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So you’re looking at Lahaina in West Maui!

 

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Best things to do in Lahaina Maui. Lahaina day trips. What to do in Lahaina without a car. lahaina hawaii travel blog

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If you are also looking into taking the Maui bus from Lahaina, there is a quick little list below to tell you the top things to know!

 

Best things to do in Lahaina Maui. Day trips from Lahaina by bus. What to do in Lahaina without a car. lahaina hawaii travel blog

Best things to do in Lahaina Maui. Day trips from Lahaina by bus. What to do in Lahaina without a car. lahaina hawaii travel blog

Best things to do in Lahaina Maui. Day trips from Lahaina by bus. What to do in Lahaina without a car. lahaina hawaii travel blog

 

But first, the quick list of things to do in Lahaina around the walkable “downtown” area of Lahaina! Since the focus is on downtown Lahaina, this does not include Kaanapali or Kapalua. For these Maui beach towns, be sure to have a look at the best of West Maui.

Then, below will be a look at things to do as a day trip from Lahaina… by bus! (Which will then include how to get to Kaanapali and Kapalua from downtown Lahaina!)

 

 

What is there to do in downtown Lahaina?

The things listed below are all in a walkable area from one another with a focus on the downtown Lahaina area.

 

Here is what Lahaina Maui is known for:

 

1. Front Street

Best things to do in Lahaina: Front Street with ocean views. west maui hawaii travel blog

 

The famous street in Lahaina is Front Street. This is a waterfront street in part.

 

Best things to do in Lahaina: Front Street with ocean views. west maui hawaii travel blog

 

There are a bunch of shops located all along Front Street, and you’ll also find oceanfront restaurants aka you can eat with ocean views!

 

Best things to do in Lahaina: Front Street restaurants with ocean views. west maui hawaii travel blog

 

 

2. Lahaina historic district

Best things to do in Lahaina: Lahaina historic district. west maui hawaii travel blog

 

Well actually basically the whole “downtown” area of Lahaina is the historic district, and that includes Front Street.

Lahaina is even designated by the National Park Service as a National Historic Landmark.

 

Best things to do in Lahaina: Lahaina historic district. Historic lahaina walking tour. west maui hawaii travel blog

 

You can go for a self-guided Lahaina historic district walking tour.

 

 

3. Lahaina banyan tree

Best things to do in Lahaina: Lahaina banyan tree, lahaina banyan court park. west maui hawaii travel blog

 

While you are in Lahaina, don’t miss the chance to see a massive banyan tree, said to be the biggest banyan tree in Hawaii! (Actually it’s said to be the biggest banyan tree in the United States too.)

When you first walk past it, you may think you’re walking by a whole bunch of trees. But if you take a closer look, you’ll see that it is actually one BIG tree connected together!

 

 

See more about the famous Maui banyan tree.

 

 

4. Boat tour from Lahaina Harbor

Best things to do in Lahaina: Boat tour from Lahaina Harbor. west maui hawaii travel blog

 

Lahaina also has a boat harbor that’s a popular spot to take whale watching boat tours from during whale season, which is generally speaking the winter months. The channel that’s off the coast of Lahaina is considered to be one of the best places for whale watching in Hawaii.

It’s also from this boat harbor that you can take a ferry to the neighbor island of Lanai. Many people make a day trip to Lanai from Lahaina.

 

 

 

5. Old Lahaina Luau

A luau is an event with Hawaiian food and entertainment. A luau like the Old Lahaina Luau tends to be a rather touristy event, but it can still be a fun thing to do in Lahaina while getting a small taste of Hawaiian culture… literally! Both through food and traditional performance arts.

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Get official info for the Old Lahaina Luau, including booking tickets.

 

 

So in short, Lahaina is known for being a historic small town in Maui with shops and restaurants that line Front Street, along with being a coastal town where you can take boat tours from.

 

 

Lahaina cruise port

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If you are arriving to Lahaina by cruise ship, then this will be a tender port. This means that the cruise ship anchors off shore, and you will take a small boat to get from the cruise ship to land.

 

Tender port boat, Lahaina cruise port. Best things to do in Lahaina near Lahaina cruise port, near lahaina harbor. west maui hawaii travel blog

 

When you step off the tender boat, you will basically be dropped off in the main part of Lahaina, at the Lahaina Harbor, just a few minutes walk to the shops and restaurants of Front Street.

During normal times, there was also a hop-on hop-off trolley (shuttle) that operated on cruise port days, called the Hula Hula Hopper (look for the Lahaina Harbor option). The cost of this trolley was around $20 per person for a day pass.

 

Lahaina hop on hop off trolley shuttle bus. Best things to do in Lahaina near Lahaina cruise port, near lahaina harbor. west maui hawaii travel blog

 

The Lahaina cruise port isn’t the main cruise port of Maui. More common is for cruise ships to stop in a more central part of Maui, at the Kahului cruise port.

 

 

Lahaina hostels

Things to do near Lahaina hostels by bus. west maui travel blog
👆 Common area of Tiki Beach Hostel in Lahaina.

 

There are also some Maui hostels located in Lahaina just a few minutes walk from the nearest beach.

 

Best things to do in Lahaina: Lahaina beach without crowds near lahaina hostel. west maui hawaii travel blog

Best things to do in Lahaina: Lahaina beach without crowds near lahaina hostel. west maui hawaii travel blog

 

The Lahaina hostels are about a 5 minute walk to the waterfront part of Front Street, and it’s about a 20 minute walk from Baby Beach which tends to be considered the snorkeling beach of Lahaina. There are 2 hostels in Lahaina and they are both located in the same area.

 

 

More below on day trips from Lahaina without a car!

 

 

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Day trips from Lahaina

What can you do by bus from Lahaina?!

The day trips below will focus on Lahaina day trips by bus. If you will have a car, then be sure to consider going to far north of West Maui. (The bus does not go to the far north.)

So the best way to figure out how to get to a place from Lahaina by bus is google maps. Just check the public transit option! As long as your GPS is on, it will tell you the bus stop that’s nearest to you too. It makes navigating Maui by bus super easy!

 

Lahaina bus route directions. Lahaina to Kaanapali. Kaanapali to Lahaina. west maui travel blog

 

See more about general guide to getting around Maui by bus. This will take you through how to actually take a bus on Maui. After you take the bus once or twice, you’ll feel like a pro!

You will probably find that the vast majority of Maui bus drivers are friendly, so don’t hesitate to ask them any questions you may have!

 

 

Here are a few quick things to know about going from Lahaina by bus!

If this seems like a lot of information, just know that google maps makes really does make this seem a lot easier!

Really all you need to do is open up the google maps app on your phone when you’re in Maui and type in your destination. Then you are nearly good to go!

Still, here are things that might be helpful to know before you go.

I took the Maui bus a number of times in January and February 2020 and this is based on my experience.

It’s always best to confirm as things can change, but here are some general things to start to get to know how to get around West Maui from Lahaina.

 

 

1. Kaanapali Islander or West Maui Islander bus route: There is a direct bus from Lahaina to Kaanapali.

Lahaina bus. West Maui islander bus route timings. Lahaina to Kaanapali bus. west maui travel blog

 

Kaanapali is where you can find the popular Kaanapali Beach.

 

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At the far north end (right end as you are facing the ocean) you’ll also find Black Rock, which is one of the top snorkeling spots on Maui.

There is also a paved coastal walk that runs alongside Kaanapali Beach, and you can find a number of restaurants and bars with ocean views here.

 

Lahaina day trips without a car. Lahaina to Kaanapali bus. Lahaina bus. west maui travel blog

Lahaina day trips without a car. Lahaina to Kaanapali bus. Lahaina bus. west maui travel blog

 

To go to Kaanapali, you will take the bus on the Kaanapali Islander route or the West Maui Islander route. You may consider taking the bus to Whaler’s Village, which is the outdoor shopping mall of Kaanapali. Then when you get to Whaler’s Village, you can walk through the mall to get to the beach.

Going by bus from downtown Lahaina to Kaanapali may take around 30-40 minutes. (google maps)

 

 

2. West Maui Islander bus route: There is a direct bus from Lahaina to Kapalua.

Lahaina bus. West Maui islander bus route timings. Lahaina to Kapalua bus. west maui travel blog

 

Kapalua is a bit further north than Kaanapali, and this is where you can find the generally quiet Kapalua Coastal Trail.

 

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To go to Kapalua, you will take the West Maui Islander bus route. You may consider taking the bus to Kapalua Bay or Dragon’s Teeth Trail. Both of these spots are near access spots to the Kapalua Coastal Trail.

Going by bus from downtown Lahaina to Kapalua may take around 1 hour and 15 minutes. (google maps)

Lahaina to Kapalua: See more about things to do as a day trip from Lahaina.

 

 

3. The furthest north you can go in West Maui by bus is near the Dragon’s Teeth Trail in Kapalua.

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For reference on a map, you can look for Dragon’s Teeth Trail to find the furthest north you can go by bus. The nearest bus stop to here is about a 5-10 minute walk away.

 

 

4. The West Maui bus routes are generally every 30 minutes to once an hour.

Lahaina bus timings. Lahaina to Kaanapali. Kaanapali to Lahaina. west maui travel blog
In google maps, you can expand out to see future bus timings.

 

 

So those are Lahaina day trips to take while staying in West Maui. Now moving away from West Maui to different parts of Maui!

 

 

5. Wharf Cinema Center is the transit hub in Lahaina

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Lahaina bus. wharf cinema center. wharf shops and restaurants. lahaina shopping mall. west maui travel blog

 

The Wharf Cinema Center is an outdoor shopping mall in Lahaina with shops and restaurants.

 

Lahaina bus. wharf shops and restaurants. lahaina shopping mall. west maui travel blog

 

This is basically the main transit hub in Lahaina, and it’s where bus routes start and end. The Wharf bus stop is where you’ll definitely go if you want to go to Central Maui or South Maui. Depending on where you’re starting from, you may also come here to go to Kaanapali and Kapalua too if it’s the nearest bus stop to you.

There is a waiting area at this Lahaina bus stop.

 

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6. Lahaina Islander bus route: Lahaina to other parts of Maui

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There is a bus route called the Lahaina Islander. This is the bus route that goes between Lahaina in West Maui and Kahului in Central Maui. This is basically the bus route you will take if you want to go to a part of Maui that is not West Maui.

 

Day trip from Lahaina by bus. Lahaina islander bus route. west maui travel blog

Day trip from Lahaina by bus. Lahaina islander bus route. west maui travel blog

Day trip from Lahaina by bus. Lahaina islander bus route. west maui travel blog

 

You can also take the Lahaina Islander bus route to go from Lahaina to the Maui Ocean Center near the Maalaea Harbor, and that will be about a 40 minute bus ride. (google maps)

 

 

7. The Queen Kaahumanu Center is basically a central bus transfer spot.

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The Queen Kaahumanu Center is actually a big shopping mall in Kahului of Central Maui.

But as far as the bus goes, this is a central hub for the Maui bus.

 

day trip from Lahaina by bus. queen kaahumanu center shopping mall. shops and restaurants. maui travel blog

day trip from Lahaina by bus. queen kaahumanu center shopping mall. shops and restaurants. maui travel blog

 

You will end up here from Lahaina if you are looking to take the bus to get to completely different parts of the island.

As such, if you are looking to get to another part of Maui that’s not West Maui, it will require a bus transfer at Queen Kaahumanu Center.

 

 

8. Kihei Islander bus route: The bus from Lahaina to South Maui will require one bus transfer.

Lahaina bus. Kihei islander bus route timings. Lahaina to Kihei, to Wailea, to South Maui. getting around maui without a car. west maui travel blog

 

You can go by bus from Lahaina to Kihei, and you can go by bus from Lahaina to Wailea.

Wailea is where you can find the coastal walk along a paved trail called the Wailea Beach Path.

Whether you go to Kihei or Wailea, it will be the same bus. Wailea is just a bit further south than Kihei, which means that the bus to Wailea will take a little bit longer.

To get to South Maui, you’ll first take the bus to the Queen Kaahumanu Center. And then from there you’ll find a direct bus to South Maui on the Kihei Islander bus route. You may consider taking the bus to the Shops at Wailea, which is an outdoor shopping mall. You can walk through the mall to get to the Wailea Beach Path.

Going by bus from Lahaina to Wailea will likely take over 2 hours. (google maps)

Lahaina to Wailea: See more about things to do as a day trip from Lahaina.

 

 

9. The furthest south you can go in South Maui is the Shops at Wailea.

For reference on a map, you can look for the Shops at Wailea to find the furthest south you can go by bus. The nearest bus stop to here is a few minutes walk away. It’s also about a 15 minute walk away from Ulua Beach, another top snorkeling spot on Maui.

 

 

10. The bus from Lahaina to Paia will require one bus transfer.

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To get to the hippie town of Paia, you’ll first take the bus to the Queen Kaahumanu Center. And then from there you’ll find a direct bus to Paia on the Haiku Islander bus route.

Going by bus from Lahaina to Paia will likely take over 2 hours. (google maps)

 

 

11. The bus from Lahaina to the Kahului airport will require one bus transfer.

Lahaina to airport bus. airport to lahaina bus. maui travel blog

 

You can also get to/from the main Maui airport by bus.

To get to Kahului airport, you’ll first take the bus to the Queen Kaahumanu Center. And then from there you’ll find a direct bus to the airport on the Haiku Islander bus route or the Upcountry Islander bus route.

You will want to allow plenty of time just in case there are delays! If you plan on taking the bus to the airport from Lahaina, then you may also try to schedule your flight from Maui for later in the day.

Going by bus from Lahaina to the Maui airport will likely take around 2 hours. (google maps)

Maui airport to Lahaina: See more about taking the bus from the Maui airport.

 

 

And that’s a bit about what to do when you’re staying in Lahaina!

 

See more of what to do on Maui:

 

HAPPY TRIP TO LAHAINA!

 

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