There is so much to do in Maui, wish we had more time here. Top points, road to Hana, horse riding (visit a ranch) snorkelling, scuba diving, beaches, Lahaina, Mt Heleakala at sunrise, bike riding!!!
My husband and I spent two full days in Maui, following the road to Hana. If you want to invest lots of time checking out every site the road guide explains, you would need about two full days.
The other place we had visited was the Haleakala National Park, which is definitely worth seeing. We didn't have must chance to explore the west side of the island--which is more popular for tourists. With the little time we had, we checked out a small shopping mall, which seemed to cater more for locals. Things seemed cheaper and the mall, and it wasn't as crowded as other locations in Hawaii. We loved Maui, and we definitely want to visit the island again to do more hands-on activities, such as hiking and snorkeling.
My travel time was perfect. I landed in Kahului, Maui on July 3rd. On the 4th I watched the fireworks and beach concert in Lahaina which is about a 25 minute drive from Kihei.
On the 6th I went to the annual rodeo in Makawao, a great little western style town. The evening of the 6th I attended the annual Japanese Obon festival in Lahaina and saw taiko drummers, dancers, and the lantern ceremony where prayers are offered as hundreds of lanterns are floated in the ocean. Beautiful. On the 7th I went to the summit of the Haleakala Volcano (10,033 feet and very cold) to watch a breathtaking sunrise. BRING A VIDEO CAMERA!
Maui is a beautiful island that has the most scenic drives, beautiful beaches, and is great for families and couples.
There are a lot of beaches, restaurants, and activities to do for all ages. We were so happy with our vacation that we would like to return to the island this year!