Eat, See, Do - Maui


Maui


Maui is a gorgeous island with fantastic beaches and clear blue water. This was my first trip to Hawaii so I was especially excited to take in the views and activities in Maui. While planning my vacation I had a difficult time finding recommendations of what to do in the area. Upon arriving I quickly realized there were so many things to see and do, just from looking around. 

Here are my tips for what to eat, see and do in Maui!



Eat

I was super excited to try a few different dishes in Maui. For most of our meals we cooked in our apartment, but I had a list of recommended things that people said were an absolute "must try." Dole whip, authentic Hawaiian poke and Ululani's shave ice were a few things I wasn't leaving without getting my hands on. 

You can find poke in almost ever supermarket and it is so fresh and delicious! We got ours from Foodland in Kihei and they have an array of different flavours including California roll, which was full of avocado and fresh ahi tuna.


Ululani's shave ice is the best on the island for a reason. They have an array of different flavour combinations and a few different locations on the island. The ice is so soft it's unlike any shave ice that I had as a child. What made it even tastier is adding ice cream and toppings (mochi is my favourite) which I highly recommend!


See

My favourite thing to do on vacation is to sit on the beach, listen to the waves and people watch. With all of the stretches of beaches, it is super easy to pick a spot and take in the views. My favourite beach was Kamaole I as it wasn't very windy which made the ocean calmer for swimming. There was also a few sea turtles that frequented the waters off the beach! 

In addition to being a beach bum, I would recommend renting a car to check out the surrounding towns. We spent an afternoon shopping Front street in Lahaina and even picked up a fresh coconut to drink from a fruit stand!


Do

If you have ever wanted to hike into a volcano, Haleakala is a must do. While the volcano is dormant the view is beautiful and beyond anything I've ever seen. Most people head up to watch the sunrise or the sunset, which can be hit or miss depending on the weather. The road up the mountain is super windy, so beware if you are susceptible to motion sickness. It's 10,000 feet above sea level so be prepared for a bit of an elevation change, my ears definitely popped on the drive down!




My fear of sharks kept me from snorkelling, but I managed to paddleboard and met a huge sea turtle. There are plenty of snorkelling tours and paddleboard rental companies on the island.


My absolute favourite part of this trip was watching the sunset with a drink in hand.


Have you visited Maui before? Share your favourite things to eat, see or do in the comments below!

-Chanel