Spending time at the beach is great but there’s so much to explore on Maui. Day trips can be a fun and exciting adventure for the whole family! Every guest in our condo receives a detailed Welcome Book where we recommend the best restaurants, beaches to snorkel, tours to go on and more. We also do have some day trip suggestions there.
I’ve recently revisited some of my favorite places on the West side of Maui and would love to share my itinerary with you. Hope you’ll find it helpful to plan your own day trip;) Keep in mind that a single day simply isn’t enough to see and experience all the fun and interesting things this area has to offer. You’ll have to choose from the many options.
So here it is:
6.20 am – leave the Tranquil Turtle Retreat. To say the truth I always prefer to start my day trips quite early to avoid traffic and to squeeze more fun into one day:)
7.30am-8.30am – Breakfast at the Gazebo / Nipili beach. A hidden little casual breakfast spot with amazing views right on the water by Napili Bay. Keep in mind that it’s really very popular and during the high season can be crowded.
9am-11am Hiking to Nakalele Blow Hole. This activity can take from 20 min to 2 hours depending on what you intend to do. I’ll do a separate post about this hike.
11.15am-11.25am Honolua Bay scenic point stop. It isn’t marked on the map, but you’ll see a lot of cars parked as the view from the road is amazing. Here are the coordinates that you can paste into the address line on Google maps: 21.015707793123788, -156.63796793881482 It’s somewhere near.
11.40am-1.00pm Honolua rainforest + Snorkeling. Great spot that I’ll cover in a separate post.
1.15pm – 1.30pm Makaluapuna Point. A short hike with amazing ocean views. You’ll also see interesting lava formations that look like the lower teeth of a dragon as well as a labyrinth. I’ll do a separate post about this hike.
Option: Just several minutes from Makaluapuna Point are the Kapalua Zip Lines. They have 4 lines (2.5 hours tour) and 6 lines (3.5 hours tour). A great experience for the whole family. If you’re planning to take the tour book it in advance.
1.50pm-4.50pm Whaler’s Village/Kaanapali Beach/Black Rock – Ka’anapali Beach is a mile-long beach that is home to popular resorts, high-end shopping and great restaurants. You can dine here, relax on the beach, go parasailing or dive from the famous Black rock. In some ways the experience the Whaler’s village offers is very similar to the experience of Wailea in south Maui. Will do a separate post.
From here you should be already tired so start driving towards the Tranquil Turtle Retreat.
But if you still have some juice left, stop at Lahaina for an evening stroll and tasty dinner:)
5.30pm – 7.30 pm – Explore Lahaina. A historic town that was once the capital of Hawaii. I’ll cover what to do here in a separate post. Or I’ll do a separate day trip to Lahaina as this town certainly deserves it.