Absolutely stunned, here's to planning for Maui!

posted 3 years ago in Honeymoons
Post # 3
433 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

Congrats! Maui is my most favourite place on the face of the earth 😀

We stayed in Napili which is a bit north of Ka’anapali and the rental car was such a good idea. I know they have public transportation there but because we went sightseeing (Haleakala at sunrise, Road to Hana etc) we definitely needed a rental car.

Post # 4
9092 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2010

@mrscross1020:  We had a car.  We went there for a destination wedding and had a few days to ourselves before most of the other guests arrived.  During that time we did the road to Hana, and later Haleakala, and a snorkel tour with the Pacific Whale Foundation and also had to drive to the wedding at a beach a ways away and the reception in Lahaina.  If you’re just planning to chill out on the beach/pool and are happy staying walking distance, then you probably don’t need a car, but there are several things worth seeing driving distance.


We stayed at the Sheraton in Kaanapali


Post # 6
1887 posts
Buzzing bee

@mrscross1020:  What a nice surprise!  I included a page on my wedding website for my guests that outlines some fun activities in Maui.  I’ll paste the text below. Some of the travel itineraries and websites may be helpful to you.

From my website: 

Le’ale’a ~ Fun

Maui has been voted Conde Nast’s best island 19 years in a row for good reason.  The beaches and sea-life are breathtaking, and there are endless activities to enjoy.

Maui offers a wide variety of fabulous recreational activities including, but far from limited to: whale watching, traveling the infamous road to Hana, waterfall hikes, scuba diving, kayaking, sunset sails, parasailing, sport fishing, jet skiing, and helicopter tours.  Activities offered at the Kapalua Resort range from lei-making lessons and luxurious spa treatments, to snorkeling Kapalua Bay and world-class PGA golf.  The Ritz-Carlton Concierge can help arrange for anything you desire. 

Maui’s Official travel site is an excellent resource on all that Maui has to offer:http://www.gohawaii.com/maui.

Frommer’s also provides great suggestions for travel itineraries to Maui:http://www.frommers.com/destinations/maui/0015010007.html


Some wonderful activities available both on and off property can be found below: 

Golf on the course that kicks off the PGA Tour:http://www.ritzcarlton.com/en/Properties/KapaluaMaui/Golf/Default.htm

Luxurious Spa Treatments at the Ritz-Carlton Spa:http://www.ritzcarlton.com/en/Properties/KapaluaMaui/Spa/Default.htm

Pilates, Yoga & Fitness Classes at the Ritz-Carlton:http://www.ritzcarlton.com/en/Properties/KapaluaMaui/Spa/FitnessCenter.htm

Whale Watching: http://www.pacificwhale.org/

Maui Zipline tour:http://www.zipline.com/locations/haleakala

Stand Up Paddleboard:http://www.tikimansup.com/

Travel the road to Hana through some of Hawaii’s most pristine rainforests, stopping at black sand beaches and waterfalls along the way:http://www.roadtohanatour.com/index.htm

Combined Road to Hana van tour and Haleakala Crater helicopter tour; this allows you the best of both worlds- helicopter views and the chance to swim in the waterfalls:http://www.ohanafun.net/activity/show/529/

Helicopter tour to the Big Island and back, including views of the Haleakala Crater, Hana, rainforest, and waterfalls:http://www.bluehawaiian.com/maui/tours/maui_big_island/

Old Lahaina Luau:http://www.oldlahainaluau.com/

Surfing- Locations and Schools:http://www.mauisurfing.com/top-surfing-locations.html

Surf Board Rentals:http://islandsurfboardrentals.com/



Post # 7
5697 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

I haven’t stayed on that end of the Island but ill say if you can get a jeep when you do the road to Hana it iill be well worth it!

Post # 8
1041 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

Congratulations! That is amazing. Have a great time.

Post # 9
746 posts
Busy bee

Congratulations! You will absolutely want a rental car in Maui. It’s really the only way to get around. 

There are so many things to do on Maui. Some of the other Bees have given you some great suggestions. I would encourage you to pre-book your excursions with a reputable company. The best excursions tend to fill up quickly, and you don’t want to miss out on something that you really want to do.

 Dining in Hawaii can be expensive. So be sure to check out some of the local farmer’s markets and food truck festivals.

Have a great trip!

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