Travel Guide: How To Spend One Week In Maui

10/20/2017 | by Conrad O'Connell | Maui Vacation Planning
“Maui, Hawaii” by chadh is licensed under CC BY 2.0
“Maui, Hawaii” by chadh is licensed under CC BY 2.0

If you have only a week to visit Maui, then you are going to need to plan your itinerary very carefully because there are so many great things to do. You will want to take advantage of these awesome activities allowing you to create a vacation you will never forget. While it is easy to tailor a Maui holiday to meet your own interests, here is a how to spend 1 week in Maui.

Day One — Culture & Local Flair

After touching down at the Kahului Airport and renting a car, head to the Maui Arts and Cultural Center for a quick introduction to the island’s amazing art community. Browse through their wide selection of local and international art.

Then, head to the Maui Nui Botanical Gardens where you can see more than 2,000 types of indigenous plants located along eight paths.

End your day by going to the Old Lahaina Luau. Feast on traditionally prepared pork before watching the hula dancers. Come as early as possible so that you have time to wander these gorgeously landscaped grounds.

Day Two — Beautiful Scenery & Beaches

You will want to get an early start as you drive along the coastal Road to Hanna. Make sure to bring along your swimsuit, a flashlight and your camera. Wear your hiking boots.

Start your day with an early morning surf if the weather allows in Paia Town. Otherwise, make sure to make this your morning pitstop for coffee. Then, head on to Wailele Farm where you can tour an actual working farm where pineapple, banana, coconut, sugarcane are raised. Hike the short path to one of two waterfalls where you can take a dip in the water under them. Fill up on the farm-fresh produce for a picnic lunch before leaving here.

Your next stop should be the Kahanu Garden and Pi’ilanihale Heiau. Concentrate on seeing the breadfruit as many of the varieties were carried to the island from Kahanu Garden and Pi’ilanihale Heiau along with seeing the ancient worship grounds, which is a national landmark.

Your goal is to arrive at Wai’anapanapa State Park by lunchtime. Enjoy the spectacular black sand beach with the turquoise waters flowing against it while you dine on a picnic lunch. If you are a good swimmer and the ocean is calm, then participate in cliff diving after lunch. There is a small cave that is worth exploring. Hike along the well-marked trail to see the lava tubes and the Anchialine Pool caves. Visit the blowhole before leaving the park.

Arrive at Hana Bay in time to watch the outrigger canoeist practicing just off the coast. End your day by dining on the catch of the day at The Preserve.

Day Three — Beach Hopping & Water Sports

After spending the night at Hana Bay, then make your way to Homoa Beach. This beach often offers the perfect conditions for surfing and bodysurfing. The 1000-foot-long beach is an outstanding place to work on your tan. This is also a great place to snorkel as you will escape many of the crowds in more popular locations.

Later in the day, see if the road is open from Hana Bay to Kaupo by calling the Maui Police. If it is, then continue your drive around the island until you reach Kaupo. Making this drive at sunset makes the breathtaking views even more spectacular.

Day Four — Experiencing Local Flavors

Start your day with a cup of organic coffee if you have been able to reach Kaupo. Then, head to Maui Planes where Eric will take you up in the air to see the sea cliffs. You may even get to fly the plane for a short time.

Make your way to Ulupalakua Ranch in time for a late lunch and a tour of the winery. Participate in the tastings located in the former guest cottage of King Kalakaua. Go on their sunset ride through the Ulupalakua Ranch which is the largest working cattle ranch in Maui.

If the road to Kampo is not open, then you will have to turn around and go back the same way that you came. Once you arrive back in Kahului head to the heliport for a fascinating air tour of the island including the seacliffs.

Whichever experience you choose, make your way to the cabins at Haleakala National Park Summit Area for your last night in Maui.

Day Five — Catching The Sun All Day Long

Watching the sunrise at Haleakala National Park Summit Area is a great way to start your last day in Maui. After you watch the sun wake up in the House of the Sun, then go on a guided bike ride down most of the crater’s summit. Spend the rest of your day hiking the numerous trails as this place has more endangered species than any other national park.Cool off by taking the zipline ride ending in the water.

After a full week in Maui, your Hawaii journey must come to an end. It is one, however, that you will remember in your mind for the rest of your life.

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