Maui has some unique sights to see like Haleakala and the road to Hana, but mostly, when my family visits, we go to relax, rent a condo, and snorkel at a different beach every day. Andrew Doughty writes the best guidebooks on the Hawaiian Islands (Maui Revealed is just one in a series) and I highly recommend reading them for each island you plan to visit.
He covers every inch of the island, and unlike most guidebooks, he tells it like it is and doesn’t sugarcoat anything. But as with any recommendation by anyone, do use common sense and exercise caution when venturing out into the “wild.” There is so much to do there that you will really have to make some tough decisions to fit everything into a one-week vacation. Or better yet, just do a few things and come back again another year!
My Maui ebook is more of a personal scrapbook that would be used in conjunction with Maui Revealed. It contains photos and reviews of the many places we snorkeled, ate, and visited, and is available on amazon, preview and link above. Snorkel beaches on the west coast include Honolua Bay, Slaughterhouse Beach, D.T. Fleming Beach, Oneloa Beach, Kapalua Beach, Napili Beach, Kahekili Beach, Black Rock at Kaanapali Beach, and Makena or Maluaka Beach, where we saw many turtles. Also included are windsurfing at Hookipa Beach near Paia, Iao Needle, the Kapalua Coastal Trail Hike, Lahaina Friday Art Night, sailing to Lanai, the artsy town of Makawao, the Maui Swap Meet, a Molokini snorkel cruise, surfing lessons in Lahaina, and where to get the best prices on local products to take home.
Dining reviews cover the local “plate lunch,” along with other locations serving Chinese and Vietnamese food, and my favorite place for local tacos and burritos.
I just finished compiling the ebook, and boy, going through all my photos sure brings back memories–makes me want to head back right now! The photos should help visitors decide for themselves what to put on their itinerary. And remember, don’t pack too much into your itinerary, or you’ll defeat the whole point of your vacation on Maui!