A Perfect Day in Maui

From canyoneering in a rainforest valley to a post-adventure massage and a five-star meal, here’s how to spend 24 hours on the Hawaiian island.

8 a.m.

Andaz Maui

Photo: Andaz Maui at Wailea Resort

Wake up at the new 15-acre Andaz Maui and head to the hotel’s Ka’ana Kitchen – recently named best new restaurant by Maui Magazine – where chef Isaac Bancaco serves up modern Hawaiian cuisine, using primarily local ingredients. Start the day fresh with Kalua pork Benedict with ponzu hollandaise and a custom smoothie from the breakfast beverage mixologist. Before going back to your room, check out the airy Andaz Lounge, which brings the beach inside with a central sandpit flanked by chairs welcoming you to sink your toes in the sand.

3550 Wailea Alanui Dr., Wailea, maui.andaz.hyatt.com

10 a.m.

Rappel Maui

Descend for half a day into the remote, private 26-acre rainforest valley and botanical garden that served as the backdrop for the opening scene in Jurassic Park. With guides from Rappel Maui, you’ll learn the basics of canyoneering (a technical descent into a canyon using a harness, ropes and rappels). First, you’ll head to an 18-metre dry jungle wall for practice, then tackle a backwards walk down a 15-metre waterfall, followed by a nine-metre waterfall. There are 12 wet-and-dry rappelling stations in total, with some as high as 42 metres – but all end with a short dog-paddle across a pristine freshwater pool.


3 p.m.

Hawaii Tourism Autority

Photo: Hawaii Tourism Autority

Light winds and white sand make the west shore’s Polo Beach Park a stand-up paddleboarder’s paradise. Tucked between resorts but still off the beaten path (and equipped with bathroom and showers), it’s got easy access, ample parking (that never fills up) and calm waves to better view the sea turtles. Book a paddleboard from 1-800-Snorkel, a rental company that will bring gear to your hotel or your beach within the hour. After providing a few tips and pointers, delivery drivers will strap the board on your car with a free loaned rack or simply park it in the sand.


6 p.m.

Fairmont Kea Lani

Following an $8-million renovation, the new 9,000-square-foot spa at the Fairmont Kea Lani now offers a six-nozzle Vichy shower with infrared light technology (perfect for relieving pain post-surf-safari) and other showers inspired by Maui rain. Try the 120-minute Natural Hawaiian Journey salt scrub, body wrap and massage with ingredients from the local Alani skincare line (including ti leaves grown at the resort). For the guys, the Gentlemen’s Facial delivers 60 minutes of exfoliation and razor-burn relief.

4100 Wailea Alanui Dr., Wailea, fairmont.com/kea-lani-maui

9 p.m.

Maui Executive Catering

Photo: Mieko Photography

In his north shore Maui Executive Catering company’s stainless-steel and white-walled commercial kitchen, chef and culinary instructor Jeff Scheer stages private pop-up dinners where 14 guests can get together at a long table for a seven-course meal. Riffing on everything from farm-fresh eggs and potato ragu to ramen noodles and fish tacos, Scheer showcases some of the best food on the island, offering demonstrations and tips along the way – and he never duplicates a meal (look for menus online for BYOB pairings).

810 Kokomo Road, #150, Haiku