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Best Things to Do in Maui

Featured Maui Travel Tips
  • Try surfing at Ho'okipa Beach
  • Visit Po’olenalena Beach at sunrise to beat the crowds
  • Swim, snorkel, and boogie board on Palauea Beach
  • Experience the Road to Hana
  • Enjoy a tropical Mai Tai at the Monkeypod
  • Capture memories on a Flytographer photoshoot

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Mary's Travel Tips for Maui

What are the best places to eat and drink in Maui?

Waikiki brewery in Lahaina. Beautiful view of the water to watch the sunset. Food and staff are great! The Thai food truck in Hana. I’d do the whole road to Hana again just for that pad Thai. We also loved the bar at the pool, Umalu, at our resort. We stayed at the Hyatt resort in Kaanapali.

What are the best things to do in Maui?

Calypso snorkel tour. 10/10 would recommend. The crew was great and really knowledgeable. Snorkeling was so fun and we saw a bunch of sea turtles.

What is the best tip for going on your honeymoon to Maui?

Tell everyone it’s your honeymoon. People were really nice and sometimes got a shoutout. We had to cancel and reschedule this trip three times due to the pandemic. It made it extra special when we were reminded it was our honeymoon... even after a year and a half of waiting.

Visited Maui in May

Photo Shoot Location: Po’olenalena Beach (South Shore)

Tara Lee in Maui for Flytographer


Jasmine's Travel Tips for Maui

What are the best places to eat and drink in Maui?

Favorite restaurant is Leilanis on the beach -- such delicious food!!

What is the best tip for celebrating your birthday in Maui?

Get Hula Pie for your birthday dessert it is so good!

Visited Maui in April

Photo Shoot Location: Kapalua Ironwoods (West Shore)

Sara in Maui for Flytographer


Amelia's Travel Tips for Maui

What are the best places to eat and drink in Maui?

Star Noodle. Everything we ate and drank was great. They had some amazing cocktails/mocktailss and fantastic noodles. Make reservations because it fills up fast.

What are the best things to do in Maui?

Just walking along the beach was the best part for us.

What is the best tip for going on your babymoon to Maui?

Maui was great for our babymoon. We enjoyed just lounging and looking at the ocean. Getting up and down from laying on the beach was a challenge so I appreciated that our hotel was just off the beach. Sitting by the pool while watching the waves was ideal. My one warning would be: Don't travel TOO close to your due date unless you're blessed with lots of 3rd trimester energy. We were a couple weeks away and the plane ride was uncomfortable all the way there and worse on the way back.

Visited Maui in December

Photo Shoot Location: Po’olenalena Beach (South Shore)

Taena in Maui for Flytographer


Haley's Travel Tips for Maui

What are the best places to eat and drink in Maui?

Monkey pod live music and gazebo breakfast

What are the best things to do in Maui?

Ocean distillery

Visited Maui in March

Photo Shoot Location: Po’olenalena Beach (South Shore)

Sara in Maui for Flytographer


Jason's Travel Tips for Maui

What are the best places to eat and drink in Maui?

Nalu’s and Joey’s were amazing. The local food was great, and the atmosphere felt very local.

What are the best things to do in Maui?

Snorkeling, kayaking and riding down Haleakala!

What is the best tip for a romantic getaway in Maui?

Book a photo shoot to capture the magic you’ll feel here.

Visited Maui in March

Photo Shoot Location: Po’olenalena Beach (South Shore)

Nicole in Maui for Flytographer


Ashley's Travel Tips for Maui

What are the best places to eat and drink in Maui?

We LOVED Monkeypod Kitchen for dinner and drinks, Cinnamon Roll Place for breakfast (so yummy!), and South Maui Fish Company for lunch/fresh fish/something casual! Monkeypod had lots of options and a great environment. Cinnamon Roll Place was so yummy; we would definitely recommend the cinnamon rolls. They are magical and huge! South Maui Fish Company has a lot of hype around it, and it definitely delivered. The freshest fish and a fun spot to explore nearby!

What are the best things to do in Maui?

Snorkeling with turtles (through Zephyr) Sunrise at Haleakala National Park Exploring Po'olenalena Beach

Visited Maui in March

Photo Shoot Location: Po’olenalena Beach (South Shore)

Sara in Maui for Flytographer


LEDINH's Travel Tips for Maui

What are the best places to eat and drink in Maui?

Kihei Cafe is great for breakfast/brunch!! Line up can be long but it's pretty fast, we got a table in less than 10min. Food was very yummy and reasonably priced for cafe food. Table was not clean though, had syrup on it but quickly and easily cleaned by staff when brought up as concern. And other downfall, they did not provide water, only water available was $3 a bottle!! Other than these little things, my family and I enjoyed it. Our favourite restaurant though is Monkey Pod in Wailea! Great atmosphere and great food! It is expensive though but it's a nice treat for the family when on vacation. My 15yr old son ordered the steak special for dinner and he cleaned his plate completely! His steak was cooked perfectly just the way he asked for. And dessert was so very delicious!! Monkey Pod cream pies baked fresh daily by them. We tried the dark chocolate ganache cream pie and the blueberry cheesecake, and it did not disappoint!!

What are the best things to do in Maui?

Snorkelling was a favourite activity of ours. No need to go to those very expensive boat tours to Molokini to see fish. We snorkelled at Ulua Beach and saw plenty of fish and turtles. Kaanapali is another great place to snorkel and it's also free!

What is the best tip for travelling with kids to Maui?

Always have snacks on hand. Food is very expensive when they get hungry!!

Visited Maui in March

Photo Shoot Location: Custom Route

Amity in Maui for Flytographer


Emily's Travel Tips for Maui

What are the best places to eat and drink in Maui?

The food at the Grand Wailea was great!

What are the best things to do in Maui?

The spa at the Grand Wailea as well as the golf in Maui!

Visited Maui in March

Photo Shoot Location: Custom Route

Nicole in Maui for Flytographer


Michelle's Travel Tips for Maui

What are the best places to eat and drink in Maui?

Monkeypod - can’t go wrong with a Mai Tai and their Ahi Tuna.

Visited Maui in March

Photo Shoot Location: White Rock (South Shore)

Sara in Maui for Flytographer


Michelle's Travel Tips for Maui

What are the best places to eat and drink in Maui?

We enjoyed Three's very much. The Brussels Sprouts were AMAZING! W also enjoyed Coconuts, Ohana and the food trucks.

What are the best things to do in Maui?

We snorkeled on our own and saw some incredible sea life. The Helicopter ride over Maui was spectacular (I recommend this to everyone). We used Maui Air and Vince was our pilot (he was knowledgeable and fun and very attentive checking to see how everyone was doing during the flight).

What is the best tip for celebrating your anniversary in Maui?

We always wanted to get back to Maui to show our girls as we Honeymooned there. It was a wonderful experience 30 years later.

Visited Maui in February

Photo Shoot Location: Ulua Beach (South Shore)

Kelly in Maui for Flytographer


Amy's Travel Tips for Maui

What are the best places to eat and drink in Maui?

Monkey Pod; delicious food and drink with a great vibe.

What are the best things to do in Maui?

Whale watching, food/dining, pool/hotel staff, photos!

What is the best tip for celebrating your birthday in Maui?

Take friends or family who are excited to celebrate you. Locals went out of their way to celebrate with us and it was so fun to celebrate in such a special way. Take the trip! Visit and support Maui!

Visited Maui in March

Photo Shoot Location: Kapalua Ironwoods (West Shore)

Sara in Maui for Flytographer


Lillian's Travel Tips for Maui

What are the best places to eat and drink in Maui?

Kihei Cafe for breafast, Merriman's for delicious food with amazing ocean views, Monkeypod for their dessert pies and mai tais.

What are the best things to do in Maui?

Whale watch and snorkeling trips with PacWhale Eco Adventures; ocean kayaking with the whales; hike at Twin Falls.

Visited Maui in February

Photo Shoot Location: Po’olenalena Beach (South Shore)

Marie in Maui for Flytographer


Anna's Travel Tips for Maui

What are the best places to eat and drink in Maui?

Miss Arepa - it might not be traditional Hawaiian food but it was DELICIOUS! Great for fast casual style, very fresh and perfect portion sizes in Lahaina / Ka’anapali

What are the best things to do in Maui?

Whale watching with pacific whale foundation because they are so passionate about whales! Ocean Center Aquarium was an excellent experience too.

What is the best tip for celebrating your birthday in Maui?

Book the premium room with a view! It is well worth the extra money.

Visited Maui in February

Photo Shoot Location: Polo Beach (South Shore)

Savannah in Maui for Flytographer


Kimberly's Travel Tips for Maui

What are the best places to eat and drink in Maui?

Mamas Fish House

What are the best things to do in Maui?

Maui Helicopter doors off!!

What is your best travel tip for Maui?

Everything is super casual

Visited Maui in January

Photo Shoot Location: Kapalua Ironwoods (West Shore)

Sara in Maui for Flytographer


Nicole's Travel Tips for Maui

What are the best places to eat and drink in Maui?

Vintage street coffee, love their Acai bowls. And the cinnamon roll place in Kihei, great prices. Don’t forget 808 deli in Kihei!

What are the best things to do in Maui?

Road to Hana.

What is the best tip for travelling with kids to Maui?

Bring life jackets.

Visited Maui in January

Photo Shoot Location: Custom Route

Rojeena in Maui for Flytographer


Emma's Travel Tips for Maui

What are the best places to eat and drink in Maui?

Flatbread Company. Amazing pizza!!

What are the best things to do in Maui?

Renting a jeep with a camper and camping around the island.

What is the best tip for going on your babymoon to Maui?

Go during the winter, less hot while pregnant!

Visited Maui in January

Photo Shoot Location: Baldwin Beach (North Shore)

Nicole in Maui for Flytographer


Ximena's Travel Tips for Maui

What are the best places to eat and drink in Maui?

Monkey Pod - great atmosphere and view

What are the best things to do in Maui?

All the beaches, drive along west of Maui

Visited Maui in January

Photo Shoot Location: Po’olenalena Beach (South Shore)

Sara in Maui for Flytographer


Julianne's Travel Tips for Maui

What are the best places to eat and drink in Maui?

Belle Surf Cafe in Paia - lovely space and was large and quiet. A little sanctuary! A'a Roots in Napali - delicious food and all tasted fresh and vibrant Joey's Kitchen in Napali - fun and unique experience, Filipino food, get the Halo-Halo for dessert! Akamai in Wailea/Kihei - love the customer service, food, coffee, outdoor patio seating in Wailea, the best cafe on Maui (in our opinion)

What are the best things to do in Maui?

Morning whale watch on the Trilogy - best staff and food, the boat was incredible and saw so many whales. They made the experience 10/10!

What is the best tip for travelling with kids to Maui?

DT Fleming was great for kids! And has a lifeguard.

Visited Maui in January

Photo Shoot Location: D.T. Fleming Beach (West Shore)

Lauren in Maui for Flytographer


GABRIELA's Travel Tips for Maui

What are the best places to eat and drink in Maui?

Mama's Fish House is a MUST DO meal while on Maui. Impeccable service. World class views. Rock solid cocktails (try their famous Mai Tai.) The Polynesian ambiance you dreamed about when thinking about Maui. And of couse incredibly, delicious food. 10/10 would recommend.

What are the best things to do in Maui?

Get out on the water! We loved our whale watching tour with Blue Water Rafting. Of course the big show was Humpback after Humpback whale, but the crew was full of jokes, a great playlist, and loads of fun zipping around the water. A Maui must-do!

What is the best tip for travelling with kids to Maui?

Get out the the south shore beaches early in that day to get best chance for calmer waters. The afternoon trade winds churn the water up and so plan your pooltime or exploring for the pm.

Visited Maui in January

Photo Shoot Location: Po’olenalena Beach (South Shore)

Sara in Maui for Flytographer


Anisha's Travel Tips for Maui

What are the best places to eat and drink in Maui?

Too many! Best food was Haili Maile in upcountry. It's a but of a drive but the food is delicious and the drinks are even better.

What are the best things to do in Maui?

We went on a snorkel trip to Molokini and saw too many whales to count on the way there and back on the Lani Kai II through https://mauisnorkeling.com/. It was a quick trip but a fun excursion for the family.

What is the best tip for travelling with kids to Maui?

Shave ice at Ululani's is a must!

Visited Maui in January

Photo Shoot Location: Polo Beach (South Shore)

Rojeena in Maui for Flytographer


Sumer's Travel Tips for Maui

What are the best places to eat and drink in Maui?

We loved Kapa Bar and Grill at Wailea Beach Resort where we stayed. The food was amazing and had great a view of the beach.

What are the best things to do in Maui?

Our favorite parts was the beaches. We went to Ulua beach multiple times.

What is the best tip for going on your babymoon to Maui?

It's just such a beautiful island. It was an amazing trip!

Visited Maui in January

Photo Shoot Location: Ulua Beach (South Shore)

Marie in Maui for Flytographer


Tracy's Travel Tips for Maui

What are the best places to eat and drink in Maui?

The food trucks! We love local flavors in a relaxed environment.

What are the best things to do in Maui?

Snorkeling with trilogy, luau, swimming

What is the best tip for travelling with kids to Maui?

Incorporate at least one rest day per week.

Visited Maui in December

Photo Shoot Location: Ulua Beach (South Shore)

Rojeena in Maui for Flytographer


Jami's Travel Tips for Maui

What are the best places to eat and drink in Maui?

We loved Cafe O’Lei at the plantation, beautiful setting. Humuhumunukunukuapua’a For dinner at sunset. Three’s bar and grill for happy hour. The food trucks at the south Maui gardens in Kihei. Flatbread company for pizza in Paia.

What are the best things to do in Maui?

Drive up Haleakalā. Ulua beach in Wailea. Shaved ice at Ululanis.

Visited Maui in January

Photo Shoot Location: Po’olenalena Beach (South Shore)

Sara in Maui for Flytographer


Kemly's Travel Tips for Maui

What are the best places to eat and drink in Maui?

Leode’s cafe - spicy tuna sandwich 🥪 amazing but the pies 🥧 wowowowowow!

What are the best things to do in Maui?

Haleakalā NP, Wai’napanapa state park, road to Hana

What is the best tip for travelling with kids to Maui?

Be flexible. Pack lots of snacks, 1yo got car sick on the road to Hana so plan for stops - suggest leaving in early AM to coincide with bedtime

Visited Maui in December

Photo Shoot Location: Baldwin Beach (North Shore)

Rojeena in Maui for Flytographer


Jenna's Travel Tips for Maui

What are the best things to do in Maui?

Kapalua beach

What is the best tip for travelling with kids to Maui?

Buy diapers and wipes and stuff there, don’t travel with it

Visited Maui in December

Photo Shoot Location: Custom Route

Sara in Maui for Flytographer


Nong's Travel Tips for Maui

What are the best places to eat and drink in Maui?

Nutcharee thai food in Kihei. Huli Huli chicken. Poke at food land and sushi from the island gourmet in Wailea.

What are the best things to do in Maui?

Hang out at the beach. Pineapple farm tour, goat farm and honey bee farm. Learn how to surf. It’s beginner friendly. Work out session at Maui powerhouse gym. Book Deep tissue Massage with Barbara at Maui best massage+spa. Get a hair cut or blow dry at wash and blow hair salon.

What is the best tip for travelling with kids to Maui?

Staying at condos instead of hotels. You get more bang for your bucks and way more space. Maui has lots of great condos. Bring reef safe sunscreen. Bring the umbrella to the beach would help stay longer at the beach. Watch out for sharp rocks and some waves can cause injuries. Don’t miss the aquarium.

Visited Maui in December

Photo Shoot Location: Ulua Beach (South Shore)

Sara in Maui for Flytographer


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