Insider’s Guide to Maui

If you read my Cruise + Ensenada post, I mentioned that I caught a cold at the end of that trip, which means the beginning of this trip. The plane ride was miserable, and to be honest, I just wanted to be home in my bed watching Netflix. I kept saying “BUT, IT’S HAWAII!” in my head over and over again. So I shoved all pain aside, and tried to make the best of my vacation. Hawaii didn’t start off as planned, but Lyndon was nice enough to take everything slow while I adjusted to our new home for the next few days.

This has been a much anticipated trip, I’ve been making plans to go to Hawaii for years, but it was never the right time. Hawaii, Maui in particular, is so popular that I was scared it wouldn’t meet the hype. We were in Maui for only a few days, but we packed on a full agenda!

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STAY


Lahaina Beach Shores Resort

It was our first time purchasing the entire trip through Costco Travel, and it was the best decision ever! Our trip included 2 islands, plane tickets, resorts, and a rental car for both islands at an incredible price! Lahaina Beach Resort was the standard option, which you can decide to pay a little extra for a better resort (that’s what we did for Kauai). It was still an amazing stay with a full-size kitchen (and I mean they have an oven, stove top, full-size refrigerator and everything you’ll need), which was AWESOME because I like to save my leftovers for a mid-night snack or start the morning with some yogurt. The resort is right next to the beach and you can access it steps away with your room key. The location is not next to the popular area of Kaanapali, but it’s great that it’s only a 10-15min drive!

EAT


Aloha Mixed Plate

We went here right when we landed and our hotel room wasn’t ready for us to check-in yet. I’ve always loved Hawaiian food, so my first dish I got was the mochiko chicken while Lyndon got the Aloha Mixed Plate special. Mochiko chicken is a crispy chicken coated in amazing sweet-ish sauce, and most Hawaiian dishes are served with a side of rice and macaroni salad… yummm! The Aloha Mixed Plate special came with 3 types of protein: shoyu chicken, fresh island fish, and teriyaki beef.

Leilanis

We walked by this restaurant our first day, but the wait was way too long that we decided to come back the next day. So be sure you come 30mins before you get real hangry, and you can always walk along the beach while you wait for your table to be ready. The best time to come in my opinion is before the sun is about to set because you will get the front row view without paying the price.

Note: They have two restaurants right next to each other, one that serves seafood with high-priced items, and another one next to the beach that serves hamburgers and steaks. (We went to the 2nd restaurant)

TO-DO


The Snorkel Store

We came a little unprepared, but didn’t feel the need to buy our own snorkel gears since Lyndon doesn’t even know how to swim. Ha! Luckily, we found The Snorkel Shop that’s about 15mins away and they were super helpful with setting us up with gears. The price is super affordable and the process was so convenient. The employees were also very nice about telling us where the spots are to go snorkeling.

Kaanapali Beach- Black Rock

We went to 2 beaches to go snorkel, and this was our second location. This is a pretty popular location among tourists for their black rock cliff jumps. I was desperate to see a turtle and ended up seeing 3 here!! 

Road to Hana

Road to Hana is a popular 52 miles road that is a must-see if you have time in Maui. It’s a narrow, winding road with so many one lane bridges, but it was probably the most scenic and beautiful drive I’ve seen. I wish we left a little earlier because we didn’t have time to enjoy all the little stops along the road! FYI… the Black Sand Beach is also here if you’re wondering.

Like I mentioned, I was sick for a good amount of the trip, so although I know we didn’t cover a lot of places, we did exactly what we wanted to do in Hawaii, which was to relax and enjoy every minute of it! The sands are just as white & soft, and the water is just as warm & calm. It was perfect! Honestly, Maui did not disappoint! Next spot, Kauai!

Thanks for the read!

x. kritsida

All comments are my own and I was not paid or sponsored to write this post.

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    • July 14, 2017 / 10:50 am

      You totally should!! It seriously won’t disappoint!
      x. kritsida

  1. July 11, 2017 / 1:29 pm

    Maui is definitely on my list of places I want to visit. Looks so beautiful! 🙂

    Ellen x | thatsellen

    • July 14, 2017 / 10:49 am

      Definitely have to stop by when you get the chance! This place is gorgeous!
      x. kritsida

  2. July 11, 2017 / 1:31 pm

    Hawaii looks so wonderful, thanks for all the recommendations! That pic of you laying on the sand is uber cute!

    Characters & Carry-ons

    • July 14, 2017 / 10:48 am

      Thank you so much! I’m such a fan of your travel posts!
      x. kritsida

    • July 14, 2017 / 10:47 am

      Thank you love! (The location did most of the work)
      x. kritsida

    • July 14, 2017 / 10:47 am

      Thank you so much!!
      x. kritsida

    • July 14, 2017 / 10:46 am

      It seriously is! Definitely a place to visit when you get the chance.
      x. kritsida

    • July 14, 2017 / 10:46 am

      It was definitely unreal! I really look forward to going back!
      x. kritsida

    • July 14, 2017 / 10:45 am

      Thank you for the read, Karen!
      x. kritsida

  3. shakira
    July 14, 2017 / 6:30 am

    The pictures on this post have given me a serious case of wanderlust! Also, you look so gorgeous!

    SHAKIRA / SHAKIRA SACKS

    • July 14, 2017 / 10:44 am

      Thanks love!
      x. kritsida

  4. July 14, 2017 / 8:37 am

    This post really takes me back! Maui is one of my favorite places in the world! My aunt & her family actually are on their way there right now & I’m so jealous! You definitely covered a great list of to-dos. Well actually when I was in Maui w my brand new husband, I swear we almost got divorced over our snorkel experience. I learned I’m freakishly scarred of being in the ocean, hmmm, I didn’t know before then, lol… But yes the road to hana was my absolute fav. Next time we go we plan to stay half of our trip in Lahaina (like last time) & the other half in Hana. Great photos girl!

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    • July 14, 2017 / 10:43 am

      Thanks for sharing that story, it sounds hilarious! YES! I definitely look forward to spending more days there! Thanks for the read girl!
      x. kritsida

    • July 15, 2017 / 10:18 am

      Beach getaways are the best! Thanks for the read, Jessica! 🙂
      x. kritsida

    • July 15, 2017 / 10:17 am

      Thank you so much!
      x. kritsida

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