Whether it is your first time to Maui or your tenth, you’ll fall in love with the tropical setting, beautiful temperature, and gorgeous landscapes all year long. Maui’s balmy climate is relatively consistent, with daytime highs in the mid-80s in summer to mid-70s in winter, making it a great travel destination in any season. The majority of rainfall occurs in winter months (November through March), but rain showers are typically short and are sometimes followed by glowing rainbows. Summers get pretty crowded due to summer break and vacations.
There are many options for getting around Maui to see the sights. The Royal Lahaina shuttle goes to Lahaina Town and Whaler’s Village. There are also local public buses, tour buses, trolleys, and of course taxis/Uber. For the Road to Hana, we recommend renting a car, because of the many stops along the way that are both scenic and fun. For an ultimate adventure, book a sightseeing tour through our activities desk to help plan your Maui vacation. Schedule helicopter tours, whale-watching cruises, parasailing, scuba and snorkeling excursions, ziplining, and more, all with transportation included.
You must check out the Hawaiian Green sea turtles while staying with us at Royal Lahaina Resort & Bungalows. Just off the southern coastline, stop at beaches such as Keawakapu in Kihei, Ulua and Polo Beach in Wailea, as well as Maluaka Beach just south of Makena Landing to see turtles up close. In West Maui, you can usually spot sea turtles in Kaanapali when snorkeling by Puu Kekaa, as well as the point between Napili Bay and Honokeana Cove. During summer months when the surf is calm, Kapalua Bay and Honolua Bay are popular sea turtle hot spots as well.
No trip to Maui is complete without visiting one of the island’s picture-perfect waterfalls, all easy to get to from Royal Lahaina Resort & Bungalows. The majority of waterfalls are concentrated along the incredibly scenic and legendary winding Road to Hana, along Maui’s tropical east coast. Some must-see waterfalls include:
Lower Puohokamoa Falls
A trip to the world’s largest dormant volcano, Haleakala, is without a doubt a must-do. Watching the sun rise or set there is a popular activity for both tourists and locals. Stargazing, hiking, biking, horseback riding and ziplining are other fun ways to explore the massive volcano and see Maui.
If you’re hoping to catch a whale sighting while in Maui, try visiting during whale season, typically from December 15 to May 15, with peak activity from January until the end of March. Traveling to Hawaii during the holiday season? Expect to see a whale during a snorkeling tour or out at sea.
Catching a sunset in Maui is truly like no other in the world. People stop what they are doing and pay attention to this post-card like end to their day. The Haleakala National Park is a dream-like place where you can hike volcanoes at an altitude of 3,000 meters and sunsets and sunrises are amazing from this point. Every beach in Maui also offers an exceptional vantage point. Notable locations include Keawakapu Beach, Lahaina Pali Trail, and a Kaanapai Sunset Sail.
Royal Lahaina’s own Royal Ocean Terrace Restaurant & Lounge has incredible views of the Pacific Ocean. Enjoy regional Hawaiian specialties in a casual, open-air setting overlooking the crystal blue Pacific and the neighboring islands of Lanai and Molokai.
A great way to sample some of the best delicacies in Maui is to get out and explore the food truck scene. With some of the hottest menus popping up all over town, try some of these local favorites:
The Honokowai Food Truck Park. Across from the Times Market and features many options including Thai, BBQ, Mexican and local plate lunch.
Sugar Cane Train Food Truck Park. On Limahana St in Lahaina. Featuring Wagyu Smash Burgers, Shaya Mediterranean, Kraken Coffee, and more…
Lahaina Cannery Mall Food Trucks. Aloha Braised, Merienda Maui, Sparkys local food, 808 Antojitos, and more…
Coconut Caboose near Honolua Bay. Fresh juices and coconut water. coconut ice-cream, milkshakes and more…
Ono Tacos in Lahaina. Great Mexican street tacos, burritos.
Yes, vegans, vegetarians, and those with food limitations will love the flavors of Maui in any dish. Popular vegan eateries include Moku Roots, Choice Health Bar, A’A’ Roots, and Honokowai Farmers Market, just to name a few.
For some tasty cuisine near Whaler’s Village, check out Hula Grill, Leilani’s On The Beach, and Monkeypod Kitchen By Merriman. There is a food court with a bunch of great eateries and coffee shops, like Haagen-Dazs, Nikki’s Pizza, and Joey’s Kitchen. In the Kaanapali Fairway shops find popular restaurants Macadangdangs and Belly.
Not your typical snow cone, shave ice treats in Maui are a bit more exotic. Head to these local hot spots that are well worth the brain freeze:
Ululani’s Hawaiian Shave Ice (multiple locations)
Local Boys Shave Ice (multiple locations)
Surfing Monkey Shave Ice (multiple locations)
Peace Love Shave Ice at 1280 S Kihei Rd. (Azeka Shopping Center parking lot)
If you want to live like a local while visiting Maui, try these popular favorites to experience the true flavors of the island:
Sam Sato’s Noodles & Plate Lunches in Wailuku
T. Komoda Store & Bakery in Makawao
Aloha Mixed Plate in Lahaina
Kobe’s Japanese Steak House & Sushi Bar in Lahaina
Sansei Seafood & Sushi Bar in Kapalua
Maui sets itself apart from the rest of Hawaii when it comes to cuisine. Although it’s all Hawaiian fare, Maui is well known for its regional cuisine, which combines cooking techniques and ingredients from the Pacific Rim, West Coast, and Hawaii. Expect to find most dishes consisting of the quintessential Kalua pig, poi, and many coconut-based delicacies which are found in every luau. Ahi tuna is a local favorite, either raw or lightly seared, and Kulolo is a common sweet dessert found on the island.
With breathtaking vistas, tremendous course layouts, and perfect weather, it is no question that Maui has some of the best golfing in the world. Some of the area’s top golfing spots include:
Plantation Course at Kapalua
King Kamehameha Golf Club
The Dunes at Maui Lani
Gold Course at Wailea Golf Club
Stop by our activities desk for more information or to book a tee-time.
If you’d like to get up close and personal with sea creatures in Maui, try snorkeling at some of the island’s best spots including:
Honolua Bay – Offering a diverse marine life
Kapalua Bay – Featuring a calm sheltered cove
Turtle Town Maui & Maluaka Beach – The best snorkeling beach on south shore
Kaanapali Beach – Pu’u Kekaa “Black Rock” – Rated one of the top beaches in the world
Ahihi Kinau Reserve – For protected marine life
Molokini – Featuring crystal clear water