Recent Maui reviews
"We are a family of four and needed a vacation--this condo was everything that it advertised and MORE! Believe the pictures on this site--it is that beautiful! This was our first visit to Hawaii and we could not have been more please with the condo. The owners have maintained a warm and welcoming place and had every comfort we needed. The bed was very comfortable and the pulled out couch was not too bad. Fred's Mexican restaurant directly across the street is yummy! Great fish tacos! Also across the street is Café O Lei had great food--make reservations or you'll be waiting a long time. Auntie Snorkel (yes, across the street) was wonderful to rent paddleboards (we are hooked) a must try! We also rented an underwater camera and we booked our helicopter ride through them. Paul was fantastic. If you are looking for a condo and want to have long walks on the beach and a really relaxing time--rent this condo. We are already looking at same time next year--but without the kids!"Guest: Schuster Date of Stay: July 2014 Review Submitted: July 21, 2014View listing
"The condo is wonderful. Sam and George provide everything you need for an unforgettable experience on this beautiful island of Maui. When we first arrived we were pleased to notice how clean everything was. The ocean is just steps away with a private sandy beach - a great spot to swim and snorkel. The condo is very bright and airy and you feel like you are in the comforts of your own home. The loft has a queen bed with a view of the ocean where you can see and hear the waves crashing below. The kitchen is fully functional, and we cooked all our meals there. All necessary pots and pans, utensils and dishes were there. We were pleasantly surprised to find a variety of condiments in the fridge and cupboards. We shopped at Costco for groceries and prepared wonderful meals everyday for a fraction of what it would cost to eat out. We shopped for fresh produce at the farmers market that is just a short walk up the street a few times a week. We used the gas BBQ on the property many times. The balcony has a table and chairs and looks right onto the ocean and the views are stunning. The grounds are nicely kept with many kinds of flowers, trees and shrubs. We saw a lot of little lizards, many variety of birds and we swam with a turtle one morning. We went to the Old Lahaina Luau that was a wonderful experience that I highly recommend it to anyone. We went into Lahaina a few times and had fun exploring the town. We went on a snorkel trip to Molokini that was a fun adventure. This was our favorite activity. We also took the "Zip and Dip" tour at the Ziplines nearby. The only thing negative I can say is I would have liked to have had a stereo to listen to Hawaiian music and a DVD player would have been nice to watch movies at night. We would love to return to Maui and would most likely stay at this wonderful place again. Aloha! -David"Guest: David Date of Stay: August 2014 Review Submitted: September 17, 2014View listing
"We were very pleased with our stay at this condo. The owner was proactive with communication leading up to and during our stay. The condo was clean, comfortable and absolutely beautiful after recently being remodeled. In the condo we had everything we needed to prepare our own meals including high-quality appliances, knives, cutting boards, pans and utensils. Although we didn't use the AC often, it was great to have because it can get very hot. The location of the condo was perfectly situated to be quiet and relaxing with a private lanai in a quiet community. All we could see and hear was the ocean. There is a lovely beach to the south, giving you the best of both worlds; seclusion and the convenience and enjoyment of being beachfront. The location is great, close to everything in West Maui, including some fantastic swimming and snorkeling beaches. If you like quiet relaxation and sunsets and rainbows, this is the place for you. Thanks for a great stay and taking pride in your lovely property."Guest: Holly S. Date of Stay: October 2014 Review Submitted: November 2, 2014View listing
"We stayed here for a week with my parents and our 9 mos old baby girl and it was PERFECT for our situation. This place even had a pak-n-play, high chair and other small baby toys. Many homes claim to be "on the beach" but this place truly is (although you have to walk to the entry point to get into the water, so as to preserve the plant life) it is an right on the beach. We didn't want to have to lug a bunch of baby gear up and down stairs or an elevator of a hotel so when I found this place, I knew it was perfect. The baby slept, while I read a book on the upstairs lanai or we threw a blanket down on the grass for her so she could watch her Daddy or me paddle board. We cooked a couple nights and made coffee every morning but Lahaina is so close, just 1 mile, you could walk or take the bikes they have at the house. Perfect weather, perfect surfing beach and ideal location. We'll DEFINITELY be back. They have a maintenance guy who lives/works nearby, so if you need anything or have any issues, he's very quick to respond. Overall, they were very accommodating and friendly. The subdivision itself is a little irritating because they are sticklers with the rules- they gave our neighbor a ticket for driving 13 MPH in a 10 MPH zone and one night made us drag our boards and kayak up onto the patio so they weren't on the lawn, but follow the rules and you should be fine ;)"Guest: Lydia G. Date of Stay: August 2014 Review Submitted: September 8, 2014View listing
Maui Travel Tips
The Pleasures of Maui Condos Found on Hawaii
Maui, Hawaii is not all about resorts with high-priced beach rooms. You can also find modest accommodations with Maui vacation rentals. The rentals can offer you enough space for a few couples or an entire family to enjoy the sunsets and relax on the beaches nearby. This tropical paradise provides more in a vacation than you might be able to fit in, with canopy tours, snorkeling, beach days, natural parks, and shopping. Each day, it is possible to wake up and enjoy a different sort of fun no matter your pleasures.
The Tale of the Lassoed Sun
Like much of the world, there are always origin stories in how a land formation formed and Maui is no different with the tale of the Island. It is said the Demigod Maui used a magic fishing hook to pull the Hawaiian Islands up one by one from under the sea. This magic was also used to gain more daylight hours from the sun. By lassoing the sun. Maui persuaded it to offer more light so that the crops would grow and make his people prosperous. Of course, it is just a tale, a slightly romantic and beautiful story, though the truth is much different. Nonetheless, you as a tourist can always help protect Maui's unique ecosystems by supporting American Reef Coalition-MAUI.
Maui has the volcano Haleakala which erupted many times to form the mountainous island. The last eruption of Haleakala was in 1790. It has formed Hawaii's 728 square miles, making it the second-largest island. During the year, about 128,000 residents remain on the island along its west coast and northern shores. At the height of tourist season, Maui can see millions of visitors travelling by cruise ships and plane.
Points of Interest by Maui Lodging
Travel to Maui would not be complete without stopping at some of the points of interest found near Maui lodging. The first place one might wish to travel from Maui condos would be Hakeakala National Park. You may want to use the kitchen offered at your accommodations to fix a picnic lunch, as it is a majestic spot to eat and watch the wildlife surrounding you. Hawaii is nothing if not verdant with forests and inhabited by numerous wildlife species both on land and in the water. The national park is a 27-mile drive through plantation and ranch land, where one reaches 7,000 feet above sea level. Hakeakala is considered the “House of the Sun,” where you can view the crater below that is characterized by cinder cones and black lava. The park grounds are open daily for 24 hours, allowing you to arrive early in the morning for the sunrise and to remain for the sunset.
The best beaches for swimming, snorkeling, or scuba diving are found on the western and southern shores of Kapalua vacation villas. They are the safest, as well as wonderful for shelling. The Ocean Activity Center at Wailea and Sports Centers at Kihei lodging are well known for their water activities including boating, wind surfing and much more.
Anyone who visits Maui should take advantage of the available helicopter tours, Pineapple Express tour, and the volcanic tours to be found on the massive island. Even a canopy tour to see the island in a different light is a must.
Cuisine on the Island of Maui
Maui has a greater influence from Asian countries than it does from America in regards to cuisine. When visiting Maui, one can find numerous restaurants offering sushi, Japanese, and Chinese cuisines. Even to a certain degree, the cuisine will offer top Filipino choices. Thailand cuisine is also a favorite among local residents. For those staying in Maui vacation rentals, it is possible to make numerous fresh dishes with the fish you catch and the fresh food markets spread throughout the island. If you do not find the Hawaiian cuisine to your taste, you can always stick with what you enjoy.
The Importance of Climate in Hawaii
For those who have not yet travelled to Hawaii, it can seem interesting that they do receive snow in the winter months. This is kept in the higher elevations and thus makes the climate in Maui important to your travel plans. Maui has mild temperatures and a great deal of rainfall. For the most part, you will experience tropical weather but the wind can be a factor, often making for the best surfing.