Romantic Things To Do On Maui
Maui is unquestionably one of the most romantic places on earth, with powder-soft beaches, breathtaking sunsets, and stunning natural beauty everywhere you look. I mean, really, it’s hard NOT to feel romantic on Maui. There’s just something about this place that makes you want to share it with someone you love. Maui oozes romance. Sometimes it’s great to plan “something romantic” on the island; other times, those special moments on Maui just present themselves to you unexpectedly. Here are a few of my suggestions for romantic things to do on Maui, in case you need some inspiration!
• TROPICAL SUNSETS: I know, I know…this one is obvious! Of course, one of the most romantic things to do on Maui is to share a tropical sunset. But you need to know the best places to see one. You can watch the sun sink into the sea (or duck behind a neighboring island) from any number of places, as long as you are on the western or southern shores of Maui, or at a high altitude with a panoramic view (like the top of Mount Haleakala). That means, for instance, that you are not going to see the sun set from Central Maui (where it is blocked by the West Maui mountains) or Hana, which is on Maui’s eastern side. In South and West Maui, however, you will be able to see the sun set directly offshore at any time of year. And every sunset is different. Some are gentle as a whisper, softly coloring the sky with pink and violet. Others set the sky on fire with gold and scarlet. Either way, Maui’s tropical sunsets are stunning, and yes, incredibly romantic.
A word of warning: in general, it is illegal to consume alcoholic beverages on Maui’s beaches, so if your dream is to enjoy the sunset from the beach while sharing a glass of wine, champagne or whatever, please relocate your sunset watch to one of the many wonderful oceanfront restaurants or lounges on the island. Or consider a sunset cruise! Don’t just plunk yourself down in the sand and pop open that bubbly, or your sunset experience might be spoiled by a hefty fine. That’s not so romantic.
• THE GREEN FLASH: No discussion of Maui sunsets would be complete without a heads up about the green flash. This is a rare phenomenon that occurs only under certain conditions on evenings when there are no clouds, haze, or other obstructions on the horizon. As the sun sinks, just at the very moment when the last bit of sun disappears into the sea, a tiny brilliant emerald-green “spark” will flash on the horizon. It lasts no more than a second. A mere blink of the eye. SO DON’T BLINK. No kidding. You will miss it. The green flash is rare and unpredictable. Even when conditions appear to be perfect for a green flash, sometimes it occurs—but more often not. So, if the horizon is absolutely clear and you are sunset watching, look for it. The green flash is something to be treasured if you are lucky enough to see one—especially with that special someone!
• END OF THE RAINBOW: Ever wonder what’s at the end of a rainbow? Here’s your chance to find out. Maui’s tropical rains often produce massive rainbows that are fully in view from one colorful end to the other. Choose your end of the rainbow and follow it. You probably won’t discover a pot of golf, but you’ll likely find an off-the-beaten-path adventure…and maybe a little romance along the way.
• THE BEACH: Let’s face it, what’s more romantic than strolling on the beach, barefoot, hand-in-hand with someone you love? Need I say more? The beach is one of the most romantic places on Maui, and there are thirty miles of beach on the island. Beaches are all around you, they are all open to the public (there are no private beaches on Maui), and they are free. So take his/her hand, get out there, and sink your toes into the sand.
• SUNRISE AT HALEAKALA: For early risers (and I mean really, really early), driving up the mountain in the wee hours of the morning to catch the sunrise from Haleakala can be an otherworldly, unforgettable, breathtakingly romantic experience. But make sure you confirm an advance reservation (yes, a reservation is required to enter the park during sunrise hours), check the weather conditions in advance, and wear something very warm (or bring a blanket). It’s very cold up there above the clouds at dawn! Read more about the Haleakala sunrise here.
• ACTIVITIES FOR TWO: There are dozens of romantic activities on Maui for active couples to enjoy together. What strikes your fancy? Hiking to waterfalls, coastal trails, mountaintops, or bamboo forests. Sunset cruises, or private boat tours for a wedding party–or just the two of you. (“Pop the question” on your own private sunset cruise!) Tandem parasailing. Foodie tours. Side-by-side ziplining. Horseback riding. Or tee up for a twosome at one of Maui’s famed golf courses.
• ROMANTIC SERVICES AND AMENITIES: Sometimes Maui romance can be found right where you are staying. Check with your accommodations to see if they offer any special romantic amenities. Couples’ spa treatments (sometimes offered beachfront or in the privacy of your own room); romantic room amenities (like champagne and chocolate-covered strawberries) or special room setups like candlelit bubble baths. Some properties offer private dinners for two in unique and romantic settings, and you don’t necessarily have to be a guest at that resort to book it. I love Napili Kai Beach Resort’s “Na Hoku Dinner” (pictured), a private sunset dinner for two set on a bluff overlooking the sea. Pure bliss and a truly romantic memory-maker. Just a short distance up the coast, you’ll find another incredibly romantic setting at Montage Kapalua Bay’s seasonal Champagne Hale “pop-up lounge” venue, set directly on the water in the intimate Cliff House. A magical place to sip champagne at sunset! See my Maui For Foodies blog for more details.
• THE ROAD TO HANA: This famous all-day drive is so rich in stunning viewpoints, beautiful waterfalls (some with swimming holes), tropical flora, lush rainforests, and scenic picnic areas, it breathes romance as you navigate every one of its 617 curves. Take it slowly. Relish the beauty. Stop along the way. Or leave the driving to an experienced tour company and simply focus on the spectacular scenery and each other. Read more about the Road to Hana in my “Top 10 Things to Do on Maui.”
• THE MOON & STARS: Enjoy an outdoor concert, or view a film under the stars at the Maui Film Festival every June in Wailea. Explore the constellations in the night sky with the “Tour of the Stars” rooftop astronomy program at the Hyatt Regency in Kaanapali. Or share a one-of-a-kind sunset and stargazing program at the summit of Haleakala (pictured). Absolutely unforgettable, and oh so romantic to share together!
• PICNICS: Grab your meal to go and head out to find your own perfect Maui picnic spot. Lay a couple of towels on the beach under the shade of a palm tree (but remember, no alcohol is allowed on the beaches). Make yourself comfortable at one of Maui’s beach parks — many have picnic tables just awaiting your arrival. Or head up the mountain to the cool, green Makawao Forest Reserve or continue farther upcountry to Kula for panoramic views of the island. Drive along the road to Hana and stop along the way to eat beside a stunning coastline viewpoint or a shimmering waterfall. Wherever your two hearts lead you, THAT’S the perfect Maui picnic spot–for breakfast, lunch, or dinner!
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