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Trip List by ctjwa

9 Fun Days in Maui

20 Jun 2006  It was our Honeymoon, and it was fantastic!
3.5 of 5 stars based on 20 votes

Mid-twenty year old couple enjoying Maui to the fullest

  • Explore locations featured in this Trip List: Haleakala National Park, Lahaina
  • Category: Best of
  • Traveler type: Sightseeing, Active/Outdoors, Never been before, Beachgoers
  • Appeals to: Honeymooners
  • 1. West Maui Drive

    Driving all the way around West Maui on Rt 30. Stopping at:
    Dragon's Teeth
    Red Sand Beach
    Nakalele Blowhole & Acid Warzone
    Olivine Pools
    Julie's Banana Bread Stand
    Through Central Maui

  • 2. Drive the Hana Highway

    Driving from Central Maui, to Hana:
    We highly recommend spending a night in Hana. That will allow you to leave later starting the drive (10am), and feel alot less rushed. Spend the night, then the next morning you can go to Hamoa Beach for a relaxing swim/tan, and then check out Ohe'o Gulch and the Pipiwai Trail. Fantastic!
    MAKE SURE YOU TURN AROUND THERE AND GO BACK! There's absolutely nothing of interest past that point, and you will waste half a day driving through barren land just to get back to central maui. Take the other way, and at least you'll still feel like you're in Hawaii for the driving time. Maybe stop at one of your favorite spots on the Hana Hwy again.

  • 3. Haleakala National Park
    Haleakala National Park, Maui

    Drive up Rt 377, then Haleakala Highway to the top. It's a $10 per car fee, but it's the same pass as you'll get from the 7 Sacred Pools/Ohe'o Gulch park if you plan to go or have already been there. We took a horseback ride with Pony Express down sliding sands trail, and it was awesome. A little tiring on the legs and butt, though worth it for the amazing colors and sights inside the crator. It would literally take all day and be exausting without the horse. The trip starts at 9:30am, but if you'd rather not spend all day there, coming just for the sunrise would be another option. Don't do both in the same day, because getting up at 3:30am and riding a horse till 4pm would be really tough.

    It's an amazing sight, any time you're 10,000 feet up above the clouds!

  • 4. Lahaina
    Lahaina, Maui

    This is a great shopping area. The main road is called Front Street, and it's parallel to the ocean. Parking is cheap, the shopping center lot at the beginning of the road is free for 3 hours, then $1 per half hour (i think). Just have your ticket stamped at the ABC store, you might not even have to buy anything.

    There are tons of stores, many of which seem to be owned by the same company. You'll see alot of touristy repeat products for the same prices. Great souvinier shopping. There are also a couple cool "celebrity" stores that have pictures and memorabilia from famous people that have visited Lahaina, definitely check those out.

    Stop for lunch at Cheeseburger in Paradise for a great burger and chili fries. You should be able to get in no problem in the afternoon, rather than wait over an hour for dinner. For dinners, Kimo's is great oceanfront dining. Get their Hula Pie for desert!

  • 5. Whaler's Village, Ka'anapali, Maui, Hawaii

    Nice little shopping center on Ka'anapali Beach. Great place to shop for a new bathing suit, cool sunglasses, hat, or tshirt. There are also two nice oceanfront resteraunts that often have live music at dinner time, Hula Grill and Leilani's on the Beach. Both are owned by the same company (along with Kimo's in Lahaina, and others), and have similar menu's. We chose "downstairs", which is cheaper and lighter food than the upstairs dinner menu. Leilani's was great for chicken quesadillas and fish tacos. They also have the famous Hula Pie for desert! Sometimes they have a long wait, but you can't really complain when you're sitting on the beach, under the stars, listening to live hawaiian music!

  • 6. Warren & Annabelle's Magic
    Warren & Annabelle's Magic, Lahaina, Maui

    This was one of the highlights of our trip. Fantastic evening! It starts at 5pm with a spirited dinner. You can choose their package dinner, but only do so if you plan on drinking 2 drinks and like a combination dinner including some seafood and hawaiian food. If you're more picky, go "a la carte" and pick off the menu instaid. There are really two segments to this night. The dinner entertainment, then the magic show. We couldn't recommend this more highly. I don't want to give away any of the reasons why it was great, because you are better off just going in and finding out for yourselves! We were mid-twenty year old honeymooners, and had just as much fun as a couple on their 50th anniversary!! This is truely a show for everybody -- except families, you have to be 21 to get in (and really enjoy the show). Find a babysitter if you have to, because you will NOT want to miss this show.

  • 7. Ka'anapali Beach
    Ka'anapali Beach, Lahaina, Maui

    This was the best beach we found on our trip around the island. It just happened to be exactly where our condo hotel was (Maui Kaanapali Villas). There are two sections to this beach. The top half is sparsely populated, relaxing, and amazing. Soft sandy beach, with rolling blue water. Black Rock then juts out in the middle of the beach, and this area has some great snorkeling. We saw tons of fish of all colors and sizes. Some people mentioned seeing sea turtles, but we werent lucky enough (just another reason to come back!). On the bottom half of the beach it is much more active and crowded. The Sheraton is ontop of Black Rock, and tons of their guests lay out on the bottom half of Ka'anapali Beach. There are tons of water activities like snorkel rentals, parasailing, jetskiiing, some shopping, light food, and other stuff to be had down there.

    As honeymooners, we enjoyed the top half of the beach immensely. Great swimming, great sun, and an undisturbed peaceful day.