3 Day Maui Itinerary
Many travelers in Maui do not have the luxury of spending endless days soaking up the sun and snorkeling with sea turtles. For those of you in Maui just on a quick weekend get away I have a 3 day itinerary that will cover all the Maui highlights.
Day One – Road to Hana
- Road to Hana: This is a must for all travelers in Maui. Do not skip the beautiful bamboo forest, black beach, and red beach. Spend the day driving towards Hana and stopping as much as possible along the way.
- Mama’s Fish House: Book a reservation ahead of time (even calling a week ahead) and catch this place in Paia on your way back to Hana. Though pricey, you will be impressed by everything at this restaurant.
Day Two – Land Lover
- Iao Valley (hike optional): Great place to see the classic Hawaiian view of sharp mountains and beautiful waterfalls.
- Early Lunch at Eskimo Seafood: Great place for some delicious fresh seafood at a reasonable price. Listed as one of the best fish and chips in Maui.
- Ocean Vodka Distillery: A nice after lunch stop. After a quick tour you get to taste the mineral water, light vodka, and buttery rum.
- Surfing Goats: Order a tasting platter and pet a few goats. The cheese is absolututly delicioys, if you don’t like goat cheese do not worry they have different types and many you wouldn’t even expect are goat.
- Lavender Farms: I did not do this myself but heard a ton of people at Surfing Goats and Ocean Vodka talking about it. Great stop in the farming region.
- Haleakala Sunset and Stargazing: Make sure you brought your jackets and hurry up Haleakala. Around sunset parking gets crazy so make sure you get there early enough to get your curb. This is a long drive though, so if don’t stay too late if you have a reservation for dinner!
- Romantic Dinner at Mill House Restaurant: After sunset grab a late romantic dinner at the Mill House Restaurant. Make a reservation for the island and be surrounded by beautiful lights and a lush garden.
Day Three – Ocean Appreciation (for a Sunday)
- Morning Kayaking or Whale Watching: I recommend kayaking out of Makena Harbor with Maui Kayak Adventures. Our whale watching kayak was so amazing.
- Hawaiian Humpback Whale Sanctuary Visitor Center (NOAA): After seeing the whales stop in and learn a little more about them.
- Lunch at Nalu’s: This is a creative restaurant with some great food combinations. Try the Chicken and Waffles or the Corn Flake French Toast.
- Snorkeling with Sea Turtles: Head down to Kama’ole Beach Park II and spend the afternoon soaking up the sun and swimming with sea turtles.
- Shaved Ice: When you need a break from the sun walk across the street to S&Qs and grab a Tropical Fantasy Shaved Ice. You must try the shaved ice while in Maui.
- Little Beach drum circle: On Sunday nights Little Beach turns into a little Burning Man. Besides the nudity there is a drum circle and fire dance as everyone watches the sunset. A fun place to bring dinner and people watch. It is a bit difficult to access as you have to clamber over rocks and get hit with some waves.
Check out my Maui travel guide for any extra information on these places.