Recent Maui reviews
"We have been traveling to Maui every other year since 2006. This is our 4th rental at the Whaler. This condo is the best yet. The owner was amazing to work with. The management company that he uses is also very pleasant. The condo view CANNOT be beat-it is a corner unit! We are a 50ish couple spending 2 weeks in Maui and this was our rental for the first week. Our second week was at the Westin Villas North. We preferred this Whaler condo for several reasons. First, 2 baths work very well for us-easier and quicker to get ready every day (I like a bath at night so bathtub a plus); second, close to Whaler village- we really enjoyed the music from the restaurant next door of the evenings and easy walk to shop; third, close to the golf course-we are golfers and golfed every day at either Kaanapali or Kapalua ; fourth-did I mention the view?--wonderful for champagne breakfast every day; fifth-not far from the grocery store; sixth-the beach is right below you-no maze to get direct from your condo to the beach-just get out there early and rent your cabanna for the day and sand is the best at the Whaler; seventh-well stocked kitchen - all the necessary small appliances, dishes and utensils and nice wine glasses; eighth-comfortable king size bed; ninth-everything worked; and finally tenth - check in/check out was pleasant and refund of security deposit from management company was timely. I am extremely detail oriented and this condo met my expectations. Sunsets are beautiful from the lanai. The 7th floor is high enough that people walking below in front of the Whaler do not bother you. There is not a washer/dryer in this unit and that would be the only thing I would add to it. I would definitely rent this until again if available. The photos listed are accurate and the property was clean and well maintained. Hula Grill is our favorite restaurant but also like Lelani's on the Beach and Maui Fish and Pasta all in Whaler Village; also this year ate at the Sea House at Napili and attended Slack Key Concert and recommend both-not for kids though. Thanks again for sharing your condo with us!"Guest: J. Bailey Date of Stay: May 2014 Review Submitted: July 3, 2014View listing
"Dorli, Just a short note of "thanx" for assisting us in the condo rental for our time in Hawaii. It was a wonderful vacation and a trip of a lifetime! Denise and I loved the island, the people, the restaurants, the facilities, the roads, the beach, and the condo. Two wonderful views of the ocean. Waking up to the sight and sound of the ocean was awesome. We purchased a book, Maui Revealed and it helped tremendously. We seen every major attraction available and that book was our guide. We travelled every hiway and covered the entire island. I'm sure there is still more to see but we left little to the imagination. It is our hope to repeat this in a few years however in the meantime I will pass on your name to anyone I know considering a trip to Maui! Take care, Blessings, Allan Robinson Denise McLean"Guest: Al Date of Stay: April 2014 Review Submitted: May 23, 2014View listing
"This adorable tropical condo was the perfect romantic getaway! This was an incredible value for our Maui vacation. Just steps to the beach at beautiful Napili Bay. Honokeana Cove next door was a great snorkeling spot full of sea turtles and tropical fish! (You can rent your snorkeling gear on the property.) We loved the condo's kitchen and the outdoor grills. Napili Shores offers a million dollar sunset view of Molokai! We made some incredible memories while staying in this comfortable island decorated condo. Theresa was wonderful to work with and helped us with many of our travel plans. Highly recommend!"Guest: Lynn C Date of Stay: July 2014 Review Submitted: August 20, 2014View listing
"This unit was SIMPLY AWESOME!!! It exceeded my wife's & I expectations by far especially since it was for our honeymoon! We stayed for a few days, but wish it could have been for weeks! It is very "homey" but gives you the feeling of staying at a hotel...therefore you get the best of both worlds! For me, it was the location... ground floor where the patio exits towards the pool and then onto the beach. You can even hit the beach and walk to Ululani's for the best shave ice. Sugar Beach is easy for friends & family to find and visit. This unit is easily accessible from the parking lot so it made moving in & out so simple. I love having the full kitchen which is stocked with just about everything you need. Washer/ dryer made things very simple as well. Big TV's. Comfortable in every sense of the word. It was very quite so you can enjoy and relax. I just don't think we could have asked for anything better! The owners were great at communicating and made the process so easy! I would reoommend anyone who wants to experience Maui to stay at their unit at Sugar Beach! My wife and I are already planning and looking forward to our next visit at Sugar Beach! It also has a nice mix of people on property which made it all the more inviting. The tenants who reside there were very nice and welcoming."Guest: Julie K. Date of Stay: August 2014 Review Submitted: August 15, 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!