Maui 7 Day Iternary

Whether you’re staying in Maui for the weekend or for an extended vacation, find an itinerary of must see and must do attractions and activities to fit your schedule.

Below you’ll find seven days of Maui itinerary suggestions. You can choose a itinerary depending on where you’re staying on Maui and the length of your stay.

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Explore Maui by region: West Side MauiSouth MauiCentral MauiUpcountry MauiEast Maui.

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Island Highlights

- Haleakala National Park: A scenic national park on the island of Maui and home to Maui’s highest peak.
- Hana: Is a small, untouched town on Maui’s eastern coastline. To get here visitors must travel one of the world’s most scenic drives.
- Iao Valley State Park: Features one of Maui’s most recognizable landmarks, the 1,200-foot Iao Needle.
- Kaanapali Beach: Is the signature beach of West Maui.
- Lahaina: Is a historic whaling village and lively West Maui hot spot.
- Makawao: A rural, artistic community on the slopes of Upcountry Maui, home to the Paniolo, or Hawaiian cowboy.
- Makena Beach: Also known as “Big Beach,” is one of the largest beaches in Maui.
- Molokini: Is a small island a few miles off of Maui’s southwestern coast that’s well suited for snorkelers and divers.
- The Pools of Oheo: Located just past Hana, are beautiful pools fed by cascading waterfalls.


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Haleakala National Park

Haleakala National Park

Haleakala means "house of the sun" in Hawaiian, stretching across Maui’s southern and eastern coastline, Haleakala National Park is home to Maui's highest peak. Rising 10,023 feet above sea level, Haleakala's graceful slopes can be seen from just about any point on the island.

More than 29,000 acres in size, the park is a great place for camping, hiking, biking, stargazing and horseback riding. Many visitors and locals wake up early to drive up to the Haleakala Visitor Center (9,740 feet), the best spot to watch the sunrise. Haleakala is a dormant volcano that was designated a national park in 1961. 

Location: Upcountry Maui to the southeastern coast

Iao Valley State Park 

Iao Valley State Park

Historic state park home to the iconic 1,200-foot Ioa Needle, this green-mantled rock outcropping overlooks Iao stream and is an ideal attraction for easy hiking and sightseeing. Aside from its natural tropical beautiful, sacred Iao Valley has great historical significance.

Please note: As of September 2016, Iao Valley State Park is closed. For the most updated details, visit the State Parks site

Location: Central Maui, just west of Wailuku

Kaanapali Beach

Kaanapali Beach

Kaanapali Beach is one of the best snorkeling spots in all of Maui, with three miles of white sand and crystal clear water, it’s no wonder why Kaanapali Beach was once named America’s Best Beach. 

One of Kaanapali Beach’s most famous attractions is the daily cliff diving ceremony off of the beach’s northernmost cliffs known as Puu Kekaa, or Black Rock. Held every evening at sunset, a cliff diver lights the torches along the cliff, diving off of Black Rock in a reenactment of a feat by Maui’s revered King Kahekili. 

Location: West Maui's Signature beach

Lahaina

Lahaina

Once known as Lele, which means “relentless sun” in Hawaiian, Lahaina is a historic town that was once the capital of the Hawaiian Kingdom in the early nineteenth century, Lahaina was also a historic whaling village during the whaling boom of the mid-1800’s and a lively West Maui hot spot. The channel off the coast of Lahaina is one of the best places in the world to spot humpback whales.

Some of the town’s more lively annual events include the Chinese New Year Celebration (January or February), Old-Fashioned Fourth of July fireworks show, a Taste of Lahaina (September), Aloha Festivals Hoolaulea (October), Halloween in Lahaina (October 31st) and the Holiday Lighting of the Banyan Tree (December).

Location: On the west side of Maui, 45 minutes from Kahului Airport

Upcountry Maui

Upcountry Maui

From early times, Hawaiians farmed the volcanic soil of the Upcountry fields in Maui, growing taro and sweet potato. Discover small town Makawao, home to the paniolo (Hawaiian cowboys) and a thriving art scene, and don’t forget to drive beyond Upcountry up to Maui’s highest peak to explore the rare flora and fauna of Haleakala National Park.

Location: On the high elevations around Haleakala

Whale Watching 

Whale Watching

Maui is your gateway to some of the best whale watching in the world. The waters off of West Maui and South Maui are shielded by the West Maui Mountains and Haleakala, creating calm and clear waters for high visibility. Humpback whales are also drawn to the area’s shallow waters, less than 600 feet deep, making Maui an ideal spot to start your voyage during the winter whale watching season from December to May.

Location: Lahaina Harbor on the west side of Maui, 45 minutes from Kahului Airport


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Haleakala, the House of the Sun

Haleakala, the House of the Sun

One of Maui’s most memorable experiences is seeing the Haleakala sunrise or sunset from almost 10,000 feet above sea level. 

Drive up the winding Haleakala Crater Road leading to the summit of Haleakala, then past the Park Visitors Center at 7,000 feet to get to the Haleakala Visitors Center at 9,740 feet. Try to arrive at the Haleakala Visitor Center no later than a half hour before the sun rises — earlier for a good spot. In the summer the sun rises as early as 5:38 AM, in the winter as late as 6:55 AM. The color of the sky and clouds before daybreak are stunning.

Location: Haleakala Highway (HI 37) 

Hana

Hana

Hana is a small, untouched town on Maui’s eastern coastline. To get here visitors must travel one of the world’s most scenic winding drives that features 600 hairpin turns and 59 one-lane bridges. The road leads you through flourishing rain forests, flowing waterfalls, plunging pools and dramatic seascapes. There are plenty of opportunities to stop and enjoy the lovely views, so get an early start and take your time on your drive.

The historic St. Sophia’s Church marks your arrival into Hana.

Location: Maui’s eastern coastline on Hana Highway (360)

Paia

Paia

Just four miles into your drive to Hana from Kahului, you'll discover the historic town of Paia on Maui's north coast. This hospitable Paia community was once a booming plantation town during the heyday of Maui's sugar cane industry. Today Paia is a town of colorful, rustic storefronts filled with local art galleries, one-of-a-kind shopping boutiques and restaurants.

Be sure to visit Hookipa Beach, the "windsurfing capital of the world" and H.A. Baldwin Beach Park, which features a baby beach with a lagoon.

Location: About four miles east of Kahului

The Pools of Oheo

The Pools of Oheo

The Pools of Oheo, are located just past Hana, with beautiful pools fed by cascading waterfalls. Weather permitting, you may take a dip in these tranquil pools fed by streams starting two miles inland.

In the Kipahulu area of Haleakala National Park, you can explore the many self-guided hiking trails on your own through forests of bamboo, past roaring cascades and into the green heart of the island.

Here you'll find the Pipiwai Trail, one of the best trails on the island, which leads to the 400-foot Waimoku Falls. 

Note: There is a $10 fee per car to enter the park.

Location: 10 miles south of Hana at mile-marker 42


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Beaches of Maui

Beaches of Maui

With 120 miles of coastline, Maui boasts over 30 miles of beautiful beaches. On these shores you’ll find white, black and red sand beaches, renowned surfing and windsurfing spots as well as some of the best beaches in the world to simply swim, snorkel and suntan. Many are easily accessible beach parks with lifeguards, picnic facilities and restrooms. Others are undeveloped, "secret spots".

Discover some of Maui’s world-famous beaches below.

West Maui Beaches:
Kaanapali Beach, D.T. Fleming Beach Park, Kapalua Beach, Launiupoko Beach Park, Puamana Beach County Park

South Maui Beaches:
Kamaole Beach Parks I, II, & III, Keawakapu Beach, Kihei Beach, Makena Beach State Park (Big Beach), Polo Beach, Wailea Beach

Central Maui Beaches:
Kahana Beach Park

East Maui Beaches:
H.A. Baldwin Beach Park, Hookipa Beach Park, Hamoa Beach, Hana Beach Park, Wainapanapa State Park

Makawao

Makawao

A rural, artistic community on the slopes of Upcountry Maui, Makawao is home to the Paniolo, or Hawaiian cowboy. Since the late 19th century, horseback-riding paniolo have wrangled cattle in Maui’s wide-open upland fields. The combination of its paniolo heritage and its lively artistic community make Makawao a unique stop on your visit to Maui.

Location: Upcountry Maui

Makena Beach

Makena Beach

Makena Beach, also known as “Big Beach,” is one of the largest beaches in Maui with golden sands extending nearly 2/3 of a mile long and 100 yards wide. Nestled between two black-lava outcroppings, Makena offers protection from the trade winds and provides great views of the islands of Molokini and Kahoolawe. 

Location: South of Wailea, roughly a 50-minute drive from Lahaina

Molokini

Molokini

Molokini is a small crescent moon-shaped island a few miles off of Maui’s southwestern coast that’s well suited for anchored sail boats, snorkelers and divers. Molokini spans over 18 acres and rises 160 feet above reef-filled waters, a kaleidoscope of coral and more than 250 species of tropical fish. Early morning is the best time of day to explore this pristine island reserve.

Location: Three miles off of Maui’s southwestern coast

Wailea

Wailea

Known for its five beautiful, crescent-shaped beaches and stellar golf courses, Wailea is a luxurious resort community in South Maui that spans 1,500 acres of land with staggering ocean views. The area exudes a sense of privacy, serenity and freedom spread across an area three times the size of Waikiki. These beaches provide great views of Molokini Crater as well as the Islands of Lanai and Kahoolawe. Wailea Beach is also one of Maui’s best whale watching beaches during the winter months. 

Location: South Maui, about 35 minutes from Kahului Airport

Wailuku

Wailuku

Wailuku is the commercial center and the county seat of Maui’s government. To find out more about this quaint town, take the “Rediscover Wailuku” walking tour developed by the Wailuku Main Street Association. The tour highlights more than 23 of the town’s fascinating historical and cultural attractions, including Kaahumanu Church, the Bailey House, Pihana Kalani Heiau and the Iao Theater, built in 1927.

Wailuku is also the gateway to lush Iao Valley, once a sacred burial ground for Hawaiian chiefs and home to the iconic Iao Needle.

Location: 10 minutes west of Kahului Airport


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