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1.Old Lahaina Luau: By far the best luau on Maui!
2.Whale Watching Trip: If you’re there sometime in mid-October to mid-April, you’ve got to do a whale-watching trip!
3.Explore Lahaina: Maui’s historic whaling town is full of shops and restaurants (Front Street) as well as several historic buildings and a HUGE banyan tree.
4.Iao Valley: See Maui’s jagged green peaks on this easy hike.
5.Sunrise at Haleakala: One of the most famous things to do on Maui, be prepared for cold temperatures! Also consider going up for sunset as an alternative.
6.Ali’i Lavender Farm: Some of the best views in Maui!
7.Maui Wine: Sample pineapple wine (and so much more) at their complimentary tasting room and take a tour. The grounds (and drive out there) are beautiful!
8.Sea turtles at Ho’okipa Beach: Watch the surfers from the overlook, but drive down to the beach to see the dozens of sea turtles that rest there.
9.Explore Paia: This old plantation town has been transformed with cute shops and restaurants and it’s famous for it’s “hippy” culture.
10.Explore Makawao: Don’t miss this charming old cowboy town that’s now famous for its art galleries (and boutiques and restaurants).
11.Road to Hana: Easily the most popular thing to do on Maui, plan a full day for this one!
12.Waterfall spotting on the Road to Hana: You’ll see Waikani Falls, Wailua Falls, and Waimoku Falls without much work.
13.Rainbow eucalyptus trees: You’ll spot these fairly early on in the Road to Hana.
14.Twin Falls: One of the first stops you’ll come to on the Road to Hana, you can swim in the pools under these falls. Consider doing this on a different day than the Road to Hana though.
15.Stop at local fruit stands: Soooo many. I stop at all of them.
16.Pipiwai Trail/Bamboo Forest: This is my favorite hike on Maui. You’ll hike through a bamboo forest before ending up at a 400 foot waterfall.
17.Oheo Gulch (“Seven Sacred Pools”): One of the Road to Hana’s most famous stops, people love to swim in the pools. Try to get there early as it gets crowded.
18.Day trip to Lanai: Right across the channel (and only an hour ferry ride away), Lanai is fun to explore if you have an extra day on Maui.
19.Day trip to Molokai: While you can take a ferry, it takes almost 3 hours so if you’re just going for the day, I recommend flying.
20.Kahekili Highway: The Road to Hana’s wilder cousin, this road isn’t for the faint of heart!
21.Nakalele Blowhole: If you’re driving clockwise from Kapalua, you’ll come to the blowhole before the “scary” part of the road begins.
22.Olivine Pools: A fun set of tide pools to swim in, watch out for rogue waves!
23.Surfing Goat Dairy Farm: Sign up for one of their farm tours to really experience the place. Otherwise, just stop for cheese and chocolates!
24.Ocean Vodka Distillery: Tours are available several times a day. It’s right next door to Surfing Goat so hit both at the same time.
25.Maui Brewing Company: You can tour the brewery, or just hang out in the restaurant.
26.Kula Country Farms: You’ll find great views of the island from this upcountry spot. They have a u-pick strawberry patch in the spring and a pumpkin patch (and corn maze) in the fall.
27.Thompson Road: Up in Keokea, this scenic road will make you feel like you’re in Ireland instead of Maui. It’s also where Oprah lives.
28.Ulupalakua Ranch Store: Great burgers, snacks, and souvenirs plus the drive out is so spectacular. It’s across the street from Maui Wine so hit them up on the same day.
29.Maui Ocean Center: A great rainy day activity, but look for coupons because it’s expensive!
30.Maui Tropical Plantation: While they have a few paid activities, I think the highlight is their gift shop.
31.Maui Pineapple Tours: Tour a working pineapple plantation (this is not like the Dole Plantation on Oahu, folks!) and have lunch at the Haliimaile General Store.
32.Biking Down Haleakala: I think this is truly a “don’t miss” experience on Maui. Go with Maui Sunriders. They’ll take you up for sunset (or later in the morning) and then you get to bike all the way back down to Paia at your own pace.
33.Hiking in Haleakala Crater: If you like to stay on your own two feet, there are some phenomenal hiking trails in the crater.
34.Hike Waihee Ridge Trail: One of Maui’s best hikes (if you’re not doing the Road to Hana).
35.Play golf: If you’re a golfer, you’ll find plenty of courses to keep you busy on Maui. The PGA comes to Kapalua every year and it’s a gorgeous course.
36.Spa at the Grand Wailea: The Grand Wailea has one of the most luxe spas on Maui. You don’t have to be staying there to go to their spa.
37.Horseback Riding: You’ll find stables all over the island but I think one of the most fun rides is inside Haleakala National Park.
38.See the penguins at the Hyatt: Stop by to see the penguins at the Hyatt on Ka’anapali Beach and the flamingos and parrots at the Westin.
39.Rappelling a waterfall: Rappel Maui leads adventures rappelling down waterfalls…not for the faint of heart!
40.Ziplining through the jungle: Honestly, ziplining isn’t something that I’m a big fan of on Maui (I don’t think the courses go through the prettiest parts of Maui), but so many people have this as a bucket list item for their vacation, that I have to throw it out there.
41.Ka’anapali Beach (West Side): The “Waikiki” of Maui. There are a lot of major resorts on this beach plus an outdoor mall with restaurants. If you like action, you’ll love Ka’anapali.
42.Kapalua Beach (West Side): One of my favorite beaches on the West side, it’s protected so it’s great for swimming and paddle boarding.
43.Napili Bay (West Side): Harder to find parking than at next door Kapalua, Naplili is home to a lot of older condos and hotels and also usually sea turtles.
44.DT Fleming (West Side): Easy access and not usually crowded. The surf can be rough though.
45.Launiapoko (West Side): A very popular local beach. The surfing is usually good and there’s a nice lagoon for kids.
46.Big Beach (South Side): One of Maui’s prettiest beaches but watch out for the waves, they break right on the shore!
47.Wailea Beach (South Side): Home to the Four Seasons and the Grand Wailea so there’s plenty of pool bars if you need a drink!
48.Ulua Beach (South Side): A popular shore dive spot but also a gorgeous sandy beach.
49.Kamaole I, II, III (South Side): Kihei’s set of famous beaches are beautiful but crowded. Kam II has a nice swing set for kids (or kids at heart).
50.Keawakapu (South Side): Always a quiet beach, this is one of my favorite beaches for a long walk.
51.Polo Beach (South Side): Usually less crowded than neighboring Wailea Beach, but often windier too.
52.White Rock (South Side): There are no resorts on this beach (only private homes) so it’s a lovely uncrowded piece of sand.
53.Secret Beach (South Side): This little postage stamp of a beach is probably home to the most weddings on Maui. Show up about 5 o’clock and you’ll easily see a half dozen weddings before sunset!
54.Waianapanapa Beach aka “black sand beach” (Hana): Maui’s black sand beach is soooo dramatic and a definitely must do on the Road to Hana.
55.Kaihalulu Beach aka “red sand beach” (Hana): This is probably my favorite beach on Maui. The little trek getting there and its hidden nature make it so much fun.
56.Hamoa Beach (Hana): If you’re looking for a good swimmable beach to picnic on near Hana, this is a good option.
57.Baldwin/Baby Beach (North Shore): If it weren’t so windy all the time, this could easily be the prettiest beach on the north shore. It’s a very popular spot for kite surfing too.
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58.Snorkeling at Molokini (South Side): Maui’s most famous snorkeling site, Molokini has some of the best visibility in the world. Book a tour leaving out of the south side (I like Kai Kanani) because it’s so much closer.
59.Turtle Town (South Side): Easily my favorite place to snorkel on Maui because you’re pretty much guaranteed to see turtles! Book a snorkel trip to Molokini that includes a stop here.
60.Ahihi Kinau Nature Reserve (South Side): Perfect for beginner snorkelers who have a bit of a fear of the ocean. It’s basically like snorkeling in super shallow tide pools.
61.Maluaka Beach (South Side): This is the closest you’ll come to Turtle Town from the beach. Some of Maui’s best beach snorkeling is right here.
62.Snorkeling Honolua Bay (West Side): Snorkel in the summer, watch the surfers in the winter. There’s no sand beach so it’s not a place you’ll want to hang out though.
63.Snorkel Coral Gardens (West Side): Another popular snorkel spot for the boat tours, you probably won’t get to this spot if you’re not on a boat.
64.Black Rock (West Side): Black Rock at Ka’anapali Beach is probably Maui’s most convenient snorkeling spot and it’s surprisingly good.
65.Olowalu (West Side): It’s not as crowded as Maui’s top snorkeling spots but you’ll find plenty of coral and fish in these shallow waters right along side the road.
FOOD TRUCKS, STANDS, GENERAL STORES & BAKERIES
66.La Provence (Kula): You can sit down for breakfast or lunch, but there’s also a little bakery inside with the best eclairs I’ve ever had (Paris included).
67.Grandma’s Coffee House (Keokea): A popular spot for breakfast after sunrise at Haleakala, this local spot has amazing Belgian waffles, but you won’t go wrong with anything in their dessert/pastry case.
68.Kula Bistro (Kula): One of my favorite spots for lunch or dinner upcountry (literally everything on their menu is amazing), they have the BEST desserts you’ll find on Maui and you can order them to go from their display case.
69.Nui’s Garden Kitchen (Kula): If you like Thai food, don’t miss this food truck upcountry.
70.Komoda Bakery (Makawao): Famous for their stick donuts, they sell out fast so go early. You’ll also find that restaurants around the island use their sweet buns on their hamburgers.
71.Casanova Deli (Makawao): Plate lunch is great, but Italian plate lunch is even better. This little deli serves up several kinds of pastas every day along with sandwiches. It’s also a great little coffee shop.
72.Baked on Maui (Haiku): This cheeky little bakery in an old cannery in Haiku has amazing desserts but also supreme sandwiches and a great breakfast menu.
73.Kuau Store (Paia): This is my go to stop before hitting the Road to Hana. It’s a great little general store with plenty of prepackaged snacks and drinks, but they’ll also make you a custom sandwich to go. Load up your cooler here.
74.Bruddah Hutt BBQ Grill (Hana): The line of locals at lunchtime lets you know this is a good spot.
75.Hasegawa General Store (Hana): I never go to Hana without stopping in at Hasegawa’s for an ice cold Coke.
76.Wow Wow Lemonade (Kahului & Kihei): The best handmade with local ingredients lemonade you’ll find anywhere! Buy one of their mason jars and refills are cheaper, plus it’s a great souvenir!
77.Horhito’s Taco Truck (Kihei): These are my absolute favorite fish tacos on Maui!! The fish is so fresh, the flour tortillas are so soft, and they use a chipotle mayo instead of salsa (although you can get salsa added). Grab your tacos and head across the street to the beach to chow down.
78.Big Beach Food Trucks (Makena): There’s always at least one food truck/vendor down in the Big Beach area (either in the first parking lot) or along the road in Makena.
79.Ululani’s Shaved Ice (Lahaina & Kihei): One of the big dogs when it comes to Maui shaved ice, they have multiple locations in Lahaina and Kihei.
80.Leoda’s Pie Shop (Lahaina): Leoda’s has great food, but it’s pretty low key so I always feel comfortable going there after hitting the beach. Their pies are little mini sized so try a few!
81.Local Boys (Lahaina): A local favorite shaved ice spot. It’s right on Front Street so don’t miss it!
82.Mama’s Fish House (North Shore): My absolute favorite restaurant on Maui. I never go to Maui without eating here. Yes, people think it’s for special occasions, but isn’t being on Maui a special occasion? Order the mac nut crusted, crab and lobster stuffed mahi mahi. You’re welcome.
83.Haliimaile General Store (North Shore): My other favorite restaurant on Maui. This is one of those places where I can never decide what to order because I always want EVERYTHING on the menu. Also open for lunch.
84.Duo (Wailea): Duo is my favorite for a fancy resort meal. There’s no place like the Maui Four Seasons. Splurge on dinner here just to enjoy the atmosphere. If you like Italian, Ferraro’s is also great and right across the pool deck.
85.Monkeypod (Wailea): This low key, but nice spot in Wailea was my go to when I lived on Maui. They have a good happy hour, wicked mai tais, and yummy (and creative) pizzas.
86.Café O’Lei (Kihei): I don’t actually love a lot of places in Kihei for a nice dinner (it’s tough with Wailea right next door), but Café O’Lei is really nice for lunch or dinner.
87.Sansei Seafood (Kihei): Sushi lovers make sure you hit up Sansei (there’s also one in Kapalua on the west side).
88.Lahaina Grill (Lahaina): This may be the best fine dining on Maui, but its location is so non descript that it gets passed over by a lot of folks in favor of the ocean front dining on Front Street.
89.Fleetwood’s (Lahaina): The gem at this place is the rooftop bar. The dining room is ok, but head to Fleetwood’s before sunset to relish in the ocean views and live music upstairs. Great drinks too.
90.Duke’s Beach House (Ka’anapali): Duke’s is a Hawaiian staple (their Waikiki location is downright iconic), and the Maui location in Ka’anapali is a lovely dinner spot. There’s two tiers of the restaurant: one low key with burgers, fish tacos, etc. and one more high end with steak, seafood, etc.
91.Nuka (Haiku): Hands down the best sushi on Maui! Make the trek out to the north shore to hit up this local’s favorite.
92.Kimo’s (Ka’anapali): Kimo’s is probably the most popular spot for dinner on Front Street because of its waterfront location.
93.Merriman’s (Kapalua): One of Maui’s top spots for a fancy schmancy dinner, Merriman’s has a prime beach front location.
94.Coconut’s (Kihei): Not MY favorite fish tacos, but always voted “Maui’s” favorite, they are pretty great. You order at the counter and sit family style. Huge bonus: Wow Wow Lemonade is right next door.
95.Kihei Caffé (Kihei): One of my favorite breakfast joints in Maui, there’s usually a line to order (you order at the counter), but it usually moves pretty fast. Everything is hearty here so you can easily share (if you can make up your mind). And it’s right across the street from the beach!
96.Gazebo (Napili): Hands down the best breakfast with a view. It’s honestly not my favorite breakfast, but the location makes it a must view. Gorgeous views of Napili Bay.
97.Star Noodle (Lahaina): Super yummy, not very expensive, and you’ll usually find as many locals as tourists.
98.Café Des Amis (Paia): Have crepes and curry at their lovely patio under the twinkle lights.
99.Paia Fish Market (Paia): This is my favorite seafood on Maui (that’s not at a fancy restaurant). Order at the counter and find a spot at one of their huge picnic tables. They have locations on the south and west sides now, but their spot in Paia is the original.
100.Flatbread Co (Paia): Probably the most popular restaurant in Paia, there’s almost always a wait here at peak eating times, but it’s so good. Everything is made fresh with local ingredients and they have gluten free options.
101.Mana Food (Paia): This grocery store is like a local Whole Foods and the BEST place to experience Paia’s famous hippy culture. I mean really, there are probably more people in there not wearing shoes than people that are at any given time. Grab some local produce or something from the prepared section.
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