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Last Day On Maui? What To Do, Where To Go, Things To See

It’s your last day on Maui, what to do? Luckily, there are still some great ideas and options while you are on the Valley Isle. About 1/3 of guests leave Maui on a late-night flight. With a 10 or 11am check-out, this means that you spend your final day on Maui homeless which is a bit of a downer.

In an ideal world, you will be able to pay for a late check-out. Wait – pay? Yes, after all a late check-out means the condo cannot be cleaned and re-rented that day. However most owners will offer a late check-out for a 1/2 nights fee or another amount. These are great because then you don’t need to worry about where to store your luggage. You can still go to the beach, the pool, nap, shower and then head to the airport feeling refreshed and ready for the long flight home.

Usually guests don’t think about their last day or how they will spend it until their vacation is almost over. Last minute calls to the owner or property manager are often futile as cleaners and maintenance people have already been scheduled. Also, there may be another guest arriving that afternoon. Thus it is best to ask about a late check out when you make your reservation.

If you can’t secure late checkout, what can you do?

1.     Check with the airline – when is the earliest you can check your luggage? Consider dropping the luggage off early so you don’t have to worry about leaving it in your car. Most airlines allow you to drop luggage 4 hours before departure.

2.     Pack your luggage in your trunk, and then don’t open the trunk until you are headed to the airport. Just remember to practice “out of sight, out of mind.” Don’t give someone an easy chance / opportunity to grab something of yours. Always take your IDs, electronics, valuables etc. with you.

3.     I have heard rumors of people renting a storage locker for the day – I’m not entirely sure how workable that is. I’ve also heard of people renting a cheaper hotel room for the day – however, with an afternoon check-in, you may be able to have the front desk to hold your luggage for you. It is arguable whether the luggage would be safer in the car or a hotel back-room.

Ideas on how to spend your final day on Maui

  1. Maui Ocean Center (bonus, it’s air-conditioned) and has a restaurant attached.
  2. Maui Tropical Plantation.
  3. Go for an upcountry drive. Ocean Vodka Distilary, Surfing Goat Dairy, Haleakala Distillery, Makawao Town, Ulupalakua Ranch, Lavender Farm etc. etc.
  4. Bring a towel from home or buy a cheap towel or two to share and spend your last afternoon at the condo pool. Most have bathrooms for guests, so you can change and get ready for the airport.

What not to do on your final day on Maui

  1. Scuba diving – generally not a good idea to subject your body to extreme changes in altitude.
  2. Road to Hana – in general, avoid drives where you may be stuck in heavy traffic and miss your flight. Watch with driving to Lahaina too, leave plenty of extra time for the drive to the airport.

Last Day On Maui? What To Do, Where To Go, Things To See

Wondering what to do on your last day in Maui? Often folks traveling to Maui plan their whole vacation except for what to do on the last day, the day you have to check out of your vacation rental. Several of the airlines offer late evening fights and many travelers opt to take that late flight to eek out every last hour on the island that they can. Do you blame them? No way, Maui is so amazing and fantastic that we all want to stay as long as we can.

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But the problem arises when check out is at 11 a.m. and your fight doesn’t leave until 10 p.m. What do you do in between checking out of your condo and checking in at the airport?

In today’s post we’ll give you lots of ideas of activities, places to visit and things to see on your last day in Maui.

Extra Day & Late Check-Out Options

The first and best option is to purchase an extra day at your condo if it’s available. There will be times when it won’t be as new guests will be checking in but if it is, I highly recommend this option. Of course this will have to be planned well in advance with condo owners to ensure you can take advantage of this convenience.

By doing this you have the convenience of taking your time to get ready for your flight and you keep your luggage with you in the condo. You can do day activities like go to the beach one last time, golf, swim at the pool, shop for last minute gifts and souvenirs and so one. It’s definitely worth the price of one night’s stay for all of this convenience.

When it’s available we offer late check-out for a nominal fee, as do many condos. This must be arranged in advance.

If either the extra day option or late check-out aren’t available due to budget restrictions, or if the condo is just unavailable the list below will help in planning your last day on Maui.

Luggage?

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So it’s 11 a.m. and you have to vacate the condo you’ve been enjoying. What to do?

Let’s start with planning your day by finding a safe option for storing your luggage while you adventure out.

It is generally considered a bad idea to leave your luggage or any valuables in your car if it is unattended. Unfortunately petty theft and car break-ins are all too common, even in the land of Aloha and the last thing you want to do is lose your luggage and valuables after a wonderful trip to paradise.

What to do!?

Now that you have your luggage dealt with, you can decide how to spend your last day on Maui! Here’s a list of ideas!

■  Relax at the condo pools, guests of Kihei Akahi can ‘borrow’ a key for a $10 fee, return it before the office closes at 5pm and guests can get their $10 deposit back. If you didn’t bring a towel with you, you can purchase inexpensive beach towels at ABC, Walmart or Whaler’s General Store.

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I’ve often just used my sarong (also inexpensive at ABC), they dry you off fairly well and they dry out pretty quickly, and if it’s not dry by the time you need to leave for the airport, it can just go in your luggage in a plastic bag. They don’t take up much space.

■  Go check out a new restaurant that you’ve been wanting to try (plan in advance for Mamas, The Millhouse or other popular places) There are many wonderful places to try upcountry, in Lahaina, Kahului, Wailuku and Kihei and – below you’ll find a list of suggested eateries near the airport.

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■  Bliss out at a local spa. Make a spa appointment at one of the nice Wailea hotels. They will have showers, generally offer pool and facilities use and may even store your luggage while you’re getting pampered. Call around to the hotels in advance to book and ask what they can offer.

■  Visit Maui Tropical Plantation – Maui Tropical plantation offers 45-minute tours, guests are led through private Plantation grounds aboard their tram vehicle. Tickets are $10-20.

■  Visit Maui Ocean center – great way to spend the afternoon filling your heart with all things ocean!

■  Head Upcountry to see;

  • Surfing Goat Dairy offers 30 minute tour includes feeding the goats and cheese sampling, Mon-Sat Every half hour, 10am – 2:30pm, Sunday Every half hour, 10am – 1pm ($8 for kids $12 adults)
  • Hali’imaile Distillery – Makers of Pau Vodka, Fid St. Gin, Paniolo Whiskey and Mahina Rum.
  • Ocean Vodka Distillery – Makers of Ocean Vodka, in the nifty blue bottles.
  • Maui Winery – and Ulupalakua Country Store
  • Pineapple plantation – multiple tours available, check out how pineapples are grown and what happens to them once they’re harvested.
  • Shop in Makawao Town, check out the bucolic town of Makawao, Paniolo town and artist community. Lots of shopping or ‘window’ shopping. Great spot to grab lunch too.
  • Visit Hui No’eau Visual Arts Center – of this artist community
  • Farm To Table lunch tour or Seed to Cup Gourmet Coffee Breakfast Tour at O’o Farms
  • Ali’i Kula Lavender  – offers walking, guided card tours and picnic lunch
  • Head to Haleakala Summit – It may not be sunrise or sunset, but the view is amazing and the Mars like landscape is stunning. Park entrance fees apply.

Most if not all will require advance booking so plan accordingly and book as early as you can.

■  Head to Hookipa beach to see the turtles. They often hang out at the far east side of
the beach and often there are more than a dozen beauties dozing in the sunshine. Be sure to practice Pono (do the right thing), sea turtles are federally protected and harassing, touching or getting too close is against the law. Keep at a distance, take lots of photos and enjoy.

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Sea turtles basking on the beach in Ho’okipa.
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■  Go play miniature golf near Ma’alea Harbor – They also offer bumper boats, rock climbing and extreme trampolines.

■  Spend the day in Lahaina, go early in the day and make sure to leave plenty of time to beat the evening traffic.

■  Commemorate your trip with a Tattoo. If you want a tattoo to memorialize your Maui vacation, this is the day to do that. Plan well in advance, make an appointment – since tattoos need time to heal out of the ocean and sun, it’s recommended to get one at the end of your vacation rather than the beginning. Tattoos done at the beginning of a vacation will preclude you from enjoying the ocean and sunshine.

■  Take a morning kiteboarding lesson at Kanaha beach park by the airport.

■  Try a helicopter tour. AirMaui offers flights from 45-75 minutes long and many options to view different parts of the island.

Go beach exploring, Maui has so many fine beaches, find one that you haven’t been to yet and head out. If the beach doesn’t have a shower/bathroom you can stop back at Kamaole I or II and rinse off there before your flight. No towel? Use a sarong and pack a small bag to use to shower up.

■  Visit one of Maui’s escape rooms. What’s an escape room you ask? Wiki describes as; “An escape room, also known as an “escape game”, is a physical adventure game in which players solve a series of puzzles and riddles using clues, hints, and strategy to complete the objectives at hand. Players are given a set time limit to unveil the secret plot which is hidden within the rooms.”

■  Walk through Iao Needle State Park. A .6 mile walk through this scenic and beautiful park is well worth the visit. This park is steeped in rich Hawaiian history. Have lunch in wailuku.

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Restaurants near the Airport

■  Cafe O’Lei at the Dunes – American style with island influence. $$ 15 minutes +/- to the airport.

■  Mama’s Fish House – Seafood/Hawaiian influence, local foods. $$$$ +/- 24 minutes to the airport. Perfect for lunch on your last day. (reservations required well in advance)

■  Zippy’s – Fast Food, Hawaiian/Comfort Food – local favorite (think Denny’s) $$, +/- 15 minutes to the airport.

■  Marco’s Grill & Deli – Italian, American Deli – especially popular with the breakfast crowd on their way to the airport $$, +/- 8 minutes to the airport.

■  Da Kitchen – Hawaiian, Fish & Chips, Burgers – local style,  $$, +/- 8 minutes to the airport.

■  Bistro Casanova – Mediterranean, Italian, Tapas Bars, $$ +/- 12 minutes to the airport.

■  Paia Fish Market – Local Seafood, Fish & Chips, Salads Pasta, $$, +/- 20 minutes to the airport. A little further out, but well worth it (personal favorite) and take advantage and tour Paia town.

■  Acevedo’s Hawaicano Cafe – Mexican/Hawaiian – grab and go and head to beach, (5 stars on Yelp), $$ +/- 10 minutes to the airport.

■  Poi by the Pound – Local style Hawaiian Grinds, $$ +/- 8 minutes to the airport.

■  Fork and Salad – Freshest Fast Food, Salads, Sandwiches, Soups, $$ +/- 10 minutes to the airport.

■  Tin Roof Maui – Hawaiian/local, comfort food. Local favorite/local gem. Closes by 2pm, sells out fast, order online as the line will be out the door. Take away or eat at their picnic benches. Or order out and head to the beach in Paia.  Award winning chef. $, +/- 10 minutes to the airport.

■  Polli’s Mexican Restaurant – Popular local following. $$, +/- 30 minutes to the airport. This one is a little further out, but worth the drive -or if you’re already in Makawao doing an upcountry tour, add this restaurant to your list.

Timing – Rental Car Return,  TSA/Security and Agricultural inspection

Plan enough time to drop your rental car off, get through the ag inspection and  TSA security lines. They can be long.

Arriving at the airport

You’ll need to leave yourself a good window of time to return your rental car. Since all rental car returns are off site for now (the construction of the new on-site airport car rental facility is due for  be sure give yourself time to wait in the drop off line and catch the shuttle back to the airport.

TIP- If you’re traveling with a group and have multiple pieces of luggage, drop everyone and all the luggage at the airport and send one person with the car to the rental car return.

If you dropped your luggage early, then you’ve already likely sent your checked bags through the ag inspection station. If not, then you need to, all checked bags must be scanned through the Agricultural Inspection Station and receive a sticker stating that they’ve passed inspection. Make sure to declare any agricultural products.

If you haven’t checked in via your smart phone app and if you’re checking baggage, you’ll need to wait in line at the airline counter or self check-in. On busy days, lines can be long.

Next is the TSA security line. It is often very long.  Kahului Airport was never really set up to handle the post 911 TSA security checks so the airport line snakes through a long section of the airport’s corridor.  Recently, this line took me approximately 30 minutes to get through.

Be prepared for Maui’s own version of TSA security. ALL food must be taken out of your carry on bags.  This is in addition to the standard measures that all travelers must take such as removing any electronic item larger than a cell phone from carry-ons, shoes, belts and jackets off etc. For a full list of what is allowed in your carry on luggage visit the

Maui Travel Packing Guide

TIP – carry a Reusable/packable shopping bag (as mentioned in our Ultimate Maui Packing Guide – the kind that folds into it’s own pocket like Chico Bags do. You can put any food souvenirs and plane snacks in the bag to make it fast and easy to get through the TSA line. Once you’re through and waiting at the gate, you can repack these items into your carry-on bag.

After you’ve passed through the TSA security line, you can expect to encounter one more Agricultural Inspection.  This is for your carry on bags. Be sure to declare any agricultural items including food or snacks like fruit salad or any fresh fruit, plants, leis etc. This inspection station is generally very quick with little or no line.

Best To Avoid

Things I don’t recommend doing on your last day.

Don’t make the drive all the way to Hana either the front side or back side. Traffic can be an issue and you could be delayed getting back. But there are some stops along the road to Hana where you can hike to waterfalls, get some great photos. and see some amazing things that don’t take you all the way to Hana town.

I don’t recommend getting a late start back to the airport if you’ve gone to Lahaina for the day. Traffic in the afternoon, early evenings can be bad coming and going to Lahaina, even with the new Lahaina Bypass road. Make sure to leave enough time if you’re traveling at peak commute hours.

It’s best not to go to the far west side of the island or try to drive around that way. The road is harrowing on a good day and should always be driven slowly with plenty of time allowed to go all the way around. Your last day is not the best day to attempt this trip.

Don’t go scuba diving. Experienced divers know that you don’t dive and fly within 24 hours. Your last day is not the day to take a scuba class. The commingling of these activities, when not planned for properly, can be physically dangerous and even fatal.

Do you have a favorite ‘Last Day On Maui‘ activity? Share it with us 

Prices

$120 per hour, 3 hour minimum, 7 people max per vehicle.

Tour options

  • Resort pickup included
  • We will take care of you luggage
  • Photos of you on the tour
  • Souvenir included

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WAILUKU TOWN

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KAHULUI TOWN

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MAKAWAO TOWN

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KULA TOWN

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  • Restaurants
  1. Entrance fee for every tour and tasting
  • Eat Pray Maui Souvenir included
  • Optional Stops are as follows
  • Iao Valley
  • Maui Tropical Plantation
  • Oprah’s House (Time Allowed)
  • Grandma’s Coffee Shop (Time Allowed)
  • Kula Country Farms
  • Hali’imaile Distillery
  • Sacred Garden
  • Local Restaurants in Town – Da Kitchen, Tin Roof etc

 

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FIRST DAY TOUR

If your trip to Maui is coming up soon, we know you’re in the process of packing, making plans, researching tours and activities, and so much more! While you may have every day of your vacation scheduled out, don’t forget your arrival day! Here are some tips to make sure your plans go smoothly from the very moment you first step onto the Valley Isle:

Know Your Airport

While the vast, vast majority of flights from both inter-island and mainland destinations will land at Kahului Airport (OGG), a select few smaller, inter-island flights might just land at Kapalua Airport (JHM). Make sure you know where you’re heading into!

Hungry?

If you’ll be landing around a meal-time, or if you’re anticipating the in-flight food to be not so great, you might want to research some dining spots that are on the way to your destination, so you won’t be stuck with drive-thru—unless that’s your preference, of course! Guests heading to Wailea resorts might consider a breakfast or lunch stop at Nalu’s South Shore Grill, or may wish to kick off their vacation with Happy Hour at Monkeypod Kitchen. Heading to the West Side? Grab breakfast or lunch at Leoda’s in Olowalu, or stop by Kaanapali’s Sangrita for some tasty appetizers and beverages!

Map it out!

If you’re planning to use your phone’s GPS when you arrive to make your way to your accommodations, keep in mind that things happen, and you might not have it available when you need it most! Before you leave, hop on Google Maps and print out (yes, we’re going old school) a map or directions to your hotel or resort. This will also give you a good idea as to how much time it’ll take to get to where you’re staying!

Stock Up

If you’re staying in a condo with a full kitchen, or you just like to have your favorite snacks on hand for a fun hotel-room movie night, stop by Costco, Walmart, or Target near the airport for everything you need—and everything you might have forgotten!

Checking in?

If you’re not sure, call your hotel before you arrive and ask what time check-in is. More than likely, even if you arrive before check-in time, they can store your luggage, park your car, and allow you to use the pools and facilities before you get settled in your room. Have a tote-bag or backpack handy with swimsuits, sunscreen, and your wallet, so you’ll be ready to relax and take a dip, without having to scramble around in your luggage!

A perfect Maui vacation begins when your plane touches down on the runway, so be ready to enjoy it from the fullest as soon as you get here! A hui hou!

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We have everything covered and planned for you. No need to rent a car as our transport services are the best in town. Our drivers are well-versed and they know their routes. Booking our transport services will be extremely helpful for you as we know the best places you must visit once before you leave.

Our drivers are highly skilled and expert in guiding our customers regarding the type of activities they can indulge in during their stay in Maui. Maui is rich in scenic locations which includes nice and beautiful waterfalls along with vibrant and hot volcanoes. Our transport services will take you to places that are worth visiting as we don’t want you to miss out on something that is quite exclusive and intriguing.

Our services are not only restricted to sight-seeing as we can even pick you and drop you off back at the airport. If you don’t know how you will manage your trip from the airport to the hotel then leave it to us as we will make sure that you are picked up on time from the airport. Our professional services are designed specifically for your ease and convenience as customer satisfaction is our top priority.

Forget about rent a car and try our services. We ensure you that we deliver the best transportation services that you can ever think of.

Prices

Minimum of 2, maximum of  7 guests per tour

$120 per hour.

Tour Options

  • Airport pick up and drop off in a Luxury SUV XL Suburban
  • Express or scenic route to your destination optional
  • Stop off at local restaurants optional
  • Depending on where you resort is we can make stops along the way.
  • Optional choices are as follows
  • Da Kitchen, Tin Roof, etc
  • Iao Valley
  • Maui Tropical Plantation
  • Lahaina Front Street – (Westside drop off only)
  • Whalers Village – (Westside Drop off only)
  • The Scenic Route includes these locations
  • The Express Route Option entails taking you directly to your destination resort

ESCAPE TOUR

Escape to Upcountry Maui on this unique tour for up to 6 guests

Relax and unwind with this tour designed to rejuvenate you. If you’ve been feeling stressed out or overwhelmed, this tour is for you. We believe that Upcountry Maui is the healthiest part of the island… It’s no coincidence that Oprah Winfrey lives there.

  • Resort pickup included
  • Tour includes delicious lunch
  • Photos of you on the tour
  • Private tour
  • Entrance fee for every tour and tasting
  • Eat Pray Maui Souvenir

Escape to Upcountry Maui on this unique tour for up to 6 guests

Relax and unwind with this tour designed to rejuvenate you. If you’ve been feeling stressed out or overwhelmed, this tour is for you. We believe that Upcountry Maui is the healthiest part of the island… It’s no coincidence that Oprah Winfrey lives there.

  • Resort pickup included
  • Tour includes delicious lunch
  • Photos of you on the tour
  • Shared or private tours
  • Entrance fee for every tour and tasting
  • Eat Pray Maui Souvenir

Prices

Minimum of 2, maximum of 6 guests per tour

$199  Adults

This price includes resort pick up!

Tour Highlights

6-7 hours

All inclusive: resort pick-up, half day tour, lunch, taxes, entry fees and souvenir included.

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Sample Tour Timeline

8:30am Resort Pick Up

9:30am  Sacred Garden

11:30am  Haliimaile Distilling Company sampling in their tasting room and Makai Glass Creations.

12:00pm Kama Hele Cafe – Lunch Included

1:00pm  Kula Country Farms

1:30pm  Lavender Farm

2:30pm  Thompson Road

3:30pm  Grandma’s Coffee Shop

4:00pm  Return to Resort