(Closed) Maui Recs?

posted 12 years ago in Honeymoons
Post # 3
98 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2019 - Rainforest wedding, beachfront restaurant reception

I highly recommend the book Maui Revealed: http://www.wizardpub.com/maui/maui.html

I also recommend going to Haleakala for sunset, rather than sunrise. Miss GB 2.0 and I camped near Haleakala and went for sunset and then got up the next morning to see the sunrise, which is the big tourist draw. It looked EXACTLY the same to me except for the extra several hundred people at sunrise. All those people chatting excitedly totally ruins the moment.

Post # 4
73 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2007

Oh I miss Maui- it is so wonderful.

We stayed at the Sheraton Maui on Kaanapali Beach. Loved it! We had a great oceanfront view and the snorkeling right off the beach is fantastic!

We ate breakfast a lot in Lahaina to avoid the prices at our hotel. We also ate dinner at the shops at Wailea, the food was decent but we felt like we were back home waiting an hour for dinner. The best meals we had were through the sheraton & westin. 

One other recommendation while I’m thinking about it- there is a Kmart not far from the airport. Stop there first thing and load up on items you’ll need (reef shoes, snorkel gear, snacks, etc)- it will be so much cheaper than getting it in town or through your hotel. 

For things to do- anything outside! Go to Haleakala, take a surfing lesson (depending on the time of the year the waves might not be too great), drive to Hana, catamaran cruise, take a ferry to Molokai. Explore, explore, explore and definitely RELAX and kick back on the beach. 

Hope this helps!

Post # 5
120 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

I recommend the Maui Revealed book as well.  I was just in Maui last April for my sister’s wedding and I absolutely looooooove it!  We stayed in the Kihei/Wailea area and I really enjoyed it.  There were alot of resort type lodging places around the area if that’s what you’re looking for, but I preferred to stay in a condo.  My sister and now husband had a beautiful condo rental in Wailea; they enjoy cooking for themselves and took use of the grill and beautiful scenery.  There were 2-3 beaches right in the area we stayed.

Some things to do…
–  Snorkel!  There’s this placed called Fishbowl(you will find it in the Maui Revealed book) that was protected, not crowded, and had alot of sea life with calm, clear waters.  Now I have to tell you, it’s not the easiest place to get to but I thought it was worth it; check it out if you are adventurous!
–  Old Lahaina Luau was really fun; great entertainment and food!
–  Hana Drive, leads to 7 Sacred Pools
–  Haleakala
–  Enjoy and relax!

Post # 6
114 posts
Blushing bee

We just got back from our Maui honeymoon last month, it was wonderful!  We stayed at The Royal Lahaina Resort, it was so beautiful!, we snorkeled everyday right off our beach.  Also went to Black Rock (kind of crowded but we saw a lot of turtle there). 

For dinner one night definitely try to get to Mama’s Fish House (you’ll need a rental car because it’s on the other side of the island); it’s amazing! (Super expensive though, we had a $150 gift cert from husband’s work to go there and we spent $250 that night, just the 2 of us).

And Warren & Annabelle’s is super fun for an evening of entertainment.  It is a dinner / magic / comedy show.  The magicians / comedians were hysterical and the magic was really good.  Made for a fun night out!

And go to Cheeseburger in Paradise at least once, best cheeseburger ever!!!  Even yummy for breakfast.

Now I miss Maui and want to go back.  I totally heart Maui.

Post # 7
383 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

loved the westin kaanapali!!!

have a great time!!

Post # 8
383 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

loved the westin kaanapali!!!

have a great time!!

Post # 9
83 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: March 2009


I live on Maui and have some suggestions.  

First – whatever you do, please do it with rare espect for the land and the culture here.  I would be careful with Maui Revealed.  It is hated by people who live here because many of the places in it are on private property. If you buy it, don’t leave it on your dashboard.  Also, the "fishbowl"  has been closed to public access because much of the coral was damaged by irresponsible snorkelers.

I would rdefinitely ecommend a snorkle or dive trip to Molokini – it is a sunken crater offshore on Maui.  The Paragon is a lovely sailing catamaran that takes smaller groups than many of the large companies, so it’s (in my opinion) a much nicer and more personalized experience.  The snorkeling at Molokini is safe, and excellent quality.  Go to Big Beach – it’s a nice long stretch of sand and clear blue water (big shorebreak, though so be careful!)

 Take a snorkel or stand up paddle lesson in Kihei at Cove Park or on Front Street in Lahaina.  It’s fun and easy and they’ll take pictures that make you look really good.  πŸ™‚  

 If you want to try something a little different, check out Makawao in Upcountry Maui.  It is up the mountain, so cooler and has great botique shopping and some good reatuarants.  Cassanova has great italian food with fresh fish specials.   

If you go to Hana (the drive is SO beautiful), try to spend a night there.  The Hotel Hana Maui is expensive, but one of the most beautiful and relaxing places on earth.  Also, it makes the 3 hour dirve less tiring if you break it up.  The 7 sacred pools are about 35 min past Hana, and are worth the drive.  There is a beautiful easy/medium hike there that takes you through beautiful tropical and bamboo forests to a huge, breathtaking waterfall.  After you go to Hana, stop for the best fish sandwich EVER at the Paia Fish Market – it’s local, casual, and loud, but the fish is fresh and delicious.   Paia also has great shopping.

I don’t know too much about Lahaina or Kihei, but the Ulalena show and the Old Lahaina Luau are both great culturally authentic shows.  Also, the Feast at Lele.  Pacific’o and Mala Ocean Tavern in Lahaina are very good restaurants with great drinks.  Sansei in Kihei has awesome sushi and fish.  Like the best EVER!  It’s 1/2 price after 10 and on weekends they have some serious karaoke action.

 If you’re staying in a condo, stop at Costco (they have lots of local fresh fruits and veg!) and check out Star Markets or Foodland and Yee’s Mango Orchards in Kihei.  Safeway/Kmart/etc  doesn’t ususally have local fruits.

Whew – that was long – there are so many great things here that many visitors don’t see because they’re not in the main tourist areas, so look around and have fun!!! 



Post # 10
212 posts
Helper bee

i’m big on resorts so if you like that, then i would recommend the Grand Wailea.  Awesome spa and awesome pools!  food is ehhh but it’s a hotel so what do you expect.  We drove out and around Maui to eat (it’s also a bit cheaper).  The Grand Wailea is also on ‘hotel row’ in Wailea so theres this oceanfront pathway that goes for a long time that is absolutely gorgeous to walk on esp to see sunsets!

Post # 11
388 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2019

The Wailea side is very beautiful, but definitely more quiet.  You pretty much hang at your resort, or go to the other hotels nearby for variation.  It’s great if you want a mellow, secluded honeymoon.

Staying in Kaanapali is right in the middle of the popular spot on Maui.  The Westin is very large, it’s tough to get a chair by the pool during the summer months and LOTS of kids.  I loved the Sheraton & Hyatt, all the amentities but on a slightly smaller scale. 

You’ll be very close to Front Street, which is where the "main drag" of shops & restaurants is located.  It gets crowded, but is very laid-back and you can definitely just walk along and find a new place to go to every day. It’s crowded for Maui, but in no way is it anywhere close to crazy like Honolulu or other bigger coastal cities.  It’s still very mellow.

About a 15 minute drive north of Kaanapali is Kapalua, which I think is the best of both worlds.  There’s a couple of great resorts there (Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua Bay Hotel) that are a bit more secluded but just a short drive to some action on Front Street. 

We had the best ocean experience bobbing around in Kapalua Bay where it’s much more gentle and not windy. Dinner at Roy’s in Kapalua is a treat, and the views and experience at the Kapalua Bay Club restaurant is phenomenal.  So perfect for a honeymooning couple.  And go to Sansei for awesome sushi!  Aloha!

Post # 12
19 posts
  • Wedding: May 2008

We’re going to Maui too! πŸ™‚  We go every year for a family vacation too since my fi’s family owns a home by lahaina…here’s the scoop:

– Maybe the first thing you want to do after that wedding is…kick back on the beach with a nice drink πŸ™‚

– Aloha Plate Lunch is a MUST for local food (its a few blocks down from downtown Lahaina with the Front Street shopping areas).  And I believe these guys provide the food for the Old Lahaina Luau

– Haleakala sunrise (though sunset looks just about the same!)  And we really liked hiking down into the crater too πŸ™‚  And you can also camp in some parts of the park

– Hana: the drive, the waterfalls, the bamboo forest, the gorgeous scenery, the beaches!  we rented a small vacation home for the 3 days we’ll be there: http://www.hana-maui.net/enter2.html  they had reasonable rates, and the place looked nice…though we’ve yet to find out if it really is nice πŸ™‚

– Iao valley (and the Iao Needle) is nice for hiking since its a rainforest

– there are tons of tropical plantations that you can visit and tour πŸ™‚

– if you’re staying at a vacation home like we are, costco is a must – its in kahalui near the airport

– the Trilogy boat tours are great – there’s one that takes you to the island of molokini and another that takes you to lanai

– if you want to snorkel or just play around in a nice beach protected from the waves by a reef, keiki beach by lahaina’s good for that

– whale watching!  depending on the time of year you go, you can catch them migrating πŸ™‚  we always see them during Christmas-time in the channel between maui and lanai

– Lahaina and Front Street have tons of those touristy shops, as well as some unique art galleries and some REALLY great restaurants too

– You might also want to look up any local festivals or shows going on during your stay – we found that they’re having a slack key guitar festival during our honeymoon so we’re planning on going to at least one night of that

Hope that helps! πŸ™‚

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