Hawaii

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!

RECIPE POSTS HAVE FULL RECIPE CARDS AT BOTTOM OF POSTS
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.

Posts on this blog may contain affiliate links. At no additional cost to you, if you click through an affiliate link and make a purchase, I may make a small commission.
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.

 

You may also enjoy:

The Making of a Hawaii Addict - Oahu, 2007

The Making of a Hawaii Addict - Oahu, 2007

Oahu, Hawaii is incredibly beautiful with amazing scenery and lush vegetation but it can also be crowded on the popular beaches like Waikiki or the North Shore, and in the bigger cities, especially Honolulu.

Continue Reading
A Woman's Quest for Love; Puppy Love

A Woman's Quest for Love; Puppy Love

Wait! There he is! Look at that face! I giggle at those freckles on his belly, so cute! Oh, but he’s in Texas and that’s a long way from Michigan. How will I get him?

Continue Reading
DIY Custom Bird feeder Modeled After Our House

DIY Custom Bird feeder Modeled After Our House

My husband and I absolutely love finding fun projects that we can do together, just the two of us. A few months ago we decided to cancel DirecTV which left us with an obsolete satellite dish mounted to a steel post in our front yard. We removed the dish from the post and then needed to decide what to do with the post itself.

Continue Reading

 

Girl's Trip Maui 7 Day Itinerary

Sharing is caring!

You Might Also Like

No Comments

Leave a Reply

shares