On the island of Maui, there’s no such thing as a boring sunset.
I already had a hunch, but my recent three-week trip with family really drove the point home. I figured we’d see at least ONE sunset during that time that we’d feel ambivalent toward, but I was wrong. So very wrong.
Here are the 5 most mind-blowing sunsets I experienced in Maui–I hope you enjoy them as much as I did!
Keawakapu Beach Sunset #1
Pro tip for anyone traveling to Maui on a budget: the Days Inn Maui Oceanfront offers beachfront living at a fraction of the cost of the big fancy resorts on the island! We would know–my brother stayed there during our trip. Sure, it’s not all-inclusive, but that’s not what we come to Maui for anyway. The list of things we DO come to Maui for definitely includes sunsets like this, seen from Keawakapu Beach where this low-key hotel is situated.
Unlike the fancy resorts, this beach is public; so on several occasions, we joined my brother here to catch the show, climb around on the volcanic rocks, and wiggle our toes in the cool sand. We also enjoyed a meal at the beachfront restaurant attached to his hotel and believe it or not, it was our best dining experience of the entire trip! Don’t be fooled by the fact that it’s attached to a Days Inn–Sarento’s On the Beach is as classy as they come.
Keawakapu Beach Sunset #2
The night immediately following the sunset seen above, we returned to Keawakapu for an encore. And boy, did it deliver. Sure, we could have driven someplace else for a slightly different view of the same flaming ball of gas…but if it ain’t broke don’t fix it, amIright?
I’ll be honest, this probably wasn’t even the best sunset we saw from our condo in Wailea, but it appears to be one of the only ones I photographed. Perhaps I figured since everyone else got trigger-happy every night around 6 pm, I didn’t need to take as many photos myself?
Honoapiilani Highway Sunset #1
Driving the Honoapiilani Highway on Maui’s west coast was a common occurrence for us. We spent many an afternoon wandering the quaint streets of Lahaina, and we’d often drive out that direction in search of calm, shady beaches. Either way, we usually ended up making our way back south to Wailea around sunset, and let’s just say it’s a miracle we never caused any car accidents while trying to take in the sight of the fiery red sky. I did my best to capture this incredible sight without stopping the car (my mom was behind the wheel, don’t worry), so apologies for the blurriness!
Honoapiilani Highway Sunset #2
The next time I found myself driving back along the same highway, I made sure to stop off at Papawai Point, a lookout point situated roughly halfway between Lahaina and Kihei. It was a crowded one, so I did a little off-roading to get a better view; by following the network of footpaths I escaped the hullabaloo and was rewarded with serenity. Out there, it was just me, the sinking sun, and the crashing waves.
I think Maui might have the best sunsets I’ve ever seen, and that’s saying something! (Greece is a close runner up). Where have you seen the best sunsets?