Ooooh my goodness did I have a ridiculously fun time in Maui, Hawaii! This was my first ever solo trip and it was quite the adventure. Speaking of adventure, if you love getting out there and exploring the best-of-the-best at whatever destination you’re at – well you are my cup a tea! Or my new fav Hawaiian drink – POG (Passionfruit, Orange, Guava) – YOM!
First of all, if you are a first-timer or have been many times, the book Maui Revealed is a must. They are already on their seventh edition as they make every attempt to keep up-to-date and fresh. This book is an honest recap of everything you need and want to know about visiting Maui. A MUST.
|Maui Revealed – Believable Guides for Unbelievable Vacations|
This list is for YOU my favorite adrenaline seeker 😉
Top 5 Must-Do Adventures on Maui, Hawaii
My absolute favorite thing that I did was take a surfing lesson. This was not just any old lesson. I had done one of those with a group nine years ago and it was fun – but packed – and rushed. My Airbnb guy, Sean, happens to own an amazing company, Epic Maui Hikes. They offer all sorts of adventures that are definitely more personal and put on by a local that knows what he/she is doing. I was drawn to their “Surfing Adventure” as I did not want a typical tourist group lesson (blah).
My guide for the day was Lucas and he took me to where the waves were best that day (for a second timer ha), which was close to Ukumehame Beach State Park. It was SOOO nice to have our own private beach area. Not only did this prevent me from running in to anyone but it also made me feel more comfortable as no one was watching and laughing at me HA!
|My Surf Guide – Lucas|
Lucas is absolutely incredible. Born in Brazil and has lived all over the world (Florida, Australia, now Maui). Not only is he an incredible surfer but an incredible human being. Such a genuinely happy and positive person who sees the good in all. He made me feel completely comfortable and confident in my abilities to get better with each wave.
If you want to try surfing for real then I completely recommend taking a surf lesson from him. Also check out the rest of the adventures that Epic Maui Hikes has to offer. Can’t go wrong!!
Well…except forgetting to put your hands up when jumping off the board and having the surfboard hit you in the eye. Didn’t see that wave comin ha! Well worth my first black eye. And kinda like free “smoky eye” makeup – right? 😉
|Well Worth My 1st Black Eye!|
2. Road to Hana
Claimed as “Maui’s most epic drive”, the Road to Hana is a definitely must-do on Maui. There are 620 curves and 59 bridges along this journey. Yes, the thought of it makes my stomach flip. In fact I did not feel well from the first hour of this road. If I were to plan ahead I would get those Dramamine patches you put behind your ears. Since I knew I would be traveling this long drive solo I definitely didn’t want to be drowsy!
|Wai’anapanapa State Park|
|Halfway to Hana|
The app points out 5 “must stops”, a few more suggestions, and also provides history and hiliarity. Yes – I found myself chuckling with the app man. I really shouldn’t be alone for too long…
|Black Sand Beach|
More details to come on my specific experience – but absolutely:
- Utilize Maui Revealed and GyPSy’s Guide.
- If you want to dive in even deeper, be with more people, and not drive – absolutely check out Epic Maui Hikes’ 3 options for the Road to Hana.
- Bring Cash.
- Go to the bathroom at every opportunity (not many).
- Drive ALL the way around.
|WAY Past Hana – Paved Roads Finally!|
3. Standup Paddleboarding (SUP)
Another of of my favorites. I have been a few times in Minnesota but nothing compares to whale watching on a SUP in the ocean – DUH! It was seriously so relaxing out there. Amazing view of Maui from another perspective.
|1st Time Standup Paddleboarding on the Ocean!|
|Looking for Whales|
Heading in to shore was a whoooole other story. We knew the waves we bad that day but holy smokes. Sean tried to prepare me for the worst but no such luck. As I was paddling in a huge wave came from behind and flipped the back of my board up and over my head. Well since my ankle was attached it lurched me under the waves and felt like an eternity down there!
Thankfully I have been swimming lately and have always been able to hold my breath for awhile. I tend to stay calm and not panic in intense situations too. THANK GOODNESS because it happened AGAIN with the next wave. There I went tumbling all over the ocean floor.
I spose the most embarrassing part was when my top AND bottoms came off of their respective areas. Numerous people were running towards me from the beach. I guess I know how to make a beach entrance 😉
|Yep I could get used to this!|
4. Whale Watching
One of the group wedding festivities in Lahaina was a whale watching boat cruise. Pacific Whale Foundation is incredible as every staff member has a background in marine biology. They all genuinely care about the whales and are full of fun knowledge.
|Whale Watching with the Bride-to-be!|
We had the chance to see a ton of whales during the two-hour excursion. I had never seen a whale before so I found this especially exciting! What amazing creatures. They even put a microphone in the water so we could listen to the sing. Such amazing noises!
|Wedding Whale Watching Group!|
5. Haleakala – Sunrise or Sunset
Unfortunately I did not have time to do this on my short trip. I’ve heard sunrise is absolutely freezing but so breathtaking when the sun rises and you realize you are looking down at the clouds.
I’ve heard both good and bad things about biking Haleakala. What I took away is that it is fun for those that don’t normally bike but may be slow and a waste of time for those that are “bikers”. Don’t blame the messenger. Just what I saw from my research. See for yourself!
I could have squuuezed sunset it in before heading to the airport but I figured – hey – I’ll be back soon enough…because…oh yeah…I’m moving there 😉
Hope you enjoyed this list of 5 must-do adventures on Maui! Get plannin!
Can you add to the list?
Do you have must-do’s on the other Hawaiian islands?