Post # 1
So excited the wedding is just 13 days away and then we will be off to Maui! The time is flying.
We’re staying at the Westin Kaanapali. Has anyone stayed here? We would love some tips of things to do, restaurants to visit, etc.
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@rr8502: YAY Happy almost wedding day and I’m so jealous about Maui! Have a great time!
Post # 4
YAY! We stayed at the Sheraton in Ka’anapali, which is right next to the Westin! The beach is amazing! Don’t waste your money on a snorkeling excursion. Rent some snorkeling gear – preferably in town, like in Lahaina, and not from your hotel. We got snorkeling gear for five days for only $30 in Lahaina. And then go snorkeling on the beach right behind the hotels, especially over by the Black Rock Cliff that the Sheraton is built into. We snorkeled there and saw sting rays, an octopus, and four or five different sea turtles!
There’s a path that takes you from Ka’anapali Beach into Whaler’s Village. We went to Whaler’s Village most mornings for breakfast to save some money, as the breakfast buffet at the Sheraton was about $30/person. Whaler’s Village is also has some shopping and some convenience kind of stores in case you need anything.
I HIGHLY recommend a dinner cruise of some sort. We took the Teralani II dinner cruise. We boarded the boat in Whaler’s Village, so it was nice not having to drive or anything to get to it. The cruise offered a delicious dinner, an open bar, and the most amazing Maui sunset.
I’d also absolutely recommend the Old Lahaina Luau – it’s supposed to the most authentic luau on the island, and it is so worth it! The food is delicious and the drinks are flowing and the music and dancing are fantastic. The luau follows a telling of Maui’s history — really interesting!
And definitely just check out the whole city of Lahaina. It’s so quaint and beautiful and has so much charm! Plus tons of shops and restaurants.
Also, just an FYI, there’s shuttle that goes from Whaler’s Village to Lahaina — I think it’s maybe $1 or $2 per person to ride. It’s nice for day trips because parking in Lahaina can be tricky. Although, don’t take the shuttle to the Lahaina luau! You’ll miss the last shuttle back to the hotels like we did. 😉 Luckily, the VERY nice people who were at our table at the luau were staying at the Westin, so they offered us a ride back. 🙂
I could probably go on for days but don’t want to write you a novel. Let me know if you have any questions and have an AMAZING wedding and honeymoon!!!!
Post # 5
@Gemstone: WOW, thanks so much! This was super helpful 🙂
Post # 6
We also honeymooned at the Westin Kaanapali and loved it. You’re going to have a great time!
The location is terrific — on the beach and walking distance to Whaler’s Village which has restaurants and shops. The Westin has four pools, including an adults-only pool (with bar) so you can have some quiet R&R. It also has a nice open air lobby and two good restaurants. I’d definitely recommend paying extra for an oceanview room, and be sure to request a quiet room without an adjoining door.
For dining, we loved Leilani’s and Hula Grill in the Whaler’s Village. We also liked Duke’s Beach House in Kaanapali, about a 2-mile drive north of the Westin. All of these are on the beach with ocean views. Another good place was Kimo’s in Lahaina (a 10-minute drive from the Westin, although we took the free hotel shuttle). We sat on the patio overlooking the ocean at sunset. All these restaurants have fresh local seafood which was delicious. Tropica, the waterfront restaurant at the Westin, was also great.
Our favorite restaurant of the trip was far and away Mama’s Fish House which is on the north side of the island near Paia. It’s pricey and about a 45 minute to an hour drive from Kaanapali (so you’ll need a car), but it was totally worth it. It books up so you’ll need to reserve in advance. The food was exceptional and the setting was truly gorgeous on a little private beach (try to go at sunset). If you have time, stop in Paia which is a cute little hippie town. It’s also the last real town on the road to Hana.
Speaking of the Road to Hana, we didn’t do it! I know there are different schools of thought on this, but we just didn’t want to spend our honeymoon on winding roads, getting motion sick, and stuck in slow-moving traffic 🙂 I’ve heard it can be quite beautiful, but when we were there we heard that the waterfalls were rather dry due to lack of rain anyway, so we didn’t mind skipping it this time.
We really enjoyed our catamaran snorkeling trip with Trilogy (http://www.sailtrilogy.com/). We did the half-day Kaanapali trip, which boards from the beach and goes to two locations in the Kaanapali/Kapalua area. The fish weren’t as great as in the Caribbean, but the sea turtles were amazing (they’ll swim along with you). (We also saw tons of whales, but I think whale season has ended.) We booked online in advance which saves you a little money. The other popular trip is snorkeling in Molokini, although for that, you have to drive to the harbor at Maalaea to board the boat, plus it sometimes gets turbulent on the sail back due to the afternoon winds. (Our Kaanapali sail was very smooth.)
We also had fun touring Haleakala National Park (the volcano) and biking down with Maui Downhill (http://www.mauidownhill.com/). They picked us up at our hotel at 7:30 and we were back around 3:30. They also do a sunrise tour if you want to get up really, really early!
We also played tennis a few times at the Sheraton, where Westin guests have reciprocal privileges. You can walk there on the oceanfront path.
Finally, we loved the Luau at the Westin — amazing food and a really fantastic show! It was expensive but worth it. Be sure to reserve in advance since it books up, and they only do it a few nights a week. We paid a little extra for reserved seating, which meant we didn’t have to get there early to score a table. Our table was all newlyweds on their honeymoons which was super fun. Aloha!
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We thought the Road to Hana was totally worth it, largely because the side of the island that Hana is on is TOTALLY different than the side of the island that Ka’anapali is on. We also probably got lucky and didn’t really hit any traffic and just saw some amazing, breathtaking things that I will probably never see anywhere else in my lifetime.
If you *do* go the road to Hana, definitely stop in Wai’anapanapa State Park and venture out toward the cliffs. It’s pretty easy to hike up them, and once you’re up there, you feel like you’re standing on the edge of the earth. One of the coolest things I’ve ever experienced!
Post # 8
Love Maui!! You got lots of great suggestions already, but I recommend The Feast at Lele luau. Its is amazing and a really romantic luau – you get a 5-course gourmet meal and each dish is inspired by a different part of Polynesia. The show is fabulous and the food is delicious!
Post # 9
@rr8502: I second Leilani’s and Hula Grill! The Maui downhill is AMAZING and I would definately recommend doing the Sunrise one. It truly was one of the most beautiful things I’ve ever seen. If you do the sunrise tour be prepared and dress in many layers it is freezing on Haleakala that early. We did the Road to Hana tour using Temptation tours and our tour guide was horrible!! I heard great things from ppl that took other tour companies or drove themselves.
Have a great honeymoon!
Post # 10
Splurge on a dinner at Roy’s in Lahaina, with dessert!
Post # 11
Ooh, also, do you have the Maui Revealed guidebook yet? It’s a fantastic resource!
Post # 12
+1 to the Mama’s Fish House recommendation – it was my fave meal during the whole trip!
Post # 13
Thank you everyone! Very helpful information. Will be sure to share lots of photos