Our Maui Bucket List
There are so many places and things to see and do when on vacation in our area. Here we made a list of some of our favorite things to see and do for both adults and children, while enjoying your vacation.
In no particular order, we present ‘Our Maui Bucket List’
The Road To Hana
Which includes; Waiʻānapanapa State Park and Black Sands Beach, stopping for fresh baked banana bread or other local specialties, Hana Town, ‘Ohe’o Gulch (Seven Sacred Pools) with the amazing walk through the bamboo forest that ends at Waimoku Falls.
Be brave! Its so worth it and it’s only 64 miles with only 59 bridges, of which 46 are only one-way and 620 twists and turns. You got this!
Whale season officially starts December 15 and runs through May 15 but Maui sees whales returning to this prime calving area as early as October and whales have been seen as late as June. There are many whale watching boat excursions to choose from but we love Captain Steve’s the best. Less crowded, smaller, faster boats gets you into the action! If it’s not whale season, their Dolphin Lanai snorkel trip is amazing, we ALWAYS see hundreds of spinner dolphins.
Take in the sunrise at the summit. You’ll be one of only a handful that will get to see this. Space is limited so make your reservation. Or try one of the many bike companies that send you down the volcano to the beach by bike. You’ll also find some great hikes in this stark volcanic landscape. Prepare for cold temperatures at the summit at sunrise but temps increase by mid morning, layers are best. You’ll find more information on the National Park site.
Let’s face it, the beaches in Maui are AMAZING!
Of course the beaches in Maui make our top 10 list. And what a variety we have too. Black sand, red sand and fluffy brown sugar sand. It’s hard to pick just one beach to visit on our bucket list so we’ve created it’s own Beach Bucket List.
Gorgeous tropical landscape with nice hiking trails. Check with the Hawaiian State Parks for hours and fees. Often in the afternoon this part of Maui gets rain.
Ho’okipa Windsurfers (and turtles too!)
Like butterflies on the ocean! It’s always fun to stop at Ho’okipa and watch the windsurfers. You can’t help but be mesmerized! And Ho’okipa beach is renown for the turtles that congregate on the beach. Practice Aloha and keep your distance please!
Attend a Luau
A traditional Hawaiian Luau is a nice way to get a glimpse into Hawaiian and Polynesian culture. Prepare to eat! We think Feast at Lele is a nice one to attend. Lele is the ancient name for Lahaina.
One way to explore the Maui coastline is on a kayak. One of our favorites is Clear Kayaks Maui who offer glass bottomed kayaks that allow you to see what is going on under the ocean surface. Tell Derek we sent you!
Take a Ukulele Lesson
We haven’t mastered playing the Koa wood Ukulele we bought from Mele Ukulele by any means but that doesn’t mean we don’t try!
And no one played the Ukulele or sang Hawaiian music quite as beautifully as ‘Bruddah Iz’, Israel Kamakawiwo’ole.
UPDATE: Please refrain from visiting Lahaina until the locals are ready. Lahaina is a hopping harbor town in West Maui. The quaint harbor-side streets are lined with shops, restaurants, art galleries and more. You’ll find much better night-life in Lahaina than Kihei. And for history buffs you’ll also find the Lahaina Heritage Museum and Historic Walking Tour.
Snorkel with Fish and Sea Turtles
By far one of our favorite activities on Maui. There are so may snorkeling spots to choose from. We provide basic snorkel gear and ‘our’ beach has some great snorkeling. Just a 5 minute walk from the condo and you can be in the water with turtles and fish. There are dozens of snorkel renting companies, several of which are walking distance from our condo, where you can rent a banana belt, shortie wet suit tops, and get the best up to date information on where to snorkel for the day.
This is just the tip of the iceberg of things we love to do while on Maui. Do you have a favorite ‘bucket list’ activity or place to see? Let us know by clicking the blue Contact Us button below