Post # 1
Despite growing up and the west coast, Fiance and I have never been to Hawaii, so we thought Maui would be the perfect place for our mini-moon! Any suggestions on where to stay, what to do, etc? We will be there about 6 days.
Post # 4
I went to Maui with my boyfriend (now fiance) a couple of years ago and we stayed on Kaanapali beach. Definately take a day to do the Road to Hana drive. You’ll see some beautiful waterfalls and you really feel like you’re in another world. Make sure to stop often. Check out the black sand beach (Makena I think?). One thing I regret not doing was going on one of the volcano tours/hikes. Have fun! Should be wonderful!
Post # 5
I suggest doing the sunrise bike ride down Haleakala as well. So beautiful!
Post # 6
Maui is a lovely island, and great for a vacation! If you go during the summer months, there is little rain and typically temps are in the upper 80s to low 90s.
We stayed at Napili Kai, and I’d reccommend it: right on the (private) beach, great food, fresh juice and pinapple by the beach every day, helpful and friendly staff, decent prices. I didn’t like the idea of staying at one of the ultra-fancy hotels because you had to walk or drive to the beach.
In terms of activities, Maui has a lot to offer for relaxation. I strongly suggest renting a Jeep for the length of your stay and driving the Road to Hana — pick up the tour guide CD (worth the $$) and follow it to see all the lovely stops along the way. Go early though, as it gets dark and dangerous on the twisty roads. Locals drive fast and furious, so beware of the tight turns and steep drops. If you can manage to swing an earlybird day, drive to the top of Haleakala for sunrise. Again, go extra early and bring hat, gloves, blanket, and coat — it’s freezing! (Note: if you get altitude sickness, drive slowly and stop every 20 minutes so you can acclimatize).
For a more adventurous activity, take a daysail on the America II, a reoutfitted and retired racing ship. Check the weather and go when it’s windy, just hand on to hats and sunglasses!
Maui is lovely to see, interesting to explore, and perfect for your 6-day trip. Bring beach reads and lots of suncreen — the best part of the island is definitely the beaches!
Also, feel free to PM me if you have any other questions.
Post # 7
If you plan to go to a luau there, then by ALL MEANS go to the Feast at LeLe in Maui; it’s fabulous! You can check out info about it online…..
Post # 8
I second the other ladies that said to do the sunrise bike ride down Haleakala. It’s freaking cold at the top, but totally worth it. I would recommend you go and buy Maui Revealed. It’s a great guide book with everything you need to know about Maui. We took it everywhere (restaurant reviews, maps, activities) to help us decide what to do. We had a blast snorkeling on random beaches arouond the island, and the luaus are fun too. Also, try not to schedule too many activities. We tried to keep it to a maximum of one per day so we still had plenty of beach/pool/relaxation time. Have a great trip!
Post # 9
I agree that Feast at Lele is great! It’s smaller & more intimate than a lot of the other luaus. Even if you’re not an athlete-at-heart, I’d still recommend the bicycle ride down Haleakala as it’s a once in a lifetime experience. Driving the Road to Hana is also one of my top recommendations. If you’re into snorkeling at all, then a trip to Molokini is in order. Shopping & dining in Lahaina is also really nice.
Post # 10
Whoops, forgot to mention the luau we attended: Old Lahaina Luau. It’s the large-crowd style, complete with massive buffet of delectable food and whole roasted pig, and they perform a show that describes the history of the islands from Polynesia to present. We chose it for the entertainment value and food reviews, but ended up really enjoying the views and chatting with other guests. It’s definitely not intimate, but it’s well done and not nauseatingly kitchy either.
Also, it’s worth mentioning that island prices are much higher than on the mainland. Things like gasoline and non-local food products are expensive. But, consume all the pinapple, mango, coffee, and seafood while you can — that stuff gets marked up back home!
Post # 11
- Wedding: June 2010 - Ceremony - First United Methodist Church; Reception - My parents' house!
I love the Four Seasons in Maui. It’s pretty much heaven. 🙂
Post # 12
Maui is wonderful. If you go to Hana, I recommend mosquito repellant and maybe dome drammamine. The road is extremely narrow and curvy, so you may get nauseous. If any of you play golf, go take a ferry to Lanai. It is more isolated and renting an all wheel srivecar is necessary. I forget the name of the golf couse but it is the only one along the beach and it’s absolutely gorgeous. It’s also the golf course where Bill Gates got married. Simply breathtaking. On Saturdays, there is an awesome shopping outside market where you can buy great souvenirs and haggle prices. The other cheap place to shop is the ABC store =) Old Lahaina Luau was alright, but I really didn’t like the Hawaiian food. Next time I would try Feast at Lele. THere is also a tree course/zip line that had great reviews, but it was hard to get a reservation bc people booked weeks/months in advance, so you should check that out. Have a wonderful time!
Post # 13
Ahihi Bay is must for snorkelling. I think it was the best on the island that I saw – very plentiful and good variety. Its not popular in that there isnt a large parking lot or anything and nowhere to rent gear. You just park to the side of the road where theres room, and go right in some 20 feet from the road over some sharp rocks.
Oh and I second Maui Revealed guidebook suggestion. I used the same authors book for the Big Island and it was GREAT! It points out the off the beaten path adventures that others dont.
Post # 14
we went last october and loved it so much we’re going back for our honeymoon in a couple weeks!! we usually aren’t super adventurous people, but we did a zip line tour and it was AWESOME! totally not as scary as you would imagine. this time, i’m set on going parasailing!