Maui House 4 Rent Great Location Close to Beach Jacuzzi View
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- Maui House 4 Rent Great Location Close to Beach Jacuzzi ViewFirst to ReviewJun 22, 2013
Loren and Denise’s
The top 5 things we recommend to do on Maui are:
Snorkel Molikini/Whale Watch Dec-May
Drive to Hana/Drive Maui
Find your favorite beach/snorkel with green sea turtles
There is a reason they say Maui No Ko Oui – Maui is the best…let me tell you a few reasons why.
1: Helicopter ride
Take the long tour don’t worry about videoing or taking to many pictures buy their DVD of your trip so you can enjoy the trip without looking through your camera view finder. It costs alot but everyone says it’s worth it. The very best Hawaii helicopter rides are in Kauai but Maui and Molokai are good too and you can do one trip that does both Maui and Molokai
Blue Hawaii is one of the best www.bluehawaiian.com
For two way communication with pilot and not so pricey try Alex Air www.alexair.com www.airmaui.com has been having a two for one discount so check out the coupon books found in front of most shopping areas before booking and keep in mind when you call direct ask if they have a direct booking discount because they are not having to pay a concierge fee.
For a different type of experience that is truly memorable go fly over Hana in an Ultralight! As far as Loren is concerned this is the Ultimate! Armin has been ultralight flying Maui for over 20 years and offers a powered 2 man Ultralight Trike flight over Hana that I highly recommend. www.hangglidingmaui.com tell Armin Loren sent you. Or if you prefer gliding in an enclosed cockpit look into www.skyviewsoaring.com both operate from Hana Airport
2: Diving and Snorkeling:
Our home is located near some of the best diving and snorkeling spots on Maui which can be accessed by shore or boat. The Kihei Boat Ramp is located ½ mile from the house and is where scuba diving and snorkel boat excursions depart from.
I am a boat captain and scuba dive instructor. I can make myself available as a private captain, dive instructor or snorkel guide for guests that stay at our home cost is $150 plus cost of charter of boat private or public. For private boat charters I recommend Sea Escapes twin hull boats www.maui-boat-rental.com There is also a custom boat charter company for up to 4 people plus crew www.lelewaamaui.com charters. We can also explore from shore as I guide you to good places for turtles and show you local marine life. I would prefer weeks in advance notice but that doesn’t mean I can’t make myself available on short notice.
Before you go on your dive or snorkel trip it is worth visiting Maui's ocean aquarium www.mauioceancenter.com The Hawaiian islands do not have the soft corals such as sea fans and the colorful sponges found in the Caribbean so the underwater experience may initially seem plain and rocky in comparison but the Hawaiian islands are known for the many varieties of fish and endemic species (found only in Hawaii). Visiting the aquarium is a great way to get familiar with the aquatic life you will see on your excursions and helps you appreciate what you are seeing by being able to recognize what it is. The aquarium is located near Maalaea Harbor which is on your way to Lahaina about 15 minutes from the house.
A kayak snorkel tour is another way to experience the beautiful waters here and a chance for a unique whale watching experience during whale season December – May if you get a lucky encounter. www.mauiecotours.com is one of the many kayak operators in Kihei. If you would like Loren to take you it will cost a bit more than a commercial operation but very personal with over 25 years as a dive and snorkel instructor Loren can provide you a truly unique experience if he is available just call us 808 250-1208 or email email@example.com.
For diving I recommend the following:
You can book on one of the 12 passenger boats out of Kihei Boat Ramp departing 1/2 mile from our house. Makena Coast Charters www.mauiunderwater.com 808 874-1273 is a company I used to work for so ask for a direct booking discount, tell them Loren sent you. They also provide one of the best discounts for a dive boat if you have the Entertainment coupon book there is a 25% off coupon for this company in there. Mike Severns, 808 879-6596 www.mikesevernsdiving.com is very professional and provide unique instruction about the marine environment before you dive. Ed Robinson 808 879-3584 boats are personal and professional. www.diveandseamaui.com has one the newest twin hull boats that provides a stable ride that launches from Kihei boat ramp and they provide a personal non rushed type of an experience. Other dive boats that depart from the Kihei boat ramp are www.bbscuba.com www.scubashack.com www.mauidiveshop.com www.prodiver.com
For guided shore diving call Loren 808 250-1208 not only can Loren share his wealth of Maui experience but he can offer you a scooter dive to a not so known Manta Ray cleaning station. If Loren is not available go with Shaka Doug www.shakadivers.com Your local dive shop to rent gear is Maui Dreams www.mauidreamsdiveco.com 808 874-5332
For shore diving from Maui’s west side including Lahaina and Kaanapali if Loren is not available call Extended Horizons at 808 667-0611 www.extendedhorizons.com Let them know Loren referred you and you want the direct booking discount. They also provide daily 2 tank boat diving off Lanai island where the famous Cathedral dives are located.
If we want to go fishing who should we call? First call Jim 808 281-7810 He is not a commerical operator but very experienced . He keeps his boat across the street from the vacation house and you can arrange to keep some of the fish you catch. If he doesn’t work out there are several commercial operators out of Maalaea Harbor.
For snorkeling Molikini:
Molikini Crater is a crescent shaped marine preserve that is one of the most popular snorkel and dive locations in Hawaii. It is only a 15 + minute boat ride from Kihei Boat Ramp to Molikini crater and about twice that for boats departing from Maalaea harbor. Most boat trips leave early in the morning and return before noon to avoid the island trade winds which can make your boat ride choppy on the way back.
Snorkel boats leaving from Kihei boat ramp include Seafire with Captain Don www.molikinisnorkel.com 808 879-2201 www.bluewaterrafting.com 808 879-7238
For snorkel only (no diving) Molokini and sunset cruises on a very nice catamaran is Kai Kanani Charters 808 879-7218 www.kaikanani.com They beach launch in front of the Makena Beach and Golf Resort formally known as the Maui Prince in Makena which is just a few minutes away from our home. They also provide an early morning snorkel departure to Molokini great for families from the east coast that are up and at em at sunrise.
There is a large selection of boats leaving from Maalaea Harbor just 15 minutes from the house most include whale watching tours Dec – May and SNUBA diving from a 10’ air hose some of the boats we have enjoyed are the Lani Kai www.mauisnorkeling.com www.prideofmaui.com other popular boats include www.sailtrilogy.com 4winds and Maui Magic at www.mauicharters.com and www.mauisnorkelsnuba.com on the Aqua Adventure which is a dedicated Snorkel/Snuba boat.
Humpback whales come down from Alaska to breed and give birth mid December to beginning of May. The best month could be considered February as they are usually all here by then. They come down as kind of a holiday to play with their yearlings, mate and give birth for the ones that mated the previous year in the warm Hawaiian waters. Maui is the most popular area for them to come but they also go to the other islands. Gestation for the female is approximately 12 months. After birth the baby, which can be 1.5 tons 10-16’ long, will feed off the mothers milk for ½ the year and will be escorted by the mother and others back to Alaska to eventually learn to feed during the summer on small schooling fish and rich banquets of plankton or krill that is so unique to the Alaskan waters. While they are in Maui they do not do much feeding, if any. Humpback whales are toothless they have baleen that catches thousands of microscopic shrimp like plankton. One of the ways they do this is by making large bubble rings and then swimming up thru the ring with there mouths open trapping hundreds of gallons of water with there expandable mouth. It’s incredible to see them launch themselves out of the water, all 40 + feet and up to 60 tons, called a breach. There are all other kinds of shenanigans going on including tail slapping, pectoral fin slaps, spy hops where just their head pops up to check out the scenery or if your real lucky a speed run where males compete for the attention of a female. While snorkeling listen for there beautiful singing sometimes so loud you could swear there right next to you. Going on a whale watching tour allows you to get out on the water and feel the massive beauty of these animals. Keep in mind close up pictures on brochures can be deceiving as the law does not allow a boat to approach a whale within a hundred yards. But sometimes the boat gets lucky and they approach you!
Although we prefer the smaller more personalized boats Pacific Whale Foundation has a number of boats and excursion options 808 249-8811 www.pacificwhale.org They offer large stable twin hull vessels that depart from Maalaea Harbor approx. 15 minutes North of Kihei. If your not here during whale season we think it’s worth a trip back to Maui just for this unique experience not found to many places in the world.
For diving Lanai:
Lanai has the chance to see dolphins and some unique swim thru archways and caverns. Some of the most popular and most beautiful are dives called 1st and 2nd Cathedral. Check on weather conditions before you book. Its best to depart from Lahaina so the boat ride is not so long. I recommend Extended Horizons 808 667-0611 www.extendedhorizons.com for gr
Guest Reviews from Homeaway (3)
- Loren E.Submitted: Sep 29, 2011 | Stayed: Aug 01, 2011
Mariano Family VacationThanx Loren & Denise....had an awesome time in Maui!! The house was spacious accomodating 12 people comfortablely. Your home had EVERYTHING we needed to make it feel like our home. Convenient location to amenities and close to the beach made it a ... ...read more
- Loren E.Submitted: Sep 29, 2011 | Stayed: Jul 16, 2011
Great Time in a Great House!The 9 of us just got back from a week in your house and couldn't be happier! Everything was perfect from the view to the decorating - to the quiet location. We left you a couple of boogie boards. Couldn't believe the amount of beach stuff you had ... ...read more
- Loren E.Submitted: Sep 29, 2011 | Stayed: May 01, 2011
Amazing!!!!We rented this house to stay in for our wedding in May. We had both our parents and siblings stay with us which was amazing to be able to all stay in the same place together, but not feel like we were crowded. The house is very well maintained and... ...read more
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