If you know you only have a short time to explore a new place, then it’s always worth doing some research ahead of your trip. Island hoppers may only be stopping on Maui for a few nights so we’ve put together this itinerary to help you get the most out of Maui in 3 days. And remember, heading to the Hawaiian Islands is all about relaxation, so don’t overdo it!
Morning – Snorkel Tour
Snorkeling is one of my favorite activities to do in Maui. There are some incredible spots on the Island – with clear visibility underwater and a huge variety of fish to see. We’d recommend booking yourself on a snorkel tour for the full experience. Tours leave early in the morning (think 6am) when the water is calmest, and typically stop at two the top snorkel spots in the area. All the snorkel gear is included, and you’ll be served breakfast and refreshments along the way. Friendly crews make you feel relaxed straight away, and are there to give you snorkel tips and help you get the most out of your time. We recommend a snorkel tour to Molokini on the South side, for a spot you can only get to by boat.
Afternoon – Relax and Explore a little
You’ll want some down time in the afternoon so either spent a couple of hours on the beach or go for a leisurely wonder around the local town or shopping mall. If you’re on the South Side, the shops of Wailea, an upmarket shopping mall, is a great place to stop for an ice-cream and some window shopping. Then head back to your accommodation to freshen up for the evening.
Evening – Luau
Get dressed up and head out to one of Maui’s luaus. A luau gives you the whole package: dinner in a beautiful setting, quality entertainment and a cultural experience. It makes for a great night out either as a couple or all together as a family or group of friends. Although a lot of places offer luaus, it’s worth paying a bit more and going to the better reviewed luaus for a higher quality experience.
Morning – Historic Lahaina Town
Lahaina town in West Maui is a lovely place to wonder around. It boats a number of interesting sites from the largest Banyon tree in the world to the Baldwin Missionary House Museum and the Chinese Wo Hing Society Hall. There are also art galleries to explore and other places to pick up vacation souvenirs. We like stopping for some shave ice and enjoying it whilst watching the boats near the harbor.
Afternoon – Ka’anapali Beach
One of the most beautiful beaches on Maui has to be Ka’anapali Beach. With clear water, and golden sands this is a great place to spend an afternoon on Maui. If you need a little more excitement then try out some of the water sports on offer.
Evening – Happy Hour
Next to Ka’anapali Beach is Whaler’s Village which is home to a number of shops and restaurants. Most restaurants will have deals on at happy hour, so head on over from the beach and watch the sun go down with pupus and a cocktail in hand. The perfect end to your second day on Maui.
Early Morning – Haleakala Sunrise
If you’ve come all the way to Maui, then you should really make the extra effort to get up early and watch the best sunrise of your life from atop Maui’s volcano. Make sure you remember to book your Haleakala sunrise reservation, as its a popular experience to do on Maui. Bring layers of clothing so you can wrap up warm when you’re at the summit.
Once the sun’s up, stop for breakfast Upcountry. There are a few great places in the small historic cowboy town of Makawao.
Late Morning – Zipline Upcountry
Whilst you’re Upcountry spend a couple of hours zip-lining. It’s not an activity usually associated with Hawaii, and it probably wouldn’t have been my first choice personally before I went, but honestly it is the most fun. The great thing is it’s suitable for the whole family, and they ease you in nicely with the shorter, lower ziplines first. (This helps if you’re a bit unsure to start with) Take in Maui’s beauty as you zip over the treetops.
Afternoon – Twin Falls
Seeing waterfalls, and even swimming in them is a wonderful thing to do on Maui. Whilst we think the Road to Hana might tire you out a bit too much on a 3 day visit, we do recommend you get a glimpse of it by visiting Twin Falls. Twin Falls is home to two beautiful natural water falls. From where you park the car, it is a short walk through some jungle-like rainforest to get to the falls. It’s a popular spot so bear that in mind when you go, but do go – it’s worth it.
Evening – Paia
Not far from Twin Falls is Paia, a charming North Shore town. It is home to a variety of great restaurants. Stop at Paia Fish Market Restaurant for some great sea food or head to Rock & Brews and enjoy the craft beer and relaxed atmosphere.
We hope you enjoy your trip on Maui…and come back for longer next time!