Explore Maui in 4 Days
Maui Four-Day Itinerary Suggestions
With only four full days (five nights) on Maui, you'll need to be prepared, and our Maui 4-day itineraries should help you feel ready to tackle the Valley Isle with gusto.
Ready to escape to your dream vacation, Hawaii? With kids to carpool, a house to clean, a job to maintain, who has time to plan a vacation? Initially, most people find it staggering, planning their dream vacation to Maui. The overwhelming to-do list leads to many feeling discouraged or nervous. You may even think, "Wow, this is a lot harder than I thought it'd be... there's so much to do."
Welcome to our site, where you can find limited options and guidance to building a flexible Maui itinerary. Plan your Maui vacation with ease. Visitors commend our itineraries as user-friendly, interactive, and customizable to fit their needs. Our website provides expert insights into planning your trip and organizing your vacation goals into simple itineraries.
Proper preparation will serve you well with only four full days (five nights) on Maui. Use our Maui 4-day itineraries to tackle the Valley Isle with gusto. Planning your vacation doesn't have to be a chore, and hopefully, our recommendations will help prepare for your four-day and five-night trip to Maui.
Customizing Your Maui Stay With Our Guides
Ultimately, our Maui itineraries share insider tips regarding any of our Maui itineraries: one, two, three, four (this page), five, six, and seven-day itineraries. Our guide explores how many days to spend in Maui. We list the best sights, best deals, and timesaving tips. Our guide holds it all, whether seeking an adventure, relaxing beaches, killer surfing, or a romantic getaway. With the help of our itinerary, expect to manifest your dream Maui vacation!
Find Your Way Around Maui: Google Maps for Every Day on Maui
We've provided all Maui directions via Google Maps when possible. Google Maps works on all platforms and across all devices. Search the site's address or name with your phone or tablet, and then go. To help you visualize each day's itinerary, we've also provided overview maps that help you get your bearings.
Mapping Your 4-Day Maui Trip
In this four-day Maui itinerary, we've selected East Maui (along the coast) as the first destination for the first day. The start of this journey takes you along Maui's famous shoreline, which extends into the popular Road to Hana. On the second day, visit West Maui for one full day of sightseeing, including Lahaina and Ka'anapali. Head to the best lookouts and hikes in Haleakala National Park & Upcountry Maui). Spend the third-day hiking and exploring the summit area of the Haleakala National Park & Upcountry Maui. On the fourth and final day, we recommend a selection of beaches and coastal outings along the South Maui shoreline.
Building the Best 4-day Maui Itinerary: Flexibility Matters
All four days include significant activities, beaches, trails, and sights to see for your benefit. Like most travelers, we value flexibility. Subsequently, we built several alternate days to fit your needs and desires. Because of the alternate days, our itineraries easily accommodate weather changes, a sick child, an unexpected adventure, etc.
Think of our itineraries as a rough guide. Go ahead, switch, swap, and exchange days or stops! Your itineraries should serve you and your interests. Ultimately, build the itinerary YOU want for your trip.
For instance, our four-day Maui itinerary below attempts to cover the top attractions on Maui over four days. We believe the interests and activities outlined in this Maui itinerary will provide a memorable and enjoyable experience while visiting the 'Valley Isle.'
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Overview of Maui - the ‘Valley Isle’
As the second-largest Hawaiian island, Maui holds many wonders. Some quick highlights about Maui:
- Trek the two major volcanic areas, from the West Maui Mountains to the very expansive, active Haleakala on the eastern side of Maui.
- Between the two volcanoes, find valleys filled with deposits.
- Visit the "Valley Isle" lushness in the island's center. Discover a vast array of greenery and vegetation.
- Hit the sandy beaches that span the island, especially along the West Coast.
- Bask in the great climate along with the sunny days. Maui's volcanoes block most precipitation from reaching the island's leeward side.
- Delve into the rich green terrains found in the eastern portions of the island. Discover a lush paradise boasting waterfalls in many valleys.
- Enjoy the Hana Highway (aka The Road to Hana) as it winds its way along the coast to the sleepy town of Hana in the bay.
- Explore the dry and barren terrain on Maui's west coast.
Accommodations on Maui & Where to Stay
On Maui, most people choose to stay on the west side of the island in Lahaina or Ka'anapali. In contrast, others choose accommodations on the south shore, in Kihei or Wailea. Are you still weighing your options? We can help. Check out the Where to Stay on Maui article for the best tips and suggestions. Regardless of your chosen location in Maui, you can find numerous accommodations scattered across the island: B&Bs, inns, resorts, hotels, etc. Let our experts offer you the best insight into planning accordingly.
Quick Tip: Read our Best time to Visit Maui article for an in-depth look at which time(s) of the year is best for your travel party on Maui.
Getting Around Maui
A rental car is the best option for getting around the island and viewing all the sights we detail in our itineraries on Maui. The rental rates in Hawaii are often some of the cheapest anywhere globally because the competition is fierce.
There is no reliable bus service on the island, and taxi services are expensive and illogical for sight-seeing purposes.
Summary of What to Pack on Your Maui Trip
Considering your travel goals and past travel experience, we still highly recommend bringing only must-needed items. Leave as much as you can at home. As part of the USA, you can find nearly everything in Hawaii. Most likely, you will not find it ideal, schlepping around three suitcases after a long flight. Considering your travel goals and past travel experience, we still highly recommend bringing only must-needed items.
Regarding clothing, consider packing:
- A few pairs of shorts
- Several t-shirts, cotton is best
- Hats or visors to protect you from the sunny days
- Sandals or flip-flops
- Light jacket for the higher elevations
Overall, such clothing items suit most outings, including fine dining options. Unless you plan to stay in an exclusive resort, our list will meet your vacation goals.
Follow the "less is more" mindset for any additional items. We recommend bringing:
- Sunblock (the UV in Hawaii is typically 10+ in the spring, summer, and fall),
- A backpack (for any hikes) and
- A water bottle
- Slippers (flip-flops, shower shoes, zoris)
- Equipment for snorkeling/swimming: mask, snorkel, and fins (or rent locally instead),
- Two bathing suits (one to wear while the other dries) and a cover-up
- your phone or a camera
- Lightweight raincoat or poncho (for mountain/rain forest hiking)
- Bug spray with DEET (for any forest hikes)
- Flashlight (if the sun goes down before your hike ends or for night walks on the beach)
- Hiking boots and hiking rods
Lastly, leave behind all your troubles and worries. See our What to Pack When Visiting Hawaii article for more information on what to pack.
Four Day Itinerary for Maui
4-Day Maui Wayfinder Guide
We'll officially kick off our itinerary suggestions by quickly covering the day you arrive. We'll also cover the day you depart. While both days are not entirely a wash to plan something, we suggest keeping them open. Use those days for relaxing after we arrive and before we depart.
Arrival Day on Maui
Let the first day you arrive be a day to adjust to the islands. Consider the following options:
- Grab a bite to eat.
- Pick up your rental vehicle.
- Gather supplies and groceries from local stores.
- Enjoy your first Hawaiian sunset that evening.
- Get to bed early after a long day.
- Enjoy some light sightseeing after securing a new rental.
- Soak in their local surroundings.
- Acclimate to Hawaiian time.
Ultimately, we advise people to take it easy the first day.
Day #1 - East Maui Coast
This day's Maui itinerary explores the incredible sights, attractions, and beaches of East Maui, including the world-famous Road to Hana. Because this region prominently features the Hana Highway (a.k.a 'Road to Hana'), we often refer to it as the 'Hana Highway' region of Maui.
Driving the Hana Highway on Maui is all about the journey, not the destination. Who doesn't love a glorious journey? Few words can describe the beauty of this drive, with its cliffs cloaked in lush valleys bursting with waterfalls. Curves hug the coast. Bask the unremitting ocean as it spans to the Alaskan coastline. Couple that with black, red, and white sand beaches, many trails, and beautiful gardens, and you've discovered the highway to heaven itself.
Day #2 - West Maui Highlights
This day's Maui itinerary explores the incredible sights, attractions, and beaches of West Maui. With plenty of sunshine and an abundance of rainfall (as much as 390 inches a year), West Maui was once a major Hawaiian population center and the proverbial playground of royalty (the ali'i) in old Hawai'i.
Today, west Maui has become the playground of visitors worldwide.
Along the shores of West Maui, you'll find the resort area of Kapalua (northwest), Kahana and Honokowai (mid-way), the visitor community of Napili, and course, the bustling towns of Lahaina and Ka'anapali.
Day #3 - Haleakala & Upcountry Maui
This day's Maui itinerary explores the breathtaking sights, overlooks, gardens, and trails of Upcountry Maui and Haleakala, including the Haleakala National Park summit area.
The term Upcountry Maui refers to the towns, ranches, vineyards, parks, farmlands, and visitor attractions on the upper slopes of Haleakala volcano, including Haleakala National Park. Enchanting and rural, Maui's Upcountry is the heart of the island's agricultural industry and a thriving artists' community.
Many compare the beautiful landscape of Upcountry Maui to the countryside in Scotland. Find the best views of the South Pacific from the peaks of Upcountry, Maui. You'll also be sure to discover several unique floral gardens in this part of Maui.
Day #4 - South Maui
This day's Maui itinerary explores the incredible sights, attractions, beaches, and hiking trails of South Maui. South Maui is best known for its miles of white sandy beaches, spectacular coastal areas, snorkeling on its reefs, and expansive lava fields like La Perouse Bay.
Sheltered on the leeward side of the Haleakala volcano, this side of Maui is relatively drier and sunnier than the rest of the island. This side of the island additionally provides spectacular views of Lanai, Molokini, and Kahoolawe offshore islands. Here, you can enjoy the world-class golfing in Wailea and some of the finest restaurants and dining in Maui. South Maui includes the coastal communities of Ma'alaea and Kihei and the growing resort communities of Wailea and Makena.
In South Maui, travelers can discover the true warmth of Aloha and genuine Hawaiian hospitality.
Departure Day from Maui
We recommend using this day to wind down and prepare for your travel to another island or home. We suggest grabbing a bite to eat from one of your favorite local restaurants near your accommodation and maybe some final souvenir shopping at some of the many stores and local shops around the island. Undoubtedly, the local community would appreciate your business. There are no “Goodbye’s” in Hawaii, so we’ll say A Hui Hou, which in Hawaiian means ‘Until we meet again.’ Aloha!
Alternative Itinerary Options for Maui
4-Day Alternate Maui Itineraries
If something in the four days we've selected doesn't quite feel right to you, we've provided alternate day itineraries below. Just swap the day below with the one you don't like from above. Our itineraries are meant to mix, swap, and shuffle as needed to create the perfect trip for your travel party.
Alternate Day: East Maui 2-Day Adventure
This day's Maui itinerary replaces TWO days above (including any day you select + the one-day East Maui itinerary). This two-day East Maui itinerary explores the incredible sights, attractions, and beaches along the world-famous Road to Hana and the Pi'ilani Highway beyond; over the course of two days instead of just one.
This two-day East Maui itinerary permits you to see additional attractions, spend more time at your favorite stops, and more thoroughly explore the Ohe'o Gulch in the Kipahulu portion of Haleakala National Park. Not to mention, we've got an excellent trail recommendation along the Pipiwai Trail for this two-day itinerary.
Remember, you'll need to use this itinerary to replace both the East Maui One-Day Itinerary PLUS one additional day (your choice) from above! If you were looking for a way to see more of the Road to Hana & Beyond, this itinerary is designed precisely for that purpose.
Alternate Day: Central & North Maui
This day's Maui itinerary explores the remarkable hiking trails, state monuments, and attractions located in Central & North Maui. Central Maui is best known for the Iao Valley, which is technically in West Maui, but access is via central Maui. The Waihee Ridge Trail is also technically in northwest Maui, but because you'll also access it from central Maui, we've included it here.
The proverbial 'heart' of Maui, Central Maui, is the isthmus that connects Maui's two volcanoes. Your visit to Maui likely began here at the airport in Kahului. Central Maui includes residential communities, sugar and pineapple plantations, county and state government offices, and various visitor attractions including the Kahului Airport (OGG), the Maui Tropical Plantation, golf courses, parks, shopping areas, and more.
Alternate Day: Maui Tour & Activity Day
This day's Maui itinerary provides an overview of our recommended Maui Tours & Activities. For visitors who have five or more days on the island, a Maui tour may be the perfect way to experience parts of Maui that you'd otherwise never get to see.
Select from one or more of the tours we've listed on this page, and we're sure you'll have an incredible time. We've hand-selected these Maui tours due to their popularity and high ratings with visitors like yourself!
Here you'll find an incredible assortment of tours and activities to enjoy: whale watching, a Road to Hana tour, ziplining, boat & sailing tours, and Molokini snorkel trips are just a few of the many amazing adventures available on Maui.
Quick Tips for Your Visit to Maui:
The best length of stay in Maui: Ideally, we recommend spending a week in Maui to sample this island's richness. Even three to two days work as excellent options, too.
Best Month to Visit: The best time to go to Maui is between April to early October for the best weather. Visitors love the weather in Maui in July. Even the weather in Maui in September is worthwhile for the temperatures not so high but still sunny. For fewer crowds, better deals, and fantastic weather, visit from April to May or September to November.
The best area to stay in is Maui: Wailea because it has a lot of activities and restaurants. It also attracts tourists with its beautiful beaches, resorts, shopping centers, spas, and golf courses, making it the perfect getaway for families looking to spend some time together. Wailea is one of the best places to stay in Maui for couples.
Best time to spot whales: Whale-watching season in Maui begins in November and lasts until May. Yet, the best times to spot a whale fall between January to March. Though still possible, your chances to spot one decline during June, September, and October.
Best way to get around: You have the option of hiring a taxi or Uber driver. Renting a car offers the best deal and flexibility. It permits you to explore the island on your schedule.
Must-see sights: Though we recommend seeing everything, we understand that some may encounter time constraints. Don't leave Maui without seeing the Road to Hana, traditional luau feast, and Mt. Haleakala. Also, visit the shores for great water activities: swimming with sea turtles, snorkeling, whale watching, etc.
For more tips about Maui, check out our Maui Travel Tips.
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