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I'll be in Maui Sep 21 - 27 for a friend's wedding. This is our first trip to Hawaii, so I'm looking for suggestions.

We'll be renting a compact car from the airport and staying at the Westin Maui. We won't have a ton of time to ourselves because of the wedding and the events that relate to it. I figure we have about the equivalent of three days to ourselves.

So far all we've planned is the road to hana, a sailing / snorkeling expedition, and a luau. I'll probably do a little mountain biking, and if the waves aren't too daunting, I'll do a little windsurfing.

What else?

tia
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Where are the sigh and envy faces?

Westin Maui is in a great location. There is a already a great snorkeling spot at the Black Rock which is just a short stroll from your hotel. I don't think it's worth it to pay for a snorkeling expedition. If you go to the Tripadvisor forums, you can do searches for other snorkeling areas you can drive to. I remember one spot -- a cove surrounded by residential homes and condos -- where we swam with turtles all day. Sometimes it's hit or miss.

I think the other activity worth going to is the drive up Haleakala for the sunrise and a walk around the crater. Wear warm clothing.

If Maui is in a drought situation, the waterfalls near Hana will likely be dry by this time. There are black sand and red sand beaches on the road to Hana. It's a full day and if I remember correctly, the windsurfing is also on that part of the island, near Paia.

Maui is fantastic. Have a great time!
Best surfing and wind surfing on north shore south of Kahauli [sp] on way to Hana.

Snorkle at Lanai, or Miokini [very small island, old volcano] off Maui, south shore.

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I think the other activity worth going to is the drive up Haleakala for the sunrise and a walk around the crater. Wear warm clothing.
and continue to Hana as you are on that part of the island.
Jorge, since you indicated you'll only have 3 days to yourself and that you plan on making the drive to Hana (1 full day burned there), snorkeling/wind surfing (could end up burning a full day there) and you'd maybe like to mountain bike I'd say you're basically planned out. Do like DoubleD says and take the trip up to Haleakala. You can combine that with a downhill mountain bike ride using a service that drives you and the bikes to the top, drops you off and then waits for you at the bottom to pick up your rented bike.
A couple more points:
1) If you do go to Haleakala, save your receipt ($15?) to the park which actually extends to the Hana side of Maui and the 7 Sacred Pools. You can use the receipt to enter on the other side of the park.

2) When you do the drive to Hana, I recommend bringing water, lunch, snacks, drinks. There should be some food/fruit stands along the way and folks selling BBQ/macaroni salad. If you want a pricier meal, the Hana Hotel has a restaurant.

3) I also recommend leaving early (before 8 am) for Hana and to drive all the way to Hana first and make your stops for sights on your way back. You'll avoid the car caravan from other tourists.

4) The snorkeling suggestion at Lanai and Molokini is good but not worth the premium for a first time visit and for someone with limited time. As Joe suggested, lay on a beach and relax. Kaanapali Beach (which the Westin Maui sits on) is an excellent one. Then walk over to the Sheraton Maui where the Black Rock is located and snorkel around there.
It's been just about 3 years since I was there, but I would echo many of the comments made already. We made it a point to try and have one activity a day (e.g. Haleakala, etc.) and use the rest of the time to relax by the pool & ocean.

We stayed at the Sheraton, which as DoubleD mentioned, is right by the Black Rock and close to where you are staying. We loved the area, and did some snorkeling right by the BR - amazing colors of fish, saw a sea turtle, etc.

We did Haleakala's sunrise & some light hiking the first morning we were there - it worked out better considering the time difference and that you may be waking up pretty early that day anyway. DD doesn't lie, it is VERY cold up there in the morning before the sun rises.

Unfortunately, we missed out on Hana, but that just gives a reason to make sure we get back there!
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A couple more points:
1) If you do go to Haleakala, save your receipt ($15?) to the park which actually extends to the Hana side of Maui and the 7 Sacred Pools. You can use the receipt to enter on the other side of the park.

2) When you do the drive to Hana, I recommend bringing water, lunch, snacks, drinks. There should be some food/fruit stands along the way and folks selling BBQ/macaroni salad. If you want a pricier meal, the Hana Hotel has a restaurant.

3) I also recommend leaving early (before 8 am) for Hana and to drive all the way to Hana first and make your stops for sights on your way back. You'll avoid the car caravan from other tourists.

4) The snorkeling suggestion at Lanai and Molokini is good but not worth the premium for a first time visit and for someone with limited time. As Joe suggested, lay on a beach and relax. Kaanapali Beach (which the Westin Maui sits on) is an excellent one. Then walk over to the Sheraton Maui where the Black Rock is located and snorkel around there.


Read this post twice Jorge. It is spot on. Hit the road to Hana EARLY. You'll be able to drive straight through at your own, leisurely pace and be amazed by the line of cars you're passing on the way back.

Don't forget. Your body will be on East Coast time for at least a few days. Perfect for a 6AM departure to Hana or Haleakala with no ill effects on the body.
jorgerunfast

First of I i do not surf, but at theat location I saw many windsurfers, and from what I understand folks come from around the world to go there..

As for the bike ride, The tours starts about 3 AM!!! They take you up so you can see the sun rise. Also is is quite chilly up there.

On the way back from Hana there is a great beach with picnic facilities. The sand is BLACK!! Great place for a snack

Yes leave early and get to Hana. The road is narrow, wnding and very few places to pass the gawkers.

Agree 3 days is too short. You will be stretched out to do all you wish.
I'm going to go against the grain and recommend against going to Hana.

The road is fun for the first 15 miles or so, and then gets awfully tedious after that...especially when driving a compact rental car. When you finally make it to Hana, whether you hang out in this nothing little town, go hiking around the Seven Pools or what have you, it hits you that you need to turn around and do it all over again.

With only three days available to you, there are much more relaxing things to do than waste a day going to Hana. Save that trip for when you have more time and can rent a house in Hana and thoroughly explore that part of the island.
I just went to Maui couple weeks ago. If you decided to go to Hana, I would recommend to take a guided tour instead driving by yourself. That way you can enjoy the scenery rather than concentrate on the road.

Don't bring your wine. Most restaurant in Maui don't offer corkage. I had to drink all of my wine in my hotel room

You might want to try to have dinner @ Hali'imaile General Store or Mama Fish House.
Notable wine from Hali'imale wine list is SQN for $216 (I forgot which SQN).
Plan to have an early dinner if you want to go to Mama Fish House. Otherwise you will not be able to see the ocean.

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