The Best West Maui Coastline Driving Tour (2024)

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Want to know the best way to explore the West Maui coastline? We’ve got you covered with the best self-guided driving tour!

Exploring the West Maui coastline is a great way to see the not quite as busy locales on Maui that most tourists visit like Haleakala or the Road to Hana.

The easiest way to do this drive is to download the Shaka Guide app.

You can pre-load the tour and it syncs with your GPS to guide you along even without phone service.

You can watch our full West Maui coastline driving tour itinerary in this video on our YouTube Channel.

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West Maui Coastline Driving Tour scenery

The Best West Maui Coastline Driving Tour

We’ve mentioned in previous posts that we used the Shaka Guide app to take us around the island throughout our stay.

We used it for the Road to Hana Full Loop, Haleakala National Park, AND for the West Maui Coastline Tour.

You can purchase each tour separately, but I recommend the bundle so you can have all of the tours for just $10 more than the cost of 1 tour.

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This tour recommends having about 6-8 hours of time set aside to complete and to begin by 10 am.

It starts and ends in Kahului.

What’s great about this being a loop though is you can actually start and end wherever you’d like.

We were already at Miso Phat Sushi for lunch, so we just began our tour from there and took the loop around until we made it back to our resort.

We also weren’t able to start until about 1 pm because of our chocolate tasting.

Some areas of the tour didn’t really have stops, it was more so just taking a scenic drive.

The timing worked out great for us this way.

Where To Grab Lunch Before You Go: Miso Phat Sushi

Location: 4310 Lower Honoapi‘Ilani Road, Lahaina, Hawaii

With a name like that, how could you not want to eat lunch here?

Miso Phat Sushi was actually featured on Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives (one of our favorite shows!), so you know it’s good!

There is a second location in Kihei, but for the purposes of this West Maui coastline driving tour, you’ll want to go to the Lahaina location.

I made a list before we went to Maui of all the restaurants I wanted to try and I found a way to work it into our schedule!

JP ordered the Miso Phat Roll which is a Spicy Tuna Roll with Cucumber Broiled Unagi, Avocado topped with Tobiko, Unagi Sauce & Sesame Seeds for $20.

I had the 69 Roll which is a California Roll with Crab, Avocado & Cucumber wrapped with Broiled Unagi & topped with Green Onions, Unagi Sauce, Tobiko & Sesame Seeds, also for $20.

They sold baby t-shirts with the Miso Phat logo that said “Miso Phat Baby” and we were so tempted to get one for our 1 year old nephew, but we ultimately decided not to just because of how quickly he would outgrow it.

1. Kapalua

This place was amazing.

JP said one of his previous trips to Maui he actually golfed here.

He had forgotten about it until we saw it.

We went over to the cliffs and watched the waves crash up on the shore and we were able to see plenty of waves.

I loved this spot and could just sit here all day.

2. Fleming Beach

We mostly just stopped here for a bathroom break.

They have a cute pre-school set back from the beach.

Since we had a late start to the driving tour, we didn’t want to spend too much time at these sorts of stops.

It was also pretty crowded and hard to find parking.

Fleming Beach, Maui

3. Honolua Bay

This is known for being a great snorkeling spot.

We saw quite a few ourselves, but did not participate.

We stopped at a couple of the overlooks and went down to the beach for a few minutes.

Then we continued on our journey.

4. Nakalele Blowhole

The Nakalele Blowhole is one of the highlights of the West Maui Coastline Tour.

We didn’t go all the way down because it is a steep trail, but we got close enough to enjoy it.

There were quite a few people at this stop.

Many were very unprepared.

Please do not wear flip flops, please put on sunscreen, and please bring water with you!

There are also warnings about getting too close, so keep a safe distance!

People get swept away all the time and you don’t want this vacation to be your last!

This is a stop that you can do for 5 minutes or even an hour if you wanted to.

The blowhole pretty much goes continuously, so you can just watch it forever!

5. West Maui Driving

At this point, we just drove through the little towns along the route taking in the views.

The Shaka Guide shared the history of the area and pointed out areas of significance.

For this large portion of the drive there weren’t really any stops.

It was a fun drive though with many areas only one lane and there was hardly any traffic.

6. Iao Valley State Park

Iao Valley is the other big highlight of the West Maui Coastline Tour.

With this being a state park, they do charge $5 for parking and they close fairly early.

So plan to arrive before 5 pm.

The must-do here is taking the steps up to the viewpoint of the “needle”.

If you have more time you can also take the trail down to the river.

7. West Maui Petroglyphs

In our recent travels, we’ve been to a lot of petroglyphs (like at Capitol Reef and in New Mexico) and honestly, they never get old!

It’s fun to find all of them and see all of the different drawings.

It was so interesting that these petroglyphs were just off a dirt road and didn’t really have any sort of signage.

There were signs saying not to vandalize them, but not like a “Welcome to Maui’s Petroglyphs” kind of sign.

This might be one of the reasons we were the only ones there.

By this time the sun was setting, so we continued on our tour toward Lahaina.

8. Lahaina (Front Street)

By the time we circled back to this area, our tour was essentially complete.

We had been going to Lahaina at some point every day, so we just listened to the tour to see what they said about it, but we weren’t really “on tour” any more.

We had planned dinner in Lahaina at Aloha Mixed Plate.

But apparently they had closed permanently.

So instead we went to Star Noodle.

Where To Have Dinner: Star Noodle

Location: 1285 Front Street, Lahaina, HI 96761

They were attached to Star Noodle and one of JP’s friends had recommended Star Noodle, so we decided to give it a try since we were already there.

We shared Tempura Shrimp, Garlic Noodles, and a Hapa Ramen bowl.

Where To Stay When Visiting Maui

I highly recommend staying at Ka’anapali Beach Club when you’re visiting Maui.

This property is owned by Hilton Vacation Club (who purchased it from Diamond Resorts recently).

Contrary to popular belief, you don’t have to be an owner of this timeshare to stay at this resort.

You can book your stay easily through your preferred 3rd party booking platform or book directly.

I recommend this resort specifically because for the same price as a standard hotel room, you’ll get a full kitchen, balcony with ocean views, a jacuzzi tub, separate bedroom and living spaces, and more.

If this room type is available, I recommend trying to book the one bedroom Deluxe Oceanview Suite.

You can see a full walk-through of the one bedroom deluxe oceanview suite in this video on our YouTube Channel.

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view from oceanview suite at Ka'anapali Beach Club in Maui

Other Great Restaurants On Maui

We’ve compiled a list of all the best restaurants on Maui to try while you’re visiting since there are just so many and it can be overwhelming to try to plan.

Lobster and Crab Grilled Cheese - Down The Hatch - Front Street - Lahaina, Maui

More Fun Things To Do On Maui

Exploring the West Maui coastline is just one small area of Maui.

There are so many other great things to do on the island.

5 Night Complete Maui Itinerary

For an all-inclusive look at everything you can do during your stay on Maui, check out our full 6 day, 5 night itinerary.

sunset dinner cruise on Maui

✅ Haleakala National Park

Catching a sunrise at Haleakala National Park is a must-do on Maui.

It’s easiest to do as part of a small group guided tour so you don’t have to do any of the driving!

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Haleakala National Park - Leleiwi Overlook

✅ Whale Watching

You can’t go to Maui without doing a little bit of whale watching.

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whale watching on Maui

✅ Cacao Farm + Chocolate Tasting Tour

This was one of the highlights of our trip, with my favorite photo of us in the treehouse tasting chocolates made from the cacao grown on this farm.

The views are amazing, the chocolate is amazing, and it’s a fun experience most Maui visitors don’t get to do

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Maui Ku'ia Estate Chocolate Tasting and Cacao Farm Tour

✅ Best Luaus On Maui

You have to go to a luau at least once when you’re visiting any of the Hawaiian islands.

Maui's Finest Luau Photoshoot

✅ Road To Hana Full Loop Drive

I highly recommend driving the full loop route if the weather permits. Most visitors just drive to Hana and back, but there is so much more to do and see!

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Road to Hana Full Loop - Black Sand Beach

Conclusion: West Maui Coastline Driving Tour

The West Maui coastline driving tour is a really fun experience and a great way to see different parts of Maui that not every visitor gets to see.

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West Maui Coastline Driving Tour