Just one of West Maui's natural gems, Kaanapali Beach.

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How to Spend 24 Hours in West Maui

From world-class beaches and snorkeling to ono seafood restaurants and organic smoothies, there's a lot to eat, see and explore in West Maui.

Known primarily for its many resorts and hotels, Maui’s western coastline has attractions for every kind of visitor, from thrill-seekers to foodies.  

Getting There

From Kahului Airport, take Airport Road until you reach Highway 380. Turn onto Honoapiilani Highway and continue south for 12 miles. It’s about a 35-minute drive.

8 a.m. 

Build your own pancake at Slappy Cakes Maui (350 Lower Honoapiilani Road #701, slappycakesmaui.com) or try its version of the loco moco, the Slappy Moco ($16) topped with crispy Maui onions.

10:30 a.m. 

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Head north and find your way to Honolua Bay (Honolua Bay Access Trail, Lahaina). When the surf is down, go snorkeling. If there’s a swell, drop by Maui Surfboards (10 Halawai Drive, Lahaina, mauisurfboards.com) to rent a board and schedule a surf lesson for the day. 


Get lunch at Honolua Farms Kitchen (6860 Honoapiilani Highway, Lahaina, honoluafarms.com). This solar-powered eatery uses produce and fruits grown in Honolua Valley. You can’t go wrong with one of its organic smoothies, like the Berry Cherry ($9), a tasty blend of strawberries, cherries, blueberries and bananas. 

2 p.m. 

Get your cowboy hat on. Ironwood Ranch (741 Hui Road, Lahaina, ironwoodranch.com) offers a 90-minute horseback adventure that will take you through some of West Maui’s tropical valleys and forests.

4 p.m. 

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Catch the sunset at Kaanapali Beach (2605 Kaanapali Parkway, Lahaina). If you’re feeling it, jump off Puu Kekaa, or Black Rock, and check that off your bucket list. 

8:30 p.m. 

End your day where you started, in Lahaina, at Down the Hatch (658 Front Street, #102, dthmaui.com). Dinner runs until midnight. It’s got a killer seafood menu and the bar’s open until 2 a.m.