Ultimate Maui Honeymoon Guide

Let’s help you plan your honeymoon in Hawaii with our deep dive into a Maui honeymoon…

Ultimate Maui Honeymoon Guide | The Honeymoon Guide
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Aloha and welcome to “the Valley Isle” paradise! A Maui honeymoon awaits with its enchanting natural beauty.

From the golden sand beaches, to the lush, waterfall-laden Road to Hana to the serene sunsets at Haleakalā, Maui has long been considered the best Hawaii island for honeymoon.

Wondering about the best time to visit Maui for honeymoon? What area to stay? Need the lowdown on the best Maui honeymoon resorts? How to get there and how to get around? We’ve got you covered.

Read on to catch the aloha spirit with our Ultimate Maui Honeymoon Guide

Read more about Hawaii:

When to visit Hawaii for Honeymoon
Ultimate Hawaii Honeymoon Planning Guide
Ultimate Oahu Honeymoon Guide
Ultimate Kauai Honeymoon Guide

Good to know about Maui

Time Zone: GMT -11

Language: Hawaiian & English

Population: 168,307

Currency: US Dollar US$

A few phrases:

Hi: Aloha

Please: Ke ‘olu’olu

Thank you: Mahalo

Goodbye: A hui hou

Visa Required: Most nationalities need either a visa or an ESTA (visa waiver) to enter the USA. Apply via iVisa.com

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Travel Health: Hawaii is a malaria-free and Zika free state. Some travel vaccinations may be needed. We encourage you to visit the Center for Disease Control website for up-to-date travel vaccination recommendations or speak to a Tropical Medicine Specialist.

Note: We’re heartbroken to learn about the devastation in beautiful Lahaina in Maui. We hope that the island will come back stronger and our thoughts are with those who have lost loved ones and those who have lost their worldly possessions. You can support the people of Maui with donations at Maui Community Foundation.

Many of our readers wonder ‘should we go to Maui on honeymoon?’ and we listen to locals on the ground who say ‘yes’. The rest of Maui is open and welcoming couples with the exception of Lahaina which, is a huge cultural and devastating loss but geographically speaking, is a small part of Maui.

Going to Maui supports job and the local economy of this beautiful island. One step you can take is to choose not to opt for private rentals, however, as accommodation is needed for locals who have been displaced.

Best Time to Visit Maui

Maui has a tropical climate meaning it enjoys a warm and generally pleasant weather year-round. You will see more rain from November to March however, less than half the days of the month see some showers.

The southwest (where most of the luxury Maui honeymoon resorts are), gets less rain than the north. Temperatures average 22°C (73°F) in winter.

December to March is a busy time as Americans try to escape the colder climates. Prices peak over Thanksgiving and the holiday season of Christmas / New Year.

Prices then peak again from late June to August as schools are out. Temperatures increase over the summer months averaging around 29°C / 82°F. Hawaii doesn’t experience hurricanes but cyclones and tropical storms can occur from June to November. 

The best time to visit Maui for a honeymoon is from April to early June and from September to October where you hit the sweet spot between fewer crowds and minimal rainfall.

maui beach

Best Area to Stay in Maui

When planning your Maui honeymoon, there is no right or wrong place to stay. The island is 1,883 km2 but with it’s winding roads it could take you 2-3 hours to drive from east to west.

There aren’t any big cities in Maui but you’ll find smaller resort towns with long stretches of beach.

Most luxury resorts are around Wailea on the south coast and Kihei is just north of here with some great dining options.

Kāʻanapali is a resort area that is worth considering, too. If you prefer a more laid back bohemian vibe, check out Paia.

Best Maui Honeymoon Resorts

If you are planning your Maui honeymoon, you want to make sure you stay in one of the best honeymoon hotels and honeymoon resorts in Maui!

It’s worth noting that all-inclusive is not really a thing in Maui. Also check for ‘resort fees’ when you’re booking. These are a fee added on at check-in which can add up to a couple of hundred dollars over the course of a week.

Let’s introduce you to some of the top honeymoon resorts in Maui with a couple of more affordable options if you’re planning a honeymoon on a budget!

Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea

The Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea is one of the most luxurious honeymoon resorts in Maui. 

The resort features spacious rooms and suites. We love the Oceanfront Prime Suite for the most magical views.

The resort has three swimming pools, including an adults-only Serenity pool. The resort also offers a variety of dining options, including a steakhouse and one of Maui’s best restaurants, Ferraro’s.

Check prices and book on Booking.com or Expedia.com

Hotel Wailea, Relais & Châteaux

All suites and adults only. What more could we ask for? Hotel Wailea, Relais & Châteaux is one of the most luxurious honeymoon resorts in Maui (and all of Hawaii).

Located on a hillside with stunning ocean views. An Ocean View Suite is an absolute must.

You can opt to spend your days in a cabana by the pool, having in-room massages, trying an authentic Hawaiian Outrigger Canoeing experience or cruising the island in a ’57 Porsche 356 Speedster.

After all that, don’t miss the ultra private dining option at The Treehouse surrounded by Maui’s lush mango and avocado trees.

Check prices and book on Booking.com or Expedia.com

Andaz Maui At Wailea Resort

Andaz Maui at Wailea Resort is one of the most stylish honeymoon resorts in Maui. Three stunning ocean-facing, cascading infinity pools await including an adults only tranquillity pool. 

Opt for the Pool Side Suite with a private plunge pool and access to the adults only pool. If you can tear yourselves away you can even have your own Moana moment on an Outrigger Excursion. Don’t miss dinner at Ka’ana Kitchen, too.

Check prices and book on Booking.com or Expedia.com

Fairmont Kea Lani

The Fairmont Kea Lani is a luxurious all-suite gem nestled on the cream sands of Wailea. Opt for a Deluxe Ocean View Suite with stunning vistas of the Pacific Ocean sunsets from your private, spacious lanai (balcony).

Dinner at Ko, the signature restaurant is a must as its one of the best on the island.

Check prices and book on Booking.com or Expedia.com

The Westin Maui Resort and Spa, Ka’anapali

If you’re seeking honeymoon resorts in Maui with dream beach fronts then The Westin Maui Resort and Spa, Ka’anapali has you covered.

Opt for a suite in the newly renovated Hokupa‘a Tower which comes with exclusive access to The Lanai at Hokupa’a which includes panoramic views, a private bar, infinity edge cocktail pools.

Check prices and book on Booking.com or Expedia.com

Hana-Maui Resort by Hyatt

The Hana-Maui Resort by Hyatt is a secluded and rustic former sugar plantation off the Hana highway on the remote eastern side of Maui. 

You’ll find bungalows set amidst tropical flora. Opt for the Oceanfront Bungalow with Hot Tub for star-gazing and waking up to the waves lapping against the shore.

You can try lei making and hula lessons. This is one of our favourite off the beaten track honeymoon resorts in Maui.

Check prices and book on Booking.com or Expedia.com

Kohea Kai Maui, Ascend Hotel Collection

If you’re seeking honeymoon resorts in Maui that are a little more affordable, consider Kohea Kai Maui. You’re beside Kihei which has some fantastic dining options too. They have just 26 rooms which are quaint and bright.

Check prices and book on Booking.com or Expedia.com

Paia Inn

If Maui honeymoon resorts aren’t your thing and you prefer a quaint, independent and boutique vibe, then Paia Inn is your go-to.

You’re just steps from the beach in this quaint Hawaiian town. Skip the smaller rooms and opt for the Partial Ocean View Suite. 

Check prices and book on Booking.com or Expedia.com

Things to do in Maui on Honeymoon

For couples planning a Maui honeymoon, you’re in for a treat. There are so many fun, romantic and adventurous things to do in Maui on honeymoon. Read on for our round-up.

Take a sunset cruise

Take a beautiful cruise and enjoy the spectacular views of the sun setting over the Pacific Ocean.

You can choose from a variety of cruises, including catamaran, sailboat, or yacht. Many of these cruises offer cocktails and appetisers, making it a perfect way to start your Maui honeymoon.

Road to Hana

One of the top picks for things to do in Maui on honeymoon is the Road to Hana aka the Hana Highway, one of the most beautiful scenic drives in the world.

The winding roads take you through lush rainforests, and stunning coastal views. You can take a guided tour but ideally the Road to Hana is best seen on a self drive so you can explore at your own pace. 

This 100km drive takes about a full day as along the way, you can stop at many highlights, including the black sands of Honokalani Beach and Pa‘iloa Beach and red sands of Kaihalulu Beach. Don’t miss waterfalls like Twins Falls and Wailua Falls.

Go snorkelling & scuba diving

Maui is home to some of the best snorkelling and scuba diving spots and exploring the colourful coral reefs and swimming with the diverse marine life is one of our top picks for things to do in Maui on honeymoon.

Hot spots like Coral Gardens and Molokini Crater are a must and you can swim with sea turtles at Turtle Town. You can opt for a kayaking snorkelling tour, too. Don’t miss the opportunity to learn to scuba dive, too.

Experience a Luau

Experience traditional Hawaiian culture by attending a Luau. You can enjoy a delicious feast, hula dancing, and fire knife performances. 

Get your hiking boots on

Maui has over 100 hiking trails and walks that take you through stunning landscapes of rainforests, waterfalls, and volcanic craters. You can choose from easy hikes to challenging treks, depending on your fitness level.

Some of the popular hiking trails include the Haleakala Crater, a dormant volcano, Pipiwai Trail, and Waihee Ridge Trail.

Get off the beaten track in Iou Valley or Ohai Trail and take a side trip to Nakalele Blowhole, a natural wonder that shoots water up to 100 feet in the air. You can hike down to the blowhole and watch the waves crash against the rocks. 

The Lava Fields in the south are worth a look, too. So many hikes so little time!

Get your hiking boots on for a true highlight when it comes to things to do in Maui on honeymoon.

Relax on the beaches

Maui is home to some of Hawaii’s best beaches and that is saying something. Make time to just relax on its famous shores.

Hamoa Beach, Ka’anapali Beach, Wailea Beach, Napili Beach, Makena Beach and its ‘secret’ beach Pa’ako Cove are just some of our favourites.

There are actually around 80 to choose from ranging from volcanic black sand to creamy white tropical havens

secret cove maui

Get your adventure on

If you’re looking for a little adventure, Maui has you covered.

Soar over the beautiful tropical landscapes with swaying palms and stunning views on a zipline tour. From tropical vibes to views of the Pacific Ocean – there is a zip line with your dream view!

Or try waterfall rappelling. You can rappel down the waterfalls and swim in the natural pools.

While Oahu might be known as the epicentre of surfing in Hawaii, Maui can hold its own. If you’re planning a honeymoon in Maui during winter, head to Honolua Bay to watch the pros.

If like us, you’re mere mortals, and just want to try, there are options for stand up paddle boarding and beginner surf lessons all around Maui.

Whale Watching

Maui is one of the best places in the world to watch humpback whales so it’s without a doubt one of our top recommendations for things to do in Maui on honeymoon.

See these magnificent creatures up close from a boat or if you’re adventurous, opt for a kayaking tour. The whale watching season is from December to May

Helicopter Tour

Take a helicopter tour and see Maui from a different perspective.

You can fly over the lush rainforests, towering waterfalls, and rugged coastlines. Whether its seeing the Hana Highway from above or the neighbouring lesser visited island of Molokai, this is one of the most special things to do in Maui on honeymoon!

haleakalā national park sunrise

Haleakalā Sunrise Tour

Experience the breathtaking sunrise from the summit of Haleakalā, Maui’s highest peak. This is one of our top picks for things to do in Maui on honeymoon.

Watching the sunrise from the summit is a magical experience that you will never forget.

You can take a guided tour but for us a self guided bike tour is the most fun and romantic way to do this. Plus, you get to bike down the Haleakala switchbacks as a reward for your early start!

Discover Maui’s food scene

Pineapple tours? Chocolate tours? Maui has you covered for exploring the produce of this beautiful island.

Plus, one of the great things about the lack of all inclusive Maui honeymoon resorts is that you get to explore the restaurant scene of Maui. Whether it’s fine dining or casual bites, good food is not hard to find in Maui.

Here are some top recommendations for where to eat and drink during your Maui honeymoon:

  • Ferraro’s Bar e Ristorante at Four Seasons Maui: A romantic Italian restaurant serving handcrafted pasta and fresh seafood.
  • Hali’imaile General Store: Hawaiian cuisine in a charming upcountry pineapple plantation setting.
  • Ka’Ana Kitchen at Andaz: Hawaiian food with a modern twist
  • Kitoko Maui: Maui’s most innovative food truck.
  • Kō at Fairmont Maui: Asian, Portuguese & Hawaiian fusion at one of Maui’s award winning restaurants.
  • Lineage Maui: Another wonderful mix of Maui’s Asian and Hawaiian food heritage
  • Mama’s Fish House: Polynesian-inspired seafood dishes at one of Maui’s must-dos.
  • Maui Brewing Co.: Known for its wide range of craft beers and elevated pub fare.
  • Merriman’s Maui: A farm-to-table experience focusing on Pacific Rim flavours
  • Monkeypod Kitchen: Multiple locations, go for the food, stay for the Mai Tais.
  • Ululani’s Hawaiian Shave Ice: It’s not a honeymoon in Hawaii without trying shaved ice
hawaii road trip

Maui Honeymoon Frequently Asked Questions

Is Maui good for honeymoon?

Absolutely! Maui is widely considered the best Hawaii island for honeymoon.

The mixture of stunning beaches, lush landscapes, along with unique Hawaiian culture that will leave you with unforgettable memories.

However, the downsides is that it can be pricier compared to Caribbean destinations like Mexico and Dominican Republic and decor in Maui’s resorts can feel a little dated.

How long should we stay in Maui on our honeymoon

The duration of a honeymoon in Maui will depend on several factors, including your available time, budget, and the type of experience you’re looking to have.

When planning your Maui honeymoon itinerary, remember that 2 nights will only give you 1 full day to explore/relax, 3 nights = 2 full days, 4 nights = 3 full days, and so on.

Make sure you plan some chilled out beach days along with days to explore. We’d recommend at least 4 nights if you’re then adding on other Hawaiian islands. You’ll get to see some highlights and have a beach day, too.

How to get to Maui

Maui’s main airport is Kahului Airport (airport code: OGG) is not only connected to the other Hawaiian islands but, most of the western US & Canadian airports, plus Toronto & New York have direct flights to the island.

There is a second airport, Kapalua Airport (JHM) which mostly serves flights from Honolulu.

Once you arrive, you can rent a car, take a taxi / uber or book a private transfer with a traditional lei greeting to get to your Maui honeymoon resort.

How to get around Maui

Renting a car is recommended for Maui as the public transport is limited. Plus, it will allow you to explore Maui at your own pace.

You can visit more remote spots and take the Road to Hana.
Book in advance, as rental cars can be in high demand, especially during peak seasons.

If you don’t or won’t drive, there are plenty of options for excursions and ride-sharing like Uber and Lyft are available, too.

Is a Maui honeymoon expensive

Hawaii, in general, is not the cheapest destination.

If you’re planning a budget Maui honeymoon, then you might consider travelling outside peak season.

Or, take a look at the Caribbean / Central America for affordable honeymoon ideas.

Work out the cost of a honeymoon in Maui with our honeymoon calculator.

Should we bring cash / Should we tip

It’s always a good idea to have some cash on hand for tips and small purchases although cards are widely accepted.

Tipping is customary in Hawaii, and it’s expected in restaurants, hotels, and other service-related industries. The standard tip is around 15% of the total bill.

What to pack for a Maui honeymoon

When you’re packing for your Maui honeymoon, you’ll need comfortable clothing for hiking and exploring, plus swimwear, sunglasses, reef friendly sunscreen, and a hat.

If you plan to hike, pack sturdy shoes and a backpack.

Discover our packing list bundle in the shop!

Where can we tag on to Maui for a multi destination honeymoon

As you can see whether you have 4, 7 or 10 nights, Maui has so much to do you could easily spend your whole honeymoon here.

However, many couples visit Maui as part of a Hawaii island hopping honeymoon, tagged on to Oahu (Honolulu), Kauai, Big Island or the Four Seasons Resort Lana’i.

Maui is well connected to many major US cities. Think of some fun days in Vegas, Los Angeles, San Diego or San Francisco. Maybe New York or Toronto?

Got more time? How about combining a California road trip with Maui, the Canadian Rockies or an Alaska Cruise from Vancouver.

We would love to hear from you in the comments if you are planning a Maui honeymoon! Let us know if this guide was useful or if we left out any essential information.

Check out more of our Ultimate Honeymoon Guides series. We’re always adding new guides and please contact us if there is somewhere you’d love to see on The Honeymoon Guide!

Happy Planning x