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Eco Adventures

In a place where the land is the lure, it’s no surprise that Maui has a long history of environmental stewardship. The island is home to pristine beaches, awe-inspiring mountains and stunning waterfalls, as well as a strong farm-to-table food movement that inspires chefs to draw from the bounty of the land. Gain a deeper sense of connection to the natural wonders and cultural traditions of Hawaii at The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua, a secluded Maui resort that both embraces nature and pampers guests with luxury amenities.

Day

1

MORNING
  • Set Sail.

    Embark on a snorkeling excursion to the neighboring island of Lanai’i, home to Hawaii’s longest and healthiest coral reef, where sea turtles and dolphins abound. And don’t worry about grabbing breakfast beforehand — you’ll enjoy fresh fruit, pastries and Kona coffee as you sail across the Au’au channel.

MIDDAY
  • Lunch, Alfresco.

    Head back to The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua for casual beachside dining at the Burger Shack, where burgers and fries are served alongside a soundtrack of crashing waves.

AFTERNOON
  • Pool Time.

    After your morning of exploration, enjoy an afternoon of relaxation with a cabana rental at the resort pool. Daybeds, lounge chairs and drink service make it easy to unwind.

EVENING
  • Dinner and a Show.

    Don your finest island wear for an evening of traditional Hawaiian fare, song and dance at the Ka’anapali Polynesian Luau. From the iconic hula dance to an awe-inspiring flame-throwing performance, it’s a show like no other.

Day

2

MORNING
  • Breakfast, Your Way.

    Enjoy dining at The Terrace, where a full buffet is served overlooking manicured gardens, the resort’s three-tiered pool and the Pacific Ocean. Don’t miss the bloody mary bar, where you can craft your perfect brunch beverage.

  • Explore More.

    Find adventure along the Kapalua Trail with The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua’s Ambassadors of the Environment program, which helps foster an appreciation and respect for nature in guests of all ages. The naturalists on staff will guide you through an exploration of tide pools, beaches and bays on this coastal hike.

  • History Lesson.

    If your stay falls on a Friday, join the resort’s resident Hawaiian cultural advisor for a walking tour of the nearby Honokahua Preservation Site, the sacred grounds that lay adjacent to the resort.

MIDDAY
  • Local Fare.

    Head to island-favorite Mama’s Fish House for lunch, where fresh fish are delivered daily by local anglers (whose names are listed on the menu) and the dishes comprise the catches of the day. Opt for the simply grilled preparation, served with macadamia nut pesto and sun-dried tomato pesto.

  • Walk It Off.

    Explore the town of Paia, where stylish boutiques, hip coffee shops and upscale yoga studios dot the streets. Peruse the fashions at Imrie, a family-owned fashion boutique dedicated to elevated beachwear.

AFTERNOON
  • Ride Off into the Sunset.

    View the brilliance and tranquility of a Maui sunset from the back of a horse. An experienced guide will help bring your ride to life — as you travel through history-rich Hawaiian valleys and ancient home sites, you’ll learn about the island’s ancient beginnings, all while the sun begins to dip below the horizon.

EVENING
  • An Island Feast to Remember.

    Tuck into dinner at The Banyan Tree, where seasonal and sustainable ingredients come together to create an elevated dining experience. Fresh seafood is the star of the show, with dishes like Kona Lobster Carbonara and Steamed Hawaiian Snapper.

Day

3

MORNING
  • On the Run.

    Fuel up for a full day with a grab-and-go breakfast of homemade pastries and locally sourced coffee from Kai Cafe.

  • Climb High.

    No visit to Maui is complete without a trip to Haleakala Crater, an awe-inspiring dormant volcano. The 4-mile hike will take you to both sides of the mountain, where the differing environments spark a deeper appreciation for the power of the natural world.

MIDDAY
  • An Afternoon Pick-Me-Up.

    Relax on the patio at The Plantation House, where you can nosh on local favorites like the fresh fish tacos while overlooking the fairways of the award-winning Plantation Golf Course.

AFTERNOON
  • Spa, Aaah.

    After a morning of hiking, an afternoon at The Ritz-Carlton Spa, Kapalua is well-deserved. Book the Lomilomi massage, which is based on the traditional Hawaiian concepts of working with the body, mind and spirit.

  • Go Beach Combing.

    With pristine white-sand beaches and crystal-clear water, nearby Honokahua Bay is the perfect place for an afternoon stroll.

EVENING
  • Dine at a Maui Classic.

    Named a Best Maui Restaurant 24 years in a row by Honolulu Magazine, Lahaina Grill is an island institution, serving up dishes like Seared Lion Paw Scallops and Kona Coffee Roasted Colorado Rack of Lamb. For a truly special night, book the chef’s table set in the picture window overlooking bustling Lahaina. You’ll enjoy a completely personalized menu planned by the chef.