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
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 4-day Maui 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.