If you only have a small window to explore the stunning beauty of Maui, we want to make sure you don’t waste your time behind a slow-driving chicken farmer on the Road to Hana or end up eating at a tourist trap restaurant!  And fear not, you will even work in a little time for your Maui tan!  Ready, set, go!

Maui 2-day itinerary

Day #1

In a perfect world, you get a little more than 2 days, but if it’s strictly 2, start early morning with sunrise at Haleakala’s Summit.  Reservations are now required for sunrise, but if you go on a tour, you can book when you want.  Skyline Hawaii offers much more than just van tours to Haleakala Crater.  You can bike, zipline, wine taste, and do farm tours along with your trip to the summit.

sunrise Haleakala

Stop at Kula Lodge for breakfast before returning to your hotel.  Great food and epic views await only a short distance from Haleakala National Park’s entrance.  This is included with the Haleakala Sunrise Tour from Skyline Hawaii.  (808) 745-1323.  Then explore Upcountry some more before hitting up Hali’imaile General Store.

kula lodge

Now that you’re fed, put on your island attire and head over to Big Beach.  Maui is known for its epic beach scene, and you are a mere 20 minutes away from the #1 beach on the island!  And if you hit the Big Beach in the morning, you’ll bypass the winds that pick up in the afternoon.  A golden tan isn’t a shabby way to start your two-day vacation!

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Don’t get too drowsy, because you have a 1:00 pm snorkeling appointment with the Molokini Crater!  Sitting starboard on a power catamaran, you’ll be swept away to pristine waters, where you’ll have visibility up to 100 feet.  And they will make a quick stop off at Turtle Town, where your dream of swimming alongside a gigantic sea turtle will come true!  You’ll be back by 4:30, which is plenty of time to shower up and get ready for a fun-filled evening out.

Molokini boats

If you feel like taking in dinner and bar time, then the Mill House is the next stop for you.  If on the south or west side, you’re only 20-30 minutes away from the best meal you’ve ever had, prepared by award-winning chefs.  A 5-star meal using local, organic, and sustainable ingredients will delight your eyes and taste buds!  Then stop off at the bar to grab drinks and meet new people.  They serve some of the more innovative cocktails on Maui, using many of the ingredients grown on their property.

Mill House

Congratulations on a fabulous first day of vacation!  Now go get some rest before we start the second half of your adventure!

 

Day #2

Good morning sunshine!  After a heavenly sleep on your comfy king-sized bed, its time to seize this day!  After you’ve freshened up (no judgment if you chose to jump in the pool over the shower this morning!) get ready to feast your eyes on the entire island while avoiding traffic jams and leisure day drivers.  Helicopter Tours will show you everything from the rainforest of Hana to the breathtaking Haleakala Crater, 10,000 feet above sea level.  From the mountains to the ocean, you’ll get to see things that land-locked tourists aren’t able to get to!  And this complete island tour is only 65 minutes, so you still have plenty of time in your day for more fun!

Maui helicopter photos

 

 

Alright, it’s now time to make the most of this last leg!  Here are a few options for your evening festivities, depending on what day it is:

1.  Sunday Night- Little Beach Drum Circle:  I don’t want to give too much away, but this drum circle is unlike anything you’ve probably ever seen.  Jaw-dropping sunsets paint the background as this clothing crowd dances to the beat of bongos, congas, and clapping.  If the party is still going after sundown, you’ll get a front-row seat of the fire-dancers!

2.  Last Friday of every Month- Kihei Fourth Friday Party:  The whole town gets down and parties on the last Friday of the month!  Food vendors, live music, art, and hula entertainment is at your fingertips!

3.  If music is your scene, Maui Brewing Company is your speed.  With live music and excellent food trucks, you’ll be a happy camper.  And let’s not forget the beer that makes Maui so proud!

4.  Feel like a luau?  The Grand Wailea Luau offers a stunning evening of storytelling and fire dancing, with the added perk of an authentic and delicious Hawaiian luau feast.

And there you have it!  Before heading off to bed, make sure to pat yourself on the back for making the most of your two-day vacation in paradise! 

what would you do with 2 days on maui? comment below!