Confession: we might be more than a little bit obsessed with Maui. Honestly, white beaches? Check. Volcano? Check. World-class resorts, spas, and untamed rainforest? Check, check, and check. When it comes to destination weddings (ahem, and if you’re a local, we’re officially jealous), Maui is way at the top of our list of locations. But let’s discuss your travel agenda. Whether you’re using it yourselves or sharing the details with your guests, this handy guide has just a few of the many things worth discovering.
The Hawaiian Islands are chock-full of excitement in all different shapes and sizes, and Maui is no exception. For water activities like snorkeling, scuba diving, kayaking, paddle boarding and surfing, finding a rental shop, a lesson or a guided tour is only a beach away. And when you’re sick of the salt water you can drive up, or bike down, Haleakala and catch a sunrise or sunset over the Pacific Ocean from the volcano’s top-of-the-world viewpoint. Then, if rain forests are your thing, take the hairpin-turn road to Hana and hike along jungle trails to catch glimpses of freshwater pools and waterfalls.
Ukuleles, conch shells, traditional Kalua pork – roasted in an underground oven – and fire-dancing? Pretty sure those all add up to some must-see action – also known as a luau. The Old Lahaina Luau in particular is known for it’s authentic celebration of local culture – not to mention the fact that it’s just down the street from Ulalena, a theater production that shares the entirety of Hawaiian history in original song and dance. And don’t forget to spend some quality time picking up souvenirs at one of the island’s outdoor markets. Our recommendation? Kalama Village in Kihei for stalls upon stalls of jewelry, apparel and locally grown and roasted coffee.
Foodies in Paradise
Hungry? On this island, you can’t go wrong. Whether you’re into tracking down local haunts (head to southern Maui for lunch at Cafe O’Lei – or what might be the best sushi of your life at Sansei) or unforgettable island restaurants (Mama’s Fish House takes the cake), Maui provides the answer to your every mealtime question. From high-class resort restaurants to a variety of holes-in-the-wall, if you crave it, it’s there. Just promise, promise us you’ll try the locally-sourced, wood-fired, clay oven pizza at Flatbread Company in Paia after watching the local surfers take on the North Shore’s curls.
P.S. For the wedding itself, don’t forget to use the best planning tools around – our wedding websites are perfect for communicating with your guests and sharing the details of your wedding day and registry.