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November through April is peak whale season and peak tourist season with highest prices as a result. If you want a good deal on price, May through mid-June and August to November is bargain season. The weather in October is realiably near perfect in our experience.
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- Marriott's Maui Ocean Club - Lahaina & Napili Towers100 Nohea Kai Drive, Lahaina, HI 96761recommended Marriott's Maui Ocean Club - Lahaina & Napili TowersGreat place to stay in Maui. I love when you check in you are greeted with a Hawaiian Leis. The rooms were clean and roomy and the service was very friendly. The grounds were beautiful as well... ... read morethere are a couple restaurants with a beach view and a pool area equipped with water slides, vball net, and basketball net. Definitely be back again!
- Kaanapali BeachKaanapali Parkway, Lahaina, HI 96761recommended Kaanapali BeachGreat Beach if you enjoy water sports... snorkeling, surfing, and kayaking are available. Lots of tours also available that will take you to the best spots to snorkel.
recommended MauiMaui was the first Hawaiian Island I ever visited, worked and ending up living on for a while. Even after all this time, it's still the best all-in-one island for travelers to visit, if you're the ... read morekind of person who wants to see and do a bit of everything. Go hiking around the cinder desert of Haleakala, snorkel in the eroded offshore crater of Molokini, take a winter whale-watching cruise to see humpback whales breech, drive the jungly Road to Hana (or even better, the rugged Kahekili Hwy or the road around Kaupo on Haleakala's back side) and watch the pro surfers and windsurfers near Hookipa Beach. Ambling along the oceanfront boardwalk at sunset in Lahaina, the now-touristy but still historic whaling port and royal Hawaiian compound town, just never gets old, no matter how many times I'm there. For a great day trip, take the catamaran over to neighboring Lanai island to snorkel at Manele Bay.Sara Benson
Give yourself at least 5 days, preferably a week if it's your first visit to Maui and you're bringing kids.
recommended WaileaSouth of the condoville of Kihei, Wailea is the upper-crust resort enclave in South Maui. Not that that's a bad thing, though. The beaches are beautiful, with shoreline snorkeling and offshore scuba ... read morediving spots, most famously Molokini Crater (take a morning boat tour, rather than in the afternoon when it's most crowded and the waters are more murky). You've got your pick of several resort hotels and also some upscale condo complexes near the golf course. And when you're ready for adventure, head south to Makena (Big) Beach and La Perouse Monument, where you can snorkel and hike along the ancient lava-rock Kings Highway.Sara Benson
There are a half dozen resort hotels to choose from here...
- Kapalua Bay BeachKapalua Bay Beach, Kapalua, HI 96761, USArecommended Kapalua Bay BeachMy favorite beach on the West Maui Coast. It's blissfully less crowded than most, even though it fronts a high-end resort. Much calmer waters for swimming than nearby D.T. Fleming Beach Park, but the ... read moresame beautiful sunsets. The coastal hiking path is a great place to get some exercise, or you can make your own path out to the Dragon's Teeth rock formations at the end of the point.Sara Benson
My fave for swimming...
- Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa2605 Kaanapali Parkway, Lahaina, HI 96761recommended Sheraton Maui Resort & SpaThis is a great hotel in Maui. There is an extensive pool that snakes like a lagoon. You can even swim to one end of the pool and go to the pool bar for a quick snasck and pina colada. If that isn't ... read moreenough for you, the beach is literally 10 feet behind the Sheraton pool. At the Sheraton you'll also get to see the torch lighting with the guy running from the pool area all the way to the cliffs on the beach every night. From there, the guy will jump off the cliffs into the ocean. It's a lot of fun. The hotel itself is pretty nice. Our room had a lanai, so we could see the sunrise and the sunset right outside our room. The staff is always very friendly and says hi every time you walk by.
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I went in May/June and liked it, but I did just miss the whale migration.
- Hyatt Regency Maui Resort & Spa200 Nohea Kai Drive, Lahaina, HI 96761recommended Hyatt Regency Maui Resort & SpaDid I just see penguins? Yes, they have penguins....and a Macy's. in the resort. This is a large resort on the Kaanapali coast. It has a garden and some animal exhibits (like the penguins). The area ... read morewhere the breakfast buffet has a pond with swans as well. The rooms are a good size with lanais. There are Hawaiian quilts above the beds as well. This resort partners with the other mega resorts along the Kaanapali beachwalk boardwalk for some water sports, including surfing lessons. This hotel also has a luau onsite
- Wailea BeachWailea-Makena, Hawaii 96753
- Old Lahaina Luau1251 Front Street, Lahaina, HI 96761-1723
- Iao Valley State ParkIao Valley Road, Wailuku, HI 96793
- Oheo Gulch Kipahulu, HI 96713
- Banyan Tree Square Park649 Wharf Street, Lahaina, HI 96761-1237
- Banyan TreeLahaina, HI
- Alii Kula Lavender1100 Waipoli Road, Kula, HI
- Twin Falls6300 Hana Highway, Haiku, HI
- Hana HighwayHI-360 on Maui’s northeastern shoreline to Hana, Hawaii
- Mama's Fish House799 Poho Pl, Paia, HI 96779
- Haleakala National Park (Kula)Haleakalā National Park, Kula, Hawaii 96790