Trip Plan Details
- Kai Kanani Sailing Charters34 Wailea Gateway Place, Suite A-105, Wailea-Makena, Hawaii 96753, United Statesrecommended Kai Kanani Sailing ChartersI really wanted to see and snorkel Molokini crater so I booked a tour through Kai Kanani, being it was the closest convenience for those staying in South Maui vs going to Ma'alea or Lahaina. It was ... read morealso great that there was a complementary shuttle that picked me up from the Grand Wailea and dropped me off at the Maui Prince Hotel, where the boat launched. There were about 50 people on the boat, it wasn't too crowded, the staffs were friendly, experienced, humorous, and the food was decent (muffins, vegetable crudités, make your own sandwiches and variety of salads, chips, cookies, all-you-can-drink mai tais, beer, and soda). The only thing I didn't like was the time to snorkel was too short, it felt like only 30 mins being in the water and we were sailing off to Turtle Town. I didn't see any turtles in the water, except one that was bobbing up and down, by that time I was on the boat cause it was getting too cold. Again, it felt like only 30 mins in the water. I was happy that I saw whales during the trip, it was pretty cool being in the water and seeing them. Overall it was a good experience, seeing whales during whale season was an added plus. It is a bit pricey compared to Pacific Whale Foundation's Molokini and Turtle Town tour, theirs offer a stop at Lanai, but if you're staying in South Maui, Kai Kanani tour is a good way to go. Make sure you check online for discounts or ask for kama'aina rates.
recommended LahainaLahaina reminds me of Monterey Cannery Row. Former small fishing town now converted to a tourist town with museums, eateries, crafts shops, little inns, yet still full of history and life. Take a ... read morelively stroll along the streets, stop at a shop to check out local craft, sip a mai tai at one of the ocean view restaurants, and watch the sunset turn beautiful shades of purple, pink, and orange.
- Pacific Whale Foundation300 Maalaea Road, Wailuku, HI 96793recommended Pacific Whale FoundationIf you are on Maui in the winter, a whale watch tour through Pacific Whale Foundation is a must! Even if it's not the season, it's a great place to learn about whales. PWF does a great job guiding, ... read moreeducating, and bringing awareness of whale and ocean marine life to the public. The staff are friendly and very knowledgeable. A hi-light of my Maui trip is doing the sunrise whale tour and I got to see over 7 whales, 2 of which swam super close and under the boat twice!!! I saw breaching, 3 jumps!!! I wish my camera was quicker in snapping the pictures. It was soo awesome and crazy seeing it in close view.Yen Phan @GogobotOahu
A must-do during winter when it's whale season. Get your cameras ready as the whales get pretty close to the boat at times. A high-light of my Maui trip.
- Alii Kula Lavender1100 Waipoli Road, Kula, HIrecommended Alii Kula LavenderWhat a beautiful lavender and Hawaiian flower farm. There are various types of lavender, each has a different scent, some which are used to make natural body and food products that the farm sells. ... read moreThere are some wonderful seats and lookout points where you can see west and central Maui. Try the lavender tea or scones, as well as many other lavender infused products.Yen Phan @GogobotOahu
Lovely lavender farm and garden. Stop by to enjoy a scenic and calm stroll through the farm, then check out the gift shop for lavender goods and grab some snacks that's made with lavender, like the tea or scones.
- Haleakala National Park (Kula)Haleakalā National Park, Kula, Hawaii 96790recommended Haleakala National Park (Kula)The Haleleakala hike was pretty strenuous. We literally started at 8000 ft elevation, descended down 8 miles, then hiked up the side of the mountain for another 4 miles back to the van. Isaac, our ... read moretour guide, had done it 88 times. But I was surprised we finished the hike in about 6 hours and had just enough time to catch the sunset at the peak of the mountain at 10K ft elevation. It was soo amazing to see the sun hanging above the clouds and slowly drifting down. The sky was changing to a reddish orange glow. It was freeezing cold outside tho. We were all running to catch the last glimpse of the sunset before it goes below the clouds. After that 12 miles, 6 hours of hiking, we better get a picture of it. Everyone was shaking as they were trying to take pictures with their camera. I was trying to record the last of the orange glow before it disappears. It was beautiful. The colors of the sky was gorgeous as well, pink and blue then turning a red shade of orange and hint of purple. Then darkness fell and so was our energy level on the drive back to the hostel. It was a picture worthy day.Yen Phan @GogobotOahu
Get there early for sunrise above the clouds or sunset. One of the most amazing sunrises from such high elevation. Bring lots of layers, hotel blankets and towels. Even though it is Hawaii, it does get cold.
recommended Road to HanaGet lost in paradise as you take the drive along Road to Hana. Grab some snacks, water, towel, sunscreen, a hat, and camera, and go. Along the windy narrow roads, you'll see plenty of waterfalls along ... read morethe way. Go slow, be courteous, signal, and pull over when you want those waterfall or coastal pictures. Don't miss the Waianapanapa State Park (Black Sand Beach and fresh water cave) and the Oheo Gulch (7 Seven Sacred Pools).Yen Phan @GogobotOahu
A full day of driving, many one-lane bridges, waterfalls, beautiful coastal scenery, fruit stands, black sand beach, and ends at National Haleakala Park where you can hike through a bamboo forest to Waimoku Falls or head to the 7 Sacred Pools.
- Iao Valley State ParkIao Valley Road, Wailuku, HI 96793recommended Iao Valley State ParkIf you want a break from the beach - the Iao Valley is an amazing option. While most of Maui is pretty dry, the Iao Valley is tropical and lush. You can come here and hike along the river, go for a ... read moreswim, and pluck fresh guavas off the vines as you go. Come prepared - even when it is hot and sunny in Lahaina, it can be raining in Iao.
- Sansei Seafood Restaurant & Sushi Bar1881 S Kihei Rd, Kihei, HI 96753recommended Sansei Seafood Restaurant & Sushi BarMy favorite sushi place in Maui. They have an early bird special if you are hungry after the beach - 50% off, but you have to be seated by 6:00 pm to get it, and people start lining up more than an ... read morehour in advance.
- Turtle town5066 Makena Rd, Wailea, Hawaiirecommended Turtle townTurtle town is one of the spots where you have a great chance of seeing a turtle while snorkling in Maui. Its not the only one (turtles are pretty common if you spend enough time in the water) but I ... read moresaw several snorkling here. A lot of the paid snokling tour boats take people here, but you can head out from shore on your own and save the money.
recommended Charley Young Beach ParkOne of the most gorgeous beaches on Maui. Great snorkeling with a good chance of spotting turtles. Decent shade. Waves are typically pretty small so kids can have fun. Its located just north of the ... read moreKams (Kamaole Beach Park).Recommended for:Family Travelers
- Big BeachSouth Makena Road, Kihei, HI 96753recommended Big BeachBig Beach, aka Makena State Park, is indeed a really big beach on the south side. The sun is extremely intense here, so be prepared. There are big breaks in the water, so instead of snorkel gear, ... read morebring a body board or go body surfing. On the far east end is Little Beach, where you’ll find little to no clothing on beach goers.