Hey friends! If you read my last post, you know that I just got back from my honeymoon in Hawaii where we had the time of our lives. We dined at some of the best restaurants on the island and made enough memories to last us a lifetime. I wanted to share some of our favorite restaurants and activities for anyone that might be going to Maui.
But before I jump into all of my recommendations and “what to do in Maui” guide, I thought I would share my top 2 tips to anyone going on their honeymoon! You might be surprised…
1) Rent A Car! I can’t tell you how many times we said we were so thankful we got a car for the week. Maui has so much beautiful scenery and fun options that’s nice to be able to go at your own pace and explore wherever you want to explore!
2) Bring A Selfie Stick! Did those words really just come out of my mouth? Trust me, I made fun of Danny at first for bringing this everywhere, but I can’t tell you the number of times that we used it and loved it. It quickly became our best friend and is the reason why we have most of our pictures from our honeymoon. Like this lovely one below, ha! I am so thankful that my sister-in-law snuck this into our bag before the honeymoon! We owe her!
Mama’s Fish House-When friends found out we were going to Maui for our honeymoon, we immediately started getting texts telling us that Mama’s Fish House was a must and to drop what were doing and make reservations for sunset. Well let’s just say, there certainly is a reason. The view from this restaurant is one of the best on the island. Absolutely breathtaking. And to add to the view is a gourmet menu featuring some of Hawaii’s finest cuisine. I ordered the Mama’s Beef Polynesian and highly recommend it!
Hali’imaile General Store-This was a recommendation from a friend who used to live in Maui, and it ended up being our favorite meal of the week! We had the hardest time ordering, because everything on the menu looked so incredibly delicious. We split Bev’s “Famous” Crab Pizza for our appetizer and well, let’s just say Danny is still talking about it! This restaurant is located in between pineapple fields on the lower slopes of Hail’imaile.
Kihei Caffe– Your go-to spot for breakfast or brunch! This place is more of a local hang out, but their food is out of this world! From bread pudding french toast to huevos rancheros, they’ve got it all!
Helicopter Tour-Hands down our favorite activity of the trip! We took a West Maui and Molokai tour with Blue Hawaiian Helicopters. We were so impressed with how professional and knowledgable our pilot was. Getting to see those mountains and waterfalls so close up was like nothing I’ve ever experienced or probably will ever experience. There was something so romantic about it as well!
Whale Watching-This was my pick. I have been dying to see whales, so we signed up with RedLine Rafting. This company came highly recommended by our concierge. We were so pleased with how many whales we saw! Note: The peak of whale watching season is February and March
Shopping-If you’re looking for an afternoon of shopping and walking around, head to Lahaina or the Shops of Wailea. Lahaina is a historic town on the beach that is lined with dozens of art galleries, shops, live music, restaurants, and ice cream parlors. If you decide to stop and grab a bite to eat here, I recommend eating at either Cheeseburger in Paradise or Fleetwoods
Pineapple Farm-We didn’t actually make it around to doing this, but it was definitely on our list. I’ve heard it’s awesome! I made Danny promise to take me when we go back!
Golf-Danny played a round of golf at the Wailea Blue Course while I served as his caddy. We had so much fun together and the views throughout this course of the ocean and Mt. Haleakala were simply amazing!
Road to Hana-This came highly recommended to us, but I have to be honest, it was not our favorite thing. Some of the views along this drive were breathtaking and getting to see a black sand beach was exhilarating, but if you at all get car sick on long drives, this is not recommended 🙂
Sunrise at Haleakala-Whatever you do, make a point to go watch the sunrise at Haleakala before you leave. There is something so memorable and life changing about getting to watch the sunrise from 10,000 feet above sea level. A few tips to know before you go: Bring warm clothes & arrive to get a parking spot on top of the mountain about 45 minutes before sunrise (bc it will fill up!)
And last but not least, Laying Out-Leave plenty of time to just relax & lay out! Whether it’s by the pool or on the beach. There’s just nothing like taking a nap under the warm Maui sun!
Hope this list is helpful!! If anyone is traveling to Maui please feel free to reach out or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org for more recommendations! All I require is that you tell Maui hello for me and that I miss it dearly 😉 This truly was one of the best trips of my life!
**ALSO-Be sure to check out my Maui Pack List. Everything that you want to bring for your next beach vacation!