Table of Contents
- The Perfect Maui Honeymoon Guide and Itinerary (with can’t miss tips)
- Where Should You Stay on Your Maui Honeymoon?
- Maui Honeymoon Itinerary
- Maui Honeymoon Tips and Ideas
- Maui’s Best Whale Watching Tour: Ultimate Whale Watching Rafts
- The Best Whale Watching Tour from Puako Bay, Big Island
- Whale Watching Adventure from Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
The Perfect Maui Honeymoon Guide and Itinerary (with can’t miss tips)
You’ve made the great decision to head to Maui for your honeymoon (our favorite Hawaiian island for a honeymoon). Now, you need to figure out what exactly you should do.
Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered with this detailed and picture-perfect eight-day Maui honeymoon itinerary:
- Day 1: Sunset drinks and dinner
- Day 2: Snorkeling West Maui
- Day 3: Beach day and dinner at Mama’s Fish House
- Day 4: Upcountry and Haleakala
- Day 5: Half-day snorkel trip and Lahaina
- Day 6: Road to Hana or spa day
- Day 7: Pool day and luau
- Day 8: Say goodbye
Where Should You Stay on Your Maui Honeymoon?
Maui is full of beautiful hotels and vacation rentals. But where should you stay?
If budget is no concern, we recommend staying at Hotel Wailea, the only adults-only resort in Hawaii. We’ll use Hotel Wailea as a starting point for this itinerary. But if that hotel doesn’t appeal to you, there are plenty of other options on the island.
Read our guide to the 7 best honeymoon hotels on Maui.
Maui Honeymoon Itinerary
The average honeymoon is eight days, so we’re giving you a sample eight-day itinerary. Of course, if you can stay longer than you’ll have more than enough to do.
So stay longer if you can — trust me!
Here’s a perfect eight-day honeymoon.
Day 1: Sunset Drinks and Dinner
You arrive after your long flight from the mainland. After you check into the hotel and freshen up, it’s time to head out to stretch your legs and get a glimpse of the amazing scenery.
Grab a ride from one of the valets and head down to Wailea Beach. There’s a pathway that winds along the coastline, so you can take in the sights of the sea and stretch your legs after a long plane ride. Take your time — and enjoy the reward of reaching your beautiful destination after a long trip.
Once you’re done walking and you’re ready for a drink, head to the Fairmont Kea Lani. You can go to the LUANA lounge bar, where they have live music Thursday through Sunday. Or you can get drinks at Nick’s Fishmarket, another excellent restaurant at the hotel.
After drinks, grab a ride with the valet again and head up the hill to Hotel Wailea. Enjoy dinner at the restaurant and watch the sun go down.
Day 2: Snorkeling West Maui
You’ll likely be up and at em early today thanks to jet lag. Grab your snorkeling gear and head out. Don’t worry, you can stop for coffee and breakfast along the way.
After a 30-minute drive west from Hotel Wailea, you’ll reach Leoda’s Kitchen and Pie Shop (click for directions), a charming restaurant famous for their pies. But what most people don’t realize, you can skip the line out the door in the afternoon and get there for a delicious breakfast. They have a great menu but don’t forget to order a monkey bread to share.
From there you’ll be within a short drive to some of the best snorkeling spots. We recommend:
- Honolua Bay
- Kapalua Bay
- Napili Bay
- Black Rock at Ka’anapali (park at the Sheraton)
You can read the full list of our 11 favorite Maui snorkeling spots here.
There are plenty of restaurants and food trucks to stop at along the way if you want to stop for lunch.
Once you’re done snorkeling, head back to the hotel to get changed. If it’s early enough, head over to Monkeypod Kitchen for happy hour, and possibly the best Mai Tai on the island.
Day 3: Resort Day and Dinner at Mama’s Fish House
For foodies out there, this is a splurge day and you’ll definitely need to make reservations well in advance (we recommend 2 months in advance). Mama’s Fish House is arguably the best restaurant on the island, with prices that reflect their prestige.
Depending on your energy today, you have two choices: hang around the hotel pool during the day (it’s gorgeous after all) and make a 30 – 45-minute drive to Mama’s Fish House in the late afternoon, getting you there in time for dinner.
Or, if you are in the mood to explore more, head to Paia in the morning and explore the beaches and this cute town on the North Shore. Make sure to stop at Kualahao Beach, where you are almost guaranteed to spot sea turtles. Then enjoy a lunch reservation at Mama’s Fish House. Not only is lunch a cheaper option, but you won’t have to drive back in the dark.
Related read: Is Mama’s Fish House Better for Lunch or Dinner?
Day 4: Upcountry and Haleakala Sunset
Today is a big day of adventure. You may have heard that a famously popular activity is to watch the sunrise from the East Maui volcano, Haleakala. We think that a much better experience is the sunset from the top of Haleakala. Not only do you not have to book tickets months in advance, but you also don’t have to wake up at 3 am to get there.
After enjoying the morning at your hotel, it’s time to head up to upcountry Maui, a drastically different landscape than you’ve had in Wailea. Head to Hali’imaile General Store for lunch. Afterward, you can explore the cowboy town of Makawao or take in the view from the Ali’i Kula Lavender Farm.
Once you’re done, head up the hill to Haleakala and, clouds permitting, enjoy a spectacular sunset from the top of the island. A word of warning: it is cold so bring jackets and layers to bundle up.
Day 5: Half-Day Snorkel Trip and Lahaina Town
Today you take to the water. If you’re honeymooning during whale season (December 15 – April 15), take a whale-watching trip. Read our full guide to whale watching.
Otherwise, board a boat for a snorkeling trip. You can choose between a full-day trip to Lanai or a half-day snorkel trip to Molokini Crater. Both are great, but if you are enthusiastic about seeing as much ocean life as possible, a trip to Lanai is a better option. Boat trips leave from Maalaea Harbor or Lahaina.
If your day (or half-day) at sea leaves from Lahaina, spend some time exploring the historic town of Lahaina. Stroll around the banyan tree, one of the largest banyan trees in the US taking up 0.66 acres with 16-trunks. Walk down Front Street stopping at the stores, ice cream shops, and restaurants. And grab a meal. We recommend Kimo’s, Pacifico’s, or Aloha Mixed Plate.
Day 6: Road to Hana or Spa Day
You’re nearing the end of your Maui honeymoon and today you can either pamper yourself at the spa or head out on an adventure.
If it’s a spa day, you can choose to stay on-site at the hotel the entire day and have a two-hour in-room spa experience. Or, head to Spa Grande at the Grand Wailea Hotel, arguably the best spa on Maui.
If you’re up for an adventure, get up early and drive the Road to Hana. This is an all-day activity, so get up and at’em early in the morning. The road to Hana is all about the journey, not the destination. We recommend doing two things:
- Stopping in Paia for breakfast: Charlie’s or Choice are great options
- Download an app: We suggest either the Gypsy guide or the Shaka guide
Don’t do the drive without an app because you risk missing the best stops.
Day 7: Enjoy a Luau
Today is your last full day in Maui. And while you’ve experienced so much, today is the last day for you to truly soak in this beautiful island. Take it slow.
Call the valet for a ride down to Wailea Beach. Have the beach attendant set up chairs and an umbrella for you and spend the day enjoying the water and the scenery.
If you’re ready to end your trip with a bang, make reservations at one of the two best luaus on the island: the Feast at Lele or Old Lahaina Luau. Both are excellent but they are very different.
To help you decide which one to pick, we have an article walking you through which luau is the best pick for you.
Day 8: Say Goodbye
Maui is hard to leave. But know that you’re leaving with some of the best memories and make a promise to yourself to return.
Maui Honeymoon Tips and Ideas
In addition to the full itinerary, we have some extra tips and ideas to make your time here as special as possible:
- Order room service breakfast on your hotel lanai: a private breakfast in paradise is the epitome of a honeymoon experience.
- Watch the sunset: do this every night if you can. The sunsets here are incredible and often the sky will light up in the most vivid colors.
- Sunset or dinner cruise: If you love being out on the water, set sail on a dinner or sunset cruise.
- Spend a night on Lanai: Take the ferry over to Lanai and enjoy a night on another Hawaiian island. You may even see spinner dolphins there.
- Go kayaking: Rent a two-person kayak at Olowalu and take it out for a paddle and snorkel at one of the most pristine reefs on Maui.
- Gourmet lunch and farm tour: head upcountry and enjoy a gourmet lunch and farm tour at O’o farms.
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I'm the co-founder, with my husband Jordan, of The Hawaii Vacation Guide. We live on Maui with our toddler Henry and our sweet but quirky dog Hattie. I am a planner! I love to plan island-hopping adventures, days out on Maui, and everything in-between. I spend a lot of my time on our SUP and my favorite time of year in Hawai'i is whale season!
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