A real travel guide to Maui sounds silly right? As if any place on the island of Maui isn't gorgeous. Everyone knows that Maui's beautiful. There’s simply no denying it. And no matter how many adjectives I use, there’s not much value I can add to Maui’s brand. You either want to visit or you don’t. I’m not here to tell you why Maui is worth visiting but what to do when you get there. Maui can be a tourist trap and if you're not careful you can blow a lot of money very fast. Our guide will show you all Maui has to offer without breaking the bank.
P L A C E S T O E A T
Finding great places to eat in Maui requires time and local advice. You're in Hawaii, find out where the locals eat! No, that's not at the restaurant in your hotel.
Right next to the airport, Da Kitchen it's a great place to get your first Hawaiian meal. Purely island style food, from traditional lunch plates to fried Masubi there is plenty to choose from. Portions here are huge which makes it a great place to split a meal. I would recommend trying their teriyaki chicken plate the meat is cooked PERFECTLY.
Downtown Lahaina was feeling a little too touristy for my taste but I'm glad we stuck around or we would have missed out on this place. Another spot that won't cost you and arm and a leg! Down the stairs off front street sits this super casual restaurant and bar. You order at the register then hope there's a spot to eat your delicious food. Stick with the meals that are fish biased to get the full experience. Hawaii fish is some of the freshest you can find. A bonus tip: Come during happy hour for great drink deals.
A food truck on the side of the road sort of in the middle of nowhere. Out of all the places we went on the island this is the best spot to stop. After eating here I found myself comparing every other meal I ate to Al's. The portions were a very nice size but every aspect of the food is packed with flavor. I would highly recommend this to everybody keep a lookout for a bright yellow trailer and stop and get a wonderful meal!
Brekkie Bowls is located right in front of Maui Crossfit and is very easy to find as there a signs pointing you to it as soon as you pull into the the little business district. They serve fresh acai and pitaya bowls along with smoothies and nitro coffee. With the perfect consistency and great, fresh toppings this is one the best Acai bowls on the island.
W H E R E T O D R I N K?
You can drink at virtually any hotel but who wants to spend $20 on a Mai Tai with no alcohol in it. We hunted down some great happy hour spots and amazing local breweries that you wont want to miss out on.
Maui Brewing // 4405 Honoapiilani HwySte 217/ Lahaina, HI
They have a big selection of their own brews and a few guest taps. You are foolish not to do a tasting flight. All of the beers had merit even if I wouldn't want a full pint of some, I enjoyed trying them. They have a house root beer as well as many others. I personally wouldn't eat here but it's a great place to have a few flights.
Koholā Brewery // 4405 Honoapiilani HwySte 217/ Lahaina, HI
Unlike Maui brewing this place has more of a neighborhood brewery vibe. Best hidden tasting room in Lahaina! It is an outstanding hidden gem with a great variety of beers. The large, clean and open air warehouse is set up with a bar, lots of seating and board games. Pick out some beers and ciders and grab a stack of UNO.
Not only does this place have one of the best happy hours, it's a great locations to watch the sunset. The lower area looks right out over the ocean with an open air décor. Get there right when happy hour starts for amazing drink and food deals. We tried 100 Mai Tai's on the island ( all for the blog of course) Kimo's had the best one. Be prepared to be surrounded by tourists but for the macadamia nut crusted calamari it's worth it.
W H E R E T O B E A C H?
If you're not going to spend your days at the beach in Maui why are you here? The amount of people that would spend their time in the pool rather than the ocean is mind blowing. We drove hours around the island searching for beaches that were quite enough to relax but didn't have waves that would scare the strongest swimmers.
Great beach for all ages. Has no waves and it's a great spot to spot turtles.
This beach is mostly known by the locals and if you go during the week it's a private beach. Be careful where you choose to go in since some coral is spread out through the beach.
While this beach is not as calm as the others but, it's breathtaking. Even just the walk through the trees to get to the beach is like nothing else.
Some of the clearest ocean water I've ever seen. This spot is great to see some beautiful ocean life that you wont be able to see anywhere else.
W H A T E L S E I S T H E R E T O D O?
If you have any time and are sick of the beach...? Sick of the beach? I hope that isn't possible, but none the less there are plenty of other things to do in Maui.
Twin Falls Trail // Keonekai Rd/ Kihei, HI
Everyone says this is a hike but it's not. It's a walk, one of the most beautiful walks I've ever been on but a walk none the less. Off of the Hana Road sits two amazing waterfalls. Both you can swim in but the first stop you can jump off. The thrill of jumping off a water fall in the middle of Hawaii is like no other. TIP: Bring bug spray, we didn't think and ended up with tons of mosquito bites. Secondly, do not leave anything you care about in your car, this goes for all of the Road to Hana and Maui in general.
An hour boat ride off the coast of Maui sits the Molokini crater . The waters are clear for up to 30 meters/ 100 feet underwater making all the marine life visible. Most of the fish we saw were black triggerfish but we also saw a moray eel in the reef, chilling above its home in the crevices. You have the potential to see up to 250 different marine species, and from time to time, harmless reef sharks. With its clear waters and abundant aquatic life, Molokini is a top dive and scuba spot in the world.
Lahaina offers several shave ice shops. But Breakwall has something that other's don't...Adult shaved ice...yes with alcohol. Worth the long line to enjoy a cool and refreshing local favorite. It was perfect – not too sweet or too filling in the heat. Soft and icy like a perfectly sweet snowball! They have almost 50 flavors to choose from, including tropical fruits like coconut and pineapple.
With so many amazing things to do I'm sure there are plenty of places we missed. Comment down below and tell us your favorite sports in Hawaii.