You can stay longer, you’ll want to for sure, but if you need a plan to jump-start a visit to Maui, add the following “Day in Maui” to your vacation itinerary:
*You will need a car to get around the island. But plan to get out of the car as much as possible.
Morning: WAKE UP EARLY for a drive up to the 10,000-foot dormant volcano, Haleakala. Experience the sunrise and tour the crater before making your way down. Try to arrive early to avoid the crowds. It is cold at the summit compared to the rest of the island so be sure to dress accordingly.
Travel down (about 2.5 hours) in the historic whaler’s village of Lahaina. There you can have lunch, do a little shopping and go whale watching! December to May is peak whale watching season.
Afternoon: A two-hour afternoon whale watching tour departs Lahaina Harbor at either 1:30 or 2:00 PM. You’ll be mesmerized by the humpbacks dancing in the ocean and longing for more as you return to the dock.
Evening: Ready to be entertained? Go to the Old Lahaina Luau at sunset for a traditional Hawaiian luau and feast. Festivities begin at 5:15P each evening. Reservations are recommended.
Whew! That’s a full day. Don’t forget time to just relax and unwind! After all, it is a vacation.
Other things to do in Maui:
Drive the legendary Road to Hana (it will take you all day)
Visit a working Pineapple Plantation
Visit the beautiful red sand beach of Kaihalulu