Welcome to paradise, time to switch your clocks to island time! I can't believe I've already shared so much from our Hawaiian Holiday with you! It's been so fun to relive these precious memories, and take a dip in the salty sea with you. To wrap things up, I thought I would share a few things to help you plan a trip to Hawaii, focusing mostly on Maui. I've put together a list of places to stay, restaurant spots, shopping, attractions and more.
Ritz-Carlton Kapalua: This was our hotel of choice, and we loved the location, size, and feel of the resort. It was the perfect location for us, further out in a more quiet area, but still not to far from hot spots like Kaanapali & Lahaina. Not to mention, we got an AMAZING package deal making this swanky spot cheaper than most other resorts.
Sheraton Maui Resort: If we ever returned, this would be our hotel of choice because of the prime location on Kaanapali Beach. The views here are amazing and the grounds are beautiful.
Sugar Beach Resort: This resort is near one of our favorite spots on Maui, Sugar Beach. This is a condo style resort, which isn't typically how we like to vacation, but the views of the ocean and the location is perfect driving distance to Kihei & Kahului.
Molokini Crater: Do yourself a favor and book a snorkel excursion to explore this top-rated diving spot in the world! You'll enjoy the boat ride, the views from the water, and the snorkeling itself. We used Maui Magic for our tour guides, and I highly recommend them.
The Road to Hana: You won't want to miss out on the many stops along the famed Road to Hana. Even without stopping, you'll see amazing ocean views, vast rain forest, historical bridges, and stunning waterfalls. Use The Road to Hana plan I created here or book a tour guide, either way, you'll love the adventure!
Haleakala Sunrise Tour: Whether your choose a sunrise or sunset tour, you won't be disappointed. The drive is beautiful, and the sunrise itself is pure magic! I highly recommend a tour for this steep, winding drive.
Lahaina: We loved the quaint shops of Lahaina. You could find anything and everything here from hand carved canes to sea glass art to hand painted seascapes. Even just window shopping will give you all the feels of the Aloha life.
Kula, Maui: Our stop here was brief, but we loved the sweet little shops here. Our favorite was Proteas of Hawaii florist. They ship their beautiful arrangements all over the world.
Waikiki: Even though we didn't stop here, we did pass through. It almost felt like the Las Vegas Strip with its mixture of high end shops and boutiques. I wouldn't mind perusing the street, spending as much as my heart desires! Well, I can dream, can't I?
Kobe Japanese Steak House: This hibachi style restaurant in Lahaina is the perfect spot of a special night in Maui. We enjoyed sushi, the hibachi show, and fun atmosphere. Many tourists frequent here and with the hibachi style seating, its fun to interact with other travelers.
Cheeseburger in Paradise: The burgers are yummy, the views are even better. Grab a seat by the window and enjoy!
Pioneer Inn: Stop in this 1901 inn for a yummy Hawaii style breakfast of loco moco, or stick with my trusty favorite, eggs Benedict. A window seat boasts views of the harbor.
USS Arizona Memorial: This is an experience I will never forget. I can't recommend enough that you visit here given the chance. You'll not only visit the memorial, but learn so much about December 7, 1941 that you probably hadn't known before.
Pacific Aviation Museum: Perhaps its our love of planes that drew us here, but I think its a museum that anyone would love. There are modern war planes, World War planes, and so much more.
Lahaina Banyan Court Park: A 140+ year old tree that takes up an entire block? Need I say more!
Hawaiian Luau: I think this is an absolute must for anyone visiting the Hawaiian Islands for the first time. You'l have delicious food, yummy drinks, and learn so much about Hawaiian culture.
Dole Plantation: We loved exploring this spot in the middle of Oahu. There's so much to see and do just on this plantation. The pineapple fields around it and the mountains in the distance make for great views as well.
Atlantis Submarine: This little adventure was a pleasant surprise! I expected it to be a bit cheesy, but it was filled with wonder and excitement instead. This is a great experience for children and adults alike.
I also wanted to share our itinerary. We had jam packed days and leisurely days. It was the most amazing vacation that we'll never forget! Hopefully you can take tidbits & tips from our itinerary to form your own perfect Maui vacation.
Of course there are a thousand other things to do on the islands, but these were some of our favorites I hope that you will enjoy. Thank you so much for coming on this grand adventure with me! I loved SO much sharing and reminiscing this trip with you. Be sure to check out all the details of our trip below. Thank you again for exploring with me!
Golf & Joy
The Road to Hana
Snorkel & Snuba
Under the Sea Submarine
Dolphin + Whale Watching
Lahaina: The Sweetest Town on Earth
North Shore + Waikiki Shocker
Pearl Harbor Part 1
Pearl Harbor Part 2
Dole Plantation + Pineapple Fields