We had a whirlwind trip to Maui! Below is our review of everything we experienced on our trip!

Day 1

We departed from Tulsa early, and our flight from Dallas to Maui was pretty uneventful (minus the couple who brought on a stinky shrimp dinner). We enjoyed the movies and a complimentary light lunch that AA provided. Eight hours later, we landed in paradise!

We used Uber to head to our resort. It was about a 30–40-minute drive and cost $70.

We checked into the Royal Lahaina on Ka’anapali Beach. The room had no frills, but it offered a mini-fridge, a coffee pot, a large bathroom, and amazing views! We unpacked and headed to the on-site luau to enjoy the show and fantastic dinner. The pork was so tasty!! Exhaustion was setting in quickly due to the 4-hour time difference, so we called it a night and turned it in.

Royal Lahaina Resort | Official Site

An Exciting Luau In Lahaina | Royal Lahaina Resort

Day 2

The alarm went off at 2:15 am, and we were up! We are headed out to see the sunrise over Haleakala crater and bike down. The shuttle that took us to our excursion arrived at 2:45 am. We set off with Bike Maui to head to their base camp at the bottom of Haleakala to be fitted for a bike for our ride down the mountain. Then we headed up to the summit! Luckily for me, it was dark because heights terrify me. I know. It was a poor excursion choice, right? We arrived at the 10,000 ft summit just as the beautiful colors emerged. Quick note: they tell you to pack warm clothes, which is serious; also, take any additional layers offered. It was 30 degrees, with 50 miles per hour winds. The sunrise didn’t disappoint! It was spectacular! We then headed down to 6500 ft to begin the most exhilarating and terrifying bike ride of my life. I am pretty sure I spent the first couple of miles convinced I would crash or fall off the side of the mountain. No pedaling is involved; it is downhill for 23 miles at a reasonably fast clip around curves. We were on a guided tour, so a shuttle followed us to assist with traffic control. We quickly stopped in the picturesque town of Paia to have a quick breakfast at a food truck. There is so much to say about the bike ride! We had a fantastic guide. The smell of eucalyptus was abundant, the views (when I could look up) were breathtaking, and the adrenaline rush was incredible!

Please be advised that being comfortable on a bike for this tour is very important, especially riding downhill. And unless you are a very experienced bike rider comfortable with traffic on a steep road, the guided tour is the way to go!

Cruiser Phil’s Sunrise Guided Bike Tour | Bike Maui

The rest of day two was spent lounging at the pool/beach. We took the beach walk (you may also take the free Ka’anapali Shuttle) to Whalers’ Village for dinner at MonkeyPod. Entrees were mainly in the $20-$25 range (steaks were higher), and drinks were $10-$15. Dinner was fantastic, and we all enjoyed some fish! We then walked back and were asleep before 8:30 pm!

Monkeypod Kitchen

Day 3

We were again up early in the morning to head out to the Molokini Crater. We took an Uber to the Maalaea Harbor to meet our boat, Four Winds, for a 7 am departure. The cost to the harbor was $60. Upon arrival, we entered the ship and enjoyed a breakfast of muffins, coffee, and fruit. Then we set off out to the crater. Fun fact: Maalaea Harbor is the 2nd windiest harbor in the world. So pack your Dramamine! Since it was whale season, we were on the lookout. Our boat got super lucky, as a mom and baby got super close to our boat! Upon arrival at the crater, the crew got us set up for the water, we elected for the wetsuit shirts as it was pretty cold in the water! I only lasted about 10 minutes before I was too sick to swim. Lindsay enjoyed it much longer and saw tons of fish and an eel! Then, we had a great pork sandwich and a few beers before returning to the harbor.

Morning Snorkel to Molokini Crater or Coral Gardens (fourwindsmaui.com)

Uber back to the resort was $60.

We enjoyed the pool and beach for the afternoon. Due to feeling seasick, we elected to stay at the resort and have a quick dinner. Then, off to another early bedtime!

maui our review of our time in paradise

Day 4

We lounged around drinking coffee and grabbed a quick breakfast ($7 for a coffee and muffin or bagel). Then, we headed off to do a running tour of the area. We ran the beach walk for 2 miles to the public beach area and back. It was beautiful, and we saw tons of rainbows! We packed up, checked our luggage, and headed to Front Street in Lahaina for lunch and shopping. Our Uber was about $15 each way. We went to Paia Fish Market for lunch. This was recommended to us for its $5 tacos! Lunch was terrific and relatively inexpensive. After some shopping, we headed back to the resort. We enjoyed 50-minute massages at the resort spa! Then, it was time to return to the airport for our overnight flight home. Our 7-hour flight back to Dallas was uneventful. They served us a quick dinner, and then it was lights out! Be sure to pack earplugs and a sleep mask.

Menu | Paia Fish Market Restaurant

Indulge At Our Modern Lahaina Spa | Royal Lahaina Resort

It was a trip of a lifetime for us! We felt so lucky to have fantastic weather for our excursions, see the whales, and be treated to gorgeous rainbows! Maui is a must-see.