Very few of the resorts include the parking fee in your stay. Before you rent a car that will be sitting in the parking garage, do your homework and calculate the value of parking into the car rental, gas, etc.
During our stays we were lucky enough to have the parking included in out room rate, otherwise it would have been an exta $20-30 a day to keep the car in the lot.
Favorite thing: Maui is surely a blessed island. At every point there is something beautiful to see. At the beach in Wailea you are surrounded by beautiful clear waters, mountains and other islands. Driving along the coast you'll get a glimpse of the Haleakala, waterfalls and of course beautiful sunsets.
Maui can be quite expensive and it adds up the longer your stay. We picked up necessary items at the ABC and Whaler stores during all of our trips.
Items like water, wine, snacks, liquor and other items are good to have while on a road trip or for the room.
I hate paying $3 and upwards for a bottle of water that woudl normally cost $2, plus having my preffered type of wine in the room for an evening drink is cost effective.
If you plan on driving around Maui, a good map will help you explore the area. During our first visit we decided to do a bit of exploring and rented a jeep for the entire trip.
We picked up an excellent map of Maui which included the Road to Hana at the airport which helped us explore the parts of Maui we wanted to explore. The Hana Highway was just one of our great road trips.
As a Hilton Honors Diamond member you receive certain amenities, like the ones we received during an award stay. It's nice to be recognized for your loyalty with little things like room upgrades, free drinks, water, hotel credits, etc.
On this particular stay which was an award stay, we received a nice room upgrade, welcome drinks and $40 towards dinner.
Because most of the resorts in Maui have open areas which welcome not guests, the hotels have devised a way of distinguising their hotel guests from non guests.
In order to enjoy the pools and included activities of the hotel, the guests are given a colored writsband. Every day before heading to the pools Ferni and I would stop at guest services and pick up our wristbands along with some towels. The color of the wristband is changed daily.
During our visit we saw many kids running around with their arm full of different colored wristbands.
This is s great way of allowing guests to enjoy the amenities they are paying for.
Like any tropical location, sun protection is a must. The sun can be very strong and protecting yourself from sun damage is important. I would recommend that you bring your own sun protection with you allowing you to have the brand/spf you desire.
If you plan to do any water activities, I would recommend that you invest in a water resistant brand that will last. You can also purchase all sorts of sun protection at the ABC stores, but you may pay more than back home.
I usually carry my brand/spf of choice, this way I don't have to worry about settling for something I do not like.
One of the many things I love about being in a warm tropical island like Maui are the wonderful people I have met. One couple during out last trip in particular stands out.
Larry and Rose are a middle aged couple who have been married for over 30 years with no children of their own. They have worked all their lives and love traveling esepcially to Maui. They are what I would call "locals" since they have been visiting for many years now and everyone seems to know who they are. They currently live in New Jersey but spend alot of time in Maui. They are a wonderful couple who are retired with kind free loving spirits.
We met them by chance during our last night in Maui when Ferni and I were enjoying a few drinks at the bar in Longhi's. The bar was pretty empty except for Larry, Rose, me, Ferni and the chef for the Ritz (who's name now escapes me). The tv was tuned to some sport (I think it was baseball) when Ferni said something and Larry chimed in and they instantly started talking. We all enjoyed a few hours of conversation, taking about everything from travel, to work, to sports to everything in between.
We parted ways after a few hours, but not without exchanging numbers and email addresses. We have kept in contact with this wonderful couple and hope to meet up with them again in Maui durng our yearly visits.
Fondest memory: The wonderful people we have been fortunate enough to met along our path like Larry and Rose. I believe that when people leave their "lives" behind them they tend to be more open and true to themselves....it is why I love traveling so much!
Favorite thing: Big condos / hotels lining a gorgeous beach, golf courses inland, lots of high end shopping, restaurants, Black Rock, safe beach for toddlers, and a skeleton of a big whale. Nuff said. If you would like a good meal, there is always Roy's.
Favorite thing: No, not Paella, this town at the start of the road to Hana is not a rice dish. However, it is one of the nicest little towns on Maui. It is still very surfer oriented and you are likely to see as many dreadlocks as bermuda shorts. There are several restaurants, Milagros, Paia Fish Market, Mama's Fishhouse...several clothing stores and several art stores/cooperatives. We make it a point to try and stop by. There is great surfing on the nearby North shore. In addition to a small general market, there are even two gas stations. Free parking is on lot on the West side of Paia, just before you enter the town.
Kahului is kind of the non tourist town of Maui, home of the International airport and a deep water port and Costco. If you have a Costco card, the Costco is an immediate left as right after you leave the airport. I usually stop for bare essentials like reasonbly priced good wine, and maybe a boogie board, beach mat or umbrella. There is a Sports Authority further South on Dairy where you also pick up some beach or sports equipment. From a tourist standpoint there is the Alexander and Balwin Sugar Museum and the Kahana Pond State Wildlife Sanctuary. On Saturday mornings there is a farmers market by the community college. The Queen Kaahumanu shopping mall and the Maui Mall both have theatres. If you are going to Hana, Paia or the road to Haleakala you will need to drive through Kahului.
Fondest memory: The traffic going the half a mile down Dairy can be quite a memory.
We love the Southern coast of Maui, around Wailea. Kaanapali is cheaper, but it has gotten overcrowded, in my opinion. Jet lag can affect you there - just stay up as late as you can the first night, and you'll pretty much adjust by the next day. (The jet lag is actually worse when you go home, so allow a day or more to adjust before you head back to work!)
Hawaii is very casual - very few places require shirt and tie. Even in some of the most expensive restaurants, you'll mainly see resort wear.
Must sees: take the road to Hana - allow a full day for this. But don't stop at Hana - get a picnic lunch at keep going to the state park that has the "seven sacred pools". Maybe one of the most beautiful places on earth!
Fondest memory: Sunsets on Kaanapali beach
I beaches were beautiful. The weather was always nice. Never to hot and cool at night. I loved to open our windows at night and just listen to the sound of the ocean.
The road to Hana was "a must do" for Maui. It takes about a day to see and stop at certain places. I would recommend buy the CD that gives you step by step, by mile marker. With out this CD, you will for sure miss something. Make sure you pack a lunch. There is really no where to eat.
Fondest memory: We spent a week in Maui for our honeymoon. I do not regret any of it. Very romantic!
Fondest memory: One fond memory of Maui is standing on a sandy beach as the sun starts to slide under the horizon. The final colorful glimmers of daylight streak across the sky and are reflected upon the water. A gentle ocean breeze cools the warm evening air. And you reflect in the knowledge that tomorrow you will awake in paradise.
If you are staying in a timeshare type resort near Lahaina, and you are flying into OGG
on the way out of the airport when you make a left on the highway 380, stop at Costco and stock up on supplies, the markets on the island are few and far between and really really expensive
We have stayed at Napili Point Condos six times and are returning again this February for a month....more
What a lovely little facility this is. Maui Oceanfront in Kihei has been recently taken over by Best...more
1533 Uakea Rd, Hana, Hawaii, 96713, United States
Good for: Solo