An escape to Maui is the perfect way to beat the winter blues. The beaches are beautiful anytime of year, but they are an especially rewarding break when your tired of being cold in the dead of winter. If your looking for deals though, the cheapest months to travel to Maui are November and May.
We found a cozy studio condo at Lahaina Shores Beach Resort via VRBO for our visit. Our room faced the mountains and provided a gorgeous view. I don’t think these condos had a bad view for any of the units on either the ocean or mountain side. Ocean views being a little more pricey. The location of this particular resort condo was within walking distance of restaurants, bars, and entertainment. It is located on the beach, with the option for a quick pool or ocean dip any time of day. We loved the location and amenities. The bed was probably the most comfortable I have ever slept on. The property offered some great spots to lounge in the sun and read a good book.
The beaches are amazing! You have to snorkel while in Maui. Their are just too many beautiful tropical fish, corral, and sea turtles not too. My favorite snorkel spot was Kapalua Beach. It’s a very busy beach, so probably not the best to visit if your going during peak season. I swam with sea turtles and some very cool tropical fish here.
Makenna Beach Park was also a very cool beach for snorkeling and boogie boarding. The parking lot is a bit of hike to the beach, especially if your lugging all your gear for a day of beach fun. During our visit their was a food truck at the parking lot which sold fish tacos and shaved ice.
These are some good beaches to start with, but stop at as many as you can they all have something cool to see. I don’t think Maui has a bad beach.
Road to Hana
The Road to Hana is for those who have patience. It is a series of hairpin turns lasting for more than sixty miles. Go into it knowing that the trip will take you all day and you will want to make lots of stops because the trip is about the journey. There is no final miraculous destination, but lots of beautiful vistas along the way.
Pack supplies for this trip. We were stuck on the wrong side of a mud slide on our way back from Hana. We didn’t have much with us and we were delayed for hours, well into the night.
Garden of Eden was a beautiful stop unfortunately it was pouring the whole time we were there. It is pricey to get into this park, but on a clear day it can provide you with some panoramic picture taking opportunities.
We particularly enjoyed the Punalu’u or the Black Sand Beach. The beach is covered in beautiful black sand. Hike down to the beach were you will find a small cave. It’s a lava tunnel, that is fun for exploring. Be careful of the waves that rush in and don’t be a clutz like me and take a tumble in the dark. The park also has a blow hole you can view.
The Haleakala Crater is a full day trip. The road winds up the mountainside providing beautiful views, but don’t get too distracted because the road is also full of hairpin turns. Also, watch for cows in the road. Bring lots of warm clothes and layer up because the temperature changes quite a bit.
The crater itself provides some truly interesting landscape. The day we visited was very cloudy and we found ourselves hiking in the fog and rain with little visibility after an hour of hiking down with nothing to see but fog, we turned back. To our chagrin the clouds parted ways revealing a landscape below that looked to be from another planet all together or perhaps the Jurassic period. The moral of the story is don’t give up, the clouds will clear.
I strongly recommend this as an adventure. I plan to explore this park more on our next visit.
Get ready to get down and dirty and do some climbing. This hike is a bit muddy and slippery, but well worth it. Hike down to the viewing point, but don’t get too close because the sea water can drag you in. You will need to scramble over the boulders and lava rock as you approach. I strongly recommend a stop at Nakalele Blowhole.
Iao Valley Park
This is the site of the last great battle on Maui . A very scenic park with lots of indigenous vegetation.
As you leave stop at Kalaeloa Heritage Park to learn about Hawaii’s early immigrants. The park has some beautiful art and gardens.
Old Lahiana Luau
We visited the Old Lahiana Luau during our visit. The food, drinks, and show were great, but the service was over the top. Kona, our server memorized all of our names instantly and kept the drinks coming. Make reservations early, this books up.
Warren and Anabelle’s Comedy Magic Show
Warren and Anabelle’s Comedy Magic Show is great entertainment. The appetizers are more like a dinner, so don’t think you will be going away hungry. The seating in the theater seems a little cramped, but the show helps you forget that. The crowd was mostly 50+ the night we were their. The show itself is funny, engaging, and entertaining. Make reservations early, this books up.
Our Favorite Dining Options
One of the best breakfast/lunch we had was in Kihei at the Kihei Cafe. My two favorites are fried rice topped with two eggs and the loco moco with fried rice. Before you order your breakfast walk across the parking lot to Lava Java for a cup of delicious morning Joe.
Down the Hatch was another noteworthy dining experience. Try this for breakfast, lunch, happy hour, or dinner The lava shrimp is addicting. They also have a great happy hour special on Mia Tia’s.
Lahiana Pizza’s deep dish pizza is delicious. Our favorite is called “the works.” Follow it with a couple of ice cold brewskis. We also enjoyed the atmosphere. The restaurant is upstairs with views of the street. A great vantage point to people watch while you munch on your lunch and get ready for your next great adventure.
For fine dining Kimo’s has great ambience. The best time is at sunset. Try to get a water front table. They have Mai Tia’s were some of the best we had. Everything we tried on the menu was good. The helpings aren’t big, but you will want to order dessert here. Order the hula pie! It is delicious!