Three Days in Maui Travel Guide & Itinerary

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The islands of Hawaii are farther away from land than any other in the world (2,000 miles from California), which means any visit should include a couple of islands. Maui, of course, is at the top of most people’s lists (including Oprah), and while you could easily spend weeks enjoying the lovely island, even three days makes for a memorable getaway. Grab Below, the very T&C things to eat, do, and see in Maui this summer.

What to Do

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The volcano sunrise is a special experience on Maui. Make sure to reserve your permit in advance.

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Sunrise at Mount Haleakala Volcano

Hawaii has its own time zone, which makes it easy to wake up before sunrise (Maui is six hours behind New York and three behind California). Take advantage of your new early bird routine and bring a thermos or two of local coffee up to Mount Haleakala Volcano for the sunrise—pack an extra sweater as it can be cold up there. Rent a car and drive, or for the more adventurous, bike with a group.

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Hana, Maui, makes for a meandering adventure with beaches, waterfalls, and ice cream.

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Road to Hana

For those who like to wander, plan a day to explore the waterfalls, beaches, and food trucks in Hana. Stop by Keanae Peninsula, go for a swim in the Upper Waikani Falls, have a picnic at the black sand beach, Waianapanapa State Park, and refuel with Coconut Glen’s homemade ice cream.

Jean-Michel Cousteau’s Ambassadors of the Environment

Sustainability and nature are perhaps the most important components of Hawaiian culture. After all, even in ancient times, living on an island means that being in tune with one’s environment is essential. Take a walk with an expert in Kapalua at the Ritz Carlton Maui to delve more deeply into Hawaiian’s flora and fauna—you might even spot a sea turtle or two on your way.

Where to Eat

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Mama’s Fish House

This iconic restaurant is at the top of every foodie’s Maui list for good reason. Its fresh fish and kitschy atmosphere take you back to the 1970s when the eccentric Christenson founded it. Go for the catch of the day, rounded out with macadamia nut crab cakes and a whiskey sour made with liliko’i.

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Lahaina Fish Company

A casual oceanfront spot that is perfect for lunch (try the ahi katsu rice bowl) and local brew while gazing at the ocean and contemplating whether or not you ever really need to leave Maui at all…

Where to Stay

it is tempting to stay poolside at the ritz carlton maui, but the 54 acre nature preserve and marine sanctuary is worth exploring

It is tempting to stay poolside at the Ritz Carlton Maui, but the 54-acre nature preserve and marine sanctuary is worth exploring.

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Ritz Carlton Maui

Not only is the Ritz Carlton a gorgeous respite with the hotel’s signature spacious hotel rooms, breakfast buffet (get the macadamia banana pancakes), golf course, and a freshly renovated pool terrace with cabanas, but it is also connected to one of Hawaii’s largest nature preserves with two marine sanctuaries. Be sure to reserve a room with ocean views to truly maximize the whole “getting away from it all” vibe. Keep an eye out for whales while having a cocktail at the Alaloa Lounge and then stroll over to the Banyan Tree for dinner under airy orchids. When not lounging, take advantage of the property’s 54 acres (golf carts and shuttles can help you get around) and revel in paradise, found.

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