Maui Bucket List Guide: Top Things to Do That to Will Inspire You to Explore the Valley Isle

Did you know each Hawaiian island has a nickname? Maui is known as the “Valley Isle” because it is made of two volcanoes with a valley in between. And that unique geology is just one of many reasons you need to add Maui to your bucket list!

Last summer, I went on a trip out to Maui – it wasn’t my first time out to the islands, but it was my first time that this trip would be a dedicated photography trip, every sunrise and sunset planned for optimal shooting – pretty much my dream trip. I was lucky enough to travel with my partner, who suffered through many long days as I attempted to get the most out of my time there. But I treated him with lots of yummy food to keep him going, and we spent many afternoons between sunrises and sunsets just resting at the beach, which was so incredibly relaxing.

I wanted to write up and share a guide to my trip so you can have your own island getaway, and what better time to dream of tropical vacations than in the middle of winter. It’s also the perfect time to book a trip! Here are 15 bucket list ideas to help you plan an incredible trip:

What to Do in Maui: Photography Bucket List Spots

Visit Haleakala National Park


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Spend an Afternoon at the Beach

Go For a Hike

The hills of west Maui have a myriad of beautiful trails that take you up to high overlooks, pass by distant waterfalls, and surround you with the most amazing greenery. If you want a closer look at some of these waterfalls, there are many helicopter tours in the area that will give you spectacular views.

Drive the Road to Hana

Quick note here: there are two ways to drive the Road to Hana. The first is from Paia to Hana, and the second is the “back road” from Keokea through Kaupo. The second route often doesn’t even show up on Google maps or other directions, and with good reason –  if you drive this route, you could void your rental car agreement. Make sure you avoid this route or double check your rental car agreement.

Visit a State Park

Go Snorkeling (or Visit the Aquarium)

Catch a Sunrise in Paia

Catch a Sunset in Kihei

Go Birding

Head Uplands

Go Tidepooling

There are so many fun tidepools to explore on Maui. Sea stars, hermit crabs, a variety of fish, and more await your discovery. Just remember to be respectful and cautious around ocean life, and always always double check the tides. Low tide is best for tidepooling, and be aware of when the tide is coming in so you don’t get stuck out on the rocks or get hit by an unexpected wave.

Other Things To Do in Maui

Where To Stay

What to Eat

Road to Hana

Comment below if this guide inspired you to visit Maui, and let me know what destination you would like to discover next. And definitely don’t forget to sign up for my newsletter to be notified of future blog posts, upcoming workshops, shop sales, and more! 

Jan 28, 2019 | Destinations, North America

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Hey I’m Rebecca!

I’m a freelance travel & outdoors photographer and blogger living in the US but you can find me adventuring around the globe! On this blog I share tips to help you improve your photography, inspiration to explore the outdoors, destination guides, and travel tips, and more to plan your own adventures!





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