Hawaii offers some of the most beautiful beaches and breathtaking views on the planet. When it comes to honeymooning, Maui is undoubtedly the ultimate romantic getaway. From tropical rainforests to soft-sand beaches, there’s something for all couples to explore on the island. Here are a few of our Maui must-dos.
Snorkel in Crystal Blue Waters
With 30 miles of beaches along the island, there’s certainly no shortage of waterfront activities. Stop by any of the local gear shops and rent a set of snorkels to keep with you for the length of your stay. Honolua Bay, Ka'anapalia Beach and Maluaka Beach are only a few of Maui’s most impressive snorkeling locations filled with brightly colored fish and frequent sea turtle sightings. For a more unique snorkeling experience, hop on a short boat ride to Molokini Crater, a sunken volcanic cinder cone known for its vibrant sea life and crystal blue waters.
Explore the Outdoors
Whether you’re in the water or exploring nature, there’s plenty to do when diving into the outdoors. For the more adventurous types, experience Maui from above with a zipline excursion in Ka’anapali or Haleakalā. Looking for something more tropical? Join a guided tour into Maui’s rainforest for a truly unique experience as you rappel down waterfalls. If you’re staying on the waterfront, there are a great deal of shops offering kayak and paddle board rentals and surfing instructors guaranteed to have you standing by the end of your first lesson.
Indulge in Local Fare
Hawaii’s cuisine is full of flavors you can’t get at home, so be sure to try the local favorites. Start off your morning by walking along the shoreline with a cup of locally-grown and freshly-roasted coffee. You’ll soon find that seafood options are in abundance on the island. Savor the flavor of Hawaii’s daily catch in dishes such as poke, coconut macadamia nut crusted fish and the traditional fish and chips. For dessert, try a classic Hawaiian shave ice or indulge in a decadent chocolate macadamia pie. Some of our favorite foodie spots include Mama’s Fish House, Paia Fish Market, and Leoda’s Kitchen and Pie Shop.
Travel the Road to Hana
When traveling to Maui, you definitely can’t miss driving the road to Hana. While tours are offered, we highly recommend renting a car and traveling at your own pace. Although Hana is only 52 miles from Kahului, it takes about 2.5 hours to reach the end. The highway winds along the narrow edge of the island and has 59 bridges, 46 of which are one lane. The road to Hana isn’t special because of its final destination. What makes this a must-do is the journey. There are several worthwhile stops you can make along the way, so do some research beforehand to figure out where you’ll want to spend your time. Some of our favorites are the Ke’anae Peninsula, Pa’iloa Beach, Wailua Falls, and the Seven Sacred Pools at Ohe'o.
Summit Haleakalā’s Peak
Haleakalā National Park offers countless adventures for outdoor-lovers such as hiking trails, horseback riding and lush tropical waterfalls. Haleakalā’s most notably feature is its stunning panoramic views from the 10,023 foot summit. You’ll literally soar above the clouds for a bird’s-eye view of the island. For an even more remarkable experience, make your way to the top early in the morning to catch the sunrise or later in the evening to take in the sunset. Be sure to pack warm as temperatures have been known to dip below freezing.