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April 15, 2020
When I was planning my trip to Maui, I knew I wanted to see as much as possible. I always love renting cars when I travel because I think that’s the best way to see a place, so that’s what we did in Maui. Here is my Maui Travel Guide full of all my recommendations!
Where to Stay
When I was in Maui, I knew I wanted to stay in Wailea because that’s where all the luxury resorts are. I wanted lots of amenities so I didn’t have to worry about much while I was there. I stayed at both the Four Seasons and the Fairmont and I would definitely recommend the Fairmont. The grounds are so stunningly gorgeous, the restaurants are fab, and the service is impeccable. You can rent a car right there in the reception area. How convenient! They also offer lots of fun activities, most of which are included in the stay. If you’re on a budget, I would recommend staying in Paia. I loved that town!
Where to Eat
Mama’s Fish House was the #1 recommended place everyone told my friends and I to check out, so of course we did. And I have to say, it was amazing! It’s right on the beach, so it is incredibly gorgeous. The service is absolutely outstanding, the food is delicious with beautiful presentation, and the cocktails are bomb.
In Paia, we also checked out Flatbread and Cafe Des Amis (apparently Owen Wilson often hangs out here!). FLatbread was extremely popular and there was a long wait, so definitely prepare for that. Wow Wow Lemonade is also a really cute place to check out. For breakfast, I recommend Kihei Cafe. Get the pancakes. So good!!
What to Do
Of course, if you’ve done any kind of research about Maui at all, you’ve probably heard of the Road to Hana. The Road to Hana is a very popular road trip across Maui. We didn’t have time to do it, but we did go to Twin Falls, which is one of the stops along the highway. I would definitely recommend it – it’s so pretty! You can read about my visit to Twin Falls here.
One of my favorite things we did in Maui was cliff jumping. We rented a car and navigated to “Cliff House”. You park in a condo community and then walk a hidden path for about 10 minutes until you get to a bunch of rocks. Here is where you jump off! It was really cool because we actually say turtles swimming while we were jumping!
Another hidden place we went to was Little Beach. It’s right next to Big Beach, but it’s actually a nude beach! You have to basically climb a mountain to get there, ha! But it’s totally freeing. You can read more about that here.
The best thing I did in Maui by far was get my spirit painted. I did a whole blog post on it here, and I couldn’t recommend it enough. It was such a special and unforgettable experience! I would also recommend getting a flower crown or lei from Bella Bloom Maui – they’re so pretty!
Finally, there is a beach about 5-10 minutes from Paia where there are turtles everywhere! It’s amazing! I wish I knew the name of it, but just search for beach in your GPS when you’re in Paia and it should show up!
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Have you ever been to Maui? What was your favorite thing about the island?
Photos by Luna Kai Photography & Hannah Mcfall.