The very best of Maui
Experience the magnificence of Maui
The striking volcanic landscape of Maui is a haven for holidaymakers. Part of the Hawaiian archipelago, this spectacular island is home to wide stretches of golden beaches, enchanting forests, and a mighty volcano known as Haleakalā - or ‘house of the sun’ to the locals. It’s from here that you can experience some of the most breathtaking sunrises and sunsets, as you gaze across the coast from above a sea of clouds at 10,000 feet altitude.
Maui is much more than just a pretty face, though. From whale watching to snorkelling with marine life in the Coral Gardens, the island presents endless opportunities for its visitors to create unforgettable memories together. After an action-packed day, you can unwind in your beautiful villa or head into Kahului to sample the delicious local cuisine.
The onefinestay experience
At onefinestay, we offer an exclusive range of concierge services to ensure your holiday is as memorable and carefree as it should be. Whether you’re planning to hike along the incredible Haleakala National Park or simply kick back and unwind on Maui’s beautiful beaches, everything can be tailored to your requirements. From in-house private chef services to soothing spa treatments, your Travel Advisor will guide you through all your individual options. Everything is organised before your arrival, so you just need to turn up and enjoy.
Endless opportunities for adventure
Follow the lava stone trails of Wai'anapanapa State Park or spend a day on the idyllic shores of Ka'anapali Beach - but not before exploring the wild and wonderful landscape of the Haleakalā National Park. Encompassing over 33,000 acres, you’ll get a real chance to reconnect with nature as you explore its sub-tropical rainforest; discovering the many waterfalls and natural pools along the way.
One of the most memorable ways to explore the Mars-like landscape of the Haleakalā Crater is by horseback. Hawaiian cowboys - or paniolo - have been navigating the wild landscapes of the island for many years, and now visitors can enjoy the exhilarating experience for themselves. If you’d prefer to set your own course for the day, mountain bike hire is another popular way of getting around the park.
Prefer the sights and sounds of the coast? A visit to Maui isn’t complete without a snorkelling or kayaking excursion. Dive into the crystalline waters of Honolua Bay for a chance to swim among the vibrant butterflyfish and yellow tangs - if you’re lucky, you’ll be able to catch a glimpse of a manta ray as it glides by. There are many other snorkelling hotspots on the island; Napili Bay, Mokuleia Bay, and Wailea Beach - to name just a few.
Charming towns and villages await
Dotted across the island are a number of towns and villages; each with its own unique charm and story. Set four miles east from Kahului, Paia is a quaint town lined with art galleries, restaurants, and independent boutiques filled with regional arts and crafts. The Paia Fish Market is renowned for its excellent selection of seafood and offers an array of fresh catch plates with a choice of local fish including mahi-mahi, snapper, and ono. A few miles from the centre of the town is Hookipa Beach, a hotspot for windsurfers since the late 1970s.
For those seeking the tranquillity of the country, the Upcountry region in the centre of the island is where you’ll find Kula. Set on the slopes of Haleakalā, this verdant town is surrounded by lush fields and working farms. From coffee to lavender (and even vodka), this is where most of the island’s regional produce is grown, harvested, and processed. Tours abound here, offering foodies the opportunity to handpick their own coffee beans or try a sample of the award-winning Ocean Organic Vodka.
Nearby, the town of Makawao is a fabulous spot for fans of all things arts and crafts. Within its many boutiques and galleries, sculptors and artists are busy at work - crafting a whole host of unique statues, magnificent paintings and artisanal clothes. For those who feel particularly inspired, art classes are regularly held within the Hui No’eau Visual Arts Center. While you’re there, be sure to stop by the T. Komoda Store. A hit with locals and visitors alike, this charming bakery has been serving up tasty cream puffs, butter rolls, and doughnuts since 1916.
Sample the local cuisine in style
While Hawaiian cuisine is largely inspired by the foods of the indigenous Polynesians, it has been influenced over the years by those who immigrated to the islands from all corners of the world. As you might expect, fresh fish and seafood dishes feature prominently, although there’s plenty for vegetarians and self-confessed carnivores alike to sink their teeth into.
Set along the shores of West Maui, the Lahaina Grill is a historic, art-filled restaurant offering a vibrant array of local dishes. Beautifully presented and cooked to perfection, you can expect to see dishes including sautéed local mahi-mahi, seared lion paw scallops, and Kona coffee roasted lamb on the menu—among many other mouth-watering dishes. Seats can fill up fast here, so it’s always worth making sure your name is on the list before you arrive.
If you’re searching for stunning sea views and fresh farm-to-table food, then look no further than Merriman’s Kapalua restaurant. Perched on a beautiful rocky peninsula, framed by sparkling blue waves, you’ll only find the finest artisanal products on the menu here - at least 90% of which are locally grown or caught, using sustainable methods. Pair that with a round of exquisite cocktails out on the open-air lanai and you’ve got yourself the perfect evening.
For the freshest seafood on the island, it’s well worth making the trip over to Mama's Fish House in Paia. From wild-caught ahi to Kona lobster, you’ll find an array of local fish dishes; all beautifully baked, sautéed or steamed with regional vegetables and spices. Mama’s Fish Curry is always a hit—ahi, mahi-mahi, and kanpachi served with homemade mango chutney, macadamia nuts, and fiery sambal.