It’s been a little while since I’ve penned a travel guide for you guys, but I’m excited to finally give you the down low on one of my favourite experiences of 2015. The magical island of Maui! Hawaii had been on my list for a while so when my parents said they were meeting my brother (who lives in New York) and his girlfriend on Maui (a short flight from the main island) I jumped at the chance. I was exhausted from what was a massive year so it was really nice to travel without any objectives… other than documenting it for you guys!
I adored Maui so much, such an amazing volcanic landscape – with tropical beaches, lush jungles and hidden coves. In some ways it reminded me of the Byron Bay region actually, everyone super chilled and living that holiday life. I know in reality it’s much more complex than that, but I was happy to float along for a week.
A Quick Guide To Maui
There are 7935935 resorts to stay in on Maui, many of which are located on the western side around Wailea. The water is calm and gorgeous there so not a bad choice, but on the tip of our friends in New York we decided to stay in the (somewhat) hip town of Paia instead, which is on the north coast. We got a house on airbnb and settled into town life – there are lots of little shops, cafes, an absolutely epic whole foods grocery store, yoga studios, massage places and one million bikini shops (ok, like 4). I think it was great choice because we could all do our own thing. The beaches were a little more exposed on this side of the island but we didn’t mind.
See & Do
Snorkle the gorgeous crater of Molokini at sunrise. We booked ours through a hotel on the west side.
Drive the amazing Road to Hana. A 65 mile stretch of road between Paia and Hana, make a zillion stops along the way to check out waterfalls, black sand beaches, bank bread stalls and gorgeous gardens. We had tacos at Nahiku Market Place which was about halfway long,
Hike any number of the hills around the Volcanos. We hiked Waihee Ridge which had the most amazing views (although a somewhat anticlimactic ending).
Watch the roll in at one of the famous big wave surf spots – we had HUGE surf when we were there are stopped in at Jaws (yes, I know, somewhat concerning name for a beach) and saw some massive waves.
If you’re keen to learn to surf, don’t worry there are more relaxed spots. Because of the shape of the islands, there are nice and placid beaches where you’ll be sheltered while you get your sea legs. The Western side around Lahaina looks liked a great spot to learn, and there are lots of companies set up to teach you.
Hit the beaches all around the island. My faves were the ones along the highway before Lahaina, Baldwin Beach near Paia, the black sand beach of Waianapanapa just before Hana and Hamoa beach which is just after Hana.
Eat & Drink
Have a world class meal at Mama’s Fish House. And that decor! Gimme gimme.
Stock up on bits and bobs at the famous Olowalu General Store.
Have a relaxed lunch at Paia Fish Market.
Have a slightly more upmarket night at Hana Ranch Provisions.
Stock up on groceries at Mana foods – such a great grocery store!
Get yourself a banana smoothie at Olowalu Fruit Stand.
Grab some breakfast at Paia Bay Coffee.
Good to know
The sooner you learn to embrace island time the better – nothing happens on Maui in a rush.
Maui essentials: body oil, bronzing lotion, ray bans, vintage inspired postcards.
Hamoa Beach in a black one piece.
All you need in life… on the road to Hana.
Blank sand beach
Road trippin’ in DIY shorts, Club Monaco top and Sportsgirl hat.
Sunset near Lahaina in a Faithfull playsuit.
SUCH blue waters…
Stopping in at Paia’s gelato store.
Jurassic Park vibes on Waihee Ridge
Don’t miss sunset at Baldwin beach with a glass of wine in your hand.
Mama’s Fish House
One more for the road 🙂