Post # 1
so I am looking at VRBO.com for a vacation rental and trying to figure out where to look exactly. We know we want to drive the hana highway for sure so we are trying to figure where it starts and how far from it we could stay so it is close enough to drive to. Any suggestions? We could just stay in Hana, but it doesnt look like a whole lot to do besides the highway.
Post # 3
Do not stay in Hana! Hana is small. Hana is very remote and has a beautiful drive up with the waterfalls and all but that’s about it. While your on the island you should definitely do the Road to Hana, though. The whole island is small, so you can drive around the whole island in about 7 hours. With that said there are nicer parts to stay that have a lot more for you to do. The ritzier part of the island is Wailea. The Wailea Marriot is really nice. Kihei is close to Wailea and a lot more affordable with boutique hotels. Kahului is also a nice area, it reminds me more of a surfer/hippie-ish area. Lastly, Lahaina is a pretty touristy area and nice. Which ever place you choose to stay at is fine and if want to visit a different part, it’s only a car ride away. Ex: Wailea to Lahaina is about 45-1 hour drive. Hope this helps.
Post # 4
I say you should stay in Kihei. It is less touristy for sure and you can always drive to Lahaina and Wailea whenever you like. I stay at a place called Maui Sunset. They are condos so you have a full kitchen and you can save some money and eat in. They are beautiful condos. Here is the link. http://www.sunsetmaui.com/
I wish I was going this year. I got married last year and we still haven’t taken our honeymoon. I am looking for less expensive ideas then Hawaii though 🙁
Post # 5
We have heard incredible things about the Westin in Wailea and plan to stay there for a good chunk of our honeymoon!
Post # 6
Wailiea is gorgeous! If you can afford to stay there, I HIGHLY recommend it! Otherwise, I really liked Lahina. I’m sure you could find something affordable there and there is a lot to do!
Post # 7
We stayed in Kaanapali during the wedding and then went to Wailea for our minimoon. We got really good rates in Kaanapali on priceline. The big resorts in Wailea are expensive (although the Marriott comes up with decent rates on priceline), but if you like that area better, Kihei would be more affordable.
@aplusb – the Westin is up in Kaanapali.
Post # 8
I’d recommend staying on the southwest side of the island. Hana is VERY remote. I actually traveled there by myself and it was one of my worst travel days ever ( and I’m not scared to travel alone ). If you really want to have it be just the two of you ….Hana is ok.