleep in a Yurt
In Maui it can be a cool alternative to the more common and conventional big resorts.
This is the end of our bucket list…for now. Stay tuned for more detailed info soon 🙂