When it comes to romantic things to do in Maui for couples, often it’s the small things that spark the biggest flame.
For us, it was the surreal purple sky…
We were lying side-by-side in the soft sand at Hamoa Beach watching the waves roll in, when suddenly huge puffy clouds skittered down the mountainside, and the sky shifted from blue to deep violet.
And that’s when we started making out like teenagers.
See, Maui has that effect on couples.
It’s why so many couples choose Maui as their ultimate romantic getaway destination.
With its seductive beaches, tropical flowers and silken warm breezes, this Hawaiian island is synonymous with romance.
A lusted-after honeymoon destination, Maui is perfect for celebrating any romantic occasion, be it an anniversary – or simply to get away with your sweetheart.
25 Best things to do in Maui for couples
Here are 25 of the most romantic things to do in Maui for couples of all ages.
1) Discover beautiful waterfalls
Imagine lush rainforest with hanging vines and a graceful waterfall cascading down into a pool of crystal clear water. You and your partner are splashing playfully in a cool swimming hole at the base of the waterfall.
Romantic, isn’t it?
Good news – Hawaii’s Valley Isle is teeming with opportunities to bring this scene to life.
In fact, just by taking one of Maui’s most scenic drives along the Hana Highway with your sweetheart – where you cross 46 one-lane bridges – you can reach some of the best waterfalls on Maui.
2) Sip sundowners by the sea
We all know that toasting the sunset with your loved one is almost sure to unleash Cupid’s arrows.
But having a waterfront view of the sun slipping into the ocean at the Mala Ocean Tavern in Lahaina town adds a whole new meaning to sipping sundowners a déux.
Speaking of sundowners, why not crank up the romance with some bubbly?
Cozy up with your sweetheart at the Champagne Hale at Cliff House, a perfectly mellow lounge set atop idyllic Kapalua Bay.
Whether you’re in the mood for some rosé or champagne cocktails, unwinding with your lover as you gaze out onto the Pacific Ocean is sure to get you both in the right mood.
3) Watch whales and listen to whale songs
One of the most enjoyable romantic Maui activities for couples is to take a whale watching kayak-and-snorkel tour with South Pacific Kayaks to see the magnificent humpback whales that live around Maui from December to April.
Another way to get up close and personal to these gentle giants is to book a tour with Maui Adventure Cruises on a 50-foot Explorer Super Raft that’s limited to 36 passengers. Because these rafts go faster, you can travel farther off-shore to more whale sites than you can by kayak or on a larger whale watching boat.
Some whale watching boat tours put a hydrophone underwater so you can hear the whale sounds.
For a different experience, go snorkeling and hear whale songs underwater. Puzzling at first, the complex haunting pattern of moans, trills and cries tugs at your heartstrings.
4) Learn to hula
They say that couples who laugh together, last together!
So, have a little fun and take a hula dance class together where you can actually learn to hula!
As the Polynesian style of dance that originates on the islands, hula is just about the most Hawaiian thing you can do. And while you’ll have plenty of amazing opportunities to watch other people dance hula, why not take it up a notch and try your hand (or hips) doing it yourself?
Who knows, you or your partner may be an undiscovered hula prodigy!
5) Sail to Lanai
There’s something about sailing – feeling the rhythm of the ocean swells and listening to the flutter of canvas sails – that gets couples canoodling.
Take a full day catamaran excursion to Lanai with Trilogy (“Discover Lanai” tour), and delight in hot homemade cinnamon rolls and fresh Kona coffee as you sail away from historic Lahaina Harbor.
In the winter months, you’ll probably see humpback whales and their babies frolicking and breaching.
And, if you’re lucky, your captain might sing and play Hawaiian songs on his ukulele as you float back to Maui with the wind.
6) Watch the surfers at Paia
If you’re looking for romantic things to do in Maui for free, head to Hookipa Beach Park at Paia, on Maui’s north shore. This beach is known as the windsurfing capital of the world.
Hug your honey as you watch windsurfers and kiteboarders jump and somersault in humongous waves. The reef stretches across the whole bay, creating epic waves that surge as high 25 feet in winter.
Then stroll the streets of the chilled little beach village of nearby Paia.
Old plantation-style wooden buildings housing boutiques, surf stores, antique shops and funky cafés reflect its history as a former sugar cane plantation town.
Be sure to stop for shave ice at Ululani’s Shave Ice – it’s like eating a fluffy flavored cloud! Try it with the macadamia nut ice-cream. (Sadly, “ordinary” ice-cream will never taste the same again.)
7) Lounge poolside in a couples cabana
You’ll feel like newly-weds lounging poolside in one of the deluxe couples cabanas at the Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea (even if you aren’t newly married).
Six cabanas by the adults-only Serenity Pool (reserved in advance for a fee) come with robes, a plasma screen TV with headphones, two bottles of champagne, piles of lavender-scented towels, Evian spritzers, couches and a fridge. Live plants and trees add greenery, and ceiling fans keep you cool.
When you want a dip, just slide into the infinity pool and hang out over the edge for sweeping views of Wailea Beach.
Four more ocean-view cabanas (not by the Serenity Pool) have a prime perch close to the beach. They have cushioned daybeds, flat-screen TVs, Nespresso machines plus private loungers and umbrellas on the lawn in front of each cabana. Of course, they’re personally serviced too.
It’s impossible not to steal a kiss as you gaze out at the seductive views of the Pacific Ocean!
8) Snorkel with sea turtles
In Hawaiian culture, sea turtles (or honu) are a symbol of good luck and long life. So what better way to give your love life an extra boost of luck and vigor than by snorkeling together with these wonderful creatures?
Ulua Beach in the Wailea area offers easy snorkeling. It’s common to see Hawaiian green sea turtles hanging out on its outer reef.
Another top snorkeling spot is Honolua Bay, a protected marine sanctuary with colorful coral formations.
Not only is it common to see sea turtles here but you’ll also enjoy a huge variety of other marine life, like clouds of turquoise-and-pink parrot fish, darting butterfly fish and long skinny trumpet fish. Sometimes you can even hear the music of whales underwater too!
Another favorite local spot is Turtle Town – aptly named because spotting sea turtles is a guarantee! Located at Maluaka Beach, this turtle-filled destination will not disappoint.
9) Bask on a beach
The island of Maui has many lovely golden sand beaches (better swimming beaches than the beaches in Kauai).
If you rent a car (recommended, even if just for a day or two), it’s fun to drive along the coastline and explore different spots.
D.T. Fleming Beach:
One of the nicest beaches in Maui is at D.T. Fleming Beach Park, which typically is quiet and uncrowded.
The sandy bottom extends far out, so it offers good swimming and boogie boarding. You may even see a sea turtle!
You’ll also find restrooms, showers and picnic tables here.
Part of the beach also fronts the Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua’s outdoor palm-shaded Burger Shack – a great place for a casual lunch or a cocktail.
D.T. Fleming Beach is at its best when it isn’t windy.
One of the most famous Maui beaches is Makena Beach.
It offers a wilder experience than the resort beaches – down in the dry countryside of south Maui, just a few minutes’ drive south of Wailea, beyond the last of the hotel developments.
The beach is huge, stretching out nearly 2/3 of a mile, and the water is impossibly clear and blue. Book-ended by two black-lava outcroppings, it offers picture-perfect views of the islands of Molokini and Kahoolawe in the distance.
The waves are typically just right here for body surfing too.
You’ll find two gorgeous beaches at Makena State Park.
The main beach is known as Big Beach (or “Big Makena Beach” or “Oneloa” or sometimes just “Makena Beach).” It has lifeguard towers, restrooms and picnic tables.
Walk north along the beach (in the direction of Wailea) and you’ll come to the second beach, called Little Beach.
You have to scramble a bit over some rocky boulders. But once you get there, you’ll see it’s one of the most beautiful beaches in Maui.
You’ll also notice that most people are nude.
Yes, Little Makena Beach is a nude beach! While nudity is legally not allowed in Hawaii, the beach is so secluded that you can get away with a line-free tan on Little Beach.
Bring a sun umbrella and beach mats (inexpensive to buy on Maui), along with a picnic, and you can enjoy some great beach time at Makena Beach!
10) Hike in a bamboo forest
In Hana (located in east Maui) – one of the most heavenly spots in Maui – you can hike hand-in-hand through an enchanting bamboo forest to a beautiful waterfall.
The 4-mile Pipiwai Trail (roundtrip) starts above the “Seven Sacred Pools” (which you should view after).
After threading through an enormous banyan tree, you soon enter vast stands of thick 100-foot-high high bamboo stalks.
The bamboo poles act like a giant hypnotic chime when the wind blows. The sound-surround experience of winding along the boardwalk through these soaring poles, all clacking against each other, is almost mystical.
You then cross small streams and pools to reach the base of the spectacular 400-foot-high Waimoku Falls.
11) Watch the sunrise at Haleakala
As romantic as sunsets can be, there’s really nothing like watching the sunrise from Mount Haleakala’s majestic peak (10,000 feet above sea level) with the one you love.
Be sure to plan properly and check what time sunrise will be on the day you want to go.
Keep in mind that it takes about 1-½ hours to drive to Haleakala, and you want to arrive at least a ½ hour before to claim your ideal spot.
You need to make a reservation with the park ahead of time to view the sunrise – see here for sunrise reservations at Haleakala National Park.
Also, being at such a high altitude and arriving before the sun rises in the sky means chilly temperatures. Just another great reason to pack a blanket and steal some extra snuggle time with your sweetheart!
12) Chill out with a couples massage
Get kneaded into blissful oblivion as you both take pleasure in side-by-side massages.
This is definitely one of the top Maui honeymoon activities! But lovers at any stage in their relationship will enjoy pampering themselves this way.
At The Ritz-Carlton Spa, Kapalua, treatment rooms open to private gardens with outdoor showers. Signature therapies include the Coconut Crush Body Renewal (“love at first scrub”) and a hot stone massage, which uses warm volcanic stones to sooth tired muscles.
The award-winning Spa Montage at the Montage Kapalua Bay is also serene and gorgeous.
Opt for a traditional Hawaiian lomilomi massage in one of the breezy wooden hales (huts). The flowing forearm movements used by your spa therapists feel like waves of the Pacific Ocean rippling over your body.
13) Stroll lavender fields
Venture upcountry to the Ali’i Kula Lavender Farm to stroll through fields of sweet lavender.
Nestled high on the cool mountain slopes of Haleakala, the lavender farm is one of the most romantic places in Maui.
You can take a leisurely walking tour to see and smell some 55,000 lavender plants (20 different varieties) along with “secret gardens” of flowering jasmine, protea and hydrangea.
Then sip lavender tea and nibble on moist scones and lavender honey on the pretty lanai.
Or reserve a gourmet picnic lunch basket (with lavender goodies) and seek out your own private enclave amongst the rolling lavender hills.
And don’t forget to browse the gift shop!
It sells made-on-Maui lavender products, from delicious lavender chocolate bars to lavender lip balm and body lotion. (They make perfect Hawaiian souvenirs to take home.)
14) Bed down in a romantic hotel
Maui certainly doesn’t have a shortage of amazing resorts and hotels. But there are a few romantic places that stand out when it comes to sparking romance. The following are some of the best hotels in Maui for a honeymoon or romantic stay.
The Hotel Wailea is the ultimate couple, adults-only oasis – perfect for a Maui honeymoon or other romantic holiday occasion.
Perched 300 feet above sea level – with 180 degrees of unobstructed ocean views and sprinkled with cascading waterfalls along meandering romantic walkways – the Hotel Wailea oozes romance!
Inn at Mama’s Fish House:
If romance to you means finding your own private spot away from the resorts and main tourist spots, then the Inn at Mama’s Fish House is exactly what you need.
Nestle up in one of the inn’s charming cottages, located in a secluded beachside coconut grove on Maui’s north shore, near the town of Paia.
The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua:
Then there’s The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua. As far as we’re concerned, you can never go wrong with the Ritz!
At this gorgeous resort, you’ll be surrounded by 22,000 acres of space (in the Kapalua Resort) that offer six beaches, incredible hiking trails, championship golf and natural sanctuaries.
Feeling romantic is hardly a challenge at this Maui romantic getaway!
15) Go star gazing
Another picture-perfect way to experience Mount Haleakala (in addition to the sunrise – see #11) is cuddling up with your partner and gazing at the stars.
Booking a sunset and stargazing tour (with Maui Stargazing) not only lets you get lost in the beauty of the pristine night sky but also gives you and your love a fascinating guided telescope tour by astronomy experts that takes the cosmos experience to the next level.
All it takes is a night like this to put that twinkle in your eye!
16) Enjoy a romantic candlelight dinner
Nothing says romance more than a romantic dinner on the Hawaiian islands.
The Restaurant at Hotel Wailea:
For an evening of amazing views and alfresco dining, The Restaurant at Hotel Wailea is the perfect place to set those wheels of romance in motion.
You can choose from decadent three and five-course prix fixe menus. Delicacies include sublime mushroom risotto and locally-sourced fresh fish specials, like the mahi mahi with pineapple chutney.
It’s all about the food at Lahaina Grill, one of the top fine dining restaurants in the U.S.
Billing itself as a contemporary bistro, this sophisticated romantic restaurant tempts the tastebuds with Maui onion and sesame seed crusted seared Ahi (served with vanilla bean jasmine rice) and Kona coffee roasted rack of lamb.
Mama’s Fish House:
For the freshest seafood and best location, the family-owned Maui institution Mama’s Fish House can’t be beat.
Maybe start with grilled octopus or macadamia nut crab cakes.
Fish is their specialty, so for an entrée, be sure to order one of their signature dishes like Mama’s Fish Curry made with ahi tuna, mahi mahi and salmon, served with Mama’s mango chutney.
And don’t skip dessert – their Kuau Chocolate Pie baked in a caramel cookie crust is out of this world.
We think Mama’s Fish House is one of the most romantic restaurants in Maui!
If you’re celebrating your honeymoon in Maui – or any other romantic occasion – be sure to dine at least once at Mama’s Fish House.
Candlelight dinner at Wailea Beach Resort:
If you really want to pull out all the stops for a guaranteed romantic dinner for two, reserve a private sunset dinner at the Wailea Beach Resort.
A personal attendant will tend to your every need as you and your loved one enjoy a candlelight dinner at your own secluded oceanfront table.
For the private dinner option, you can customize your own menu.
Tip: The Lobster Mac ‘n Cheese is amazing!
17) Get a bird’s eye view of Maui by helicopter
If you find the idea of discovering Maui’s most jaw-dropping sites from thousands of feet up in the air both exciting and terrifying, then this will be a truly bonding experience for adventurous couples!
Check out this scenic top-rated Maui-and-Molokini Crater helicopter tour with Maverick Helicopters Hawaii.
Blue Hawaiian Helicopters also offers some of the best Maui tour options – from a complete Maui island experience to a unique Heli-Whale tour, where you get a one-of-a-kind aerial view of these magnificent mammals in action during humpback whale season.
No matter what helicopter tour you choose, it’s sure to be an experience you and your loved one will treasure forever.
18) Taste Maui wines
One of the most delightful things to do in Maui for couples is to go wine tasting in the island’s upcountry area of Kula.
Take a leisurely drive up to MauiWine, a 23-acre vineyard at Ulupalakua Ranch. There, unwind with your loved one as you sip on their locally-crafted wines, while soaking in the scenic natural beauty.
Take your time savoring some delicious pineapple sparkling wine or one of their signature wine cocktails, like the Wild Hibiscus or Lehua Royale.
Before you leave, be sure to grab an extra bottle or two of pineapple wine to bring home as a memento of your trip!
19) Steal a kiss in the Sacred Garden
There’s something about the pristine beauty and serenity of Maui’s Sacred Garden that really gets those love vibes pulsating!
Part nursery, part spiritual retreat, part creativity center, the Sacred Garden really inspires connection, peace and love. You won’t be able to help stealing a kiss – or two or three – while in the gardens.
Whether you decide to sit peacefully, gazing at the 500-lb Buddha in the Buddha Garden, or to take a stress-releasing stroll through one of the walking meditation labyrinths, all couples will benefit from disconnecting from the outside world and connecting with each other here.
20) Spy spinner dolphins in La Perouse Bay
There’s nothing like seeing spinner dolphins in action out in the wild!
If you want to experience this phenomenon with your loved one, then going on a rafting tour of La Perouse Bay (with Red Line Rafting) is one of the best things to do in Maui.
The site of Maui’s most recent volcanic activity, this stunning bay is made up of multiple small pristine coves.
It’s a stunning place to snorkel. And the spectacle put on by its resident stars – the spinner dolphins – will surely not disappoint!
21) Go on a gourmet “farm-to-fork” lunch tour
Among the things we love most about Maui are all the opportunities we get to connect to the land and nature. And you can get a truly enriching experience by enjoying fresh local food.
That’s one of the beauties of Upcountry Maui – the focus on locally harvested crops and delicacies – all while enjoying the backdrop of Maui’s breathtaking natural beauty. One of the best ways to take this in is by going on an O’o Farm gourmet farm and lunch tour.
For $84 per person, you can enjoy a fresh seasonal menu with your loved one. It includes family-style service so you can try all of their offerings, including vegetarian dishes, fish, meat, local Hawaiian fruit and dessert.
22) Paddle an outrigger canoe
Taking an outrigger canoe tour (with Hawaiian Paddle Sports) is one of the best romantic Maui activities for adventure-loving couples.
Together, you can really explore nature and connect to Hawaiian tradition by paddling out on these long, sleek traditional canoes that native Hawaiians have used for centuries.
This is also one of those fun things couples can do to explore the best snorkeling places and discover local marine life in an intimate setting away from the masses.
23) Enjoy a luau at the Feast at Lele
Panoramic views of West Maui sunsets, a five-course Pacific-island feast, scrumptious cocktails, an authentic hula performance and music… Talk about the ultimate recipe for a romantic evening!
Not only will you witness a magnificent show, but you’ll also be taken on a Polynesian culinary tour with traditional dishes from Hawaii, Aoterao (the Maori name for New Zealand), Tahiti and Samoa.
If all of that sounds exactly like what you and your honey need, then be sure to reserve your spot at the Feast of Lele. Perhaps the best Maui luau for couples, it takes place along the beach in historic Lahaina town.
24) Tour a missionary home by candlelight
On the list of romantic things to do in Maui for history buffs is taking a tour of the Baldwin Home Museum by candlelight.
Built in 1834, the Baldwin home is the oldest standing house on Maui. It was the home of a physician, Rev. Dwight Baldwin, famous for saving the locals on Maui, Molokai and Lanai from smallpox during the devastating 1853 epidemic.
Visitors can now catch a glimpse of 19th century Lahaina living by viewing the antique furniture, artifacts, aged photographs and library of this historic missionary home.
On Friday evenings from 5pm to 8pm, you can take a candlelit tour of the museum and travel back in time to really feel the romanticized nostalgia of this piece of Maui history.
25) Visit an organic vodka farm
Vodka may not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of Maui.
But there’s a gorgeous 80-acre organic farm and distillery on the slopes of Haleakala that’s home to award-winning Ocean Organic Vodka. And you might want to include this attraction in your Maui itinerary.
They pride themselves on a completely sustainable approach to making vodka – from the water source to their state-of-the-art distillation process. You can book a guided tasting experience or enjoy the spectacular views at their open-air cafe.
You and your sweetheart will have a blast choosing from the amazing cocktails on their menu.
Not sure if you’re in the mood for an Ultimate Ocean Poi Dog made with grapefruit juice and Yuzu juice, or a refreshing Cucumber Cooler made with fresh lemonade? You can always share a straw and get a taste of both!
Romantic Maui activities in a nutshell
Maui is a lot of things to a lot of people.
At the top of the list is being a romantic destination for couples.
With activities ranging from adrenaline-pumping adventure to picturesque relaxation, this beautiful island offers bonding moments that every couple will treasure for a lifetime.
As a couple who’ve traveled to Maui together many, many times, we hope you’ve found this list of the 25 most romantic things to do in Maui for couples helpful!
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