How Long Should I Visit Maui? A Beginner’s Guide to Hawaii
Many people struggle to decide how much time they should dedicate to a particular Hawaiian island. In this instance, we’ll help you answer the question: How long should I visit Maui? Keep in mind that there isn’t a right or wrong amount of time to spend in Maui. Instead, this article is simply a suggested amount of time.
Although nicknamed “The Valley Isle”, Maui could also be called the romantic isle. Romance-minded vacationers flock to this enchanting island on their honeymoons, or to celebrate anniversaries. Highly regarded as one of the best islands to get married on, Maui is also a popular place to pop the question. Love just seems to be in the air in Maui! And don’t worry – Maui has something to offer even if you’re not in love.
A perfect balance between Oahu’s bustle and Kauai’s sleepiness; Maui offers a wide range of natural beauty, fun activities and exciting nightlife.
How Long Should I Visit Maui?
For most visitors, between four and seven nights is the perfect amount of time. It will ultimately depend on what you want to experience while on Maui. If mainly relaxation is on your radar, four nights should be fine. If you’re seeking a mix of relaxation and exploration, aim for 6 – 7 nights.
You should allow one day/night for each of the following when deciding how long to visit Maui:
Without a doubt, exploring the treasures of Hana Highway is one the best things to do in Maui. If you only drove Hana Highway, without stopping to explore, it would still be worth every second. However, there are many enchanting places to stop and explore along the way.
- Waianapanapa State Park
- Garden of Eden Botanical Gardens
- Twin Falls
- Huelo Lookout
- Hana Farms Roadside Stand
- Wailua Falls
- Seven Sacred Pools
- Palapala Hoomau Church
Maui offers world-class snorkeling, so definitely allow a day to enjoy this water activity. The most popular Maui snorkeling location is Molokini Crater, and is featured in our All-Inclusive Maui Vacation Package. In addition to Molokini, check out Turtle Town and the Black Rock at Kaanapali.
If you’re want to work up a sweat, Maui has phenomenal hiking trails! The Rainforest Waterfall Hike is one of our favorites. Additionally, the Hana and Haleakala regions boast stellar hiking trails.
Speaking of Haleakala, you have to make time to see Maui’s house of the sun. Wake up early and watch the day dawn at the crater, or sleep in and visit later in the day. There’s so much to explore here; spend time in the Visitor Center, take a horseback ride in the crater, book a zip line activity or bike down Haleakala.
We also recommend you spend some time in Maui’s upcountry, on the slopes of Haleakala. The quaint towns of Kula and Makawao are perfect for a lazy afternoon of exploration. While in the area, check out some of the farms in this district.
Enjoy the Resort Life in Kaanapali
A trip to Maui isn’t complete without savoring the glamour that is Kaanapali. Golden sands, azure waters, gorgeous resorts and world-class shopping make this an unforgettable way to spend a day in Maui. All of our Maui resorts are situated in Kaanapali, making this jet-set playground at your doorstep.
How long should I visit Maui if I’ve been there before?
This depends on how much you’ve explored on your previous visits. if you have already done most of these, three nights would probably be enough. Even if you’ve been to Maui before, more than likely there’s still a lot you haven’t seen!
Haiku Town (eat here).
The “Dark Side of the Moon”. This is what my dad called the back side of Hana, due to the remoteness and lunar-like slopes of Haleakala. Although many rental car companies don’t allow you to drive back there due to road conditions, it is hauntingly beautiful. If you have the opportunity to safely visit – we recommend it.
We hope this blog has helped you answer, “How long should I visit Maui?”. Our all-inclusive Maui vacations are the perfect way to make sure you don’t miss any of Maui’s exquisite beauty, so contact us today to begin planning an unforgettable experience!