Ah, Maui. Home to dreamy sunsets, charming beach towns, endless options of where to park your beach chair, epic snorkeling, hidden waterfalls, tropical rain forests, and of course, beautiful resorts. Can’t you just taste the mai tais now? When we were thinking of where to babymoon we thought about a few different destinations and landed on Maui.
Much to my surprise, a babymoon is a new-er thing, and a lot of people had never heard of it. So if you are one of those people, a babymoon is the last trip or getaway to enjoy alone time with just you and your partner/your relationship before your little family grows. I love the idea, obviously! And highly recommend all couples should go on one to create memories and just relax. Whether it’s a stay-cation or a vacation, plan something where you both can relax and enjoy one another.
So here is everything you need to know when planning your babymoon on Maui!
Traveling When Pregnant
We went to Maui when I was 28 weeks pregnant, I thought that was the perfect time because my belly was big yet I didn’t feel overly fatigued or exhausted. Make sure to always consult your doctor before planning later in your third trimester – just to make sure because every pregnancy is so different, there is no general rule to follow.
From San Diego, Maui is a skip hop and a jump over the Pacific. Alaska has direct flights which makes traveling that much easier. It was a longer flight than I had initially thought, it was right around 5 hours. Needless to say, the movies on the plane saved us.
Pro tip: if you’re planning a babymoon, try not to over-plan, and leave a lot of room for rest and relaxation! When you’re traveling during pregnancy, you’re going to want it – especially if you’re going on a longer flight.
What you need to know about Maui
There are two major sides of Maui, Wailea and Ka’anapali. We stayed in Kapalua at The Ritz-Carlton Maui, Kapalua, which is just north of Ka’anapali. We almost stayed in Wailea though and I don’t think you could go wrong with anywhere, but just know if you want to do something in one area you could be driving 30-45 minutes to get there. It’s not a small island!
We took advantage of having a car and went all over Maui to eat, to explore, and to see the island and all it has to offer.
When is the best time of the year to visit Maui?
Locals will tell you the best times to visit are April and May, or October and November since these are the shoulder seasons, but I can’t imagine any time of year is less than wonderful.
What to do on a babymoon in Maui
Relax on the beach or by the pool
Relaxing and laying on the beach should definitely be on your babymoon agenda. There’s no better place than to soak up the sun than in Maui. The stunning coastlines of Maui are perfect to spend the day, doing nothing other than soak up the sun and just enjoy each other. We also spent time hanging out at the resort pool, that was great to have a server bring some mocktails. I ended up being on the hunt for the best mocktail, I ended up loving blended pina coladas and watermelon refreshers.
We went on a snorkeling charter out of Ka’anapali called Sea Maui that picked us up from the beach, sailed us around West Maui to Honolua Bay which is a famous snorkeling spot in Maui. It was great swimming when pregnant and swimming next to sea turtles was something I will never forget. You can also rent gear, we ended up doing this after our excursion when we went down to Wailea, from Snorkel Bob’s. Snorkel Bob’s is everywhere across the island and you can return to a different location than you rented from.
Go to a Luau
Enjoying an evening at a luau while in Maui is one of the most popular things to do, whether on a babymoon or not. It’s a great way to learn more about Hawaiian culture as well as trying their cuisine. While you admire the performers’ hula and fire dancing skills, you’ll dine on Hawaiian specialties such as kalua pua’a (pork roasted in an underground oven), fresh mahi-mahi and poi (mashed taro plant).
Road to Hana
The Road to Hana is on most travelers’ bucket lists, as it’s oftentimes referred to as one of the most beautiful drives in the world. It does take about 3 hours without stopped so makes sure you plan accordingly. It’s a 52-mile highway stretch with winding and narrow one-lane roads, and 600 turns to get to Hana. I would definitely pass on this if you get car sick. But once you’re there, you’ll get a first hand look at lush rainforest, dramatic and rugged ocean vistas, countless waterfalls and pools.
Go on an (easy) hike
Maui has so many beautiful pathways to hike, while we didn’t end up doing this, I did some research on a few that we could have done if we wanted to, where I knew I could easily do them while still getting a good view. Kapalua Coastal Trail, 2 miles out and back with an elevation gain of 150 ft. ‘Iao Valley Needle, 6-mile out and back with an elevation gain of 150 ft. Waihou Spring Trail, 2 miles out and back with an elevation gain of 600 ft.
All of these give stunning views and I felt like I could easily have done any of them, even being 28 weeks pregnant and not in shape.
Take Maternity Pictures
As soon as we booked our babymoon, I knew I wanted to do this. I found a local photographer on Instagram and booked her. We did a sunrise session on “baby beach”, it was definitely a popular spot – there were other couples/families shooting there as well. The sunrise shoot wasn’t bad, we did it on our first day there before we adjusted to the time change of 3 hours so we actually were awake before our alarm went off.
I wore a long sheer light pink dress for one set (pictured here) then I changed into jeans and a white bralette (pictured here). My dress and bralette were from Amazon, linked here, while my jeans were pre-maternity jeans from A&F.
Get a prenatal massage
What says relaxation more than a massage? Yeah, nothing. I’ve gotten a few of these while pregnant and I can’t say enough times how amazing they are. I always feel so stretched out and relaxed after.
The most important thing to keep in mind when planning your babymoon is to enjoy every minute of it! Big changes are coming and I loved spending days together, just the two of us!
~ XOXO, the soon to be mama, Amanda // Blonde out of Water