Best 5 Things to Do in Maui

Aerial view of Ka’anapali in Maui

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Maui is the second largest of the Hawaiian islands. There are plenty of things to see on this island. I would like to introduce you to my 5 favorite things to do on a 10-day vacation in Maui. You should take a ‘beach day’ in between each one of those 5 activities, in order to relax and enjoy your vacation fully!


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I strongly recommend you to apply for the Hawaiian Airlines credit card, which gives you a chance for a free ticket to anywhere in Hawaii! Make sure you pay your flight fees with the same credit card since it gives you another perk- first checked bag free.

Morning Luau at Ka’anapali Beach Hotel


If you want to explore the island, you will definitely need a car in Maui. An excellent place to rent a car in Maui and on the other islands in Hawaii is through Discount Hawaii Car Rentals.

At my balcony of Ka’anapali Beach Hotel


I stayed at Ka’anapali Beach Hotel and was pretty happy with it! This is a beachfront hotel and offers affordable room rates. Another option for you is to check for accommodations on Airbnb. If you’ve never used AirBnb before, you can accept my invite to join and get $40 off towards your first trip.

Ka’anapali Beach Hotel


1. Meet sunrise at Haleakala National Park- you need to wake up really early (around 3-4am). Be prepared with a map. The road to Haleakala is really curvy, steep and dangerous. Take your time driving up. Once you get to the top, the view is stunning and so worth it. Visit  National Park Service Hawaii website to read the latest rules about visiting this park. According to their latest 2017 rules, you will need to make a reservation before you go.

People waiting for the sunrise
Beautiful morning light

2. Road to Hana- it’s a curvy coastal road with views of beaches, waterfalls, and rainforest. You should leave early in the morning and spend the entire day on that road. Make sure you pick up a map from the airport or from the hotel where you are staying. The Road to Hana is a paved road. There are places to stop and buy food and drinks. It’s an enjoyable drive!

Maui’s coastline
Another lovely beach on the road

3. Take a day trip to a nearby island- Sail with Trilogy to Lanai Lanai is the sixth-largest of the Hawaiian islands, but only about 3000 people live there. Lanai is also known as “Pineapple Island” because in the past was home to a plantation that produced 75% of the world’s pineapples. There are no traffic lights on the island and all public transportation is provided by the local hotels.

Driving in Lanai
Maui mountains on sunset
On the Trilogy boat

4. Hawai’s Volcanoes National Park- take a tour with Active Volcano Air Tours to Big Island from Kapalua West Maui Airport. It’s an expensive tour but with fascinating views of active volcanoes!

Taking off from Maui
Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park
Active Volcano

5. Ka’anapali Beach- It stretches across 3 miles of the island’s northwest coast. Spend a day or more at this absolutely gorgeous beach!

Ka’anapali Beach


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