With two days in Maui, you’ll have plenty of time to explore all the island has to offer, including the scenic Road to Hana, expansive sandy beaches, charming island towns, and the spectacular outdoor attractions that lie inland. Here are some suggestions for an unforgettable 48 hours in Maui.
The 64.4-mile (103.6-kilometer) Hana Highway is considered one of the prettiest drives in the United States. Get an early start as you leave the driving to someone else on a guided tour of this epically scenic stretch of road, with 59 bridges and some 600 curves along the way.
Along the Road to Hana, stop for photo ops at some of Maui’s most picturesque waterfalls. Learn about traditional agricultural traditions of growing taro and breadfruit or hunting pigs at a local village, and go for a swim at Maui’s famous Black Sand Beach before reaching Hana.
After a day of sightseeing on Maui’s famous highway, kick back and relax this evening on a sunset dinner cruise. Most cruise packages include live music, drinks, and a multicourse menu featuring favorites like lobster or fresh local seafood.
Rise before the sun for an early-morning tour to the summit of Haleakala for panoramic views over Maui as day breaks. Bike back down to the beach or continue your exploration of Central Maui with a visit to the Iao Needle inside Iao Valley State Park.
If you’re not on a full-day island tour, now is your chance to hit the beach—nearly any will do, as they’re all lovely—and soak up the Hawaiian sun. Simply spread out a towel and laze away the day, or keep the action coming with a surfing lesson or sailboat snorkeling excursion.
Wrap up your 48 hours in Maui with a must-have Hawaiian experience: a luau. These toes-in-the-sand parties often involve watching the sunset on the beach; live hula, music, and fire-dancing performances; and a local buffet featuring traditional dishes like kalua pork and poi.