- 10 years ago
- Wedding: July 2009
I just returned from our be-lated honeymoon in Maui! We stayed at the Kamaole Sands in Kihei. This was a nice inexspensive place that had a full kitchen and washer/dryer in the unit. We stayed in a one bedroom unit that had two bathrooms. The grounds are beautiful and its a 2 minute walk across the street from Kamaole beach III. That beach was perfect for sunbathing, swimming and boogie boarding.
Just some info on Kamaole Sands incase anyone wants to stay there:
Each unit is individually owned, so if you book through the owner you will know what you’re getting as far as unit décor etc…. We booked through Castle Kamaole Sands, which is a company that rents out vacation units. You are not guaranteed any particular unit – so you don’t really know how your unit will be furnished or look. When we first checked in a got our unit we were disappointed in the “look” of the unit – it seemed like it hadn’t been updated in many years but it served its purpose for sleeping, eating and doing laundry. We did also have an amazing view of the ocean from our balcony.
We later switched to a different unit because of construction noises from the unit next door. Our new unit was much nicer with better furniture and décor. The Kamaole Sands property has a pool and hot tub and a local expedia expert on site. Over all we were happy with the location and amenities of this place for the price.
Places we loved were Makena beach were we saw and swam around large turtles fish and coral reefs. Great for snorkeling! We also enjoyed Wailea beach for relaxing – that beach didn’t seem to have large waving for boogie boarding or much to view when snorkeling, but we still enjoyed it as a relaxing spot.
We also loved the Road to Hana. Beautiful but long drive through dangerous winding mountain side roads. If you get easily carsick this might not be good for you. Take the drive slow and stop a lot to take pictures of this gorgeous scenery. Pack a lunch since you may not find many places to buy food. It took us about 5 ½ hours to drive almost all the way to Hana (only about a 25 mile drive – but with the winding roads and low speed limit it takes a long time). We didn’t go all the way to Hana because we were pretty tired of driving and with the only way back is the way you came, we didn’t want to have to make that drive in the dark! If you wanted to make that whole drive leave really early in the morning so you can make it back before dark or rent a hotel room in Hana and drive back the next day.
We went to a luau at the Royal Lahaina Resort. The food was good, but not great and the entertainment was fun! It was one of the less pricey Luau’s on Maui at around $65 per person for dinner/ with open bar and entertainment. It takes place at sunset, which was gorgeous, and the luau was set on the waterfront.
I think the most fun things we did were very cheap if not free. You can rent snorkel stuff and go out on your own for only a few bucks a day or like we did you can buy your snorkel stuff at the local Wallmart for around $30 /$40 per set and have it the whole vacation and take it home.
The best food we had was a restaurant attached to the Maui Aquatic center! YUM! The aquatic center was $25 per person to get in but was a nice indoor thing to do. Great for people who have kids!
We were on a budget so we ended up buying food at the grocery store and making things at our condo. The food in Maui is very pricey but we just got a few basics and made sandwiches and ate fresh fruit from the market.
WONDERFUL place to go for your honeymoon! I highly recommend it!!