Maui is a very popular and gorgeous island in Hawaii filled with insane landscapes; from pristine beaches to picture-perfect mountains. There’s a little something for everyone whether you’re going for a honeymoon, a bit of adventure, or to simply chill. No matter the occasion, there are three things you simply cannot miss while in Maui!
ONE: Drive the Road to Hana
The Road to Hana stretches for over 60 miles across routes 36 and 360. A large portion of the highway consists of extremely winding roads, blind turns, and also over 50 bridges (most of which are one-way bridges). I stayed in Kaanapali and left around 6:30 am to begin the drive. It took three hours and fifteen minutes to complete the Hana Hwy (one-way) with no stops. Most areas of the highway have a 15 mph speed limit and for good reason. It’s important to note that portions of the drive may seem a bit dangerous if you’re not used to driving along winding coastlines and cliffs.
While I was comfortable with my driving ability, there are some drivers who unfortunately don’t abide by the speed limit and act recklessly. Despite the portions of the road I found to be uneasy, those few moments of discomfort were outweighed by the 3 hours of constant gushing over how beautiful the drive was. I chose to drive all the way to the end of the route without stopping and do stops on the way back. Other people make stops along the way on the front end. There’s no right or wrong way to experience the road. The crime would be not doing it at all!
Remember, the Road to Hana is a full day activity. It’s a VERY long roundtrip drive, you will be exhausted. As tired as I was after completing it, I’m extremely happy I did! Don’t forget to stop at one of the many food trucks or food stands in Hana. I recommend “Da Fish Shack!” It was one of my tastiest and most affordable meals on the island!
TWO: Visit Haleakalā National Park
Haleakalā National Park is home to the famous Haleakalā volcano (which is now dormant) as well as countless waterfalls, a rainforest, scenic walking trails, and overall magical landscapes. Many people book a reservation and flock to the park to watch the sunrise which gives you access to enter the park at 3 am to get to the viewing area prior to sunrise. I decided to pass on this, however, I’ve heard great reviews! Instead, I visited the park during the day, hiked several trails and relaxed by the Seven Sacred Pools at Ohe’o.
The Road to Hana ends at the entrance of the park which made Haleakalā the perfect first stop for me on my Road to Hana journey. Whether you decide to head to the park in the wee hours of the night to catch an epic sunrise or explore the park at your leisure later in the day, visiting is a MUST during your time in Maui.
THREE: Enjoy Feast at Lele
Feast at Lele is a multi-course dinner luau experience along the water in Lahaina at sunset. This evening was a major highlight for me. While the luau is a bit pricey, it’s so worth it! The experience is described as a musical and culinary journey to Hawaii, Aotearoa (New Zealand), Tahiti, and Samoa. Each course of the meal and segment of the show highlights a sub-culture of Polynesian culture.
The performances were of high quality and the food was filling and tasty. The show is the perfect length which leaves you satisfied knowing you got your money’s worth while remaining engaged throughout. For all attendees over 21 years of age, unlimited alcohol is included.
Maui is a beautiful island home to many activities but these three should DEFINITELY make your shortlist! If you’re jetting off to Maui anytime soon, make sure you carve out time in your schedule to check these three experiences off your list!