‘Maui No Ka Oi ‘ While visiting Maui, we heard this saying many times. We realised why! It means Maui is the best.
Maui took us on a real journey of discovery with so much to learn and so much to explore. Our taste for adventure lead us to some beautiful places. If your mind wanders to blue lagoons, cascading waterfalls and secluded surf spots, then your mind is on Maui!
Our top picks for Maui:
1. The Road to Hana – This is a must do. The Road to Hana was one of the highlights of our months spent on the Hawaiian Islands. We spent 10 hours exploring the winding roads to Hana, stopping at fruit carts, exploring black sand beaches, seeing road side waterfalls and hiking to plenty within the valleys. We saw rainbow forests and had endless views over the pristine coastlines. Our final stop was the Seven Sacred Pools or the Pools of Oheó. This rainforest stream creates cascading waterfalls that eventually fall into the ocean along the Kipahulu coastline.
2. Hike the West Maui Mountains – We had a hiking guide walk us through the rainforest streams and bamboo forests of the West Maui Mountains. We walked along the streams and picked the freshest Lilikoi we’ve ever tasted. We found ourselves surrounded by bamboo trees and swimming through cascading waterfalls that we had all to ourselves. We climbed down banyan tree roots to find ourselves cooling off at the bottom of a waterfall shower. Standing at the top of the mountain looking down over the lush rugged valleys and over the deep blue coast was a surreal feeling.
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3. Kapalua Bay – We stumbled across this hidden gem while exploring the shorelines near by. We found ourselves walking into paradise as we arrived at the sparkling shores and crystal clear waters of Kapalua Bay. We spent the afternoon rock jumping into the water beneath us.
4. Paia – We found ourselves immersed in the surf culture when we visited the surf town of Paia. It is everything you would imagine it to be; healthy food, yoga studios, art shops, surfers, laid-back locals and surf breaks on your door step. The surf culture here is worth getting lost in when visiting Maui.
5. Nakalele Blowhole – After a beautiful drive past the famous Honolua Bay and plenty of red dirt, we found ourselves at the Nakalele Blowhole. A picturesque hike to the bottom where you can feel the spray of the powerful surf shoot through the blowhole nestled beneath the rocky grounds on the waters edge. Here you will also find the famous heart-shaped rock.
6. Lahaina – If you’re looking to do some shopping and have a waterfront meal, this is the place to be! This seaside village in West Maui offers plenty of restaurants and bars, our favourite being Fleetwood’s on Front St. Fleetwood’s is owned by rock and roll icon Mick Fleetwood, and is a roof top bar and restaurant, with incredible views over the Lahaina beachfront. TIP: Stay for sunset! The sunsets here are beautiful, you can watch them from any of the restaurants on Front St, but Fleetwoods was our favourite as a traditional Hawaiian story telling and music is held at the bar each night around sunset. After dinner, we made our way to one of the Shave Ice stores and enjoyed it beneath the giant Banyan tree in the centre of town.
7. Hoókipa – Visit Ho’ókipa Beach lookout and watch the locals surf the famous surf breaks. We saw plenty of other friendly locals including turtles and seals.