Best things to do in Maui during your Honeymoon

Are you considering Maui as your honeymoon destination? What a wonderful decision! This beautiful island of the Hawaiian archipelago is the destination par excellence for thousands of couples around the world and today you will know why.

Katherine Betances

Katherine Betances

8 min read

Best things to do in Maui during your Honeymoon

Couple in Maui | ©damien_p58

Planning a wedding is an exhausting and exciting task in equal proportions. The honeymoon destination is one of the most important parts of the planning because after months of arrangements and details, the newlyweds deserve a break!

Maui is the final choice of thousands of couples every year, who travel to this faraway destination for the beautiful and paradisiacal scenery, but also for the amount of things to see, do and enjoy that this island has to offer.

There are plenty of reasons why Maui is the perfect honeymoon destination and here you will find the best activities to do with your companion.

1. Book a spa afternoon or a couples massage in Maui.

Spa in Maui| ©twentystar
Spa in Maui| ©twentystar

The hustle and bustle of the wedding and celebration followed by the long drive to Hawaii can drain anyone's strength. So before you arrive in Maui, book a spa afternoon with your partner that includes a relaxing massage and enjoy it on your arrival day.

I recommend setting aside this small space for relaxation even if your stay is a short one, say 5 days to explore and get to know Maui. This way you can recharge and leave feeling ready to explore all that Maui has to offer.

As for options, you'll soon find that the island is home to an incredible number of luxury spas to choose from. Chances are, if you're staying at a hotel or villa it will include similar services. I recommend finding out at the time of booking.

If you are looking for interesting alternatives you should know that the famous Montage Kapalua Bay Spa is a favorite of visitors, they offer several packages for couples depending on the particular tastes and budget of each individual.

2. Attend a Luau show.

Traditional Luau| ©bradhoc
Traditional Luau| ©bradhoc

In Hawaii, the island of Maui is considered home to some of the best Luau shows in the archipelago, which is why you can't leave this destination without enjoying the exoticlocal dancers.

By definition, the Luau is a very old traditional party that used to be held to celebrate special moments of the tribe and its members. The celebration is usually accompanied by games, entertainment, food, traditional music and drink.

Today it has evolved into a more commercial version that is enjoyed in large local hotels and other entertainment centers.

If you decide to attend, you are in for one of the most colorful and joyful holiday experiences on the island. Often held after sunset, it is considered by many visitors to be one of the best things to do in Maui at night.

The specific schedule is usually determined by the company you hire the experience from.

Useful Information

  • Price: The price to pay is about 170€ on average per participant. It includes entrance to the show, food and drink that you consume on site.
  • Duration: The entertainment show lasts approximately about 3 hours.

Book a Luau show on Maui

3. Take a tour to see Lahaina, an ancient Hawaiian capital.

Lahaina Pier| ©Kirt Edblom
Lahaina Pier| ©Kirt Edblom

If you are a lover of history, cities and old towns you can't miss Lahaina on the northwest coast of Maui. This historic whaling town is filled with art galleries, local museums, souvenir stores and quaint cafes and restaurants.

Spend an afternoon or better yet a full day exploring the best of Lahaina. Some of the activities I recommend doing in this destination are:

  • Stroll down Front Street: the ideal place to learn about the town's historical heritage, including Maui's oldest bengal fig tree.
  • Visit the Baldwin House Museum: built in 1835, it is the oldest house on the island and provides a glimpse into post-occupation life in the Pacific Islands.
  • Book a whale watching tour in Maui: many whale and dolphin watching tours in Maui depart from Lahaina Harbor.

4. Explore Maui from the air on a helicopter tour.

View of Ka'anapali from the helicopter| ©Mike Johnston
View of Ka'anapali from the helicopter| ©Mike Johnston

If you find the island of Maui enchanting on a land tour, wait until you see it from above. With landscapes perfectly designed to take your breath away, a private helicopter tour experience is among the best you can do on the island.

As you will see, the characteristics of the tour vary depending on the company you hire for the adventure, which is why I recommend reading carefully the specific characteristics of each experience and choosing the one that best suits your tastes.

However, most local companies offer tours to see the following highlights: the Molokai Island Crater, West Maui, the Hana area, the Halawa Valley or the Honokohau Falls or Kahiwa Falls from the heights.

Finally, take into consideration that many of these companies offer customizable experiences, so if there is a particular part of the island that you want to see, establish your concerns before finalizing the details of the excursion.

Useful information

  • Price: Varies depending on destination, company and experience, I recommend booking from 250€ for this adventure.
  • Duration: The helicopter tour usually takes 1 hour to complete. You should be at the meeting point with enough time to make preparations.

Book a helicopter tour in Maui

5. Enjoy a tropical sunset boat ride in Maui

Maui at sunset| ©Brian Lauer
Maui at sunset| ©Brian Lauer

Enjoying a wonderful sunset in Maui is one of the activities you have surely done during your stay on the island. Now, doing it on a boat ride while watching the sea and the island from a distance is taking the experience to the next level.

Taking a boat ride in Maui to watch the sunset means enjoying the wonderful colors of the tropical sunset at its best.

If you are lucky, you may be able to appreciate the natural phenomenon known as the green flash that only occurs when the weather conditions are right and has given rise to numerous myths and legends.

In town you will find numerous companies that offer this experience, just try to make reservations in advance, especially if you go to the island during the peak tourist season.

Useful information

  • Price: It depends on the type of boat and the experience you choose. Normally, the price starts at 80€ per participant.
  • Duration: You must reserve at least 2 hours for the experience. You must be at the meeting point about 20 minutes before departure time.

Book a Maui boat tour

6. Snorkel at Molokini Crater

Snorkeling at Molokini| ©Jason Raia
Snorkeling at Molokini| ©Jason Raia

Although many have the image of the honeymoon as something quiet and relaxed, there are many couples who share a passion for more active activities. So, if you like to snorkel, Maui is a wonderful place to do it.

In Maui you will find an ancient crescent-shaped volcanic crater that is partially sunken in the waters of the Pacific Ocean. Located less than 5 kilometers from the coast, visiting the Molokini Crater from Maui is one of the best things to do in this destination during your honeymoon.

I recommend you to reserve time to do this adventure with your partner. These tours are conducted in small groups and usually depart from Maalaea Harbor to take travelers on a leisurely boat ride to the unique rock formation.

Molokini Crater is considered one of the best snorkeling spots on Maui; in this area you can see much of Hawaii's marine life including coral fish and amazing reefs.

Useful Information

  • Price: This type of excursions are available from 140€ per participant.
  • Duration: This is a half day adventure and you will need to reserve 5 to 6 hours for this experience.

Visit the Molokini Crater from Maui

7. Take a tour to see the giant tortoises of Maui.

Diving with the turtles| ©Greg Gamble
Diving with the turtles| ©Greg Gamble

If the newlyweds are animal lovers, there is no doubt that Maui is your ideal destination. Among the activities related to this theme, I recommend dedicating a day of your honeymoon to undertake the classic adventure to meet the giant turtles of Hawaii.

Located in the Pacific Ocean, the archipelago is famous for the presence of numerous species of turtles but especially for the famous Honu sea turtle exclusive to this area of the planet. These creatures can reach more than one meter in length and weigh more than 130 kilos.

You will find numerous local companies offering turtle tours in Maui. The experience takes the traveler to points on the island where it is possible to swim among the turtles and observe them in their natural habitat.

Useful information about Maui

  • Price: You will have to pay from 85€ per participant. The price includes round trip transportation but also the necessary equipment to swim among the turtles.
  • Duration: You should book between 3 to 6 hours depending on the company you hire and the itinerary previously designed.

Book a turtle tour in Maui

8. Enjoy the sunrise on Haleakala Mountain.

Haleakala| ©Curt Smith
Haleakala| ©Curt Smith

Possibly one of the most unforgettable experiences on Maui is watching the sunrise at Haleakala National Park.

With this tour you can enjoy the sunrise above the clouds from an active volcano and one of the highest points on the island. The spectacle is, to say the least, impressive.

Considered by hundreds of travelers as one of the best hiking trails on Maui, be aware that this type of adventure has become very popular in recent times, which is why I recommend booking the tour as far in advance as possible.

Useful information

  • Price: The price to pay for the experience is around 200€ per participant.
  • Duration: It is a long duration tour, you will have to book 8 to 9 hours for this adventure but it is totally worth it.

Book a tour to Haleakala from Maui

9. Take surfing lessons for couples in Maui.

Learning to Surf in Maui| ©Eric Titcombe
Learning to Surf in Maui| ©Eric Titcombe

If you want to have exciting adventures, try new things and have unique memories on your honeymoon, taking surf lessons in Maui is an excellent alternative.

It is one of the most practiced sports by tourists and locals, so both supply and demand is impressive.

When booking your surf lessons on the island I recommend looking or asking for exclusive packages for couples, as some companies even offer the accompaniment of a photographer (to capture your exploits on the surfboard) and champagne toast after the class.

Never seen a surfboard up close? No problem! In Maui you will find numerous certified quality instructors and beginner specialist who will know how to guide you, showing you the basics of surfing, such as balance and the ability to glide over the hours.

Useful information

  • Price: From 50€ per participant.
  • Duration: Varies slightly depending on the company you hire for the experience; a traditional lesson usually takes 90 minutes to complete.

Book your surf lessons on Maui

10. Take a road trip to Hana.

Road to Hana, Maui| ©dronepicr
Road to Hana, Maui| ©dronepicr

The Hana Highway is **Maui'**s most famous coastal route. It is a long historic route that takes the traveler through numerous highlights and should be explored at least once in a lifetime by everyone who visits Maui.

The town of Hana is only 83 kilometers from Kahului, but the road is full of narrow, one-lane bridges, hairpin turns and challenging curves. If it is your first time on the island it is best to make the trip accompanied by expert staff on an organized tour.

This adventure is known by locals as the Road to Hana and numerous companies make the journey each day in an exciting adventure that will take you to enjoy breathtaking views of the island, including the black sand beach of Pailoa Bay, Upper Waikani Waterfall or Waianapanapa State Park.

Useful information

  • Price: The price to pay for this adventure is approximately 200€.
  • Duration: This is a full day excursion, usually taking about 10 hours to complete. Highly recommended if you are in Maui for at least a full week.