Post # 1
Hey bees! My fiance and I are going to Maui for our honeymoon in May. If anyone has been to Maui, do you have any advice? Neither of us have ever been to Hawaii.
So far, we’ve decided to go horseback riding, snorkling, and do the Road to Hana. I’m sure we’ll take a day or two to explore different beaches. We really wanted to go spear fishing, but it’s CRAZY expensive!!
Are there any other activities you’d recommend? Or just any other advice in general?
Post # 2
loveandlemons : I love Maui! It’s so beautiful! If you are looking for a super relaxing spa experience, check out Ho’omana Spa! It’s small and serene and it was a wonderful few hours! https://www.yelp.com/biz/hoomana-spa-maui-makawao
Ululani Shaved Ice is amazing- they have a few locations around the island. For fancy meals, Mama’s Fish House is a really popular restaurant…I will say we were a bit underwhelmed, but most people love it (and the fish is amazingly fresh, I will say that).
If you’re up for it, try Haleakala at sunrise! You have to get up stupid early, but it’s supposed to be amazing. I also highly recommend doing some kayaking- you can do a combo kayak/snorkel where the guide will take you to a good spot for snorkeling that you might not be able to get to otherwise. Maui Kayak is an awesome company to go out with! Iao Valley is another cool spot to go explore- it’s a good thing to do if you don’t want a super long or tiring excursion.
Have a wonderful trip! Maui really is magical!
Post # 3
Congrats. I absolutely love Maui. I got engaged there and is planning our destination wedding in Maui. I definitely recommend doing the Haleakala at sunrise. The view is absolutely amazing. If you do go, plan to leave at around 2:30 – 3AM if you are staying in West Maui. It takes about 1 hour to get from the bottom of the volcano to the top and sunrise is around 6AM.
Also plan a whole full, day for Hana because that road to Hana has beautiful view but is an awful drive. If you’re prone to motion sickness like me, make sure to have plenty of meds for the drive to Hana. Since Hana is a small town, almost everything shuts on Sunday, so bring snacks or light meals if you’re going to Hana on Sunday because no restaurant opens on Sunday. When in Hana, I recommend going to the bamboo forest. It’s a 2 miles hike through this absolutely gorgeous bamboo forest that feels like a fairy tale forest. If you are planning to rent a 4 wheel drive, do take the back road back from Hana.
Also the drive in northwest of Maui is beautiful. You can stop at these cliffsides and check out some blow holes that are really cool. The week that we were in Maui, there were double hurricanes forecasted to hit the island within 2 days so the Waihee Ridge Trail was closed. That was something we wanted to do because we heard it’s an amazing hike through West Maui forest. We’re planning to do that when we come out this year. I also recommend doing a helicopter tour if that is in your budget. I used Blue Hawaiian helicopter tour and they were an absolute gem with friendly service. They even let me go out to the hangar and took picture with a helicopter that was being serviced because I wanted up close pictures.
For Luau companies, I recommend the Old Lahaina Luau company. They got their own beach front location and their show and services were amazing.
Have a wonderful trip 🙂
Post # 4
I haven’t been to Maui, but I’ve heard you can take a ferry to Molokai and mail coconuts from the post office!!! I’ve always wanted to do that!!
Post # 5
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loveandlemons : I was in Maui this past May! The weather was GORGEOUS!!! (not so hot that youd be dying, but plenty warm enough to walk around in a bathing suit and swim in the ocean) I went snorkling at Molokini and cannot recommend it enough — we brought a GoPro and have tons of footage of us swimming with so many fish and sea turtles!!!
Others went on a helicopter ride to get an aerial view of the island, and they all came back raving about that experience! I didn’t go since I experience motion-sickness and don’t trust myself to be in a small craft in the air haha.
I loved Wailea – its a town and the local driving is easy. There’s beach, shopping, a Maui Brewing Company location, and good restaurants. Lahaina was also lovely – it seemed more touristy (little beach shops on the side of the road, souveneir shops, etc.) but I only went for a day trip, so that could be a misperception. There’s anotehr Maui Brewing Co location here…. you can tell what I like to do for fun haha
Road to Hana was super cool. We didn’t go all the way, but a friend of mine did the drive over 2 days (stayed 1 night in Hana) and loved it because you could stop as often as you wanted to hike around waterfalls or dip in the ocean without worrying about running out of daylight.
Also, DO THE HALEAKALA SUNRISE!!!
Post # 6
We did a few days in Maui for our honeymoon. We rented snorkeling gear for the time we were there and did a lot of snorkeling along the beach in kaanapali along Black Rock beach…supposedly it’s the best spot to see sea turtles. We didn’t get lucky enough to see them. We rented equipment from Boss Frog, and it was probably the most entertainment we got for our money the whole time we were on the islands. I know a lot of people also pay to have guided snorkeling and diving tours around Maui and over in Molokini which I’ve heard is really incredible.
I regretted not doing the road to Hana but from what I heard you need to dedicate a whole day to it which we didn’t have. Also wish we could’ve gone to Mama’s fish house, but they were all booked up as was the Old Lahaina Luau Co…so definitely call NOW if you want to book either of those.
We did a deep sea fishing charter. If you’re into that thing it was worthwhile. We didn’t get any huge fish but probably 15 decent sized yellow fin tuna. They fileted some right on the dock for us to take back to the hotel and they sell the rest. I’ve heard you can bring it to some of the local restaurants and they’ll prep it for dinner for you. Otherwise, we just had it as sashimi and grilled the rest on the beach. Whale watching was fun while we were there but might be slightly off season now.
For a low key day, you can definitely spend some time just walking around the shops in Lahaina. It’s touristy, but a pretty cool place nonetheless with lots of restaurants. Also, I’d definitely recommend the Maui Ocean Center, we thought it was really interesting.
Post # 7
Oh, also if you’re renting a car I’d recommend upgrading to a convertible. We loved being able to ride around the whole time with the top down and we spent a good amount of time driving.
Post # 8
Maui Twins!!!! We are going for our honeymoon in July. I have also booked Horseback riding and a luau. Here is my post. You may get some good ideas from this as well!
Post # 9
Haleakala (the domant volcano) is awesome! Highly recommend driving up there for the view alone, but also doing one of the many tours they have – we did the ATV tour and it was so fun (but definitely on the dirtier side of excursions)!
Post # 10
Although touristy, I definitely enjoyed the Old Lahaina Luau, and for sure recommend Haleakala as well. Otherwise it sounds like you’ve got a good plan! My family booked stuff through Viator, and we rented snorkel gear from Snorkel Bob, and used it throughout the week.
Post # 11
Mama’s Fish House. Expensive but probably one of my most favorite meals ever. There are some yummy restaurants in Paia as well!
Post # 12
Wow! Thanks for all the recommendations. I think I’ll definitely add the Haleakala sunrise to our list. Y’all are the best 🙂