I’ve been lucky enough to travel quite a bit in my 22 short years. One of my favorite trips was to Maui, the second-largest Hawaiian island. I went three years ago to visit my now ex-boyfriend and unfortunately, didn’t get to do everything I wanted to, like visit Hana or go on a hike to a crater or waterfall.
However, I did get to see some of the most beautiful beaches, eat amazing shaved ice, have my first acai bowl, try surfing and go snorkeling with turtles and fishes. Here are a few things you need to know before going to Maui.
- Getting there sucks. Unless you’re flying there first-class, you’re going to be sitting uncomfortably and paying for expensive food for nearly a day. I flew out of Newark in New Jersey to San Diego, California (a 3 hour flight) then from San Diego to LAX in Los Angeles (a 45 minute flight). My final flight was from LAX to Kahului Airport (a 5 hour flight). The entire day was draining and because of the time change, I hadn’t realized that my last flight would be as long as it was. Be prepared with snacks, fluids and most importantly, entertainment.
- It’s expensive. Being an island, most of the products on Maui need to be imported, like gas and milk. This means make sure you have a big budget for your stay and be prepared to pay nearly double for items that you’re used to being cheap, like milk that sells for $6 to $8.
- There are lots to do. Kayaking, hiking, snorkeling, surfing, paddle boarding, cliff jumping…the list goes on and on. If you’re unsure of where to start, take a look at Hike Maui. They have a good list of activities to browse through and give you an idea of how much it will cost.
- Plan, plan, plan. Little things like where to eat or what beach to go to can be decided once you’re on the island. Large things though, like zip lining and hiking trips, should be planned out ahead of time. You don’t want to try to schedule and activity at the last minute and find out all the hiking tours are booked for the week. Additionally, once you decide where you want to eat make sure you call ahead for a reservation. You don’t want to get there and spend an hour or two of your vacation waiting for a table.
- Treat yo-self. Don’t be afraid to go off your diet (if you’re on one) while you’re on the island. There are so many delicious treats to try like Ululani’s Hawaiian Shave Ice. I stopped at one of their Lahaina shops on my trip and their shaved ice is to die for. I thought all shaved ice was the same but boy was I wrong. Also, if you eat fish, try visiting a restaurant that serves it. There’s nothing better than fresh fish on Maui. I went out to sushi one night during my trip and it was by far the best sushi I have ever tasted.
- Try different beaches. Being an island, there are beaches everywhere on Maui. Don’t be afraid to explore and try different ones. I went to several during my trip and each one was as beautiful as the next. Pride of Maui has a good list of the 15 best beaches on Maui. Check it out here.
I know travelling to Hawaii is expensive so not everyone can go, but if you ever get the opportunity I highly recommend it. Check out some of the photos from my trip and comment what you would want to do on a trip to Maui!
Where I stayed in Lahaina.
We spent one day at Kapalua Bay….
…and an afternoon cliff jumping here before sneaking into a resort hotel’s pool.
The scenery on Maui is unreal. This was the drive to house where I was staying.
One of the most beautiful views was Honolula Bay…
…even the walk there to go snorkeling was pretty.
There were random chickens walking around the shoreline though from a nearby house (lol).
I tried surfing at Lahaina Beach (above) and learned I hate surfing.
Some of the other islands are so close you can spend a day paddle boarding to them (we didn’t).
Caught this dude biking around with a parrot on his handlebars.
We stopped by D.T. Fleming Beach Park one day and looked at the murals…
… and caught one of the amazing sunsets.
*Feature photo taken by me.