Post # 1
Just got my vacation time approved for our honeymoon, so I’m starting to really look into our options now. I think we’re most interested in Maui. We will be going in mid-October. We want lots of sun, great beaches (especially for swimming), and preferably to be in/near a town with restaurants, shops, etc.
I’m a little overwhelmed with all the different areas. Can someone help me find somewhere that fits that bill?
Post # 2
I would stay in Ka’anapali. There is a wonderful beach in front of all the resorts there, and all the resorts have nice places to eat. The beach also has some snorkeling right there too. We stayed at the Ka’anapali Beach Hotel and loved it. I would also make sure that you take time to go to Haleakala National Park, and do the Road to Hana. Those are two must sees on Maui. We had our Hawaiian honeymoon just this past October, and I’m so sad we can’t go back soon. We did Oahu and Maui.
Post # 3
- Wedding: April 2017 - Hogarths, Solihull
zpkj : We’re staying in the Westin Maui which is in the Ka’anapali Beach area. We chose that bit because it’s close to the shops etc and the hotel provide a free shuttle bus service.
I refuse to drive on holiday and Fiance can’t so it made sense for us 🙂
Post # 4
lahela017 : thank you for the tips! That was one of the things I was having a harder time with…Ka’anapali vs. Wailea-Makena.
May I ask — how long did you stay? Are you glad you did two islands? That’s another thing we’re thinking about…do we just want to stay in Maui, or do we want to try and do another island? We’re going to be there 9 nights at most. Probably 7 or 8.
Post # 5
stephisaur : the Westin looks beautiful! I’m going to go check out these two hotels you guys mentioned. 🙂
Post # 6
I’m a hyatt member and during our hawaii trip we did 2 weeks and oahu/maui/kauai and stayed at the hyatts on all 3 islands. The hyatt regency in maui is in ka’anapali. I’d still recommend renting a car so you can explore the entire island. The road to hana is SO FUN! If you are doing 9 nights and wanted to do another island, you totally could. The interisland flights are pretty inexpensive if you take carryon luggage (helpful if one of your hotels has a washer/dryer). Kauai was my favourite of the 3 islands. I’d also like to goto Big Island next time, but I think you’d need the full 9 days for the island since theres 2 ‘sides’.
Post # 7
We stayed in Wailea for a week in mid October this year and absolutely loved it. I agree with Haleakala (we did sunset and star gazing, i hear sunrise is alsi amazing) and road to Hana, both were awesome. Wailea was nice cause it was right next to a little town called Kihei which had a lot more affordable food options then the resorts in Wailea. Really close to go snorkeling in Molokini Crater, which was amazing.
We stayed at Hotel Wailea, it was a little off the beach but was adults only and only 70 or so rooms, so very private. We went down to the Andaz for dinner one night and it was very nice. We went to Grand Wailea for a Luau and it was enormous and looked like it would be a bit crazy to stay at (personal opinion, we wanted a more relaxing experience for our honeymoon)
We contemplated doing 2 islands, but found there was more than enough to do for 7 days on Maui alone, we plan to go to the big Island or kauai next time.
Post # 8
We just got back from Maui. We stayed at the Hyatt Regency in Kaanapali beach. Loved the beaches and close to Lahaina which was cool.
On our way to Road to Hana, we stopped in Paia for a picnic spread and it was really cute there too- lots of little shops and boutiques.
Post # 9
- Wedding: June 2018 - Tizer Gardens/Carroll College
We stay at hale hui kai which is a condo right on the beach at Wailea. It’s perfect. You literally walk off the deck of the condo and straight onto the beach, you can be snorkelling in less than 5 minutes.
The bigger “Cities” in Maui are about a 15-45 minute drive from each other. It’s not that bad to get around, everything is pretty connected. The exception is Hana, where we will be staying one night (wish it was more) on this upcoming trip.
Be aware that if you have any issues with sea sickness/motion sickness, that the road to Hana and Haleakala are ripe with turn after turn after turn.
We took a snorkelling trip with the hawaii ocean rafters, and if was fabulous, so much so, that when we go back this year, we are reserving a trip with the same company. You are down close to the water, and once they dock, you put your flippers on and your snorkel, and you are in the water immediately, and they only fit up to 16? people on their raft, so you aren’t snorkelling with 40 other people in your vicinity. I really recommend them.
There’s the Dragon’s Teeth park that we plan to go to in the Lahaina area, and I saw a beautiful maze garden in that area too. There’s a traveler’s guide book that is worth looking into that will give you an idea on the who what where of the island, as well as a good map.
Post # 10
We just got back from Maui! We did 9 nights there and stayed in the Wailea-Makena area. Wailea is a lot drier than the rest of Maui so we had less rain there than the other towns on the island. That’s why we picked it – we wanted as many beach days as possible.
Dont try to island hop in that time. We had thought about it. I’m so glad we stayed on Maui the whole time. There’s a lot to see and do there.
Rent snorkel equipment!!! We also took a charter boat to Molokini for snorkeling which was cool but it was crowded. We had more fun snorkeling on our own at various beaches. We got to snorkel with turtles at Maluaka Beach in Makena and saw the most fish/pretty reefs at Kahekili Beach in Lahaina.
Lahaina and Kanaapali had a cool vibe with some neat local shops. So did Kihei, which is just north of Wailea.
You MUST rent a car. And monitor the rates! We originally booked our car 6 months in advance. I checked rates three months later and they had dropped $100 so I rebooked with that rate.
Visit all the towns. Do the road to Hana yourselves – it’s really not a bad drive. We drove it during some flash flooding and it was fine. If the weather is icky in your area one day, check the forecast for somewhere else and drive there. Again, Wailea is driest.
Haleakala was cool to see but I’m not sure I’d do it again.
Rent beach chairs and a beach umbrella and go beach-hopping. This was especially fun for swimming and snorkeling. Check Groupon for rentals – we saved about $15 because of that.
There are lots of good restaurants on Maui – we checked Yelp for most things and went from there.
Gas is more expensive on Maui – plan for it to be at least a dollar more per gallon.
You’ll have a great time! Let me know if you have any other questions.
Post # 11
zpkj : We did 5 nights on Oahu and 6 on Maui. For that amount of time, we liked doing two islands. We aren’t sit on the beach type people, so we liked having lots to do. We also figured since we were flying so far, we should see a lot and make the most of it. But, that’s just us. For 9 days, I would want to do two islands still, so I could see more, but if you are doing 7 days, then I don’t think you could really make the most of two different islands.
Post # 12
Maui is so small that if you rent a car, you will be able to get almost everywhere on Maui. We stayed for a week and stayed half the time in Kihei (to save money), did Haleakala and the Road to Hana. Then we did snorkeling and dolphin chasing on Molokini. I highly recommend Blue Water Rafting. I highly recommend taking a trip out to Wai’anapanapa State Park and jumping into their fresh water caves! There was only another couple when I went and it was my favourite thing to do on Maui.
The other half of the trip we spend on Honua Kai resort and drove the north side of Maui (which is kind of dangerous. Eventually, we turned around because the road was so narrow and by a cliff). And surfing!! Try surfing!
Post # 13
I can’t rave enough about Wailea, I love it there! But you definitely need to have a car rented so you’re able to see the whole island!
Post # 14
I’m going to Wailea over Christmas so I was happy to read these posts. I’ve been to Maui before, but not for 12 years…. so I am sure that things have changed since i was last there.
I”ll update your for sure when I return! 🙂
Post # 15
Thank you so much to everyone!! I’m starting a Word doc full of notes and suggestions. 🙂