Maui is pure magic. We visited in 2019 and can't wait to go back. The island offers a perfect mix of relaxing beaches, city attractions, and immersion in nature. Continue reading for more on the best time to go and some of our favorite Maui sites, bites, and delights!

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When to go

We recommend visiting Maui in January or February for a few reasons:

How to get there

Turkish Airlines for 7.5k points each way

For 7,500 points, you can get a one-way economy flight to Hawaii through the Turkish Airlines Miles & Smiles loyalty program. Business class seats go for 12,500 points each way. We recommend searching for award flight availability on and ensuring that the flight is marked "saver award" as those are the only ones that qualify for this low rate. Once you find availability for your preferred dates, call Turkish Airlines to confirm they can see the same flights and help you book**.

**A few notes:

Getting around

Unless you're staying put in the same area for the duration of your trip, a rental car is essential to see everything Maui has to offer and have the most flexibility during your visit. Jeeps are the most common cars you'll see among fellow renters, and they're ideal for Maui's terrain

Thankfully there are some great credit card benefits for rental cars: 

The Capital One® Venture X Rewards Credit Card card offers Hertz President’s Circle elite status for primary cardholders and authorized users, which includes guaranteed car upgrades, 50% bonus on Gold Plus Rewards points on all qualified rentals, and more.

Note: Be sure to book the full cost of your rental with the Capital One® Venture X Rewards Credit Card since this will get you access to their Collision Damage Waiver (CDW) coverage which is insurance for damage and theft on most rental cars worldwide. As an added bonus, if you book directly through the Capital One Travel portal, you’ll receive 10x Venture miles for the purchase.


In terms of neighborhoods to stay in, Paia (surf town home to plenty of shops and our favorite restaurants) and Wailea (luxurious resort town with golf courses and beach access) are both great options. Below are some recommendations across price ranges. We typically lean towards Hyatts given their great point redemption values and the ease of earning points through Chase (see below). 

Napili Kai Beach Resort

Residence Inn Marriott Wailea

Andaz Maui at Wailea Resort

Card recommendations

Based on current offers available, we recommend the following cards as you plan your trip:

Chase Sapphire Preferred®

Capital One® Venture X Rewards Credit Card

Eat & drink

The seafood and fresh fruit selection can't be beat. Here are some of the Maui spots that we can't forget:

Tasting at Maui Brewing Company

Macadamia Pancakes at Kihei Cafe

Tacos at Coconut's Fish Cafe

Fish Plate at Paia Fish Market 

Whale watching

See & do


Maui has a mix of white and black sand beaches from volcanic eruptions. We weren't able to snorkel during our trip but it's high on the list given the abundance of beautiful fish. Below are some beach highlights:

Whale watching

This was by far our favorite part of the trip. We booked a whale watching sunset cruise that included dinner through Tripadvisor. Despite the captain's disclosures that there was no guarantee we'd see any whales that night, we were in for a show. There was a full family of whales that swam and played around our boat for close to 1 full hour. Needless to say, it was an incredible experience that we can't wait to share with friends and family during our next trip.  

Goat farm

Another must do is a visit to the Surfing Goat Dairy. A 20-minute drive from the OGG airport, it's a great activity to do on your way in or out. We were able to say hello to some adorable goats and sample a selection of the farm's amazingly fresh cheeses. 

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