Maui recommendations needed

Reader submitted question: This Sunday I am off to Maui, Hawaii. Staying at the Marriott Maui Ocean Club. I’ve rented a car as I’ve heard great things about the Road to Hana and definitely want to explore the area.

For anyone else who has been there, any recommendations for food/ luaus/ attractions/ things to do/etc? The plan is to grocery shop for breakfast/lunches and eat out for dinner. It will be my girlfriend and I, we’re in our mid 20s – pretty much open to doing anything fun.

Much appreciated.

A few suggestions though i hope our readers can add to the list:

1. Drive the whole road to Hana. Don’t miss the waterfalls you can pull off the road and hike to. I suggest the book, Maui Revealed, it tells you where all the stops are.

2. Drive up to the top of the 13,000 ft dormant Volcano for more breath taking views. You may want to bring a sweatshirt. Get a real early start (leave before dawn). There’s also a bike tour ($100) where you ride your bike down. You do have to wait at the top for your group’s turn. Some people love it, some hate it. If you get there really early, you’ll see an amazing sunrise from above the clouds.

3. Mama’s Fish House. Great food, steep prices. It’s on the road to Hana.

4. Definately worth taking day trips to the shores of Kihie, and Wailea as well as Makena as they have nice sands and great views of the west shore and Molokini island.

5. Golf – Kapalua has awesome views. Beats Ka’anapali Bay.

6. Snorkeling at Molokini is beautiful, one lucky person I know got to swim with a giant turtle there.

7. Best luaus are Feast of Lele (food wise) or Old Lahaina Luau (show).

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  1. Jake says:

    You have some really great suggestions. We have done them all in our trips to Maui. Mama’s is the best fish restaurant you will find but it is very pricey – especially for lunch. We watched the surfers on the north shore and stopped there for lunch. I don’t think I ever paid that much for lunch but you can get local fresh fish that you just can’t find anywhere!

    We have driven the Road to Hana a few times. Its ok but after the first time. . . An alternative we found was driving to Hana in the reverse dorection. ie go south then east. I forget the road names but you go through some very interesting areas including the Seven Sacred Pools

    Haleakala volcano may be interesting. The last time we were there we drove up before sunrise (3:30 am) so I could photograph the sunrise over the crater. It wasn’t nearly as cool looking as some of the images I’ve seen and was plenty cold up there.

  2. colleen says:

    I would heartily recommend the road to Hana. I had a car with my room, too the trip. Leave early in the AM. Many scenic vistas. I stopped at 7 sacred pools. Bought a flower lei from a little girl. Hana was beautiful, you would not regret the trip!

  3. Anonymous says:

    Road to Hanna is gorgeous and when we were there we took it the entire way around the island–I’m not sure if you are able to do that now or not–it is entirely different coming down the back side with lots of lava flow and ranch country but beautiful none-the-less. HOWEVER, it is not the best road and your rental car may say you can’t do it–we did and watched where we drove. Have fun–envious.

  4. J.Corwin says:

    Definitely go to Paia for fun shopping and Flat Bread Pizza then drive up to Hookipa to watch surfers and the beautiful waves.

    Several good places to eat there. Willie Nelson’s place, Charlie’s for good breakfast or burgers.

    I haven’t found anything bad about Maui! Maui Magic Snorkel Cruises are the best. Haleakula Volcano is great too. Just like they said, views are awesome! Have fun!

  5. Ken Anderson says:

    The Maui Revealed Guidebook has great suggestions for things to do on the island. We just built an iPhone version of Maui Revealed, that combines the guidebook with a location-aware map, so you can just tap the map and see the guidebook entries around you. The GPS will track where you are on the island so you never get lost and it works in remote areas without a cell connection.

    http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/maui-revealed/id431462560?mt=8&ls=1

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