Golden tones, screaming zip-liners, the slam of wave on surfer and verdant coast is everything that makes Maui – Maui.
Whether you’re young and energetic or lethargic and desperately in need of rest, the boundless outdoor and natural spaces make it an ideal getaway.
It’s not just untouched sceneries either; road-worn food trucks, historical structures and rich culture keep you engaged.
Before planning your trip, skim through this travel guide to Maui.
Which beach for best sleeps? How many poke bowls are too many? Which spot deserves an Instagram mention?
You can dream big and travel free.
– Beach in Maui, HI
– Lush landscape, Maui
Maui is popular enough of a holiday spot that there are non-stop direct flights to the main airport: Kahului Airport (OGG). Conveniently, there are round-trip transfers you can book that will take you to your home away from home.
If you’re setting up base in West or East Maui, there are two commuter airports: Kapalua Airport (JHM) and Hana Airport (HNM). Alternatively, you can also fly into Oahu’s Honolulu International Airport (HNL) before transferring to a connecting 30-minute flight.
Maybe you’re island hopping, in which case there are ferry services to and from Lanai Island.
Before you fret about car rentals and public transport (or potential lack of), know that Maui is sparsely populated with only a few major roads to connect every region. There are no complicated train systems or wallet-burning costs.
While hiking is a touted tourist activity, spare yourself the pain of traveling on two feet.
Most places are far apart so stick to wheels when traversing between towns.
– Haleakalā Crater, Maui
Next up is the essential feature of any travel guide to Maui – the “best things to do” list.
Only you know the exact persona of Maui you’d like to meet and greet, but everyone could do with some starter suggestions.
Accommodations in Maui range from five-star resorts to cozier spaces, with no shortage of seaside stays. Book early for the suites with best views.
Sampling local cuisine deserves its own section in this travel guide to Maui because food maketh the mood.
Fresh seafood is a given but bet you didn’t think of fluffy macadamia nut pancakes! Then there’s the Loco Moco (which is as loco as it sounds), the classic poke and budget-favorite Spam Musubi.
You could dedicate the entire trip to visiting these eateries:
Mama’s Fish House – Highly rated and extremely popular, this family-owned restaurant is all about fish of the day. You do have to pay for the quality but it’s worth it.
Leoda’s Kitchen and Pie House – Pie. That’s all you need to know.
808 Grindz – You’ll have to fight the locals for seats because this café is a double-kill of cheap prices and delicious food. Think pancakes and all the variety of egg benedicts and you’ll come here for breakfast, brunch and all-day carbs.
Geste Shrimp Truck – Juicy shrimps are the norm and Geste Shrimp Truck is the best of them. Fall in with the picnicking crowds on surrounding grasslands and mow down your flavor of the day: Spicy Pineapple or Lemon Pepper or Hawaiian Scampi or other 12-piece combos.
Paia Fish Market – More seafood waits at this order-at-the-counter restaurant, which allows you to customize everything from fish to preparation style to toppings and presentation.
Ululani’s Hawaiian Shave Ice – Truly a Hawaiian specialty, drop by for a mouthwatering dose of shaved ice and classic toppings.
Maui Coffee Roasters – Yes, coffee is the main serve alongside artistic aesthetics but there are plenty of bites to go with it. Order a 100% Kona drink or drop by Cappuccino Happy Hour to gorge on donuts, sandwiches and lox-topped bagels.