Recent Maui property reviews
"Stayed at the condo for my sister’s wedding and happened to be shut in for the day due to two hurricanes so we cooked and ate in. Every inch of the place seemed to be carefully decorated with art with a tropical pineapple theme; it felt like we were staying in a model home or inside a furniture ad. Yet the place was stocked with everything we could have possibly need including: pots/pans/dishes, rice cooker, … golf clubs, snorkel gear, shelves stocked with sheets and countless towels, board games, collection of DVD’s, etc. My parents could not stop pointing things out to me they’d notice each day, from the pineapple shaped doorstop, to the wooden hula girl lamp. It really showed that the owners put a tremendous amount of thought into making the place look beautiful and also stock it with so many things that were useful."Guest: Ray Date of Stay: August 2014 Review Submitted: August 12, 2014View listing
"I have now rented this unit twice with my husband and two young kids. The communication with the owners before our stay was so easy and friendly. They were very quick to answer any and all questions that I had. We have stayed on Maui in various types of accommodations both with our kids and without. This unit is unsurpassed in quality and value. I can't recommend it enough. This unit has a full kitchen with an eating area and everything you could possibly need to cook a great meal. There are also two real bedrooms. In other units at this resort, many say two bedrooms but there is a retracting/sliding wall instead of a permanent wall and door for the 2nd bedroom. I thank the owners for sharing their wonderful home with us and I can't wait to book it again!"Guest: Nancy S. Date of Stay: November 2013 Review Submitted: May 26, 2014View listing
"We LOVED everything about our 6-night stay in this cottage and enthusiastically recommend it! The house is super comfortable, clean and well stocked. And the location is ideal, with a very private beach right across the street and good shopping options just a short drive away. It’s also conveniently located for outings – it was easy to access highways to get to all areas of the island. Our party included two families (5 total) and we cooked several meals at the house. The kitchen is well stocked for meal prep and serving and there is a gas grill available. We ate many of our meals outside in the lovely back garden, but we could also fit comfortably around the dining table. The air conditioning was very welcome on warmer days and combined with ceiling fans, cooled down the house quickly. The beds were comfy and everyone slept well. The bathrooms were spacious and stocked with LOTS of towels. There are a few other units on the property, but it still felt private and secluded, with plenty of paved onsite parking for the rental cars. Despite being on a fairly busy street, it was very quiet —even on the busy July 4th weekend we were not bothered by the traffic. The gardens are absolutely gorgeous and immaculate; like having our own tropical paradise right outside. The beach is heavenly both for walking and swimming. There is a path to the beach directly across from the house. We took a stroll or jog every morning and evening and almost always had the beach to ourselves; shared only with a few local guys fishing or sometimes a few other walkers. We LOVED this aspect of our stay here – so very different from the busy resort scene. There is a wonderful outdoor shower and hose sprayer on the property to wash off the sand after visits to the beach. Michael & Cecelia are friendly and welcoming hosts. Michael was there to greet us when we arrived and showed around the house. When I made the blunder of leaving my hand luggage behind when we left, he was extremely kind and graciously went to the trouble of packing and shipping the suitcase back to me on the mainland. I know it was an inconvenience, but he never made me feel like I was putting him out. I am SO grateful to him for going above and beyond for me. All in all, we had a perfectly wonderful experience and we would definitely stay here again if/when we are fortunate enough to return to Maui."Guest: J S. Date of Stay: July 2014 Review Submitted: July 22, 2014View listing
Maui Travel Tips
As the second-largest Hawaiian island, Maui, or the “Magic Isle” as they like to call it, boasts a large diversity of lush green valleys, historic whaling villages and stunning national parks. Let’s get oriented on the island and find out the best things to do.
The Hawaiian island’s beaches are enough of a pull on their own with amazing sand and stunning crystal, warm waters. They are the perfect place to take surfing lessons, build an impressive sand castle, go for a swim or just relax in the sand. Each beach offers various beautiful views as well as a different atmosphere. Whether you’re looking for something quiet or crave a little more action, the beaches of Maui are sure to deliver.
In between trips to the beach, enjoy exploring the rest of the island. Try out different restaurants to experience traditional Hawaiian fare or stop by a museum or two to learn about the island’s history. You even take a hike to the top of a dormant volcano. Don’t forget your camera!
Known as the “Valley Isle,” Maui provides many experiences the whole family can enjoy or plenty of romantic settings where you and your significant other can celebrate your love.
Beaches of Maui
Kaanapali Beach: One of Maui’s best beaches is Kaanapali Beach, with three miles of sandy shores to enjoy. The northernmost section of the beach is a great place for snorkeling where you can see the different creatures living in the area up close and personal.
As one of the signatures of Kaanapali, cliff-divers love to jump off the beach’s northernmost edge, Puu Kekaa, or Black Rock. The ceremony occurs every evening at sunset to honor King Kahekili. Watch divers light the torches on top of the cliffs before they leap into the waters below. It is a spectacle you won’t want to miss!
Wailea Beach: If you’re looking for a good place to take a dip, check out Wailea Beach. This area also comes with restrooms for convenience and rental equipment so you can try your hand at different aquatic activities. Wailea is a short walk from some of the best restaurants and shops in the city, so after a day of sun, meander over for a souvenir and a meal.
Kahana Beach: If you’ve ever had an interest in windsurfing, Kahana Beach is the place for you, as if offers excellent windsurfing conditions. There are lifeguards on duty so safety won’t be an issue. The beach also features convenient restrooms and showers for a quick change as well as picnic tables so you can enjoy a meal as you gaze out onto the ocean.
Hana Beach Park: For a terrific family-friendly beach day, you won’t want to miss out on Hana Beach Park. This is another one of the most popular swimming beaches on the island. There are also many local community events held at this beach, so check one out to see how the locals enjoy themselves.
Kaihalulu Beach: For a truly unique experience, don’t miss Kaihalulu Beach, Maui’s red sand stretch of sand. It was the site of a fortress and temple as well as the birthplace of civil leader Queen Ka’ahumanu. Kaihalulu is one of the new red sand beaches in the world, made so by the abundance of iron, and with the rich contrast against the blue waters, it’s truly a sight to see. The cinder cone behind the beach is constantly eroding, making the cove bigger and more fun to explore.
Things to Do in Maui
Whalers Village Museum: For a top-notch Humpback Whale education, stop at the Whalers VIllage Museum. Volunteers here can answer any questions about the animals. The 40-foot sperm whale skeleton located near the entrance is sure to impress, and it sets the scene for a trip inside in the museum. Learn about the history of whaling on the island and check out collection of harpoons, tools, sea chests, sailor journals and ship logs. Take a self-guided audio tour in many different languages as you look at artifacts, photo murals, movies and graphics depicting the life of sailors. You can even see a scale model of a whaling ship with an exact replica of the living quarters of a 25-member whaling crew.
Maui Arts and Cultural Center: To get a taste of Maui’s culture, head to the Maui Arts and Culture Center, a performing arts complex. Check out live music, an art exhibit or a variety of other events that celebrate creativity in its theaters, outdoor performance space, gallery concert stage and courtyard with bistro dining and food and beverage bars.
Old Lahaina Luau: You can’t leave Maui without experiencing a traditional Hawaiian luau like the Old Lahaina Luau. You’re sure to feel the Hawaiian values of hookipa (hospitality) and pookela (excellence) as you enjoy a delicious fire-roasted feast.
Kepaniwai Heritage Gardens Park: Bring the whole family to Kepaniwai Heritage Gardens Park to learn about the island’s cultural and ethnic heritage. As you move through the park you’ll see a traditional Hawaiian hale, a New England-style missionary home, Japanese gardens with stone pagodas, a Filipino farmer’s hut and a Chinese pavillion with a statue of Sun Yat-sen, a revolutionary hero.You and your family can enjoy a lovely meal together in the park’s picnic area surrounded by natural beauty. The park also features the Hawaii Nature Center, where kids can experience exhibits geared toward them. The center also offers two-hour rainforest walks.
Haleakala National Park: At 10,023 feet above sea level, Haleakala represents Maui’s highest peak. The park reaches from the southern to eastern coastline, and makes up more than 30,000 acres of public land. In Hawaiian, the name Haleakala means “house of the sun,” originating from legend when the demigod Maui lassoed the sun across the sky from the top of the volcano to slow its descent and make the day last longer. Whether you want to hike to the apex looking out above the clouds or go horseback riding in the moonlike basin of the volcanic crater, this national park has got your day of adventure covered. Don’t forget to check the weather conditions before you head out, as the high altitude can cause heavy rain and gusty winds. It is also noticeably cooler in the park, so be sure to bring a jacket.
Royal Kaanapali Golf Course: If you like to hit a round of golf, don’t miss the world-class courses at Royal Kaanapali, designed by Robert Trent Jones Sr., and Kaanapali Kai. Both offer pristine fairways and Bermuda grass on the greens, yet the 18th on the Royal can be a real doozy. Royal is often referred to as the Tournament Course, since it hosted the LPGA and Senior Tours during the 1980s.
Hana: Get away from the waves of tourists in Hana, a small town on the eastern point of the island. There’s a famous road to the town that cuts through 52 miles of vast rain forests, amazing pools and narrow bridges. Despite its size, Hana is packed with plenty to do. Snorkel at the breathtaking black sand beach of Waianapanapa State Park, or swing by Hale Piilani, which is the state’s biggest temple. Bring the kids for a day of swimming and layin’ low at Hana Beach Park.
Lahaina: Though it was once an historic town, Lahaina is now speckled with contemporary art galleries, hip restaurants and shops. Take a stroll down Front Street to visit some of the old sites, such as Seaman’s Hospital and Hale Paaho, which was the Lahaina Prison. If you’re vacationing here during the winter months, the humpback whale-watching tours are a must!