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7-day Maui Itinerary
Remember that this 7 day Maui Itinerary is a guide, and you can add or replace anything that you would like. I create custom itineraries for all of my clients, so make sure to contact me if you’d like to work with an expert in Hawaii Travel!
Where to stay on the Maui
Before we get to the 7 day Maui itinerary, let’s talk about where to stay. The first thing that I’m often asked about all of the islands if is visitors need to stay in different parts of the island during their stay. I always say no, even on the Big Island. Maui is much smaller than the Big Island, and the two main “resort” areas aren’t that far apart.
Most visitors on Maui will stay in either the Kihei/Wailea area (South Maui) or the Lahaina/Kaanapali area (West Maui.) There is one resort in the Hana area, but the majority on the western side of the island. You can check out my post about the best resorts on Maui here.
If you’re visiting in the winter and want to see whales, I highly recommend staying in West Maui!
You’ll likely arrive on Maui sometime in the afternoon. However, depending on where you live, you’re going to feel like it’s evening/night. I highly encourage you to check into your resort but try to stay awake to help your body adjust.
Enjoy a happy hour beverage or simply sit and watch the beautiful sunsets.
If you plan to either bike down Haleakala or take a sunrise tour, I recommend doing it on day 1. You have to wake up very early for these tours, so why not do it on the day that jetlag is the worst? You’ll be up early anyway!
Even if you have no interest in Haleakala, or plan to visit on a different day, you’ll still be up early. Why not try one of Maui’s amazing sunrise hikes? I recommend La Perouse or the Waihee Ridge Trail. There is also a short hike (about one mile) to view Nakalele Blowhole & Sweetheart Rock.
On day two of your 7 day Maui itinerary, let’s head out to Molokini Crater. Molokini Crater is my favorite thing to do on Maui and my #1 recommendation for all of my clients. If you love snorkeling, you’re going to love Molokini Crater. Even if you don’t love snorkeling, you’ll probably still enjoy it! Most tours are very accommodating, even for guests who are not comfortable in the water. You can read my full Molokini Crater review for more information.
A Molokini Crater tour will take up about half of your day and will include breakfast and lunch. I recommend spending the rest of the day relaxing on the beach or walking around checking out the shops, etc.
One thing that I recommend for everyone visiting Hawaii is a helicopter tour! You can read my Hawaii helicopter review here. My second favorite helicopter tour is on Maui, the West Maui and Molokai tour with Blue Hawaiian. While you do not land on Molokai, you can view the beautiful sea cliffs – the highest in the world – from the air!
After your helicopter tour, head over to Lahaina for some shopping, lunch, or anything else you’d like. This would be a great night to attend a luau, and there are two that I highly recommend on Maui. The Feast at Lele is a fantastic luau, along with the popular Old Lahaina Luau. Both luaus are highly-rated and enjoyable, you can’t go wrong with either one. If you can’t decide, I’ve had several clients try both (on different days of course) and weren’t disappointed with either one.
I bet you were wondering when I was going to mention the Road to Hana on this 7 day Maui Itinerary. No Maui itinerary would be complete without a drive down the Hana Highway, also known as the Road to Hana. The road to Hana is a journey more than a destination, with so many stops along the way. I recommend planning what you want to do in advance. It’s impossible to see all the sites in one day, so choose your top picks and go from there. I do recommend purchasing an app or buying a guidebook.
If you prefer a tour, don’t worry about being in a large group. The road is so narrow that it does not accommodate large vehicles. If you don’t feel comfortable driving, try a small group tour or a tour and helicopter view of the Hana Highway.
Island hopping in Hawaii isn’t as simple (or inexpensive) as most people think it will be. However, there is one exception! There is a ferry running from Maui to Lanai that makes it easy to take a day trip to Lanai. If you love golf, Lanai is great for that. You can also check out the Four Seasons Lanai and get a massage at Hawanawana Spa or dine at Nobu Lanai. You can even spend a night or two on Lanai if you’d like.
Other things to do on Lanai:
Garden of the Gods
I realize that not everyone wants the exact same 7 day Maui Itinerary, so I wanted day 6 to be a free day. Feel free to choose from any of the following adventures, or try something completely different. It’s your vacation!
- Ziplining with Maui Zipline.
- Surf lessons with Maui surf school.
- Another luau.
- Snorkel at Black Rock.
- More beach hopping.
- Snorkel at Turtle town.
- Dinner at Mama’s Fish House.
You’ll be leaving on day 7, but most flights leave Maui very late in the evening. That means that you’ll have all of day 7 to enjoy the Valley Isle! I recommend going to Iao Valley State Park. This lush, 4000-acre valley offers a visitor center, many hikes, and views of the Iao Needle.
You can also visit Heritage Gardens at Kepaniwai Park in Wailuku, which isn’t very far from the Kahului Airport. Another option on day 7 of your 7 day Maui itinerary is to revisit anything you loved during your trip or check out anything that you missed. You’ll probably find yourself given some advice on things to do in Maui by a friendly local, so use your last few hours to check those out too!
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