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Things To Do In Maui For Couples

June 28, 2023

Maui Activities for Couples

Maui is undeniably one of the best islands for couples, whether you are honeymooners or simply seeking a fun getaway. Maui’s enchanting beauty, warm tropical climate, stunning beaches and diverse range of activities make it an ideal destination for romantic adventures.


Here are our top 8 things to do in Maui for couples:

1. Kick Your Feet up At a Renowned Maui Beach

Maui Beaches

First step is to relax. Second step: pick a beach, any beach. Popular options include Kaanapali Beach and Wailea Beach, known for their pristine beauty and amenities, while secluded spots like Napili Bay and Kapalua Bay offer a quieter atmosphere. These popular beach options offer diverse experiences, catering to different preferences. Whether you seek a vibrant and lively atmosphere or a more secluded and tranquil setting, these four beaches will give you that chance to connect with nature’s beauty.

As always remember to Mālama (to care for) Maui’s environment & local culture by:

Kaanapali Beach

Located on the west coast of Maui, Kaanapali Beach is a favorite among visitors for its long stretch of golden sand and clear turquoise waters. It offers a lively atmosphere with plenty of amenities, including beachfront resorts, beachside bars, and restaurants. You can indulge in various water activities such as snorkeling, parasailing, or simply take a leisurely swim. The beach also provides stunning views of the neighboring islands of Lāna‘i and Moloka‘i.

Wailea Beach

Situated in the upscale resort area of Wailea, this crescent-shaped beach boasts pristine white sands and calm, azure waters. It’s known for its luxurious resorts and tranquil ambiance. Wailea Beach is perfect for sunbathing, romantic walks along the shore, and swimming in the gentle surf. The beach offers excellent snorkeling opportunities, with vibrant coral reefs teeming with marine life just offshore.

Napili Bay

Tucked away on the northwest coast of Maui, Napili Bay offers a more secluded and intimate setting. It features a crescent-shaped beach framed by lush tropical foliage and rocky outcrops. The calm waters make it ideal for swimming, and the surrounding reef provides fantastic snorkeling opportunities. This hidden gem is less crowded, allowing you to relax and soak up the peaceful ambiance.

Kapalua Bay

Adjacent to Napili Bay, Kapalua Bay is another picturesque option for those seeking a quieter beach experience. The bay is sheltered by lava rock formations, creating a calm and inviting swimming area. Its crystal-clear waters are perfect for snorkeling, as you can discover a colorful underwater world filled with tropical fish and vibrant coral reefs. The scenic backdrop of towering palm trees and lush greenery adds to its natural beauty.

2. Take a Helicopter Tour

Taking a helicopter tour in Maui is an exhilarating way to witness the island’s beauty from a unique perspective. You’ll be able to hear from knowledgeable guides their first-hand insights about Maui’s geography, history and culture. They will point out notable landmarks, waterfalls, valley’s and the Haleakalā Crater, and will ensure that you don’t miss any highlights during your trip. 


Remember to book your helicopter tour in advance and check with the tour operator for any specific requirements or restrictions. It’s important to follow safety guidelines and respect the natural environment during the tour to minimize any impact on the island’s delicate ecosystems.

3. Haleakalā Crater

Are you ready to witness the most breathtaking sunrise of your life? Haleakalā offers a peaceful and serene experience as you watch the sun paint the sky with vibrant hues, but it’s also known for its symbolic and spiritual significance in Hawaiian mythology. Its ethereal beauty and ancient history can add a sense of depth and meaning to a couple’s journey. Exploring the crater together can create a connection to the island’s heritage and foster a deeper appreciation for its natural wonders. Here are our top tips for embarking on a Haleakalā trip:

  1. Make a Reservation: Due to its popularity, a reservation is required to enter Haleakalā National Park before sunrise. Make sure to check the park’s website or call ahead to secure your spot and obtain the necessary permits.
  2. Dress Warmly: The temperature at the summit of Haleakalā can be quite cold, especially before sunrise. Dress in layers and wear warm clothing, including jackets, hats, gloves, and closed-toe shoes. It’s advisable to bring blankets or extra layers for added comfort.
  3. Arrive Early: Aim to arrive at the summit well before the scheduled sunrise time to secure a good viewing spot. The parking lot can fill up quickly, so arriving early ensures you have enough time to find a suitable location and set up.
  4. Bring Essentials: Pack essentials such as water, snacks, and a flashlight. It’s essential to stay hydrated and nourished during the wait for sunrise. A flashlight is useful for navigating the area in the dark and for returning to your vehicle afterward.
  5. Be Mindful of Altitude: The summit of Haleakalā stands at approximately 10,000 feet (3,000 meters) above sea level. If you or your partner are sensitive to altitude, take precautions such as staying hydrated, avoiding strenuous activities, and consulting with a healthcare professional if necessary.
  6. Respect the Environment: Haleakalā Crater is a fragile and protected ecosystem. Follow park rules and guidelines, stay on designated paths, and avoid disturbing the wildlife or plant life. Leave the area as you found it, without leaving any trace of your visit. Vehicles must remain on roads or in parking areas. Drive at or under the speed limit. Remove seeds from boots & gear before entering the park to avoid introducing invasive species. Keep your distance from wildlife & never approach or feed a wild animal including Nēnē geese.
  7. Capture the Moment: Bring a camera or smartphone to capture the stunning sunrise. However, don’t forget to also immerse yourself in the experience without being overly focused on photography. Take the time to truly appreciate the beauty unfolding before you and create lasting memories with your partner.
  8. Check the Weather: Keep an eye on the weather forecast before your visit. Cloud cover can obstruct the view, so clear skies are preferable for a memorable sunrise. However, even if there are clouds, witnessing the sunrise above the clouds can still create a breathtaking and unique experience.

Witnessing the sunrise at Haleakalā Crater is a popular activity, so patience and a relaxed mindset will contribute to a more enjoyable experience. Embrace the tranquil beauty of the surroundings and savor the moment together as you welcome a new day above the clouds.

4. Take a Romantic Catamaran Cruise

sunset sailing cruise in Maui

Whether you choose a sunset cruise, a dinner cruise, or a combination of sailing, snorkeling, and marine life encounters, a romantic catamaran cruise in Maui offers couples an experience for the books. 


With their twin hull design, catamarans provide stability and comfort, making them ideal for those seeking a smooth ride. Passengers can relax on the spacious deck, enjoying the stunning views of Maui’s coastline and landmarks. These eco-friendly cruises prioritize sustainable practices, ensuring minimal impact on the marine ecosystem and supporting responsible tourism. Knowledgeable crews and guides add value to the experience, sharing interesting facts about the area’s history, marine life, and points of interest. Catamaran cruises also offer the opportunity to spot humpback whales during their migration season, providing an unforgettable wildlife encounter (if you can’t spot Humpback Whales in person, fret not, the Maui Ocean Center has an incredible 3D immersive experience you don’t want to miss)

5. Explore the ʻĪao Valley State Park

Explore ʻĪao Valley State Park

Explore the ʻĪao Valley State Park and immerse yourself in the natural beauty of Maui. This park is a testament to the island’s volcanic origins and showcases the unique geological formations that have shaped Maui over millions of years. The destination features lush greenery, towering peaks, cascading waterfalls, and the iconic ʻĪao Needle. This needle-like peak stands approximately 1,200 feet (366 meters) tall and is a symbol of the park. 


Hiking trails cater to different fitness levels, including the popular ʻĪao Needle Lookout Trail. Take a leisurely stroll through the botanical garden, admire native Hawaiian plants, and keep an eye out for endemic bird species. Enjoy a picnic amidst the scenic surroundings and capture stunning photographs of the valley’s panoramic vistas. 


The ʻĪao Valley in Maui carries immense historical and cultural significance deeply rooted in Hawaiian traditions. Throughout history, the valley served as a site for significant wars like the notable battle, Battle of Kepaniwai in 1790. This battle was a major conflict between the forces of Maui’s ruler, Kahekili, and the invading forces led by Kamehameha I, who sought to unify the Hawaiian Islands under his rule.


The Battle of Kepaniwai was a fierce and decisive confrontation that ultimately resulted in Kamehameha I gaining control over Maui and Lāna‘i and changed Hawai’i forever. The battle’s name, “Kepaniwai,” translates to “the damming of the waters,” referencing the large number of casualties that fell during the conflict. The bloodshed was said to be so significant that the waters of the ʻĪao Stream reportedly ran red with the blood of the fallen warriors.


Today, visitors to the ʻĪao Valley can explore the park and learn about these historical battles through interpretive displays and markers. The site serves as a reminder of the past and the important role that the ʻĪao Valley played in shaping the history and culture of the Hawaiian Islands. It offers an opportunity to reflect on the sacrifices and bravery of the warriors who fought on these grounds, leaving a lasting impact on the Hawaiian people and their legacy.


As visitors explore the park, they are encouraged to respect and honor the sacred nature of the site, recognizing its importance to the Hawaiian people. 


6. Go for a Scenic Drive

Yes, you’ve heard of the road to Hāna but have you heard of the scenic overlooks of the West Maui Mountains? 


The Road to Hāna is a legendary route that takes you along the island’s northeastern coastline. This winding road spans approximately 64 miles (103 kilometers) and is renowned for its breathtaking scenery. As you navigate the road, you’ll encounter lush rainforests, cascading waterfalls, dramatic cliffs, and pristine beaches. We recommend stopping along the way and exploring attractions like Twin Falls, Wai’ānapanapa State Park with its black sand beach, and the enchanting Garden of Eden Arboretum. 


There’s no signage along the road to Hāna so look out for mile markers. Twin Falls is located at approximately Mile Marker 2 and offers a chance to take a refreshing dip in the waterfall pools. Wai’ānapanapa State Park, famous for its black sand beach and dramatic coastal scenery, is situated at around Mile Marker 32 and offers opportunities for hiking, exploring sea caves, and admiring the unique volcanic shoreline. Finally, the Garden of Eden Arboretum is located at Mile Marker 10.5 and showcases a wide variety of tropical plants, exotic flowers and panoramic views of Maui’s north shore. 


Please note, you’ll want to make a reservation to visit the popular Black Sand Beach located at Wai’ānapanapa State Park. Maui’s reservations system enables the state to reduce crowding and impacts on the sensitive resources of the park.


Please remember to Mālama (to care for) on your journey. Travelers are encouraged to book Road to Hāna with a professional tour company so you can relax and enjoy the beauty while someone else navigates the twisty terrain. It’s important to adhere to local culture and lawful boundaries.

On the other hand, exploring the scenic overlooks of the West Maui Mountains provides a different perspective of the island’s beauty. As you drive along the coastal roads of West Maui, you’ll encounter several lookout points that offer panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean and neighboring islands. 


One such popular spot is the Nakalele Blowhole, a natural phenomenon where powerful ocean waves crash against volcanic rocks. While it’s a fascinating sight to witness, it’s essential to prioritize your safety. Stay a safe distance away from the blowhole and avoid standing directly over it or near the edges of the cliffs. The area can be unpredictable, and rogue waves or sudden surges can be dangerous. 


Timing is key when capturing the blowhole at its most impressive! Plan your visit during high tide or when the ocean waves are stronger. You can check tide charts or ask local experts for guidance on the best time to visit.


The Nakalele Blowhole is part of a fragile ecosystem, so remember to respect the environment. Avoid littering, stay on designated paths, and refrain from disturbing any wildlife or marine life you may encounter. Help preserve the beauty of the area for future visitors to enjoy


Coincidentally ʻĪao Valley State Park is also situated on this drive so make sure to plan your trips accordingly. 


Another notable location is the Kapalua Coastal Trail, is a picturesque pathway that winds along the coast in the resort area of Kapalua on Maui.  The trail itself is well-maintained and relatively easy to navigate, making it accessible to visitors of various fitness levels. It spans approximately 1.7 miles (2.7 kilometers) in length, allowing you to go at your own pace. Along the way, you may encounter benches where you can pause, sit, and take in the panoramic views of the ocean.  In addition to the natural beauty, the trail also offers convenient access to some of Kapalua’s renowned beaches, such as Kapalua Bay and Oneloa Bay. 


One of the highlights of the Kapalua Coastal Trail is the opportunity to witness stunning sunsets, especially during the golden hours of the day so try to time your journey to end up here during those hours.


When embarking on a scenic drive in Maui, be sure to plan your journey ahead of time, considering factors such as time, weather, road conditions and reservations. Always remember to respect the road rules of Maui. 

7. Discover Molokini Crater

Molokini Crater off the coast of Maui

Molokini Crater is a unique destination off the coast of Maui. Formed over 230,000 years ago, the crater is known for its distinct crescent shape, which was created through a combination of erosion and volcanic activity and gives life to a diverse marine ecosystem. 


The limited number of visitors allowed at the crater ensures privacy and seclusion, providing couples with the opportunity to explore the tranquil waters and create their own special moments. 


Accessible through organized tours, the crater offers a captivating experience for both beginners and experienced divers. Its volcanic geological features, including lava formations and underwater caves, provide a glimpse into the area’s volcanic history. The crater serves as a sanctuary for various seabird species, adding to its ecological significance.


Beyond its natural allure, Molokini Crater also holds cultural significance as a sacred site in Hawaiian traditions. It is believed to be connected to ancient legends and deities, further enhancing its spiritual and historical importance.


To reach Molokini Crater, there are a few options available:

Organized Tours

The most common way to visit Molokini Crater is through organized snorkeling and diving tours. These tours depart from Māʻalaea Harbor or Lāhainā Harbor and provide transportation to the crater. They often include equipment rental, safety briefings, and knowledgeable guides who will enhance your experience by providing information about the area’s marine life and geological features.

Private Charters

 Another option is to charter a private boat or catamaran to reach Molokini Crater. This allows for a more personalized experience, giving you the flexibility to customize your itinerary and spend more time exploring the crater at your own pace.

Kayaking or Stand-Up Paddleboarding

For the more adventurous and physically active visitors, it is possible to kayak or paddleboard to Molokini Crater. The journey can be challenging, especially if the conditions are rough so this option is typically reserved for the more physically fit. It is essential to ensure safety and adhere to regulations when attempting this option.

8. Maui Ocean Center

sting ray tunnel

The Maui Ocean Center is an ideal destination for couples looking to explore and connect amongst incredible sea life. The aquarium provides a serene ambiance, allowing couples to escape the daily grind. As you explore the exhibits, you’ll find quiet corners and serene spots to pause, appreciate the underwater world.


If you’re seeking a more adventurous experience, the Maui Ocean Center has you covered with a variety of special events that are tailor-made to maximize your time at the aquarium. Alongside the behind-the-scenes tours, which grant exclusive access to areas typically off-limits to the public, you can also reserve a spot for one of the center’s exciting and unique activities. Immerse yourself in the tranquil practice of aquarium yoga, finding inner peace surrounded by the captivating marine environment. 


For thrill-seekers, shark diving offers an exhilarating opportunity to come face-to-face with these majestic creatures in a safe and controlled setting. If you prefer to explore the vibrant underwater world, you can join a snorkeling excursion guided by a knowledgeable marine biologist who will enhance your experience by pointing out unique species and sharing insights about the reef ecosystem. And for those interested in delving into the rich cultural heritage of Hawaii, the Hawaiian culture tours provide an interactive and educational journey, offering a deeper understanding of traditional practices and the deep connection between the Hawaiian people and the ocean. Whatever your preference, the Maui Ocean Center has an array of special events to cater to your adventurous spirit and make your visit truly unforgettable.

9. Spa Day

Maui offers several exceptional spas that cater to couples seeking relaxation and rejuvenation. Here are some of the best spas for couples in Maui:

The Spa at Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea: This luxurious spa offers a range of couples’ treatments in a serene and intimate setting. Indulge in side-by-side massages, facials, and body treatments, and enjoy access to their stunning outdoor relaxation area and private couples’ suite.

Willow Stream Spa at Fairmont Kea Lani: Located in Wailea, this award-winning spa features a variety of couple-focused treatments, including massages, body wraps, and facials. Their outdoor hale (hut) provides a romantic ambiance with ocean views, where couples can enjoy treatments together.

The Ritz-Carlton Spa, Kapalua: Nestled in the lush Kapalua area, this spa offers a range of holistic therapies and signature treatments for couples. From Hawaiian-inspired massages to tropical body scrubs, you and your partner can unwind and indulge in a tranquil and serene environment.

The Grand Wailea Spa Grande: Known as one of the largest spas in Hawaii, this spa features luxurious facilities and an extensive menu of treatments. Couples can enjoy private outdoor hales, cascading waterfalls, and hydrotherapy circuit experiences for a truly pampering and romantic escape.

The Spa at Travaasa Hāna: Located in the peaceful town of Hāna, this spa emphasizes natural and traditional healing practices. Couples can enjoy massages and treatments using locally sourced ingredients, surrounded by the serene beauty of Hāna’s lush landscapes.

These spas provide the perfect setting for couples to relax, reconnect, and unwind in the beauty of Maui. You’ll definitely want to make advance reservations to secure your preferred treatment times, especially during peak travel seasons.

When traveling to Maui there will never be a shortage of things and places to see. Make sure you’re always abiding by local and cultural laws when exploring the natural beauty of Maui and most importantly, relax! That’s what you came to do after all. 


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