Trip Plan Details
- Kimo's Restaurant845 Front St, Lahaina, HI 96761recommended Kimo's RestaurantWith fantastic views out over the Pacific and the islands of Lanai and Molokai, Kimo's might be the best place in Lahaina (the capital of West Maui) for a sunset meal or drink. The open-air dining ... read moreexperience is fantastic and the food -- predictably heavy on very fresh fish but broad enough to suit non-pescatarians as well -- is excellent. It's hardly cheap, but few things in Lahaina are, and the food and ambiance are worth the money.Recommended for:FoodiesMatthew Crompton
And pretty fond of the food and ambiance here. This is my 2 cents. Good luck! ^_^
- Waianapanapa State ParkWai'anapanapa State Parkrecommended Waianapanapa State ParkA stopoff on the famed 'Road to Hana' on Maui (and quite near to the town of Hana itself), the beach of black volcanic stone and the spiny flows of lava arches reaching out into the blue-green sea are ... read morepretty fantastic. Better still are the two freshwater cave pools a short walk away from the beach. Jump in and swim under the small crack in the cave wall to find a miniature grotto: very cool.Recommended for:Outdoor EnthusiastsMatthew Crompton
Love the freshwater cave pools and lava landscapes here.
recommended Road to HanaWind-y, picturesque, and terminating at the 'end of world' in the tiny town of Hana on Maui's southeastern edge, this trip might be de rigeur for visitors to the island, but it's popular for a reason. ... read moreRent a car and make a day of stopping off along the way.Matthew Crompton
A gorgeous drive to the most traditional "Hawaiian" town on Maui.
- Haleakala National Park (Kula)Haleakalā National Park, Kula, Hawaii 96790recommended Haleakala National Park (Kula)The cinder-cone desert of Haleakala (the body of which forms the bulk of the island of Maui) is a truly otherworldly place. For the best experience, don't just peer in from the crater rim, but take a ... read morefew hours to hike down into the cinder desert of multi-hued strata along the Sliding Sands trail. NASA once used the crater to simulate the moon landing, and the cinder desert is as close you can come to a moonscape while remaining on planet Earth. Take care, however, on the climb back up - your hotel is probably at sea level, and hiking an hour later at a height of 10,000 feet can prove exceptionally taxing.Matthew Crompton
The cinder desert here above the clouds is breathtaking.
- Kaanapali BeachKaanapali Parkway, Lahaina, HI 96761recommended Kaanapali BeachA beautiful (if pricey) resort stretch just north of Lahaina. Popular with families. Great (if sometimes crowded) beaches including the fantastic Black Rock Cove, and some of the nicest ... read moreeasily-accessible snorkeling on Maui. For the adventurous, try a cliff dive off the rock face overlooking the cove.Recommended for:Family TravelersMatthew Crompton
Great, easily-accessible snorkeling here on this lovely resort stretch.
recommended MauiOne of the most beautiful places on Earth (though I suspect this could be said of all of the Hawaiian Islands), Maui is blessed with stunning natural wonders. Whether hiking above the clouds in the ... read moresurreal cinder desert of Mt. Haleakala, snorkeling or diving in a colorful coral garden, driving the fantastically twisty road to the unspoiled town of Hana, or just laying back drinking rum from a cut pineapple, Maui is a place that makes you feel abundantly blessed to be endowed with all five senses.Matthew Crompton
I've only been to one of the three spots you're considering, but it's one of my very favorite places on Earth.recommended MauiMaui was the first Hawaiian Island I ever visited, worked and ending up living on for a while. Even after all this time, it's still the best all-in-one island for travelers to visit, if you're the ... read morekind of person who wants to see and do a bit of everything. Go hiking around the cinder desert of Haleakala, snorkel in the eroded offshore crater of Molokini, take a winter whale-watching cruise to see humpback whales breech, drive the jungly Road to Hana (or even better, the rugged Kahekili Hwy or the road around Kaupo on Haleakala's back side) and watch the pro surfers and windsurfers near Hookipa Beach. Ambling along the oceanfront boardwalk at sunset in Lahaina, the now-touristy but still historic whaling port and royal Hawaiian compound town, just never gets old, no matter how many times I'm there. For a great day trip, take the catamaran over to neighboring Lanai island to snorkel at Manele Bay.Sara Benson
Maui is a great honeymoon choice if you want to be both active outdoors and still have time for relaxing on the beach. Also consider Kauai, another Hawaiian Island that's popular with honeymooners.
recommended KauaiIf it's your first time visiting Hawaii, it's hard to go too far wrong on Kauai. The island's smaller size and more rural scene make it a less hurried and built-up travel destination in the Hawaiian ... read moreIslands. Hike or kayak along the Na Pali Coast, peer over into the Grand Canyon of the Pacific, surf at Hanalei Bay and explore small towns on the South Shore, North Shore and Coconut Coast. If you're looking for that lush jungle scenery that you've seen in The Descendants or other Hollywood movies like Jurassic Park, Kauai may be the island for you.
recommended ItalyMy love affair with Italy is long and complicated, full of ups and downs, reunions and separations. The long and short of it is, it's a fascinatingly screwed up place where the sun is hot and you can ... read moreeat and drink some of the best things in the world.Julia P
Hey Jennifer, You'll get activities and relaxation in all those destinations. If you aren't up for navigating at least a little in a foreign language, I'd steer clear of Italy. BUT I would also recommend Italy wholeheartedly. The food is incredible, the challenges of getting around will help you and your husband bond, and there's loads to do from outdoorsy stuff to art to eating, yet everything happens at an incredibly chilled pace.