ACTIVITIES

  • Road to Hana - This is a must!  The drive takes a full day so it is best to get an early start to see everything, but it's worth it to see Maui's best scenery, waterfalls, black and red sand beaches, the 7 pools, etc.  We recommend packing a picnic lunch and using the Maui Revealed guidebook to find secret stops along the drive.  Definitely stop at the black sand beach and drive all the way to the 7 pools past Hana.  The town and beach in Hana are not that special, but the stops along the way and past Hana are.  Perfect to go to Mama's Fish House at the end of the day if you bring nicer clothes to change into or Pa'ia Fish Market for something more casual.  You may want to bring dramamine if you get car sick easily.

  • Haleakala Volcano National Park - Watch the sunrise, ride bikes down the volcano, or hike around the crater.  Permits may be required, and warm clothes (we're talking ski type clothes) are a must if you go at sunrise. 

  • Helicopter ride

  • Snorkel boat ride to Molokini - take a boat ride to Molokini (a crescent shaped partially submersed island that protects the coral reef) and to Turtle Town 

  • Ziplining 

  • Surf Lessons - check out Maui Beach Boys in Kihei for surf and paddle boarding lessons

  • Luau - the Marriott next door to the Andaz has a luau with great entertainment and all you can eat and drink 

  • Lahaina - walk through the charming town and shops

SIGHTS

EATS

  • Big Beach - a BIG beach on the south west side of the island

  • Ulua and Mokapu Beaches - good beaches for snorkeling near the Andaz

  • Ka'anapali Beach - Huge white sand beach on the north west side Maui.  Jump off the cliff on the far north side of the beach if you are feeling adventurous.  Or snorkel around the black rocks.

  • Dragon's Teeth - Unique rock formations near Ka'anapali

  • Nakalele Blowhole - Blowhole near Ka'anapali

  • Acevedo's Hawaicano Cafe - If you are starving when you get off the plane like we recently were, this place is close to the airport and has great/cheap Mexican/Hawaiian food

  • Mama's Fish House - Alison's family's favorite seafood restaurant of all time.  If you have one nice dinner while you are in Maui, go here!  Try to time your visit at sunset. You will want to make reservations and dress nicely.

  • Monkeypod Kitchen - Great happy hour, food and cocktails

  • Merriman's - Oceanfront restaurant in Kapalua with farm-to-table food and great mai tais.  Another must have nice dinner.

  • Pita Paradise - casual Greek food in Wailea.  Their Baklava Ice Cream Cake has incredible reviews.

  • Wow Wow Lemonade - Acai bowls, lemonade, and smoothies in Kihei

  • Coconut's Fish Cafe - Excellent fish for a casual lunch in Kihei 

  • Akamai Coffee - Unique coffees in Kihei 

  • Gazebo Restaurant - Casual American breakfast with a Hawaiian twist in Lahaina. The white chocolate chip macadamia nut pancakes with coconut syrup will cure any sweet tooth!  There is usually a wait, but it's worth it.

  • Morimoto - Japanese restaurant at the Andaz

  • Poolside pizza at the Four Seasons 

  • Spago at the Four Seasons - beautiful fancy delicious

  • The Restaurant at Hotel Wailea - European style dinner with food sourced from the island

  • Pa’ia Fish Market - casual fresh fish. Perfect stop for dinner on the way back from the Road to Hana.

  • Ululani’s Shave Ice - Hawaiian shave ice with several locations on the island

  • Mala - fresh seafood overlooking the ocean in Lahaina. Order the ahi bruschetta appetizer!

  • Sansei - sushi restaurant in Kihei and Kapalua.  Make a reservation or arrive before 5:00 to stand in line to catch their early bird special (25% off before 6:00).  They also have late night karaoke.