What can you do on your own at Maui’s port?

What can you do on your own at Maui's port?
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What can you do on your own at Maui's port?

Let’s talk about the incredible island of Maui and what you can do on your own when you dock at this beautiful port. Whether you’re a seasoned traveler or it’s your first time visiting, Maui offers a range of activities and sights that you can enjoy without booking a guided tour. Here are some top recommendations to help you make the most of your time in Maui that you can do on your own.

Where can I get and park a rental car?

 Do NOT park at the CVS- Longs drugs, they have started towing cars as of 2023.

Parking for rental cars available at the Maui Sunset Motel for $25.00
Maui Seaside Hotel (808) 877 3311

You can get a rental car by taking a taxi to the airport that is less than 10 minutes away.

Can I go to the Iao Valley State Monument?

 Yes you can!

1. 20 minute drive from the port
2. Dense rainforest covered mountains on the west side of Maui
3. Good hiking area, paved pathways, stream cut valley
4. Spotty cell phone reception, plan a taxi back ahead of time 

Is there a small town with local shops nearby?

Yes, the town of Paia

 1. 15 minute drive from the port
2. Baldwin Beach Park
* soft white sand beach
* manageable waves
* warm water
3. Multiple shops and restaurants right in town 

What malls are close to the port in Maui?

Yes, you have a few options:

Queen Ka’ahumanu Center

1. 20-25 minute walk from the ship

2. Large shopping mall

3. Chain stores

4. Maui bus pickup point in the back of the mall.

Maui Mall

1. 10 minute walk from the ship

2. Small open air mall

3. Movie Thratre

4. Longs Drug Store (CVS)

5. Whole Foods

Are there resort towns near the port in Maui?

Yes, Kihei and Wailea

1. Resort towns on Maui

2. 15-25 minute drive from the port

3. Picture Perfect Beaches

4. Nude beach (little beach)

5. Beautiful Resorts

6. Upscale Restaurants

What Churches can I go to on Sunday Near Maui Port?

Christ the King Church (Catholic)


St. Anthony of Padua Church (Catholic)


St Ann’s Church (Catholic)


King’s Cathedral Maui (First Assembly of God)


Church Of The Nazarene (Protestant)


Lanakila Church (Protestant)


Good Shepherd Episcopal Church (Episcopalian)


Hit the Beach

Maui is renowned for its stunning beaches, and many of them are easily accessible from the port. Ka’anapali Beach, for example, is just a short drive away and offers golden sands and crystal-clear waters perfect for swimming, snorkeling, or simply lounging. If you’re into snorkeling, head to Black Rock at the north end of Ka’anapali Beach, where you can spot vibrant marine life.

Take a Scenic Drive

If you have a rental car or decide to hire one, consider taking a scenic drive along the Hana Highway. This iconic road offers breathtaking views of lush rainforests, cascading waterfalls, and dramatic ocean vistas. Remember to drive carefully and take your time to enjoy the numerous lookout points and hiking opportunities along the way.

Visit the Maui Ocean Center

For those interested in marine life, the Maui Ocean Center is a fantastic place to explore. Located about 20 minutes from the port in Ma’alaea, this aquarium features exhibits on Hawaii’s unique underwater ecosystems, including a walk-through tunnel that gives you a close-up view of sharks, rays, and tropical fish.

Sample Local Cuisine

No visit to Maui is complete without indulging in some local Hawaiian cuisine. Try a traditional plate lunch at a local eatery, savor fresh poke, or treat yourself to shave ice—Hawaii’s favorite icy treat. If you’re a coffee lover, visit one of the local coffee shops to taste Maui-grown coffee.

Explore Local Markets

Check out the local farmers’ markets or craft fairs, where you can buy fresh produce, handmade crafts, and unique souvenirs. These markets are a great way to support local artisans and take home a piece of Maui’s vibrant culture.

Hike in Iao Valley State Park

If you’re up for a bit of adventure, head to Iao Valley State Park. The park is home to the famous Iao Needle, a towering rock formation surrounded by lush greenery. There are several easy trails that offer stunning views of the valley and are perfect for a leisurely hike.