Aloha! Quite some time ago, I had the pleasure of taking a trip to the gorgeous island of Maui, Hawaii with my husband. We talk about going back all the time! I truly believe we left a bit of our hearts there. What’s not to love, right? (: Every day was such an adventure. Today I’m sharing a full recap of my trip along with a complete guide to all my favorite spots around the island! Enjoy!
Hotel “Especially on a budget”: Maui Coast Hotel
This hotel is located in Kihei on the southwest shore of Maui and known to be the “sunniest & driest” place in town. I wish we took more advantage of the amenities this hotel had to offer. We were taken via the Maui Coast shuttle to our car rental to pick up the Jeep (highly recommend). Upon arrival, I started for our room to get settled in. Finally, it was time to explore! The first thing the pool was very private and clean, bicycles were free for guest rental, snorkeling gear, and beach equipment at the ready, as well as dining options at the hotel. Kamaole Beach is right across the street too. You’ll find yourself potentially up close with some marine life like sea turtles! (Don’t touch though. Their protected.)
Best Food Places
Kihei Caffe – We mainly came here in the mornings for the MOST delicious banana macadamia nut French toast & pancakes! Need I say more? (:
Paia Fish Market (Southside) – We stumbled into this place right after the beach and I’m so glad we did. This was by far the best Mahi I’ve ever eaten. Fresh fish all caught by local fisherman – a definite Maui must!
Mama’s Fish House – This was one of our fancy dinners! Cocktails were sooo good and not only was the food amazing but the presentation made it hard to dig in! Haha. We also made the most of our short wait taking pictures at the “mini” beach in front of the restaurant.
If there is an opportunity to take a private charter, I highly recommend Pride of Maui. We got to swim with sea turtles in Turtle Town and SNUBA dive Molokini Crater! SNUBA was a unique diving experience too. (Pretty much a combination of scuba diving and snorkeling.) The trip also included underwater cameras, free breakfast, BBQ lunch, and knowledge from the local experts. Surpassed our expectations for sure!
Makena Beach – This is my all-time favorite beach…ever! The waves and currents are much more intense than our measly Florida ones but definitely still great for swimming. Crystal blue waters and picture-perfect landscapes gave the most incredible views and awesome for pictures! (:
We got to experience some of the most breathe taking views during our helicopter ride with Air Maui Helicopter Tours. You get a whole different perspective of the island and truly captivates the beauty of Maui. The staff and captain were so friendly which help ease the anxiousness of having NO DOORS for the flight!
I had to save the best for the last Road to Hana. This journey was the highlight of the entire trip! Firstly, grab some water, a full tank of gas, bug spray, lots of snacks, and your swimsuit because you will get wet. I’d like to recommend the audio “Experiencing the Road to Hana and Beyond”! This helped up give us a plan because it’s easy to miss something when there are around 600 turns and 59 bridges. Crazy right? Make sure to get out to enjoy what’s off the beaten path! I know the trip is long, but if you’ve made it to the end, keep going! You read that right. You’ll be driving the backside of Haleakala and the sunset alone is so worth it. It’s an all day trip.
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