The Perfect 4-Day Maui Itinerary

View from on the sand of a black sand beach out to the water

Picking an island to visit on your Hawaiian vacation is like picking a holiday shaped Reese’s… you kind of can’t go wrong, they’re all great. But if you’re planning your trip and you’ve decided you’ve got to hit up The Valley Isle, I’ve got a 4-day Maui itinerary that will allow you to experience the variety of beauty Maui has to offer. Also, if you are planning on flying out to Hawaii during COVID travel restriction times, I’ve also got some tips and tricks for de-stressing that situation.

The Short Version of my 4-Day Maui Itinerary

  • Day 1 – Haleakala National Park for hiking and sunrise/sunset
  • Day 2 – Drive around northern/western Maui
  • Day 3 – Road to Hana
  • Day 4 – Snorkeling and whale watching
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The Long Version of my 4-Day Maui Itinerary

Day 1 – Haleakala National Park

No good 4-day Maui itinerary – or any number of days itinerary in fairness – is complete without spending a day at Haleakala National Park. This park is well known for its unique and incredible sunrise, which requires a reservation. Don’t fret night owls; sunset is an absolute dream too if you can’t make sunrise. There are incredible views everywhere so if hiking isn’t your thing then no worries because you’ll have plenty of places to stop along the drives up and down. If you are a hiker though then get your gear and head down into the crater because it’s a hike you’ll never forget. I spent a full day in the park and it was one of my favorite days from the entire trip.

Day 2 – Northern and Western Maui Drive

On day two we decided we wanted to check out some other gorgeous parts of the island we weren’t going to be staying in or already traveling to. You’ll need a rental car for this, and honestly you should have one for your Maui 4-day itinerary trip anyway. We started in Kihei and made a loop stopping at the following scenic points:

  • Banyan Tree Block in Lahaina to check out the city block sized Banyan Tree
  • Makaluapuna Point aka Dragon’s Teeth to see the uniquely shaped rocks along the coastline
  • Honoloa Bay to watch surfers catching waves
  • Nakalele Blowhole to see water shoot up through the rocks like a geyser every few seconds
  • Ohai Loop Trail for a gorgeous, green hike out to some beautiful coastal views

Day 3 – Road to Hana

The Road to Hana makes every must do list, whether it’s a 4-day Maui itinerary or a single day. The drive is beautiful with unique stops such as black and red sand beaches to the countless waterfalls. It’s typically pretty full of tourists, but if you leave early enough and get ahead of the traffic you’ll have a lot of the day to yourself. You can turn the Road to Hana into a single day event or a multi-day event. I definitely recommend planning this day rather than winging it because there are SO many amazing stops. To get you started, here are my five favorite Road to Hana stops and also 10 Road to Hana planning tips to make sure you’re not stressed the whole day.

Day 4 – Snorkeling and Whale Watching

Maui is known for having the best snorkeling of the Hawaiian islands. And a huge bonus is that Maui is right along the whale migration route. We did a snorkeling and whale watching trip that I’d HIGHLY recommend. Within about five minutes we saw a whale pretty close but of course didn’t catch a photo because we’re pretty sure we woke it up from a little nap. Then, we continued on our way over to Lanai to snorkel around the reef, followed by a second spot that was a haven for sea turtles. Some of my favorite snorkeling ever!

So there you have it; a 4-day Maui itinerary with a little bit of everything you could want to do. If you want to follow along on my trip, check out my Maui Highlight reel. And if you want more Hawaii recommendations and tips, check out my other Hawaii blogs.

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38 thoughts on “The Perfect 4-Day Maui Itinerary

  1. Maui looks beautiful! And this sounds like a wonderful itinerary. I am visiting Hawaii for the first time this April (we are going to Oahu) but I will definitely save this if we ever make it to Maui!

  2. wow! That looks gorgeous. Maui i on my bucket list…have never been!. I would definitely be interested in both the sunrise and sunset. Also the snorkeling. Actually, everything you list sounds spectacular. Pinned for my future trip! Thank you.

    1. It’s incredible! You’ll seriously love it. I loved the variety of things that little island can provide. You can do amazing hiking and amazing snorkeling back to back. I loved it! Holler if you have any questions. 🙂

  3. This is such a great itinerary! I was in Maui a few months ago and we hit most of these highlights so I totally agree these are the best places to see 🧡

  4. This is such a great itinerary! I was in Maui a few months ago and we hit most of the spots so I can attest to making sure you hit all these highlights! Ugh I want to go back!! (reposting comment as it doesn’t appear to have gone through)

  5. Such a beautiful place! can’t wait to travel again. Thank you for the great itinerary. Have pinned it.

  6. Exactly what I was looking for! Hope we can travel soon and I can visit this place. Looks absolutely magical and sounds like you had a lot of fun. Thanks for sharing your experience!

  7. This is absolutely perfect because I literally just planned a trip to Hawaii in March. We’re spending 5 days in Oahu and 5 days in Maui. I cannot wait to see all of these amazing spots. 🙂

  8. I haven’t been to Maui yet, but if it’s as beautiful as the other parts of Hawaii I’ve been to then I can’t wait to go one day. The sunsets are incredible, and love all your helpful tips.

  9. Sounds wonderful! I like the mix of hiking and water activities. We love snorkeling but it’s nice to get out of the water sometimes! And I’m always a fan of visiting national parks! Thanks for the itinerary!

  10. Your pictures are amazing! I have been slowly planning an adventure to Hawaii and this will be super helpful in planning my time in Maui!

  11. Wow Maui looks so incredible!! It is on my bucket list for this year, so I really hope I’m able to go! Saving this post for when I plan my itinerary 🙂

  12. This looks amazing! I love that you can hike one day, snorkel the next, and then go on a road trip. So much to do in such a compact area!

  13. One of our favorite places in the world! Lovely post. Beautiful photos! Can’t wait to visit again.

  14. I haven’t been to Maui in a long time and really want to go back. I love how gorgeous Hawaii is. Haleakala National Park and the Road to Hana are the two big things I would like to do.

    1. Oooh Haleakala was an incredible day, and about the coolest hike I’ve ever been on. I’ve got a blog dedicated to my day there if you want to check it out!

  15. I would so, so love to go here again someday! There are so many gorgeous places to visit! <3 Your photos are beautiful! This sounds like the perfect itinerary (I feel like I'd have a hard time leaving after just 4 days though! :P)

  16. Can’t wait to swim with the turtles! What camera did you use for the underwater stuff?

    1. SO many sea turtles it’ll be amazing! This was actually with a GoPro Hero 5 but I’ve just upgraded to the 9. 🙂 The 5 clearly takes great shots though as well.

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