If there really is such a thing as “too much fun,” we eleven girls may have been guilty. Months before our Maui getaway, we found a screaming deal on flights and knew we had to take advantage. And yes, I said eleven. It was a killer girls’ trip! With so many of us, we made sure to cover all the interests of the group: beaches! food! shopping! adventure! We had such a perfect well-rounded trip, I can’t wait to tell you everything we loved, and the one thing I wish we could have done.
Oh my gosh, the beaches. Probs number one in everyone’s book. I was surprised by how small each beach was (compared to the beaches I’m used to in California) but still how uncrowded they were. Each little beach had it’s own personality, it was crazy. And I can honestly say you cannot go wrong with any of the beaches, but you should definitely try as many as you can.
My personal favorite thanks to the amazing snorkeling. I’ve never seen so many fish, and swimming with turtles was so unreal. We rented paddle boards from a small surf shop and brought our own snorkeling gear. We spent the whole day out in the ocean, there were just so many amazing fish and turtles! There were also beautiful tide pools that you could watch turtles swim nearby without getting in the ocean; we caught one of my favorite sunsets while hanging out in them.
We were entertained all evening just sitting in the sand, eating fresh pineapple, and watching surfers. There were also dozens of turtles swimming in the waves and lounging in the sand. There were so many little kids catching waves, it was so cute to watch.
The waves crashed right on the sand, so we all took turns getting throw around a little bit to the amusement of everyone on the beach, I definately recommend getting boogey boards, too. Anyone can catch a wave on those suckers and it’s always the hardest I laugh on any trip, surfing in on those, and watching my friends get tossed around on them.
Beautiful, clear waters and a quiet small beach made this location really relaxing. I’m pretty sure we all took a nap and then woke up to watch the crazy amazing sunset.
This was a charming little beach that had a fun vintage vibe. The colorful lifeguard tower felt like it was just out of a movie. We were able to see some more turtles swimming here, and there was more fresh fruit and a burger shack close by. This was a way fun beach to boogie board. I would say this one was my second favorite, the trees overhanging and the beautiful sand made it ideal.
I think we would all unanimously say our favorite adventure on Maui was biking down Haleakala. We had to get up so early, it was almost like we just left really late at night (but not really.. but like 3 in the morning). We followed other’s advice, and booked that at the beginning of our trip because with the time change, it actually didn’t feel so early. There are many companies on the island that provide you with bikes and all other gear, and then transport you in a van to the top of the volcano. If you choose the sunrise ride like we did, you gather with many others on top of Haleakala to watch the sunrise. It was seriously so beautiful to be on top of the clouds in Maui on a volcano watching the sunrise. But by far, the highlight was speeding down the mountain with rainbows in sight. There are many blog posts you can find that recommend where to eat and stop on your ride, we did stop for fresh donuts which was fun. The whole experience was amazing. If you’re not a morning person, I would say book a later time, and you’d still love it just as much. My advice is to experience the sunrise, but once is good. If I go back to Maui, I will do a lunchtime ride and enjoy sleeping in.
The best snorkeling we experienced in Maui was right off the rocks of Napili Bay. We also took a chartered boat to Lanai’s shark fin cove to check out more snorkeling. We definitely had some motion sickness in our group on the way out, so make sure to keep that in mind before you go. Although the fish weren’t as good on our charter as they were just from the beach, the ride out and back was so much fun. They blasted their music and told us Hawaiian legends and fed us lunch. The cove we traveled to was so beautiful and as we parked there, we played on the boat’s slide and had a group diving competition. It was a good time had by all, except those who were puking.
OLD LAHAINA LUAU
I loved the luau. Old Lahaina felt so lush and tropical against the tall palm trees overlooking the beach. They served us nonstop drinks and there was a large buffet full of traditional Hawaiian food. I would say that the food was not our favorite, but the drinks were really fun and the entertainment was amazing. It was the perfect length of time, and it told the historical story of Hawiian culture. The service was great, and before the show started there were different photo locations, all insanely beautiful, where there were employees to take your picture. The atmosphere was so amazing, I would definitely recommend it, and make sure to book early! It fills up in advance.
The best advice I can give about food on Maui is EAT ALL THE PINEAPPLE. Seriously, it’s like magic. Even the McDonalds served pineapple. Honestly, eat anything fresh. My favorite meals were those that included fresh fruit and ingredients from the island. Of course you have to have some of the snow cones, too.
Go get ya the macadamia nut pancakes and don’t even feel bad about it. So good, and so much food. Definitely enough to split a plate and have some left over.
This asian fusion restaurant was recommended to us by locals. It was also a favorite by those in our group looking for authentic Hawaiian food. The garlic chicken was amazing. The desserts looked amazing.
Even if you’re not vegan, I promise you’ll love this place. Everything we got there was so delicious. We tried two different smoothie bowls, and an avocado toast and it was delish. You could tell everything was so fresh, if I lived on Maui I would be a regular.
After eating all the pineapple, make sure to eat all the snow cones! Seriously the softest ice, ever.
I’m really picky about what I buy while I’m on vacation. I hate buying trinkets just to buy them, and I want to feel like I am getting something that you can only find in Maui. There were lots of places to find meaningful items that felt like we were bringing a little Maui memory home.
MAUI SWAP MEET
So this was a great option because you have so many inexpensive vendors right in front of you. It’s open Saturday mornings and costs .50 cents to get in. There were great options for hats and t-shirts. We also found sandals, and homemade crafts. A booth that ended up being one of our favorites was a woman who designs beaded jewelry. I loved the old Hawaiian license plates but wasn’t really sure what I’d do with them! You’ll find better prices here than in most of the shops, and the vendors were all fun to chat with.
A great easy to stop for souvenirs and different Hawaiian chocolates and candy. We stopped at a few different ABC stores since they’re located all over the island, and they’re great for quick snacks but also souvenirs and inexpensive gifts.
FRONT STREET LAHAINA
Tons of options here. This street is kinda magic at night with the great banyan tree. This is where everyone really finished their souvenir shopping, because you could find everything here. My favorite shops were those with local artist’s work. One word of caution about shopping here! Our car was broken into, and we had thousands of dollars worth of stuff stolen. Don’t leave anything valuable in your rental cars, they’re like begging to be broken into.
LITTLE SHOP OUTSIDE OF THE GAZEBO RESTAURANT
This is where I found my favorite gifts. There was a lot of beautiful locally made jewelry. I bought plenty gifts for myself, including gold stackable rings, and a pearl bracelet for my mom. We all ended up buying plenty from the shop while we waited in line to eat at Gazebo, and actually came back a few days later.
We had an action packed trip. I cannot wait to go back, it was like a dream: the company, the setting, the beach! Next time I go to Maui, I will make sure to go on the road to Hana. That was the one thing I was super bummed to miss out on. We had so many in our group get sick on the boat, we were a little nervous the drive would be miserable for most of us. I do feel like I missed out on an awesome adventure, but it’s good to have a reason to go back.
I hope you enjoyed this recap of our Maui girls trip! Let me know your Maui must-do’s in the comments!