My husband and I have only three days in Maui (arrive late Thursday night and leave Sunday evening), and I don't want to overschedule us but I want to get a flavor of Maui so we can decide if we want to come back. (I'm doing all the planning).
My husband will be traveling to Honolulu about once a month on business, so we will probably have an opportunity to come back to the islands. We have been to the other islands before--love Kauai--this is our first time in Maui.
After reading many many posts and Maui Revealed, this is my list, in no particular order:
Snorkeling (we have snorkeled in many different places--this is one of our favorite activities, so we brought our own equipment). This is a must do--the question is where since we've been spoiled by some pretty spectacular places. What is guaranteed not to disappoint?
Trip to Lahaina
Drive the coast of West Maui
Drive up to Haleakala (or be driven and bike down) but not for the sunrise. Getting up at 2 a.m. doesn't appeal to me since we're in Honolulu for several days and our time clocks will be adjusted).
Trip to Hana
Eating in two nice restaurants. Mama's Fish House, Pacific'O, Nick's Fishmarket are three that I'm considering. Or has anyone tried the new Pineapple Grill? (Eating at a good restaurant is also a favorite activity.) David Paul's also sounds great, but with only two nights, we do want a view both nights. Since our flights leave around 8:30, his back to Honolulu, mine back to the mainland, I don't think we'll have time for a nice dinner on Sunday.
Having a drink at the Hula Grill.
Hiking the Waihee Ridge Trail and having a picnic lunch at the top.
Watching the sunset each night.
We're staying in West Maui in a Mahana condo, if that's helpful. We love seeing beautiful scenery, taking photographs, being somewhat active, and don't mind drives but don't want to be tied up in traffic. We don't enjoy lying on the beach for hours.
What I am having trouble with is figuring out which of these activities would fit into one day without feeling rushed, and what would give us a flavor of the island and make us want to come back?
I really appreciate these boards--I use them on every trip that we have taken. Maui seems to be an especially helpful board!
I promise to post a trip report when I get back.