See the best of Maui and still have time to chill at the beach!
What if you could see everything on Maui and still have time to lay on the beach and work on your tan?
Guess what? You absolutely can.
Does any of this sound familiar?
Being overwhelmed with the planning process. You probably don't even know where to start. What are the “don’t miss” spots on Maui? What’s the best way to see them? Do you need to pay for tours or can you do it on your own?
Feeling like you want to see everything, but not knowing how to fit it in. You’re coming a long way to get to Maui and it’s expensive so you want to see everything but you also want to feel like you’ve had a vacation when you get back home. How are you supposed to do it all?
Not being sure how to go about planning each day. Is there a strategy for being able to see everything without backtracking? How many things can you really do in one day? Are there certain things you should do early on in your trip and others than should wait until the end? Planning an itinerary can seem like a part time job.
You’re traveling a long way to get to Maui (and spending a lot of money) so you definitely don’t want to miss anything. But you also don’t want to run yourself ragged on your “vacation.” The truth is, you can see it all and STILL have time to chill. You just need somebody to show you the ropes!
Take a minute and imagine if you could...
Spend time playing at Maui’s most beautiful beaches. Find the very best ones for snorkeling, swimming, and spotting turtles and seals.
Only go on Maui’s very best excursions. Don’t waste your time (and money) on tours and activities that aren’t absolutely fabulous.
Dine at some of Maui’s most amazing restaurants. From local dives to fine dining, don’t waste your money at tourist traps.
Not backtrack across the island every day. Spend your time actually enjoying Maui and not in the car driving to get from place to place.
This is totally possible, friend!
Want to know the secret? Friend, meet:
Maui Bound is my custom set of Maui itineraries that are designed to help you see the very best of Maui while still having plenty of time to stop and enjoy its beauty.
I’m showing you the itineraries that I used when I had guests visiting on Maui (because I used to live there, and when you have company, you want them to see the very BEST of your home). I’m breaking down each day’s recommended activities with extensive commentary so you’ll know WHY I recommend doing certain things and what you can expect.
Like to do things at your own speed? I’ve got you covered! I’m also going to give you the tools and resources you need to plan your own itinerary, so you’ll be able to customize an itinerary that works for you.
So, what do you get?
Classic Maui Itinerary: This is my preferred itinerary for first time visitors to Maui. With 6 full days on Maui, you can definitely cover the entire island (within reason ; ). This itinerary is laid out for you in a sequence that allows for adventure days and rest days. Days are broken up so you’ll only be focusing on one part of the island each day. This eliminates extra driving time and maximizes fun time! This isn’t just a short list of bullet points for each day. This is a detailed 13 page PDF that you can print off and take with you.
This itinerary includes:
- Sunrise at Haleakala (plus an optional bike tour)
- The Road to Hana
- Old Lahaina Luau
- Molokini snorkel trip/whale watching tour
- Sea turtle spotting
- Upcountry favorites (including the Ali'i Lavender Farm and Maui Wine)
- Time exploring Maui's historic and most charming towns
- Maui's best beaches (on the south side and west side)
- and restaurant recommendations for every day
Maui Honeymoon Itinerary: This 6-day itinerary still covers most of Maui, but is tailored to couples on their honeymoon, anniversary, celebrating a special occasion, or for those interested in a "once in a lifetime" vacation. It includes a lot of relaxing beach time or time at your resort, more low key activities like a spa day, and fine(r) dining.
Maui Adventure Itinerary: This 6-day itinerary was created for those who just can't sit still and prefer to be out exploring instead of lounging around. It includes plenty of hiking, snorkeling, and some of Maui's best (and most exciting) day trips.
Maui Foodie Itinerary: This itinerary follows the classic 6-day Maui itinerary but includes SO MANY FOOD RECOMMENDATIONS. So if you're a self proclaimed foodie (or you just really like to live it up on vacation), this one is for you!
Less or More Than 6 Days on Maui: If you're shorter on time (maybe you're island hopping?), I've laid out the absolute "must dos" on Maui as well as some other advice for how to pick and choose from the 6-day itinerary. Also, if your trip is longer than 6 days (lucky duck!) I've got plenty of suggestions for how to stretch out the classic 6-day itinerary including where to spend more time plus extra things to do.
Custom Google Maps: I’ve made custom Google Maps that go along with each itinerary. Each day’s activities and spots are color coded and layered so you can look at your whole trip or just one day at a time. Google Maps are perfect for driving directions. Download it to your phone before you leave and share it with everyone you’re traveling with.
Building Your Own Itinerary: If you want to go the DIY route, I’ve got 5 tips for how to maximize your time and organize your activities by day. You’ll also get a PDF of things to do in Maui sorted into categories (snorkeling spots, beaches, tours/activities, and sites) as well as a list of my favorite restaurants sorted by each part of the island. Use this list as a starting point and add things that interest you to your itinerary.
How to Make Your Own Google Map: You’ll get access to printable directions (with screenshots) on how to make your own Google Map of your itinerary.
Customizable Itinerary Template: You’ll get a printable blank itinerary template with space for planning up to 16 days. Use it to plan out your trip and keep track of everything you want to see.
Access to my private Facebook group: If you haven’t already, you’ll be able to join my private Facebook group where myself (and so many others) are always on hand to answer any of your questions about traveling to Maui.
Your Travel Guide
Now, who's the beach bum who created these itineraries? Aloha! I'm Cate Lincoln. I write the Hulaland blog where I've helped tens of thousands of people plan their trips to Hawaii. I used to live on Maui (and I've traveled to all of the Hawaiian Islands many times) and I love sharing my Hawaii vacation planning expertise with people.
One of the things I hear the most often is "I feel like it's a part time job planning my vacation." And that's especially true if you're trying to figure out how to see and do EVERYTHING in Hawaii. From my years of living in (and visiting) Hawaii, I've seen and done pretty much everything, so I've already done the leg work for you. You don't actually need to see everything. You only need to see the best. I'll let you know what you HAVE to do, what you can skip, and the best order to do things in. So leave your planning worries on the mainland and get ready for endless aloha.
I can't wait to share these itineraries with you! Get ready to visit my favorite beaches, eat at the best little dive restaurants (and food trucks!), stake out my favorite spots for seeing sea turtles, and hike some of the most fabulous trails in Hawaii. Actually, can I come on this trip with you? ; )
Frequently Asked Questions
Still not convinced? Here's what a few travelers have to say about the itineraries:
"Heading to Hawaii in January for our honeymoon and we are planning on doing Oahu, Maui, and The Big Island. I just bought the Maui itinerary and all I can say is - WOW!!! This is SO helpful. I am so excited right now."
- Melissa Fasciana
"Just got back from Maui on Tuesday. Thanks Cate for your itinerary and suggestions...so helpful! We followed it pretty closely. If anyone is wondering if September is a good time to go...it's perfect. The kids are back in school, and I didn't find anything to be too crowded at all! Ah, I'm pretty sure I was meant to live in Hawaii my whole life."
- Dana Lynch
"I bought the Maui itinerary for our honeymoon and it has been a lifesaver! We are having the best time on our honeymoon, and I honestly wouldn’t have known to do half this stuff without it!"
- Lauren Nicole Ahart
Do yourself a favor. Stop stressing yourself out trying to plan the perfect itinerary and snag these Maui itineraries today! You’ll be so glad you did.