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!

2 Day Maui 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 Haleakala tour, you can book when you want.  You can bike, zipline, wine taste, and do farm tours along with your trip to the summit.

sunrise Haleakala

Stop at Restaurant Marlow for lunch (Wed-Sat 11 am-2 pm) before returning to your hotel.  Delicious woodfired pizzas await you just down the hill.  If you can’t make it for lunch, come back for dinner (4:30-9 daily.) Chef Jeff Scheer has been responsible for some of the most innovative dining experiences in Hawaii.  Now, he runs his own restaurant serving from-scratch comfort food.

Maui pizzeria

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!  Be extra careful in the shorebreak here. Many people get injured in these waves.

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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

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 (we’ll see if this starts up again) – 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!