Detached from the mainland, Hawaii is a magical group of islands. Each one has its own unique style. In the middle of the cluster is the island of Maui, known for its pristine waters and some of the best surfing in the world.
Even if you’re not a water person, there are plenty of opportunities to explore inland as well. So enjoy this paradise and let the stress of everyday life just melt away.
Start your travels by taking advantage of your jet lag (if coming from the East). Wake up early like the locals and start driving the most scenic route on the island – The Road to Hana.
Known for its ever-winding road this is a great way to take in lots of coastal sights in one day. Along the way you’ll experience some of the most breathtaking views on the island.
One of the first stops is Ke’anae Lookout. Watch the powerful waves crash against the rocky volcanic coastline. When you’re done, find Aunty Sandy’s Banana Bread shop and enjoy a warm loaf, fresh out of the oven.
Next, head to Waianapanapa State Park. Take in the black beach and contrasting florescent green vegetation. Descend to the water and explore the lava tube, tucked away on the right side. You’ll hear the echoing of the waves as they enter and exit the cave.
Towards the end of the route, drive past the 80’ tall Wailua Falls. Park just after the bridge and walk over to get an up-close view.
After conquering the Road to Hana strap on your hiking boots and explore the rest of the island. Hike the Waihee Ridge Trail. Take in the impressive views of the valleys and coastline. Appreciate the lush vegetation. You’ll feel like you’re on top of the world.
Of course Maui isn’t complete without a visit to the beach. Kihei, on the West of the island, offers bright blue water with great opportunities to snorkel and swim with turtles.
If you’re looking for seclusion, head towards Makena cove. With rough water, it’s not a great place for swimming but it’s private and the waves will give you a performance of a lifetime. There’s also a good chance you’ll spot some sea turtles swimming nearby.
Take a contemplative sunset stroll at one of the three Kamaole Beach Parks. Watch as the sky changes from bright blue to orange.
And of course, a trip to Maui isn’t complete without sea turtles. In the early evening, just before sunset head to Ho’okipa Beach. The turtles will slowly crawl upon the shore, one after another. They’ll give a big yawn then catch up on some much needed sleep.
If you have the time to explore another Hawaiian island, I suggest the lush Garden Isle – Kauai. Get inspired by this Kauai itinerary and travel guide.