Welcome to Fifty Grande’s Best of the U.S. Bucket List series. This is your one-stop travel guide to the best, most unique and quintessential experiences of a place. Curated by experts, vetted by in-the-know locals, this is all you need to have the best trip ever. If we’ve written a Bucket List, we recommend you go. If it’s on this list, it’s the best the city has to offer right now. Consider this your one-stop answer to “What are the best things to do in Maui?”
How do we love Maui? Let’s count the ways. We love the long stretches of red, black and white sand beaches. We love the cerulean blue and turquoise waters gently brushing against each sandy coastline. We love the rich history of the island and the cultural rainbow of Hawaiian individuals. We even love taking medicine so my stomach can handle the undulating catamarans, winding roads of Hana and the high elevation of Pu’u’la’ula Summit during sunrise.
Maui may be the second largest island behind Hawai’i and the second-most populous behind Oahu, but it is arguably the most luxurious. The Valley Isle is also a popular vacation destination for celebrities, some of whom have homes on the island, like Oprah Winfrey, Woody Harrelson and Mick Fleetwood, to name a few.
Unsurprisingly, there is no shortage of glistening waterfalls to see, sapid foods to taste and unforgettable adventures to take while visiting Maui. And although lounging on a beach, sipping lava flow cocktails and going to a luau (we recommend the Old Lahaina Luau) is always a scream, the Valley Isle is rich with beauty, history, culture and flavors that expand well past the amenities of a resort. Since a trip to Maui can be pricey, we recommend checking out our suggestions below to craft an exciting itinerary to maximize your time — and as always, make sure to pack reef-safe sunscreen and practice pono while visiting the dazzling Aloha State.