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Girl’s Trip Maui Hawaii 7 Day Itinerary

gorgeous ocean view along the Kapalua Coastal Trail

In January of 2019 I was blessed to be able travel to Maui, Hawaii with my two sisters and my best friend. Best Girl’s Trip Ever! This was my 4th trip back to Hawaii and my 2nd time going to Maui. Hawaii is addicting so if you’ve never been there, be forewarned. You will want to go back again and again. One couple we met during out trip had been there 14 times and another man was on his 30th trip. Vacation goals!

condos on a cliff side next to a bay
The view looking left from out condo lanai

While I normally blog about recipes for two, this post has special meaning to me. I began blogging in March of 2017 and was basically working full time hours on it with zero pay for many months. In November of 2017 I qualified to join the ad network Mediavine. They require at least 25,000 sessions to your blog per month (not pageviews). Once I hit that magic number I applied to join.

Condos with greenery and ocean front
Our ocean front resort – Napili Point Resort

Mediavine is a full-service ad representation company that places advertisements on websites. With ads on my website I am able to earn an income while the content on my site remains free for everyone to view. It took me about 6 months after joining Mediavine to officially say my income from them had reached “full time job” level. 

whale fluke spotted beyond a palm frond
Whale watching right from our own condo lanai – incredible!

I feel incredibly blessed to be able to earn a full time income while doing this kind of job. It’s a dream come true for sure! I decided to use some of my income and bless others with it. I was able to pay for the entire 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom, upscale condo for 4 people for 7 nights/8 days. I was also able to provide the flights for all 4 of us including upgrading to Main Cabin Extra seating for all of the flights. The other 3 girls only had to bring their own spending money and split the cost of the car rental.

seat turtle sticking it's head above water
Sea turtle feeding in a tide pool near our condo

What a blessing it was to be able to do that for 3 other people and see the pure joy on their faces as they experienced Maui. Thank you Mediavine, you guys rock! (I receive no compensation for this endorsement; I just love being a part of this network that much. In fact, none of this post is sponsored. All opinions, reviews, and recommendations are truly my own.)

sea turtle floating in a tide pool
Sea turtle feeding in a tide pool near our condo

Day 1 – Jan 11

Arrived at our condo – I found a beautiful privately owned condo through VRBO that was located in the Napili Point Resort. Our condo had gorgeous wide open ocean views. If you go to Hawaii, spring for the ocean front condo or room, it’s totally worth it!

Dollie’s Pub and Café – nice inexpensive pub/diner style dinner on our first night in Hawaii.

sunset view from our condo lanai
Sunset view from our condo lanai

Day 2 – Jan 12

Whale watching from our own lanai – awesome!

Explored the water’s edge around our resort where we found a sea turtle feeding in a tide pool

Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. in Lahaina for lunch with ocean front dining and tropical cocktails. Great food, great service

Souvenir shopping up and down Front Street in Lahaina

Visited the giant banyan tree in the Lahaina courthouse square – This tree is massive! It has grown to a height of about 60 feet and has rooted into 16 major trunks, apart from the main trunk, with the canopy spread over an area of about 2/3rds of an acre.

4 tropical drinks with an ocean back drop at Bubba Gump Shrimp Co.
Ocean front table enjoying our gorgeous drinks with a gorgeous view at Bubba Gump Shrimp Co.
toasting with tempura shrimp at Bubba Gump Shrimp Co.
Toasting to the good life with Tempura Shrimp
list of ways to cook shrimp at Bubba Gump Shrimp Co.
All the ways to cook shrimp at Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. – I have at least 11 of these on this blog 🙂
giant banyan tree in Lahaina, Maui
The giant banyan tree in Lahaina
giant banyan tree with many trunks in Lahaina, Maui
The giant banyan tree in Lahaina
giant banyan tree with many trunks and huge canopy in Lahaina Maui
The giant banyan tree in Lahaina
sunrise view from our condo lanai
Gorgeous sunrise view from our condo lanai

Day 3 – Jan 13

The girls even convinced me to cook on this trip. We enjoyed my Breakfast Crunchwraps with a view!

Snorkeling in Honokeana Cove which is the bay right in front of our condo view. It is very precarious to get in and out but we had an awesome sea turtle encounter.

Kapalua Coastal Trail – This trail runs along the ocean’s edge throughout Kapalua Resort and runs north from Kapalua Bay Beach, across the sand dunes at Oneloa bay, through the Ritz-Carlton to the popular D.T.Fleming Beach Park.

Snorkeling and beach time at Kapalua Beach

Penguins – We had to stop in and see the live penguins in the lobby of the Hyatt Regency Maui Resort in Kaanapali.

Kimo’s – This restaurant came highly recommended to us as a fine dining experience and did not disappoint. We had an ocean front table and I enjoyed a big hunk of prime rib. The four of us shared a large slice of Hula pie which Kimo’s is famous for. Delicious!

condo lanai view with breakfast on the table
Breakfast Crunchwraps, fresh fruit, and orange juice with a view
people walking on the Kapalua Coastal Trail
Kapalua Coastal Trail
palm trees and ocean view along the Kapalua Coastal Trail
Views along the Kapalua Coastal Trail
local cliff divers up high on a cliff jumping into the ocean
Local cliff divers along the Kapalua Coastal Trail
waves and lava rock along the Kapalua Coastal Trail
Views along the Kapalua Coastal Trail
gorgeous ocean view along the Kapalua Coastal Trail
Views along the Kapalua Coastal Trail
condos along the Kapalua Coastal Trail
Views along the Kapalua Coastal Trail
a sailboat beyond a huge wave on the ocean
Views along the Kapalua Coastal Trail – I love this shot with the sailboat beyond a huge wave
3 whale exhalations on the surface of the ocean
Views along the Kapalua Coastal Trail – 3 whale exhalations! We call them whale poofs lol
a whale beginning to breach along the Kapalua Coastal Trail
Views along the Kapalua Coastal Trail – a whale beginning to breach, how cool is that???
a whale fluke along the Kapalua Coastal Trail
Views along the Kapalua Coastal Trail – beautiful whale fluke
3 whale tails in the ocean along the Kapalua Coastal Trail
Views along the Kapalua Coastal Trail – one whale fluke and two back fins
a sea turtle feeding off the bottom off the ocean
Kapalua Beach – Sea turtle feeding at the ocean bottom
a sea turtle just under the surface of the ocean
Kapalua Beach – sea turtle
a sea turtle and coral at the bottom of the ocean
Kapalua Beach – sea turtle
ocean side dining view at Kimo's in Lahaina
Kimo’s Restaurant – dinner with a gorgeous sunset ocean view

Day 4 – Jan 14

Pacific Whale Foundation whale watch – we loved this excursion so much we booked a second one for later in the week

Beach Bums BBQ & Grill for lunch – delicious and not to expensive

Hula Cookies & Ice Cream – We stopped in for some shave ice and smoothie treats

Strolled through the town of Paia and saw a surf board fence

Ho’okipa Beach Park – watched massive waves rolling in and surfers riding the waves

Dinner was snacks and Pina Coladas at our condo

two whale flukes in the ocean
Pacific Whale Foundation whale watching excursion
one whale fluke in the ocean
Pacific Whale Foundation whale watching excursion
a surf board fence in the town of Paia
Surf board fence in the town of Paia
a surfer riding a wave at Ho'okipa beach park
Surfer riding a wave at Ho’okipa Beach Park
giant waves crashing at Ho'okipa Beach Park
Massive waves at Ho’okipa Beach Park

Day 5 – Jan 15

Outrigger canoe trip – We loved this excursion with Ali’i Maui Outrigger canoes. The owner was in our canoe as our guide and he was both hilarious and informative about Maui history. We were fortunate to see a mother whale and her baby. The baby was popping up out of the water over and over again practicing how to breach.

Slappy Cakes for brunch – This is a full-service breakfast restaurant where you can make pancakes right at your own table on built-in griddles. Portions are HUGE!

Snorkeling and beach time at Kapalua Beach…again

Kitchen 5315 for dinner – not on the ocean but they have delicious food and we could walk there in about 2 minutes from our condo

4 women and a man in an outrigger canoe on the ocean
Ali’i Maui Outrigger canoe excursion
3 women and a man in an outrigger canoe
Ali’i Maui Outrigger canoe excursion
a baby whale practicing how to breach
Baby whale practicing breaching on our Ali’i Maui Outrigger canoe excursion
a baby whale learning how to breach
Baby whale practicing breaching on our Ali’i Maui Outrigger canoe excursion
4 women and two men posing near an outrigger canoe on the beach
Ali’i Maui Outrigger canoe excursion – our group

Day 6 – Jan 16

We made my Breakfast Crunchwraps again for breakfast.

Condo whale watching from our lanai

Huaka’i Luau Maui at the Ka’anapali Beach Club in Lahaina – We listened to the music and story of the islands, including a fire knife dance and other cultural dances of Hawaii and Polynesia. We each received a shell lei greeting, a Mai Tai, and a delicious buffet meal of local Hawaiian delicacies.

bay and ocean view from condo lanai
Beautiful morning view from our condo lanai
3 women looking at the ocean through binoculars
Whale watching from our lanai – bring your good binoculars!
4 women in dresses with sun glasses on in front of an ocean view
All dressed up ready to head to the evening luau
4 women dressed in Hawaiian print dresses
At the luau
a pig cooking under ground at a luau
The pig being extracted from the underground oven

Day 7 – Jan 17

Pacific Whale Foundation whale watch for a second time – awesome experience with up close encounters. Waves were kind of big but that meant more people stayed sitting down. We got up, held on and took great pictures!

Zippy’s restaurant for lunch – more of a diner type experience but they had good food, good service and not expensive.

Bamboo Forest hike at the Na’ili’ili Haele Stream & Waterfalls – very cool experience walking through all the bamboo trees but we only went as far as one waterfall then turned around and headed for Twin Falls.

Twin Falls – Be sure to go past the ‘extreme hiking’ gate and wear water shoes or tennis shoes that you don’t mind getting wet – do not wear flip flops. We wore shorts and tanks with bathing suits underneath. There was one slim viaduct type structure to cross over so use caution there. There were two water crossings – one a couple inches deep, at the time, and one up to our ankles and it was totally worth the reward of swimming under the waterfall! So fun!

Ho’okipa Beach Park – My friend Renee wanted to honor her mother who passed since the last time we were in Hawaii. A way to honor the deceased is to throw the lei into the ocean in remembrance of the person who has passed.

Take-out pizza from Dollie’s Pub and Café – This was an easy perfect way to end our day and the pizza was delicious!

two whale flukes in the ocean
Pacific Whale Foundation whale watching excursion
two whale flukes dripping water in the ocean
Pacific Whale Foundation whale watching excursion
a whale pectoral fin waving from the ocean
Pacific Whale Foundation whale watching excursion
a whale pectoral fin straight up waving from the ocean
Pacific Whale Foundation whale watching excursion
a whale fluke right next to a whale watching boat
Pacific Whale Foundation whale watching excursion – when the whale comes this close to a boat it’s called a mugging
a humpback whale breaching
Pacific Whale Foundation whale watching excursion – yes we were that close!
an up close humpback breached mostly out of the water
Pacific Whale Foundation whale watching excursion
a humpback whale up close beginning to breach
Pacific Whale Foundation whale watching excursion – stunning!
a stream in a bamboo forest
A stream in the bamboo forest
a waterfall in the bamboo forest
A waterfall in the bamboo forest
a woman taking a selfie in the bamboo forest
Selfie in the bamboo forest :p
a waterfall flowing into a stream
The small waterfall at Twin Falls
a women sitting under a small waterfall
The small waterfall at Twin Falls – my friend Renee making sure she “swam” under at least one waterfall this trip lol
a small lake with greenery overhanging it
A portion of the mini lake under the large waterfall at Twin Falls
two women swimming under a waterfall
We did it! My sister Wendy and I underneath the large waterfall at Twin Falls
a waterfall flowing into a small lake with two women at the bottom of the waterfall
The large waterfall at Twin Falls – my sister Kaye and my friend Renee swimming right underneath the falls
a woman tossing a lei into the ocean
My friend Renee throwing a lei into the ocean in honor of her mother Wilma, who passed since the last time we were in Hawaii.

Day 8 – Jan 18

Breakfast on the ocean Betty’s Beach Café in Lahaina – ocean front table with eggs over corned beef hash and a side of fried potatoes, yum!

Flights home

Aloha Hawaii until the next time we meet and Mahalo for another amazing time.

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