Maui Top 10 things to do and see

Well, sadly we are back to reality. No more paradise, boo hoo. But is was amazing friends. I keep thumbing through my super tropical instagram feed, longing for fresh fruit and warm waters.

Since this is our 4th trip to Maui in the last 10 years, I thought I'd put together a Top 10 list of our favorite things to do and see. I kind of feel like we know the place pretty well now. We are not the sit back and relax type of vacationers, we like to go, do, and see as much as possible when we travel. So, here's what we think is some of the best Maui has to offer. 

1. Hike the Iao Valley. We love to hike through the rainforest and then swim in the river. In years past we've even picked ripe guava's as we hiked. They weren't ripe yet this year.

2. Have a cold treat at Ono Gelato on Front Street in Lahaina. I have Passion Fruit and Coconut, both were amazing.

3. Visit the Fabric Mart. It has the most amazing selection of Hawaiian prints. I bought fabric for a quilt for Olivia this time in pinks, greys and greens. I few years ago I made a quilt for myself and the last time we visited, I let the kids pick fabric for their own quilts as well.

4. Swim with Sea Turtles! We always stay on West Maui, and there's turtles right outside our little condo everyday.

5. Rent a stand up paddle board. We rented this one for the whole week. It might be my favorite activity. It's a great work out and once you get out of the water, it's so peaceful.

6. Ride the Sugar Cane Train, especially if you have little ones. Olivia and I had a blast doing this and she is still talking about it.

7. Eat at the Haillaille General Store just outside of Paia. AMAZING food!

8. Enjoy a Pina Colada or even better Coconut Creme Brulee baked in a pineapple at The Hula Grill.  There's always live music and you get to sit with your feet in the sand looking out at Kanapali Beach.

9. Hike the Kapalua Trail from the Kapalua General Store to Kapaplua Bay. The snorkel and swim and Kapalua Bay, it's one of my favorite beaches.

10. Get up really early and be at Honolua Bay by 6:30am and snorkel the best Maui has to offer.  We were lucky enough to get to swim with about a hundred spinner dolphins one morning. On other mornings, we saw manta rays and a 4 foot white tip reef sharks, not to mention thousands of amazing fish.


  1. Hi I'm going in June/July and want to know where the fabric mart is! Thank you :)

    1. It's in Kahalui near the Airport, maybe even on airport drive. It's not hard to find at all.

  2. Thank you for your tips! Pinning this to have on hand when we go next month!

  3. Great list! Unfortunately, the Sugar Cane Train stopped running recently. http://mauinow.com/2014/08/01/sugar-cane-train-makes-last-run-today/
    There is some talk about possibly reviving it, but that will be far down the road, if it happens. Good thing you got to ride it while you did.

    1. Oh man, Olivia and I loved that. It was relaxing and exactly what my toddler was wanting to do - ride a REAL train.

  4. Thanks for the tips! looking forward to the trip

  5. Thanks for the tips We will be traveling to Maui in May with our 22 year old Daughter & 19 year old son. We are currently looking for a place to stay. Any suggestions on West Maui. Cannot wait to see all of your Top 10. Thanks,

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