You’ll need at least a week to savor Maui’s best experiences. We recommend splitting your vacation between East and West Maui, starting with hot and sunny beaches and ending in the rejuvenating rainforest. We’ve designed this itinerary assuming you’ll stay in West Maui for the first 3 days, but it works just as well if you stay in Wailea or Kihei. To minimize driving, move your headquarters to lush East Maui on day 4.
Day 1: Arrive & Explore West Maui ★★★
Upon arrival, fuel up at Tin Roof before heading to your hotel. Check in, and then go for a reviving dip at one of West Maui’s prime beaches. Meander around the historic old town of Lahaina. Since you were savvy enough to book reservations for the Old Lahaina Luau a month in advance, you can immerse yourself in Hawaiian culture as the sun drops into the sea.
Day 2: Sail to Lanai ★★★
You’ll likely wake up early on your first morning here, so book an early-morning trip with Trilogy, the best sailing/snorkeling operation in Hawaii. You’ll spend the day (breakfast and lunch included) sailing to Lanai, snorkeling, touring the island, and sailing back to Lahaina. You’ll have the afternoon free to shop or nap.
Day 3: Sunbathe in South Maui ★★★
Take a drive out to Makena State Beach Park and soak in the raw beauty of this wild shore. On the way, pay a visit to the sharks and sea turtles at the Maui Ocean Center in Maalaea. Linger in South Maui to enjoy the sunset and feast at one of the area’s terrific restaurants.
Day 4: Ascend a 10,000-Foot Volcano ★★★
Venture up to the 10,023-foot summit of Haleakala, the island’s dormant volcano. Witnessing the sunrise here can be phenomenal (as well as mind-numbingly cold and crowded). Aim for a little later and hike in the National Park, an awe-inspiring experience any time of day. On your way back down the mountain, stop and tour Upcountry Maui, particularly the communities of Kula, Makawao, and Paia. Plan for a sunset dinner in Kuau at Mama’s Fish House. Stay at a nearby B&B or the chic Paia Inn.
Day 5: Drive the Hana Highway ★★★
Pack a lunch and spend the entire day driving the scenic Hana Highway. Pull over often and get out to take photos, smell the flowers, and jump in the mountain-stream pools. Wave to everyone, move off the road for those speeding by, and breathe in Hawaii. Spend the night in Hana.
Day 6: Explore Heavenly Hana ★★★
Take an early-morning hike along the black sands of Waianapanapa State Park; then explore the tiny town of Hana. Be sure to see the Hana Museum Cultural Center, Hasegawa General Store, and Hana Coast Gallery. Stock up on snacks and drive out to the Kipahulu end of Haleakala National Park at Oheo Gulch. Hike to the waterfalls and swim in the pools. Splurge on dinner at the Hotel Travaasa Hana.
Day 7: Relax & Shop ★★★
Depending on how much time you have on your final day, you can relax on the beach, get pampered in a spa, or shop for souvenirs. Spa-goers have a range of terrific spas to choose from, and fashionistas should check out the boutiques in Makawao and Paia. If you have time, explore the verdant gardens and waterfalls at Iao Valley.
Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.