Consistently ranked as one of the most popular destination wedding spots in the world – aloha, year-round radical weather conditions, endlessly dreamy landscapes, palm-lined beachfront venues, and fresh tropical cocktails – Maui in and of itself is said to host more than 50 wedding ceremonies per day.
Needless to say, getting ‘Maui’d’ is not only every romantic couple’s dream come true, but a valuable industry for Maui businesses, as local weddings are responsible for bringing hundreds of thousands of visitors – not to mention dollars – to The Valley Isle each and every year.
This month, we’re giving our future brides and grooms to be – or at least the best man and maid of honor in charge of planning the festivities – some stellar ideas for how to celebrate a memorable bachelor and bachelorette party here on Maui.
Bachelor & Bachelorette Parties: Maui Edition
Maui Bachelorette Party Ideas
Spa & Sail
Ideal for the laid back bride whose idea of pre-wedding fun may not involve dancing to Cardi B and drinking mojito pitchers until 2am, rest assured there are plenty of top notch opportunities to catch up on a little R&R with the ladies while on Maui.
While luxury spas are a dime a dozen in Hawaii, there’s something special about getting pampered in paradise. If ‘budget-friendly’ isn’t in your list of concerns, call ahead and book the ‘Terme Hydrotherapy Circuit’ for you and your group at the award-winning Spa Grande at the Grand Wailea Resort, which gives you access to 5 specialty baths, a Roman tub, waterfalls, saunas, Swiss jet showers and a Japanese furo in an impressive 50,000 square foot setting.
Alternately, locals and visitors alike love Beauty Spa Maui’s new Hydrotherapy Center, which, for only $25 per person per hour for private parties, gives you full access to pressurized waterfalls in a saltwater pool, a jacuzzi, cold plunge pool, steam room and an infrared sauna in a cozy indoor setting.
Afterward, head to Makena’s Maluaka Beach to board the Kai Kanani for an Adventure Sunset Sail, a two hour luxury catamaran cruise featuring live ukulele music, a MauiWine Lokelani Sparkling Rosé sunset toast, cocktails, local beer and wine, and island-inspired eats.
Sip & Savor
If playing with baby goats, wine tasting on a volcano, sampling Hawaiian pupus by a sparkling lagoon and having a personal driver take you around to all of it sounds a lot like your dream day, join us on one of our Taste of Maui tours, offered weekly on Tuesdays and Fridays from 9am to 4pm.
We’ll start our day at Maui Tropical Plantation’s Mill House Roasting Co. for a handcrafted coffee or espresso, then load up in our ultra-comfy Maui Craft Tours van for a guided tour to several of the island’s most scenic foodie, boozie and farm destinations. Take in the views on the drive up the slopes of Haleakala Volcano to the historic Ulupalakua Ranch, where you’ll sample several varietals of Maui-made wine and shop locally-crafted items before heading back down the slopes to Surfing Goat Dairy for a farm-to-table lunch, a sampling of their flagship artisanal goat cheeses, and of course a visit to meet the adorable resident goats themselves.
Next up, we’ll visit Hawaii Sea Spirits, an award-winning organic farm and distillery, for a behind-the-scenes tour of the distillation and bottling process as well as a tasting of their Ocean Vodka and Deep Wave Rum brands in their lovely Martini Garden.
After, we’ll head back down to sea level for a visit to Maui Brewing Co.’s Kihei-based brewhouse for a guided tour and tasting of their popular Maui-inspired flagship beers – Bikini Blonde Lager, Big Swell IPA, Pineapple Mana Wheat, Coconut Hiwa Porter and Pau Hana Pilsner – before heading back to Maui Tropical Plantation for our last stop, The Mill House Restaurant, for a craft adult beverage and innovative menu items with a stunning view.
As a side recommendation for the adventurous gals of the bunch, we recommend a group surf lesson with Maui Surfer Girls, a self-guided kayak adventure with rentals from Clear Kayaks Maui, or a Maui mermaid experience with Hawaii Mermaid Adventures.
Additionally, for those in search of transportation options, Rockstar Rides offers a 16-person Party Bus with LED-lighting, a flat screen TV, sound system and bar that’s perfect for bar-hopping your way through Maui.
Maui Bachelor Party Ideas
Alright gents, you’re up.
Canoes & Brews
Departing from west Maui (depending on conditions), start your bachelor party plans off strong with an exciting morning of Maui Canoe Surfing with the seasoned pros at Hawaiian Paddle Sports. With room for up to 3 guests – or an additional canoe or option to rotate for larger groups – you’ll hit the Pacific in an outrigger canoe specifically designed to make the most of the waves.
A highly experienced outrigger canoe paddler will be there to help steer and guide you through the experience, and your group will help launch, land and paddle the canoe in the process. While most visitors have tested their skills with normal surfing, the art – and fun – of canoe surfing is a thrill most visitors don’t realize Maui offers.
Afterward, reward your salty success with a cold brew at one of Maui’s top craft beer bars. For those who wish to stay on the west side, we recommend the Maui Brewing Co. location in the Kahana Gateway Shopping Center or the glorious Kohola Brewery, laid back Spanky’s Riptide or nearby Dirty Monkey in Lahaina Town. If you’re on the south side, head for Maui Brewing Co.’s sunny Kihei brewhouse, What Ales You tavern, or The Pint & Cork in Wailea.
Either way, you can’t go wrong with a day of canoe surfing and brew slurping.
Cruise & Views
For a land adventure that’ll leave even the most seasoned brah in awe, we recommend renting a 1957 Porsche 356 Speedster reproduction (or three, as they only seat two people each) from the folks at Maui Roadsters for a road trip adventure unlike any other. While there are a decent chunk of worthy local road trip spots to be explored on Maui, a bachelor party on The Valley Isle is the perfect excuse to pull out all the stops and hit the famed Road to Hana in James Bond-like style.
Start as early as possible, and skip (the often crowded) Twin Falls in favor of making equally worthy pit stops at Upper Waikani Falls, Nahiku Marketplace for lunch, the black sand beach and lava tubes at Wai’anapanapa State Park, Hamoa Beach for body surfing, and Seven Sacred Pools at ‘Ohe’o Gulch on the back side of Haleakala National Park. If there’s time, you may even want to make the 4 mile roundtrip hike along Pipiwai Trail, where you’ll find Maui’s largest bamboo forest, banyan trees and several waterfalls.
Remember to drive slowly and safely, and pull off to the side to let the locals pass when possible. Keep all your valuables with you, and head back in the same direction you came to avoid the rougher, unpaved section of road that continues around the back side. All drivers will need to know how to drive manual transmission, and proof of auto insurance is required at booking.
Relax, unwind, and enjoy a tropical road trip adventure with the bros that’ll surely be one for the books.
Alternately, you could spend a day on the green at one of Maui’s highly touted golf courses, head out for a sweet morning snorkeling tour to Molokini Crater and Maui’s Forbidden Coast with Redline Rafting, or join us for our newest Pineapple Express tasting tour to a local winery, distillery and brewery, among others.
We hope you got some solid ideas for your upcoming Maui bachelorette and bachelor parties, and look forward to welcoming you to paradise sooner than later. A hui hou…