Accommodation in Maui

This exquisitely beautiful island was created in a fiery explosion of two volcanoes. On one side is 5,700 foot Pu’u Kukui, on the other Haleakala, a 10,023 foot dormant volcano with a Manhattan size crater that houses a vast desert of unusual flora.

Add to this 120 miles of dazzling coastline, both dramatic and diverse, ideal for surfing, snorkelling and canoeing, plus waterfalls plunging a thousand feet, rainforests bursting with colour and exotic vegetation and a stark lunar landscape so barren that the astronauts came to practice their moon landing and you have the extraordinary island of Maui.

The second largest of the Hawaiian Islands, Maui was settled by Polynesians and became an autonomous kingdom for many years ruled by Kamehameha. He united the Hawaiian Islands and made Lahaina, in Maui his capital in 1802. Today Maui has evolved into a peaceful agricultural island of charm and rustic beauty, particularly Lahaina Town which has been restored to its previous colonial splendor.

Top Areas To Stay on Maui

Kihei and Wailea

Wailea, Maui (HT)

Kihei and Wailea are beautiful towns on Maui’s South Shore. It is one of the warmest places to stay on the island as it doesnt get the breeze that the other parts get. There are many hotels, resorts and condos to choose from here.

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Kaanapali Beach

Kaanapali, Maui (HT)

Kaanapali is a beautiful resort area on Maui’s west coast, and one of Maui’s main tourist destinations. Here you will find many hotels, resorts and condos as well as peaceful beaches, great cuisine and a number of golf courses.

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Lahaina

Lahaina, Maui (HT)

Lahaina is a small bustling seaside town with great nightlife, souvenier shopping and restaurants.  Lahaina is very compact and easily explored on foot.

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Directors Choice – Top Hotels for all Budgets

Director of Pacific Island Travel, Rob Kusters shares his top picks of Hotels, Resorts and Condos in Oahu for all budgets!

Andaz Maui
*****

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“This luxury five star property will not dissapoint. Absolute beachfront location with stunning sunsets as well as very large swimming pools to choose from. The rooms themselves are also very spacious. ”

Aina Nalu **

Outrigger Aina Nalu, Maui, Hawaii

“The Outrigger Aina Nalu is a traditional wooden style hotel in Lahaina and very popular with the young party goer. Set in a quiet location with comfortable rooms but just a short walk to the bustling nightlife and shopping street.”

Hyatt Regency ****

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“Fantastic value for money. Absolute beachfront, lush manicured gardens, ocean view rooms and great dining.”

Royal Lahaina ***

Royal Lahaina, Maui, Hawaii

“The Royal Lahaina is great for families and honeymooners alike. Quiet bungalows located in lush gardens. It’s a short walk across the garden to the beach. From the hotel you can walk along the beach to fine a range of dining options. All bungalows have been renovated in the last three years!”

More information about Maui

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1. Volcanic Haleakala (House of the Sun)

Climb above central Maui and ascend the world’s largest dormant volcano, Haleakala and discover its immense moonlike crater with pure iron oxide cinder cones towering over 1,100 feet tall. For a truly unique experience hike up at sunrise! Find Out More >

Northern shot of Hana Road2. Hana Highway
At the foot of the volcano is Hana, a small town well known for its 52mile very scenic coastal drive which connects it to Kahului. Make sure you allow a full day explore, because in addition to the drive (which can take up to four hours) you will want to do many photo stops with all the breathtaking surroundings of tropical vegetation, numerous waterfalls, clear lakes and quiet beaches inviting you for swim. Find Out More >

Whale tail3. Whalewatching
Overwinter each year (November – May) thousands of humpback whales migrate to give birth in this area of the Pacific Ocean between Maui, Molokai and Lanai. The majority of the whales are found off the coast of Maui. There are a number of whale watching tours that depart daily from Lahaina and Maalaea Harbors. Find Out More >

Kaanapali Resort Area4. Beachs of Kaanapali, Kapalua & Kahana
Maui boasts many beautiful beaches, including the famous Kaanapali, Kahana and Kapalua, but also completely unknown places perfect for swimming, surfing, kayaking, snorkeling and diving. All beaches in Hawaii are open to the public. But the ocean is unpredictable and there can be dangerous currents so remember always ask local advice before you get in the waves. Find Out More >

Lahaina/Front Street coastline. Island of Maui.5. Lahaina
Formerly a historical whaling village, now a charming town with many art galleries and museums. Along the wooden houses on the Front Street you will find numerous known and unknown galleries as well as a number of colorful boutiques and souvenir shops. Find Out More >

Starfuit6. Maui Tropical Plantation
While on Maui, you can explore the Maui Tropical Plantation which consists of 112 acres of crops, from cane to coffee, mango to macadamia, pineapple to papaya. Learn how to husk a coconut, create a delicious tropical fruit boat and string fragrant leis. Find Out More >

Polynesian entertainment at a luau (this is not a traditional Hawaiian dance).7. Luaus
Attending a Luau during your holiday in Maui is a fantastic cultural experience. Typically featuring a buffet dinner of local cuisine, Polynesian dancing and singing. Find Out More >

Iao Needle with bridge8. Hiking
There are many hiking trails on Maui. The Haleakala National Park offers a number of very diverse hikes from a crater at the summit to lush jungle. Find Out More >

maui0010_l9. Sugar Cane Train
While here, don’t miss a journey on the famous Sugar Cane Train modelled after the turn of the century railroads that transported Valley Isle sugar to Lahaina mills. The steam driven locomotive makes an hour long run between Lahaina and Kaanapali and visitors can hop aboard at Puukolii and Kaanapali as well. Find Out More >

Pohuehue10. Wainapanapa National Park
This stunning national park is great to explore. It has black sand beaches, sea caves and even a small blowhole to see. Find Out More >

While Maui has a basic public transportation system [2], many places are not accessible by bus, and most visitors rent a car. Fortunately, renting a car in Hawaii is relatively inexpensive, except during the holidays. The resort areas around Kihei, Wailea and Lahaina also have a bus that connects the towns with nearby shopping and attractions.