I am so excited to share this travel diary because Sean and I truly fell in love with Maui!! This was my first trip ever to Hawaii! Neither Sean nor I had expectations of the island of Maui because we were so busy with planning the wedding that we didn’t take much time to research and get excited for our trip. After spending a few days in Maui, we truly fell in love with the island! So much that we can see ourselves staying there for an extended period of time! Two hours before our flight home we actually extended our stay an extra night-never done that before haha! I thought it would be easiest to share a diary of our day-to-day activities and where we ate.
Day 1; Tuesday 9/24: Travel + Sunset
Travel Day! Our flight left JFK at 6:30 am for a 5 1/2 hour flight to Phoenix, followed by a three hour layover. Our flight from Phoenix to Maui was also about 5 1/2 hours! We landed in Maui around 2:30pm. We decided last minute to get a rental car (which I highly recommend)! After a long day of travel we were starving and surprisingly not too tired so we went downtown to Fleetwoods on Front St. rooftop and snagged a seat at the bar to watch the sunset. We ordered the Ahi Poke appetizer and split the Herb & Panko Crusted Mahi Mahi and both were so fresh and delicious!
Day 2; Wednesday 9/25: Whaler’s Village, Monkeypod Kitchen, Lahaina Grill
We were a little jetlagged so we took it easy and just walked/lounged around our hotel and the surrounding area. There is a great little village with shopping, coffee shops, and restaurants called Whalers Village a short walk down the boardwalk. We loved Island Vintage Coffee for coffee and breakfast-definitely try the Hawaiian Honey Latte! There’s also some chain stores like Lululemon and Lily Pulitzer, local shops, and a mini mart for water/snacks (much more affordable than the hotel shops for water, sunscreen, toiletries).
We tried MonkeyPod Kitchen for the first time (in Whalers Village) and oh. my. god. The Mai Tais are AMAZING! The food is great, too! We pretty much went every day for happy hour because it was that good! We tried a bunch of the small plates on the menu, and we loved the truffle pizza and pumpkin ravioli the most. The happy hour deal is great at Monkeypod so if you can hold off until 3pm for lunch/snacks it’s worth the wait!
We went to dinner at Lahaina Grill and the food was amazing! We started with the ahi poke and Maui onion soup (Sean looves onion soup haha). For dinner, Sean has the osso bucco and I had the lamb special. We had a bottle of wine recommended by our server! At the end of the meal they gave us a complimentary triple berry pie and it was amazing!
Day 3; Thursday 9/26: Snorkeling!
We woke up around 6am to go snorkeling! We booked our excursions directly through the Marriott, which I highly recommend! It took away the stress of comparing companies and reviews-which I tend to stress out over. Our tour was hosted by Friendly Charters Lani Kai and the crew was fabulous! The boat was small compared to other tours and we definitely preferred the smaller group. The boat provided all gear, a light breakfast, lunch, and mai tai’s post snorkle, We snorkeled at the Molokini crater and it was so so cool to see all the tropical fish in their environment. We also saw dolphins outside the crater. We unfortunately weren’t able to go to turtle town (another snorkel site) due to low visibility. W had a quick dinner and went to bed early for our 1:30 am wake up call the next morning!
Day 4; Friday 9/27: Sunrise Bike Tour + Mama’s Fish House
We woke up at 1:30am (!!!!!!!!) today for a sunrise bike tour down Mount Haleakala, which is a National Park in Hawaii. We opted for the guided tour, which meant we got picked up at our hotel, a ride up to the top of the crater to watch the sunrise, then a guided bike ride down the crater. We also booked this excursion through our concierge, but if you’re booking it on your own we used the company Cruiser Phil’s Volcano Riders. I highly recommend the guided option (and we are not big “group tour” people)! The sunrise was beautiful and the bike ride was a lot of fun. I definitely recommend this experience if it’s your first time visiting Maui! Tip: dress in layers because it is freezing in the morning, but warms up quickly once you start biking.
We hit happy hour, took a long nap, and then drove to dinner at Mama’s Fish House which was probably the most recommended food/activity of anything else in Maui! Dinner was phenomenal! We started with Mahi Mahi rolls and Tuna Sashimi. The tuna was soo fresh and some of the best we’ve ever had! For dinner, I had the stuffed fish and Sean had the curry. Both were delicious! For dessert, we ordered the Kuau chocoloate pie. We were totally stuffed and had plenty of leftovers!
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Part two of our Hawaii Honeymoon coming next week!