Lahaina was easily one of my favorite places in Maui. Steeped with culture, shopping, amazing food, and plenty of excursions for everyone in the family, this charming little town cannot be beat. I wanted to share with you my favorite parts of Lahaina and what we were able to do here during our honeymoon!
We technically spent two days in Lahaina. There is really so much to do here, you could easily spend a couple of days here and not get everything done. One of my favorite parts of our Lahaina visit was the drive over to this shore of Maui. We stayed in the Wailea area, which made our drive around 45 minutes of pure coastline and mountain views. We made a quick stop at a roadside farmers market/juice truck to check out some of the local fruits and vegetables.
Our first day in Lahaina we walked around and did some exploring and shopping. Front Street has rows of shops filled with all types of Hawaiian souvenirs and galleries filled with fine art. Some of our favorite stores along Front Street were the Hawaii ukulele shop (super unique hand-painted ukuleles), all of the galleries (there was one that had tons of Disney paintings but I cannot remember the name), and Cariloha (can be found in the mainland, everything is made from bamboo). Make sure to go down to the south end of Front Street to check out the beautiful towering Banyan trees in Lahaina Banyan Court (pictured above). This park is a perfect place to get those vacation pictures and for the kids to run around and play in the tree branches.
**For even more shopping in Lahaina, head over to the outlets of Maui.**
For food on our first day, we tried Lulu’s Lemonade stand. Their lemonade was so good that we went back the second day for more. I tried both the strawberry and traditional lemonades, and they were easily the best lemonade I have ever had. They also sell super yummy, sugary goodness called malasadas. One of my favorite snacks we tried was from Lahaina Luna Cafe, which is tucked away off Front Street. Here we tried what they call “chicken bites” that were literally some of my favorite food on the trip. There is rarely a line for the cafe, and it is a perfect snack when shared! For lunch, we sat with a view of the coastline at Pioneer Inn Grill and Bar. The food was good, but not spectacular. We ate here mainly for the short lines, to get some seafood, and for the view. After lunch, we stopped off for some ice cream at Lappert’s Ice Cream and Coffee. There is plenty of gelato/ice cream/shaved ice places all along Front Street for you to pick from.
Our second day in Lahaina was definitely unplanned, but while we were walking along Front Street we saw an excursion that we were super interested in. We called and received more information and came back a couple days later to try it out. For our second day, we stopped by Pacific’O before heading to our excursion. This is a farm-to-table restaurant that sources their food from local farmers and their own farm, O’o Farm, which you can actually visit and tour. I wrote a separate blog post here on our time at O’o Farm and how much we loved our tour there (a must for all coffee lovers). We were so excited to try this place after visiting O’o Farm and seeing where all the fruits and vegetables came from. We were not disappointed in the slightest. The view was spectacular right along the water with outdoor seating. The drinks were refreshing and fruity, plenty of fresh seafood options for food, and some of the best desserts we had on the island! I cannot recommend Pacific’O enough, whether for a quick lunch or a romantic date night.
We then headed to our submarine ride with Atlantis Adventures. At first, I was very skeptical on this whole idea of a submarine ride. After doing much research and finding out this experience was Coast-Guard approved and fully safe, I was much more excited. I didn’t even know these kind of experiences existed so I was incredibly stoked for the ride! Since Nathan and I are not much for snorkeling and scuba diving, this was the perfect way for us to be able to see the ocean life without actually having to get into the water.
To first board the submarine, you are taken onto a small boat where you are transported to the submarine. You walk down a set of stairs and are cramped into seats in the submarine (would highly not recommend if you are claustrophobic). There were signs that showed the route we would be following and some of the animals we might see along the way. We dropped down to a maximum depth of 130 feet during our trip. Sunken pirate ships, natural coral reefs, sting rays, and sharks are just a few of the incredible things we were able to witness along our journey.
Atlantis Adventures even offers a trip with whale watching or you can even combine your ride with a viewing of the famous Royal Lahaina Luau. While the submarine ride does cost $125 per person, it was such a unique and special experience. It was definitely worth the money for us since we are not avid snorkelers or scuba divers. This kind of experience is perfect for those who tend to stay away from water and especially younger kids. We hope to try some more submarine rides in some of their other offered locations.
Overall we loved our time in the charming little town of Lahaina! There is so much shopping to do, art to see, things to do, and places to eat at. It can definitely get crowded, so plan ahead and enjoy all that this historical town has to offer!