Maui, Hawaii Travel Guide

Location:

Maui, Hawaii USA

Date:

March

Weather:

Sunny with some scattered showers

Traveled With/Met Traveling:

Family

Accommodations:

VRBO and Airbnb are great options if you want to look for something affordable. We stayed in a VRBO in the Wailea/Kiehei area and loved it!

Interesting Information: 

Whale Watching is great in Maui Hawaii. Whale Season is November – May, with the majority of whales January– March, February being peak season. 

Favorite Food/Drinks: 

Kihei Caffe – Banana Macadamia Nut French Toast is amazing

Coconut’s Fish Café (in Kihehi)

Monkey Pod (Kihei) Get the Fish and Chips

Slappy Cakes Maui – Great Breakfast

Sugar Beach Bake Shop - Great Malasadas

Leodas Pies - Their pies are so good, our favorites were banana, key lime and  chocolate mac. They also have some good banana bread and turkey pot pies.

Ululanis Shaved Ice 

Teddy’s Burgers

Paia Fish Market – fish and chips, fish tacos (they have one near the airport if you are hungry when you land and a couple other locations)

808 Grindz – Banana Pancakes with mac nilla sauce, shredded pork moco 

Da Kitchen

Mamas Fish House - Expensive but so delicious  

Highlights/Memories:

Favorite Beaches

  • Kalepolepo Beach maui – Good beach for kids
  • Makena Beach – beautiful beach (most photographed beach in all of Hawaii)
    • Best time to swim is mid morning, when it is the calmest
  • Kapula Beach – snorkel here, a good gentle beach
  • Waliea Beach
  • Sugar Beach - the north end of Kihei along N. Kihei Road, this is a very nice beach for walking, there is kayak rental there too.
  • Kanaaapali Beach - Snorkel at black rock and you can go cliff jumping
  • Kamole Beaches (I, II, and III) There is some good snorkeling on III and between II and III. Every time we went snorkeling here we saw a sea turtle. We even saw one that was probably 5 feet, it was huge.
  • Baldwin Beach - Baby beach is here, great for kids

Things to Do

  • Turtle Beach – I can’t remember what this beach is actually called, but it is just past Mama’s Fish House. It is a really cool beach, and if you go down to the far right side there are always tons of big sea turtles sitting on the beach. There are usually 30 or so. It is also really fun to watch the kite/wind surfers at this beach.
  • Snorkel at Ahihi-Kinau Reserve – we saw some great colorful fish and reef life here.
    • It is located past McKenna Beach (Big Beach) and it has a nice big parking area. There is a little lagoon you can walk back to that is ok and good for beginners, but the best snorkeling is to go over the yellow cattle gate (keeps the feral goats out) and walk about 200 yards to the water. This area is a bit more exposed so don't go if the waves and wind are up, but it has the healthiest coral and more fish.
  • Bike Tour of Haleakala Volcano
  • Snorkel at Molokini
  • Whale Watching Tour
    • Blue Water Rafting
  • Road to Hana
    • Things to Bring: Food, Water, Cash (food along the road), Towels (it is most likely going to rain), Hiking Shoes, Bug Spray, Full Tank of Gas
      • You can leave early and grab a picnic lunch at Kuau Store (opens at 6:30) and you can get a full tank of gas.
      • Leave a few hours before sunset, you don’t want to be driving in the dark
    • Possible Places to stop along the way:
      • Hike Twin Falls
        • At the beginning of road to Hana, takes about 20 min to get to the waterfall
        • Location: 6280 Hana Hwy Haiku, HI 96708
        • Further up in the left side, you can hike for around 30 minutes to what is often called the “Caveman Falls.”  These falls are what people traditionally call Twin Falls.  Be very careful when close to the fall, and we don’t recommend spending time in the cave.  Rocks often fall here.  It’s good for swimming and photos. 
      • Haipua’ena Fals
        • One and a half miles past mile marker 10 there is a turnout on the far side of the bridge, and a trail that leads 30 seconds or so to a pool and a small waterfall
      • Wai’anapanapa State Park
        • Black Sand Beach (Pa’iloa Beach)
        • Small blow hole
        • Lava Caves
        • Location: Hana Hwy past mile marker 32 Hana HI 96713
      • Hike the Pipiwai Trail
        • Pipiwai is one of the best hikes on the island.  It has it all- waterfalls, bamboo forest, ocean views, gorgeous trees and views of the 7 sacred pools of water.  The hike is easy enough to bring younger kids but it is muddy and you will get wet crossing some streams.  The trail is 4 miles round trip and will take about 2 hours to complete.
        • The only downside is it is located at the end of the Road to Hana so you need to plan ample time to get there.  And, you will want to arrive at least 3 hours before sundown
        • 7 sacred pools near here
    • Banyan Tree Park (north side of island)
      • Location: 649 Wharf St. Lahaina, HI 96767
      • Nakalele Blowhole – cool blowhole on the northwest side of island
      • Olivine Pools (near Nakalele Blowhole, west maui) - natural lava swimming pools
      • Swap Meet, Saturday
        • University of Hawaii, Maui College
          Saturday, 7:00 am – 1:00 pm
      • Farmers’ Market of Maui-Kihei
        • Enjoy papayas and pineapples all year, and lilikoi and mangoes during the summer. The organizers also run a commercial kitchen where they prepare and package fresh guacamole, pineapple salsa, and papaya seed dressing.
      • Iao Needle (central Maui) – beautiful hike to see the Iao Needle

       Recommendations For Next Time:

      Make sure you designate enough time for the Road to Hana, you can definitely spend all day here if you want to.

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