We spent a week in Maui for our honeymoon and it was incredible! If you want to do 2 islands in a week, I’d recommend flying into one, spending a few days there, going to the next island, spending the rest 9f the trip there, then flying back from island #2. We thought about doing a “day trip” to the big Island for one day, but we had more than enough to do on Maui and just didn’t feel like dealing with the stress of flying back and forth in a day. Here’s some of our favorites:
1) Sunset and Stargazing on Haleakala with Maui Astronomy Tours. Becky was super fun and enthusiastic, and we both love space so we really enjoyed this. Only mistake was we did it on the first day of our trip and because we came from the east coast and were 6 hours behind, we were EXHAUSTED by the end and on the drive back. You want to go when there is as little moonlight as possible which is why we went the first night.
2) Road to Hana. We drove it ourselves. DH and my dad both agreed, driving up Haleakala was worse than driving the road to hana. Start early! We had breakfast that day at Cafe Des Amis is Paia and really enjoyed their sweet crepes. Stopped at Twins falls, a random waterfall along the way (there’s tons, just pick one that was parking and enjoy lol), Waianapanapa state Park (n lack sand beach, amazing!), and went past Hana to the Pipwai Trail. 2 miles home up to a 400+ft Waimoku Falls! We were running out of daylight so we missed the 7 sacred pools also at the Pipwai trail park. And yes, get banana bread along the way, so good.
3) Breakfast at Kihei Caffè. This was the only restraunt we like so much we went to it twice. No regrets, it was delicious. We made our own Loco Moco last weekend cause DH is obsessed lol. We were staying in Wailea so it was really close for us.
4) Snorkeling in Molokini. DH got seasick on the trip, I thought it was amazing. We used Seafire Adventures, really nice group of people I’d highly recommend them.
5) Lava fields of Makena and La Perouse Bay. We did a horseback ride through here one evening, and actually went back and spent an afternoon there later in the week. Again, was really close to us, but if you go down to that side of the island during your trip, I’d recommend a stop there.
6) Mama’s Fish House. It meets and exceeds all the hype lol get reservations early. Lunch and dinner menu is the same, and lunch reservations are a lot easier to get.
My parents really enjoyed going to the Vinyard there (we didn’t make it out there but I did enjoy the pineapple wine they brought us back) and also did a sunset dinner cruise one night they spoke highly of.