A Tropical Travel Blog
by Cate Lincoln

Maui

My Maui Favorites

My Maui Favorites

If you’ve read through this blog much at all, you’ll know that it’s FULL of extensive lists and guides for Maui that I’ve painstakingly compiled with reviews, comparisons, breakdowns, etc. Basically, while this blog obviously contains my recommendations, I try to keep...

Sunrise at Haleakala 

Sunrise at Haleakala 

If there’s a “don’t miss” experience on Maui, it has got to be watching the sunrise from the summit of Haleakala. Haleakala (meaning "House of clouds") is Maui's dormant volcano and it’s one of the most unique National Parks in the US. The summit has an elevation of...

Best Snorkeling in Maui (+ Where to Find Sea Turtles)

Best Snorkeling in Maui (+ Where to Find Sea Turtles)

When planning a trip to Maui, most visitors have some sort of agenda or bucket list of must do items, and I think it’s safe to say that for many, snorkeling in Maui is high on the list. The volcanic island is home to some pretty stellar reefs boasting out of this...

15 Things to Do in Maui

15 Things to Do in Maui

Planning a trip to Maui? You’re going to love it! It’s one of the most diverse Hawaiian Islands meaning whatever you’re looking for, you’ll find it on Maui. Maui is a huge island and some people get overwhelmed by the sheer amount of incredible things there are to do....

Maui Pineapple Tour!

Maui Pineapple Tour!

If there’s one thing you think of when you think of Hawaii…it just might be pineapple. Surprisingly, pineapple isn’t native to Hawaii. It wasn’t originally introduced by Dole, but when Dole opened his first pineapple plantation on Oahu and established the Hawaiian...

Whale Watching in Hawaii

Whale Watching in Hawaii

Hawaii is known for a lot of things: beaches, waterfalls, rainbows, lush green mountains, but my favorite thing to see in Hawaii are…WHALES! Humpback whales migrate to Hawaii from Alaska every winter to mate and give birth in the warm waters. And spotting them (either...

Grand Wailea Luau Review, Maui

Grand Wailea Luau Review, Maui

If there’s one question I get more than others, it’s which luau I recommend on each island. I’ve developed pretty good criteria (based on what I like personally), and can usually form a pretty good opinion before I’ve even been, but there’s nothing like experiencing...

Ultimate Guide to Kihei, Maui

Ultimate Guide to Kihei, Maui

A good many of visitors to Maui are attracted to the Kihei area because of it’s central location, sunny weather, beautiful beaches, large number of restaurants, and bargain priced accommodations. It feels more like a “town” than a lot of Maui’s resort areas even...

Best Maui Vacation Rentals & Condos (MANY

Best Maui Vacation Rentals & Condos (MANY <$100/NIGHT!)

Trying to find the perfect place to stay on Maui is tricky, and if you're trying to narrow down all of the different condo options, it can be downright mind boggling. In this post, I'm breaking down 50+ condo complexes (also called condo-tels or condo resorts) by area...

Where to Stay in Maui

Where to Stay in Maui

If you’re planning a trip to Maui and wondering where to stay, this post is for you! If you’ve never been before, you might be overwhelmed…what is the best area to stay in Maui? Are some beaches better than others? Are those fancy resorts really worth the money and...

5 Day Trips from Maui

5 Day Trips from Maui

If you’re planning a trip to Maui (maybe you've already been before and this is a repeat trip?), you’re likely looking forward to plenty of time beach bumming and doing your favorite things, but just in case you’re looking for even MORE things to do and fun to be had,...

Maui Travel Tips: What to Know Before Traveling to Maui?

Maui Travel Tips: What to Know Before Traveling to Maui?

Looking for some amazing Maui travel tips? Here's everything you need to now before traveling to Maui: This post may contain some affiliate links, which means I’ll make a little money on anything you choose to purchase. But of course, I only recommend my absolute...

Things to Do in Paia & Haiku, Maui

Things to Do in Paia & Haiku, Maui

Home to big wave, surfers, hippy towns, and so many sea turtles, Maui’s north shore is a region that you definitely don’t want to miss. Even if you’re staying in the resort areas in south and west Maui, it’s worth at least a day trip to see the sites. There are three...

Four Seasons Maui Review

Four Seasons Maui Review

On my latest trip to Maui, (a girl’s trip with my friend who had never been before) I scheduled a lot of spectacular activities like driving the road to Hana and going up for sunrise at Haleakala. Spectacular, but exhausting. After all of that adventuring, we knew we...

Snorkeling Molokini Crater, Maui

Snorkeling Molokini Crater, Maui

After my mask was secured and my fins were strapped to my feet, I waded down the final few steps of the catamaran’s ladder and eased into the water. Sun rays cut through the deep blue water and made it practically sparkle…the tropical fish were dancing all around me....

Guide to Upcountry Maui

Guide to Upcountry Maui

Are you planning a trip to Maui? Yippee if you are! You’re probably thinking about swaying palm trees, golden sandy beaches, and exotic marine life and while the land of the hula certainly has all of that, it has much, much more. The vast majority of space on Maui...

Driving the Road to Hana, Maui

Driving the Road to Hana, Maui

Maui’s Road to Hana is one of the most famous (or infamous) drives in the world and in my opinion is the #1 don’t miss thing to do on Maui. What makes this drive so special? The Road to Hana is over 50 miles along Maui’s rugged north shore and east side with 600+...

Haleakala Downhill Bike Ride: The Best Tours

Haleakala Downhill Bike Ride: The Best Tours

One of the most popular tourist attractions on Maui is Haleakala, a large dormant volcano whose slopes are the heartland of Maui. While tons of people ascend to the summit each morning to watch the sunrise, the lucky ones get to follow it up with a downhill bike ride...

Top 20 Adventure Activities on Maui

Top 20 Adventure Activities on Maui

If sitting on the beach and soaking up the sun is not your idea of fun, there are plenty of activities to keep you busy on Maui. From water sports to full day adventure excursions, here are some of the top adventure activities on Maui: This post may contain some...

15 Things to Do on a Maui Honeymoon

15 Things to Do on a Maui Honeymoon

Hawaii is one of the top honeymoon destinations in the world and for good reason…it’s tropical, it has all of the amenities and activities you could want, and it’s relatively easy to get to for being on the other side of the world. And of all the islands, Maui is...

16 Best Maui Breakfast Spots

16 Best Maui Breakfast Spots

Breakfast is my favorite meal of the day, and with the time difference in Hawaii, I ALWAYS find myself ready for a big breakfast early in the morning. Here are some of my favorite Maui breakfast spots, divided up by each part of the island. Also check out my post on...

11 Best Fine Dining Restaurants on Maui

11 Best Fine Dining Restaurants on Maui

If you’re anything like me, your vacations may occasionally (alright, often) revolve around food. There’s nothing wrong with planning your days around meals right? Right?? Anyways, if you’re going to be on Maui, you've got to squeeze in at least a couple of nice...

Best Food in Maui: 23 Local Restaurants

Best Food in Maui: 23 Local Restaurants

Are you heading to Maui and looking for some off the beaten path local spots? I’ve rounded up some of the best food in Maui including my favorite places to eat for plate lunches, seafood, loco mocos, and more! They're sorted by different parts of the island, and not...

The Best Maui Itinerary

The Best Maui Itinerary

You probably think that after you book your flights, your accommodations, and your rental car, you’ve got it made in the shade, right? Not so fast. Surprisingly, many people find laying out a daily itinerary for their trip the trickiest part! While Maui has some of...

Ultimate Guide to Ka’anapali, Maui

Ultimate Guide to Ka’anapali, Maui

Ka’anapali is a resort area in West Maui that’s anchored by the ultra nice Ka’anapali beach. Originally developed in the 1960s, it remains the most popular place to stay and play on Maui. The old whaling village of Lahaina is nearby so you’ll be right in the middle of...

Ultimate Guide to Wailea, Maui

Ultimate Guide to Wailea, Maui

Of all the amazing resort areas in Hawaii, Wailea – a resort community in south Maui – is by far my favorite. If you’re never been to Maui before, chances are it’s exactly what you think Maui would be like – manicured and lush, quiet and luxurious with gorgeous...

Mama’s Fish House: Is It Worth It?

Mama’s Fish House: Is It Worth It?

When asked for my list of must dos on Maui, I can provide you with endless things to do, see, and places to eat. Maui is my favorite Hawaiian Island and easily the island I know best (I used to live there). But the list you really want is my “short” list. Not...

Old Lahaina Luau Review, Maui

Old Lahaina Luau Review, Maui

If you’re looking for the best luau in Hawaii, you can stop looking. This is it. Maybe a bold statement, but I’ve been to a lot of luaus in Hawaii and I know when I’m impressed. And I’m impressed. Before attending this luau, I’d long heard that it was the best on...

Fairmont Kea Lani Maui Review

Fairmont Kea Lani Maui Review

Wailea, an upscale resort area in south Maui is one of my favorite spots in all of Hawaii. The resorts are fabulous, the beaches gorgeous, and it just feels like 24/7 vacation. On my latest trip to Maui, I spent a few days at the Fairmont Kea Lani (one of the crown...

Maui vs. Kauai: Which Island Is Better?

Maui vs. Kauai: Which Island Is Better?

If there’s one question I get asked more often than any other, it's definitely "which Hawaiian Island is best?" I’ve done a pretty extensive blog post on that topic here, but I still get a lot of variations on this question. After reading up on the different Hawaiian...

21 Best Maui Beaches

21 Best Maui Beaches

While there is no shortage of things to do on Maui, most people go there with one thing in mind…beaches! Maui has some beautiful beaches and it would take you weeks to explore all of them! So I’m breaking down Maui’s best and most popular beaches (plus some lesser...