Maui Road Trip? Vespas and Scooters are simply the best way to tour the West Maui beaches and coastline. It’s easy to pull in and out of beaches on a scooter, and nothing will get you closer to the Maui coastline than riding on two wheels!

Need help planning your own Maui road trip? Here are some of our favorite routes we recommend at Motoroshi Maui to our Vespa & scooter rental customers:

Full Day West-Maui Road Trip

  • Proceed north on Front Street from Motoroshi Maui @ Cafe Cafe in Lahaina… if you’re headed out for the full day, make sure you have sunscreen and drinks– in fact, let Cafe Cafe pack you a Motoroshi picnic lunch!
  • Pass Mala Wharf and Jodo Mission
  • At the end of Front Street, join Honoapiilani Highway 30 North toward Kaanapali
  • Make a left onto Kaanapali Parkway
  • Park near Whaler’s Village in Kaapapali, maybe catch a little shopping
  • Jump in the water at Black Rock… great snorkeling, and great big jump off the rocks
  • Rejoin Highway 30 North, make a left onto Lower Honoapiilani Highway
  • Drive north along the water through Honokowai, Kahana, Napili and Kapalua.
  • Many little streets and bays to explore along the way including Napili Bay and Kapalua Bay!
  • North of Kaapalua, hit DT Flemings Beach
  • Find Mokuleia Beach Park (aka Slaughterhouse). It’s a magical spot to watch the surf. Respect the local signs and instructions.
  • Don’t miss Honolua Bay. Wonderful snorkeling and swimming. Perfect spot for a picnic lunch.
  • Continue north at find Nakalele Point (aka The Blow Hole) at Pohelua Bay. A blowhole is similar to a geyser.. in this case, it’s a hole in the lava rock and a jet of water shoots periodically into the air. You’ll want sneakers or good hiking shoes to walk in this area. Be careful approaching the Blow Hole point, as the water can shoot up on an unexpected basis and wet rocks can be very slippery, especially during high tide and high surf. Even at a distance, the scenery is magical.
  • Still have energy? Continue to the Olivine Pools, a set of tide pools in the lava rock’s near the ocean’s edge. Again, be cautious during high tide and high surf.
  • Try not to miss the Village of Kahakuloa, one of the most picturesque spots in West Maui’s back side. You may recognize an old, historic missionary church (dating back to 1892)… it’s the famous subject of many Maui paintings and photographs situated between the mountain and ocean. Enjoy the roadside stands and local art galleries nestled among the taro fields and other local homes in this special village.
  • See if you can make it to Kahakuloa Head at mile marker #14, Highway 340. You’ll notice two distinctive hills, Pu‘u Koa‘e at over 636 feet and Pu’u Kahuli’anapa at 550 feet high. Legend has it that Kahakuloa Head was one of the favorite cliff-diving spots of King Kahekili in the 1700s (father to King Kamehameha) and that he jumped into the ocean 200 feet from these hills each morning. Definitely don’t give that a try, but enjoy the history and the view.
  • Probably time to turn around and head back to Lahaina on a leisurely basis. Reverse route and ride Highway 30 South. Enjoy the stops and beached you missed on your way up!
  • Remember to fill up your gas tank at the corner of Lahainaluna Road and Highway 30 as you head back to Motoroshi Maui and Cafe Cafe. Treat yourself to home made gelato or Hawaiian Shave Ice upon your return!

Three-Hour Tour: The Mini West-Maui Road Trip Heading North of Lahaina

  • New to Lahaina? Consider scooting through the Lahaina Historic Trail, Ala Hele Mo’olelo O Lahaina. This well-marked, self-guided tour includes 62 historic points of interest, starting with the great rulers of Maui in the 16th century (the Pi-ilani Family), through the wars of unification of the islands in the late 18th century, to the beginning of the Hawaiian Kingdom and the era of the Kamehameha kings (I, II and III) and it culminates with the influx of Asian and European laborers in the early 20th century to Lahaina. The tour has many points of interest, but they’re easy to navigate on a scooter, and there is no better way to park near the historic sites in town than with a bike. We have maps of the Lahaina Historic Trail at Motoroshi Maui. The Lahaina Restoration Foundation also has a copy of the map online.
  • Certainly don’t miss the Banyan Tree in the center of town! It’s one of the largest in the entire United States, and its extensive trunk and root system covers 2/3 of an acre! It was planted in 1873, by then sheriff of Old Lahaina Town, William Owen Smith. It was planted in celebration of the 50th anniversary of Lahaina’s first Christian Mission. In 1886, the Banyan Tree served as the site for a birthday party for King Kamehameha III, and in 1898, the Banyan Tree was the site of a ceremony marking Hawaii becoming a United States territory.
  • Check out the Lahaina Breakwall, a famous surf spot, right in town.
  • When you’ve had your fill of historic Lahaina Town, go for a ride northon Front Street. Pass Mala Wharf and Jodo Mission
  • At the end of Front Street, join Honoapiilani Highway 30 North toward Kaanapali
  • Pay a stop by Hoankao’o Beach, aka Canoe Beach. You might be lucky to see one of Maui’s famous outrigger canoe teams on the water. Either way, jump in the water yourself… Canoe Beach is home to many honu (turtles). Don’t mistaken them for rocks as you’re getting out into the water!
  • Continue north on Highway 30. Make a left onto Kaanapali Parkway.
  • Park near Whaler’s Village in Kaapapali, maybe catch a little shopping
  • Jump in the water at Black Rock… great snorkeling, and great big jump off the rocks.
  • Rejoin Highway 30 North, make a left onto Lower Honoapiilani Highway
  • Drive north along the water through Honokowai, Kahana, Napili and Kapalua.
  • Many little streets and bays to explore along the way including Napili Bay and Kapalua Bay!
  • Turn back when you need to, and head back to Lahainaluna Road in Lahaina. Remember to fill up your gas tank at the corner of Lahainaluna Road and Highway 30 as you head back to Motoroshi Maui and Cafe Cafe. Treat yourself to home made gelato or Hawaiian Shave Ice upon your return!

Three-Hour Tour: The Mini West-Maui Road Trip Heading South of Lahaina

  • For some reason, we favor heading north from Motoroshi Maui on our scooters, but some days, the weather is just better in the south.
  • Certainly, enjoy Lahaina Town proper and follow the instructions for the Lahaina Historic Trail, above.
  • When you’re ready to head out of Lahaina proper, head south on Highway 30.
  • Enjoy the beach at Launiupoko. It’s got a bit of everything– great for surf, paddleboarding, protected swimming for kids, BBQs and picnic tables, etc. There’s even a great Farmer’s Market across the street, several times a week.

  • Continue down to the Beach at Olowalu. Great snorkeling. The water 1/2 mile to shoreline remains shallow and protected.
  • If time permits, you might make it down to Papalulaua Beach. It’s another wonderful snorkeling and swimming spot, and the drive along the coast is magical with views of Molokai on the horizon.
  • Probably time to turn around. Head back north on Highway 30. Remember to fill up your gas tank at the corner of Lahainaluna Road and Highway 30 as you head back to Motoroshi Maui and Cafe Cafe.

More To Do on Maui

When you’ve turned in your Vespa and scooter rentals, check out our guide to other favorite Maui activities and dining options.