CityGuide: Maui

Updated January 2016


Maui is a fantastic place to visit at almost any time of year.  As Hawaii’s second largest island, it’s home to beautiful beaches, world class restaurants and fantastic shopping. Lahaina and Ka’anapali are just some of the places that you must see while on the island of Maui. It’s one of the few places that has preserved it’s culture all while accepting visitors from around the world. The famous road to Hana and the breathtaking and sometimes exhilarating hair pin turns will satisfy any travelers taste for adventure. The friendly locals and endless possibilities on Maui makes this Hawaiian island a top choice of places to travel to at least once in your life! 

Aeroplan Members are pretty seasoned travelers.  We’ve asked them for their opinion when it comes to their top picks for where to stay, where to eat, and what to do.  We’ve tallied all their votes and have been able to identify the best of Maui, as voted by our Aeroplan Members.

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There are many places to stay on Maui, however some of the most luxurious hotels and resorts can be found in Sunny Wailea. The Fairmont Kea Lani Maui is just one of the many luxurious hotels near Wailea and it has been voted by our Aeroplan Members as the top hotel to stay at while visiting Maui.  From the friendly staff or the luscious grounds with lush tropical flowers, you can sit on your Lanai (balcony) and enjoy the day, morning or evening as it passes you by.  Play in the famous Maui waves and rent a boogie board or just relax under an umbrella on the beach. There is something for everyone at this magnificent property. From a romantic celebration to a family vacation, we aren’t surprised to see our members vote the Fairmont Kea Lani Maui as the number one hotel to stay at on Maui.

You can redeem Aeroplan Miles for your stay — or earn miles here.

Looking for more hotel options while traveling to Maui? Here are the top 10 places to stay as voted by our Aeroplan Members

  1. Fairmont Kea Lani Maui
  2. The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua
  3. The Westin Ka’anapali Ocean Resort Villas
  4. Marriott’s Maui Ocean Club, Lahaina
  5. Grand Wailea – A Waldorf Astoria Resort, Wailea
  6. Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa, Lahaina
  7. Westin Maui Resort and Spa, Lahaina
  8. Wailea Beach Marriott Resort & Spa, Wailea
  9. Maui Coast Hotel, Kihei
  10. Best Western Pioneer Inn, Lahaina

Where to DineLahaina Grill Maui

Located in Old Lahaina off of Front Street,  Lahaina Grill provides for an intimate dining experience at a world class restaurant that serves American, seafood and steak. Voted as the best place to dine on Maui by our Aeroplan Members, we really aren’t surprised. The food is world class and a beautiful place to have a romantic dinner (head there around sun set for the real experience). Most of the food on the menu is locally grown/raised, leaving you with endless options. We strongly recommend the mahi mahi or steak, both locally sourced and delicious!  Reservations are strongly recommended as Lahaina Grill is full almost every night. 

Need more dinning inspiration? Here are the top 5 places to eat while on Maui as voted by our Aeroplan Members:

  1. Lahaina Grill, Lahaina
  2. Mama’s Fish House, Paia
  3. Sure Thing Burger, Lahaina
  4. Gerard’s Restaurant
  5. Nutcharee’s Authentic Thair Food

What to Do
There are so many things to see at the Haleakala National Park which covers a very large portion of the island of Maui as it spans across 134.62 km, 2, 77.98 Km2 of which is actually wilderness area. The park features the dormant Haleakala Volcano (or crater), the Kipahulu Valley which is home to the ‘Ohe’o pools and the Waimoku Falls, and the Haleakal Observatory.


One thing we highly recommend is taking in a sun rise over the Haleakala volcano followed by a bike ride to the bottom! It’s truly a sky to sea experience. You’ll summit to the top of the volcano (10,023 ft) and then drive down to 6,500 ft where you’ll hope on a bike and ride down the rest of the way down. Very cool and so scenic! A definite must do and a fantastic way to take in all the beauty of the island of Maui! This is all part of the Haleakala National Park experience. 

Needless to say, the Haleakala National Park could take weeks to discover. We recommend visiting the Haleakala Crater and the ‘Ohe’o pools. Both of these landmarks are on completely different sides of the island allowing you to see so much more of Maui.  It’s no wonder that Aeroplan Members voted the Haleakala National Park as the number one thing to do while on Maui.

Looking for more suggestions? Here are the top 5 things to do while on Maui

Haleakala National Park
Haleakala Crater
Waimoku Falls Trail
Road to Hana
Old Lahaina Luau



Let us know if our Aeroplan Members got this list right. What is your “must do” on Maui?


7 Responses to “CityGuide: Maui”

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  2. meriben2 March 11, 2013 at 11:12 pm #

    It’s arduous to seek out knowledgeable people on this matter, but you sound like you already know what you’re talking about! Thanks

  3. Dan May 26, 2012 at 1:20 pm #

    Molokini snorkeling tours are the perfect way to make your vacations unforgettable. Molokini Crater is considered as one of the world best locations for snorkeling and diving. The breathtaking coral formations and the abundance of tropical fish and other marine life in the area make this tour unforgettable.

    best maui snorkeling

  4. para dormir bien ruidos March 8, 2012 at 6:09 pm #

    it is great place for sleep, and nice guide
    thanks for the information

  5. Henrik February 6, 2012 at 12:54 pm #

    nice guide, Valerie. I wish I knew about those downhill volcano rides!
    we had fun on Maui (Wailea) anyway. yes, we stayed in a vacation rental found on homeaway and really liked the place – – will be back there no doubt!

  6. Avery Botoc January 5, 2012 at 12:30 pm #

    I loved Maui! We rented a condo for a month. I definitely agree that Old Lahaina is a fantastic place to shop, as is the Mall at Wailea. If you want a fun, amazing eating experience, there is a little cafe in Kihei called the Kihei Cafe (no kidding!). The owners are crazy and wonderful. It’s a tiny little spot where you order inside and then eat on the patio. The food is, by far, the best we had there (although Fred’s was pretty darn good too). We went back constantly to try new items, but I always always got the Hawaiian Snickers frozen coffee beverage. The best drink I have ever had.

  7. Martin Labrecque January 5, 2012 at 12:26 pm #

    magnifique place pour dormir!