Valley Island has been a popular spot for visitors for years, and for good reason. There’s only so lots of diversity when it comes to Maui’s scenery and things to do – and the beaches compare to some of the best in O’ahu. There aren’t many other places in the world where you can watch the sunrise from a volcano, do yoga with goats, and then lay out on the warm sands of Maui for a well-earned R&R.
If you want to see just some of what Maui has to offer, check out our 24-hour itinerary below.
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You’ll need to plan ahead if you want to experience a HaleakalÄ sunrise, as early morning admission is only possible with pre-purchase reservation. But if you can swing it, you should. Watching the sun rise above the clouds from HaleakalÄ, which in Hawaiian means “house of the rising sun”, is a unique experience. However, be sure to bring a jacket, or the dashing climate of HaleakalÄ will make your viewing experienceâ¦ unpleasant.
Located in the idyllic town of Kula, La Provence (@laprovencecafe) offers classic breakfasts, from ground beef breasts with corn accompanied by grilled vegetables to a delicious plate of French toast topped with caramelized banana and white chocolate custard. Don’t forget to grab one or two pastries (or three). Classic French desserts are prepared here on site and are as fresh as possible.
If you’ve eaten one too many fruit pie in Provence, you can get rid of those extra calories with an hour of yoga, with goats! Maui Goat Yoga (mauigoatyoga.com) is exactly what it sounds like: yoga with miniature dwarf goats who love to jump on their backs, nibble your hair and look adorable for photos.
Before leaving the cool climates of Upcountry Maui, be sure to stop and smell the lavender, especially at the Ali’i Kula Lavender Farm (aliikulalavendar.com). With over 45 varieties of lavender growing on the farm’s 13.5 acres, your senses will be overloaded with exceptional sights and smells. They also sell lavender infused coffee and scones from their bakery and cafe – located on the farm itself – which are truly unique to this place.
It wouldn’t be a true Hawaiian itinerary if it weren’t for a beach, would it? And while there are so many perfect shores to choose from, Baby Beach near PÄ’ia is a safe bet for all types of bathers. A beautiful long beach with calm waters – thanks to a long reef just offshore – keiki (children) can swim and play, while tired parents can rest and relax.
Are you still hungry? Head to Oki’s Seafood Corner, tucked away in the Ka’ahumanu Foodland (90 Kane St., Kahului). The poke here is simple, delicious, and reasonably priced. And, since you’re in a grocery store, you can also buy drinks, snacks, or whatever else you might need for the rest of your stay.
It’s time to ride up to Lahaina, but be sure to stop at Ukumehame Beach Park for a quick surf with one of the many skilled and friendly surf lesson operators, such as Maui Surfer Girls (mauisurfergirls.com). With small classes and experienced instructors, this Maui surf school will have you up and running in no time and make sure everyone from keiki (kids) to parents are having a great time.
Like trying to decide which beach to lounge on, figuring out which postcard-perfect sunset spot is no easy task. But, the view of the waterfront of Lahaina Town makes a big impression. And after the sun goes down, visitors can mingle with the locals in the many bars and restaurants there.