Day Trips Around Maui
Consider taking one of these day trips and explore Maui!
Maui Day Trip – One
Of course, the number one day trip on Maui is The Road To Hana. Yes, it’s something you must do if
you’ve never been to Maui. It’s a full, long day and you should leave early. Also, don’t come back the same way through Paia.
You can hire a tour bus or luxury vehicle, or you can make the drive yourself. I hope you drive the Road To Hana yourself, take your time, and enjoy the journey.
Leave between 7 a.m. and 8 a.m. and you will be back in the early evening, depending on how many stops you make, how long you stay at each location, and whether you stop to eat at Mamma’s Fish House, Charley’s, or some of the cool restaurants in Paia. Take your time and don’t be in a hurry.
Maui Day Trip – Two
Consider the drive up to Haleakala Crater, where you’ll go from sea level to just over 10,000 feet in only 32 miles. There’s no other place like this on the planet, and it’s absolutely something you must do when visiting Maui.
If you go up for sunrise, consider visiting some other “really cool” places on your way back down — like the Ali’i Kula Lavender Farm at about 4,000 feet (junction 377) and Surfing Goat Dairy. The dairy is in lower Kula and produces award-winning goat cheeses.
Plan on seeing sunrise or sunset at the top of Haleakala while visiting Maui!
Maui Day Trip – Three
You’ll also want to spend some time on the west side of Maui. Start in the quaint, historic, whaling town of Lahaina and visit the art galleries, souvenir shops, and gelato places. Then travel north a few miles to the Ka’anapali Resort area.
Visit Whaler’s Village and have lunch or dinner at Leilani’s or Hula Grill. It’s also fun to walk around the resorts and see their mammoth swimming pools.
Then continue north on Hwy. 30 to D T Fleming Beach and also Honolua Bay. Both of these beach parks are recognized for their beauty. At Honolua Bay there is a look-out on both sides of the bay, where you can easily park and take pictures.
If you’re truly adventurous, keep going on Hwy. 30 to the truly Hawaiian village of Kahakuloa, and stop at Julie’s Treeetop Banana Bread stand. This drive is not for the faint-of-heart.
If you keep going on this often-narrow road, you will find yourself in the Wailuku business area.
Maui Day Trip – Four
One of my favorite day trips is a leisurely drive through Khiei, Wailea, Makena and out to La Perouse Bay.
Take South Kihei Road and you’ll pass several farmer’s markets, an Ululani’s Shave Ice Stand, several places to shop like Kalama Village, and have breakfast (the best) or lunch at Kihei Café.
After going through numerous traffic lights in Kihei, you’ll notice the landscape change dramatically. This means you’re in the resort area of Wailea. You can stop at the Shops At Wailea for upscale shopping, and also consider parking at The Grand Wailea and walking through the grounds of Maui’s largest resort.
Continue past the resorts in Wailea and you’ll soon be in a true desert with cactus plants everywhere you look. A bit further and you’ll see signs for Makena State Park – home of Big Beach and Little Beach. Big Beach is a very popular beach with both locals and tourists, and of course, Little Beach is our “clothes optional” beach.
Keep going a couple of miles further, and you’ll find yourself squarely in the middle of a volcanic lava field. This won’t look like anything you’ve ever seen before, and try to visualize the flowing hot lava as it came down Haleakala several million years ago.
Keep Going! A few more miles and you’ll wind around some spectacular scenery and views of Molokini and the island of Kahoolawe. A bit further and you’ll be at La Perouse Bay. Drive slow through the rough, rocky portion of the road to the parking lot. Yes – restroom facilities are available at La Perous Bay.
I hope you enjoy this drive!
Maui Day Trip – Five
Want to see another Hawaiian island that very few have experienced? Take the Expeditions ferry out of the harbor in Lahaina Town, for a 45-minute scenic ride to the island of Lanai. Once you get to Manele Harbor on Lanai, it’s a short, 5-minute walk to Hulopoe Beach. This is a great day trip!
Cool & Really Fun Things To Do On Maui!
Visit Honolua Bay when you’re on the west side of Maui, and maybe grab a pizza at Dollie’s. There plenty of activities on Maui and also some of the best burger places are in Lahaina Town. Don’t forget to make a trip to Haleakala Crater and snorkel at Black Rock or Airport Beach.
Looking for a great breakfast? Try The Gazebo in Napili. Do some shopping at Lahaina Cannery Mall, try some pizza in Lahaina Town at Prison Street Pizza, or go upcountry and have a great steak at Makawao Steakhouse.
Aloha – Enjoy Maui!
Beaches. Maui has some of the best beaches in the world. Napili Bay and Kapalua Bay on the west side of the island are popular snorkel locations, and everyone loves Baby Beach in Lahaina. Honolua Bay is also awesome for snorkeling, and Slaughterhouse Beach nearby is a tourist favorite. Don’t forget to try D.T. Fleming Beach Park.
Top 10 Lists. Take a look at my Top 10 Activities on Maui, and my Top 10 Restaurants. There’s also my Top 10 Attractions while visiting Maui and, of course, my Top 7 Shopping places and Top 5 Luau experiences.
Eating & Drinking. Oh, yea. You’ve also got to eat and drink while visiting Maui. Well, for breakfast The Gazebo in Napili is a “must-do tradition,” along with the Kihei Café. For pizza, try Prison Street Pizza in Lahaina or Dollie’s Pub & Café in Napili.
In the upcountry town of Makawao are two good places to eat – Casanova Italian Restaurant and Makawao Steak House. Stop at this “Hawaiian cowboy” town on your way down from a sunrise visit at Haleakala Crater.
Ever been in a rainforest? Check-out the Honolua Bay Rainforest! Out in Paia is a famous restaurant – Charley’s – so make sure you stop there for breakfast on your way to Hana, or for dinner on your way back. Check-out the various places to stay in Hana!
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