The Exciting Maui Travel Guide

The exciting Maui travel guide features loads of waterfalls, the best places to eat, epic whale watching spots, top things to do around the entire island, and must conquer hiking trails.

Its hard to decide what island to visit first. Check out our previous articles of the other major islands Kauai, the Big Island and Oahu to help make your decision.

The Exciting Maui Travel Guide Checklist

Hoapili Trail

  • 3.6 mile
  • Under 200 foot elevation gain
  • Views of Hanamanioa Point Lighthouse
  • Many whales in the morning during November through March

The Exciting Maui Travel Guide: Day on Lanai

First, catch a ferry to the island of Lanai. Second, body surf the best waves on Hulopoe Beach. Third, get a cocktail at the Four Seasons. Finally, take the sunset ferry back for epic whale watching.

Kealia Coastal Walk

The Kealia Coastal walk is a well maintained boardwalk above wetlands. There are exotic birds and other wildlife if you are lucky. Make sure to bring your best camera to capture everything from a distance.

The Exciting Maui Travel Guide: Iao Needle Lookout Trail

  • .4 mile easy loop
  • Or explore many off the beaten path trails
  • Hike along the river

Waihe’e Ridge Trail

  • Just short of 5 miles
  • 1,500 foot elevation gain
  • Road to get to the trailhead is curvy and narrow
  • Keep your eyes peeled for waterfalls off in the distance
  • Can get really muddy
  • Bring hiking poles
  • Challenging but gorgeous the entire way
  • .5 mile Makamakaole Falls trail is up the road if your not too tired

Pa Ka’oao Trail Halemau’u

  • Trail in Haleakala National Park
  • We only completed .5 but it is 7.6 miles
  • 2,400 foot elevation gain
  • The average person take 7 hours to complete

The Exciting Maui Travel Guide: Lahaina Pali Trail

  • 4.7 mile trail
  • 1,500 foot elevation gain
  • Fully exposed to the sun until evening
  • “Windmill” out and back trail

Waimoku Falls via Pipiwai Trail

  • 3.75 miles
  • 900 foot elevation gain
  • Inside Haleakala National Park (will need a park pass)
  • Bamboo forest
  • Well maintained trail
  • 185 foot waterfall
  • Have to drive the road to Hana to get to there

Twin Falls

  • Only 55 parking spots $10 per car
  • Out and back
  • Multiple waterfalls
  • Best to wear wear water shoes for wading in to the last waterfall and crossing streams
  • Farm stand

Garden of Eden

Only 10.5 miles in to Road to Hana the lush Garden of Eden. Admission is between 8am-4pm. It is 20 dollars for adults and 10 dollars for children. However, we recommend visiting Garden of Eden and Twin Falls a separate day from your Road to Hana day if possible.

Road to Hana

Road to Hana is a long day of narrow twisty and one lane road. However getting out early helps beat the crowds. The Shaka guide is a paid app that tells you all of the stops and helpful tips along the way. Therefore, we recommend buying it ahead of time to insure a fun and less stressful experience 

The Exciting Maui Travel Guide: Haleakala National Park 

Haleakala National Park is an absolute must see. Experience sunset or sunrise above the clouds. However, you will need a reservation to enter before sunrise. You can also rent a bike and cruise down the mountain at sunrise.

You will need a National Park pass to visit. However, they sell three day vehicle passes. Therefore, we recommend piggy-backing Haleakala National Park and Road to Hana.

Kamaole Beach Park lll

  • Best snorkeling in Kihei
  • Some rocky areas
  • Large parking lot
  • Locals frequent this beach

Waikiki Brewing Co.

Maui Brewing Co.

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Maui Winery

The Exciting Maui Travel Guide: Maui Gelato

Coconuts Fish Cafe

Beach Street Maui

Paia Gelato

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