When you’re in Maui on vacation, you’ll want to get the most you can out of every day, including the one you fly out on. Most, if not all, hotels on Maui ask guests to check out at either 11 or noon. If you have an evening flight, that means you might have five or six hours to spend before you’re ready to go home. We’ve put together some after checkout activities so you can have a fun and stress-free final day in Maui.
Free Ukulele Lessons (Lahaina)
Lahaina Music hosts free ukulele lessons at the Westin Resort and Spa at noon on Mondays and Fridays. If you are in the area, it’s a great way to spend an hour before leaving the West side. Plus, they provide the instruments you’ll need for the lesson, so there’s no need to bring your own.
If you are staying at the Westin Resort and Spa, you can leave your bags at the bag check. Otherwise, you can leave your bags in your car and use their valet parking service (you will have to tip, but the Westin valets are particularly nice).
The Maui Ocean Center (Ma’alaea)
Traffic coming from the West side (where most hotels on Maui are located) can be a little unpredictable. Our best advice is to head back toward the airport about four or five hours before your flight leaves and spend a couple hours on the East side of the island before heading to the airport (you’ll want to leave yourself at least an hour and a half before boarding at the airport to get through check-in and security).
The Maui Ocean Center is conveniently located just as you arrive on the east side of the island and is one of Maui’s most interesting attractions. Spend time learning about Hawaii’s native fish and checking out ocean life that only lives in the Aloha State.
Paia town is one of our favorite places on the island to kick back and relax. With neat shops and restaurants, its a great place to pick up some food. Head out of town just a little way to Ho’okipa and watch the surfers catch some of the world’s best windsurfing waves (for more recommendations on what to do in Paia, check out our blog on Things to do in Paia).
There Are Some Activities We Don’t Recommend:
Avoid scuba diving and submarine tours about 48 hours before leaving, as the pressure and elevation change can be difficult to cope with. Visiting upcountry is fine, but going all the way to the summit of Haleakala on the same day as your flight can also cause problems associated to elevation changes.
Come back soon!
We hope you like these suggestions of after checkout activities! Share your experiences in the comments section below.