Everyone knows that Hawaii, and Maui in particular, is an amazing destination for couples and families alike in search of warm beaches, tropical cuisine and unbelievable views, but finding the local hotspots can be tough if you don’t have insider info. We’ve rounded up the 7 most magical (and local-approved) spots on Maui.
An enchanting mixture of chocolate brown lava rock, white pebble beaches and quaint mini-forests, this stunning destination is located on Maui’s south shore. Take a narrow road to the very end where you’ll have a chance to park and gather your bearings before heading on the hike of your life! Listen close as the lava rock cracks like glass beneath your feet and keep an eye out for wild goats that roam the path. If you’re lucky enough to catch a sunset out here, you will not be disappointed!
An island favorite so good, we visited twice during our short visit. Featuring a laid back atmosphere with live music and refreshing fruit and veggie infused waters (YUM!), our favorite dishes included a southern classic, Fried Chicken and Waffles with organic farm raised chicken and bacon served with a brown butter sage organic maple syrup (pictured below), the Apple Brie Burger with light dijon mustard aioli, caramelized onions, granny smith apple, melted brie, and applewood smoked bacon on toasted brioche, and the most incredible Malasadas with whipped cream, macadamia nuts, and Maui gold pineapple. We were seriously in heaven!
What’s not to love about this beach? Rolling, crystal-clear waves, sparkling sand, amazing views and plenty of space to spread out! Located in south Maui, this beach provides ample parking and lifeguards are on-duty to keep you safe, just in case. Walk along the beach to the north end and you’ll find a rocky incline where you’ll have the option of heading to Little Beach (a local nude beach, we avoided to save our eyes) or walking along the rocky outcrop of an old lava flow which overlooks the ocean. It’s simply stunning and where we spotted a huge sea turtle swimming in the waves. Bring a lunch and stay a while; you will not regret it!
Named after the famed monkeypod trees that thrive in Hawaii, this outstanding restaurant was where we had the first dinner of our honeymoon. Serving a regional Hawaiian cuisine with high quality, locally sourced ingredients, this dining experience is not to be missed. We were lucky enough to score a table outside, overlooking the sunset and we were even served free glasses of champagne for the occasion. Our favorites here included the Margherita pizza as an appetizer with zuhair farm tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, organic local basil, the Fresh Gnocchi with Pork Sausage, fresh ricotta, vine-ripened tomato, fresh island herbs farm organic kale and the so-amazing-I-rave-about-it-on-a-weekly-basis Certified Angus Ribeye Steak with a house-made chimichurri sauce and jalapeño mashed potatoes. I think I just drooled a little bit remembering the meal.
A beautiful sight to see along the Road to Hana, near mile marker 7, these colorful trees appear to be painted with various vivid colors due to patches of the outer bark shedding annually at different times. The bark then darkens, giving it bright shades of blue, green, orange and red. This is a must-see in Hawaii, in my opinion, and worth the 5 minutes it will take you to stop and take a few pictures. And speaking of the Road to Hana…
…Also located along the Road to Hana, between mile marker 6 & 7, is the thrilling Bamboo Forest. A hidden gem where you’ll find mostly locals, this moderate hike is not for everyone. Wear good hiking boots and a bathing suite and prepare to get wet and/or muddy depending on the time of year. It can be hard to find the right trail among the tall bamboo (if you can find a local to follow, do it!), but once you do, you’ll come along a small-moderate stream depending on recent rain. Cross that and follow the trail to find several waterfalls and swimming holes, and some exciting adventures along the way – you’ll see what I mean when you go! If you’re feeling badass, very daring, and you have great health insurance, climb up the makeshift ladder to find a final waterfall that we heard was amazing. Bring lots of water and snacks for energy.
Huge portions, amazing breakfast, convenient location and the spot where all the locals visit, Kihei Caffe was a godsend during our honeymoon. A two minute walk from our HomeAway Rental, we enjoyed some seriously stellar
Take a look at our video and photos below and leave us a comment with your favorite spot in Maui!