Travel Guide: Your First Trip to Maui [Infographic]
It’s going to be your first time in Maui! While the whole experience can be exciting, being a first timer in a foreign place can be intimidating. What should you expect? Where to stay and what places should you see? What are the people like? What should you pack?
Maui, as one of the more popular Hawaiian island destinations, is a tourist-friendly haven for those who seek thrill and adventure, or those who want to relax on a laidback holiday. In order for you to enjoy the majestic views, fun activities and your dream holiday, take time to read everything you have to know when planning your first trip to Maui:
How to reach Maui?
Tourists go to Maui and arrive at the island’s main airport, Kahului Airport (OGG). Most airlines usually offer direct flights to the island, while some include it as a layover location or stopover for connecting flights.
When are the Best Dates to Travel?
If you want to experience the island during its off season months, the best dates to go is around March-May or September-November. During these months, hotels and other accommodations offer much cheaper room rates, as well as airplane tickets. Moreover, there are less people in the island, which opens the possibility of having the beaches to yourself.
Where to Stay while in Maui?
Hotels welcome tourists just a few meters away from the airport. There are a lot of options to choose from, depending on what you look for a hotel or a place to crash in. Some who prefer backpacking style lodging can also find their fit within the island, especially Maui is one of the most popular destinations for solo travellers as well.
If you want to stay somewhere in the heart of the island, you need to decide which part of Maui you’d like to explore more. Since the island is made of a diverse range of micro-climates and unique towns, each part of the island has something different to offer.
Here are some areas you might want to consider:
- Southern Maui (Kihei, Wailea, Makena)
If you seek for the sun’s mighty rays, then you should definitely stay at this point of the island. It is known as the desert side along with some great beaches, restaurants, and activities perfect for those who want a challenge, or for those who want just to sunbathe.
- Western Maui (Lahaina, Kaanapali, Kapalua, Napili)
If you want the perfect mixture of the beach and a shopping district, then the western part of Maui is perfect for you! There are also a lot of restaurants to choose from these towns.
- Eastern Maui (Hana Town)
If you travelled all the way to Hawaii for their lush rainforests and breathtaking greenery, then you should stay at the east part of the Island. Hana Town offers the best of both worlds: forests and almost-empty beachfronts. People on this side of Maui is also away from the hustle and bustle of the busier parts of the island, which makes this place perfect for those who look for peace and serenity during their break.
- Upcountry Maui (Makawao, Kula)
If you don’t want the sun, nor the crowd-y beaches of Maui, then you should consider staying at the northern part of the island where there are quiet villages built on the slopes of Haleakala. Not so many tourists include this in their itinerary because it is not the usual ‘Hawaiian Island’ they imagine. The weather is much cooler and it feels like you’re staying in the moors of Scotland.
What to do in Maui?
If you seek for adventure and something to quench your adrenaline’s thirst, you can try joining helicopter tours, scuba diving, Volcano Biking, Hiking, Sport Fishing, Parasailing and Paragliding.
If you are the kind of tourist who wants their holiday to be just a break from the stressful life they’re living, you can just enjoy the sun and the beach while listening to the sound of the waves crashing on to the shore.
If you want to see the forests and mountains of the island; or its rich and diverse marine life, you can try trekking, hiking, go snorkeling, whale watching and riding a submarine.
What to see in Maui?
- Haleakala National Park-national park on the island of Maui and home to Maui’s highest peak.
- Iao Valley State Park- features one of Maui’s most recognizable landmarks, the 1,200-foot Iao Needle.
- Kaanapali Beach
Lahaina – a whaling community
- Makawao-A rural, artistic community on the slopes of Upcountry Maui. It is home to the Paniolo, or Hawaiian cowboy.
- Pools of Oheo -beautiful pools fed by cascading waterfalls.
Our friends at MauiMan.net have created a handy infographic visualizing all this wonderful information. You can see below.
Randy Wolfe is the owner and founder of MauiMan.net. Upon visiting the island in 1980, he fell in love and found out he is a true Hawaiian at heart. Finding it very hard to go back to Canada, his home country, Randy immediately planned his next trip back on the plane.
Over the years of flying back and forth to Maui, Randy build many friendships and partnerships with the locals. “Being able to help people have the same amazing experience I did on my first trip… to help them create their own memories, and send them somewhere that some people only dream of visiting,” Randy answered when asked what sets MauiMan Rentals apart from other companies in the island.