Maui, Hawaii

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** MAUI, HAWAII **

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  1. sashakaycox1101@gmail.com
    sashakaycox1101@gmail.com
    26 Nov 2020
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    I traveled to Oahu and Maui for my 28th birthday and Hawaii didn’t disappoint. For starters, I recommend anyone traveling to Hawaii to review Hawaii traveling website for the required on entering the island because they are very strict, especially with COVID-19 testing. If you don’t have a negative COVID test result uploaded on their travel site with 72 hours of your departure from their TRUSTED TESTING PARTNER they will force you to quarantine for 14 days or the duration of your trip( they’ll even call your hotel to let them know). Maui was insanely beautiful, I felt like I was in a dream. I spent days at the beach(Wailea) was my favorite) and doing excursions. I did a snorkeling tour to lanai/dolphin watch and there was some pros and cons. The scenery was so beautiful and we got to see spinner dolphins(not snorkel with them. The food was disgusting “white people food” and the snorkeling was intense(not calm like I’m used to. Overall I wouldn’t recommend. I regret not snorkeling at molokini( I heard it was really beautiful and the waters are more clear). I enjoyed my tour of Oahu so much so I booked one in Maui with Viator with Maui fantastic tours. Do not book them, our guide “James Bond” was very rude and preoccupied with his own tasks and we breezed past the landmarks that he said we’d be spending time at. Make sure you stop at 808 grinds for the loco moco’s. Maui was very chill and a nice place to relax. It’s not as lively or exciting as Honolulu but overall I enjoyed my stay.

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    akaman
    31 Mar 2020
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    Don’t go to Hawaï in December. Every is SO EXPENSIVE )because in December lot of American prefer to go to Maui and or Cancun it’s not far and the weather is really better but if you wanna stay one week for 4$ the coffee or 50 $ a simple diner it’s your choice ??) nothing to do (visiting mountain and volcano is Maui is the best think to do but there are lot of tourism’s December) lot of Tourists too in all surf place if you take 3 good waves you r a lucky guy. and no night life only Bar – Pub are open and close around 10pm.

    Try to find another month It will be batter and cheaper.

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    Fullyliveandtravel
    16 Jan 2020
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    We spent the 2nd half of our trip in Maui. We stayed at another oceanfront hotel on the south side of the island in a town called Kihei. This gave us more flexibility to travel East to Road to Hana and West to Lahaina. If you choose to not do anything at all definitely do the Road to Hana because it covers a lot of stops for sightseeing.

    Road to Hana is a 64.4-mile highway from Kahului to the town of Hana. Driving on this road included more than 600 turns curving near cliffs with no rails as you climb more than 4,000 ft above sea level. In addition to the one lane traffic and ridge crossing where you must wait for one car to cross a small bridge before you proceed. Sometimes, we could see enough ahead of us to know when to cross the bridge and other times, our view was obstructed by a corner and you don’t know what’s coming on the other side. At times, it was scary and dizzying but, in the end, it was one of the greatest experience of our lives to know that we conquered the Road to Hana.

    Luau’s are expensive; therefore, reviews are extremely important. We took our chance booking a luau combo activity with Atlantis Adventure. After a great experience with Luau Kalamaku in Kauai, we expected a similar experience. Unfortunately, it was not the same experience. We felt that there were a lot of disorganization and miscommunication among the staff. At one point, we were in line to enter the Luau space and then the staff kicked everyone out and had us wait in line again. They were over 30 minutes late. The drinks were not great, and the food was just okay. Flower leis were for sale compared to other luaus. They gave a beaded lei instead. In the end, we were grateful to have two luau experience that we could compare.

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    BeezyB_A
    31 Dec 2019
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    the local food trucks are bomb ! ..i got poké from South Maui Fish Company and it was amazing, super fresh($20). legit even the ABC stores have fresh food inside. Book a Luau dinner…google and see which fits your price range but Feast at Lele and Old Lahaina are top ones.

  5. Beverly_Jones
    03 Nov 2018
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    Maui as a island is one of the most beautiful places I’ve been to. Yes you have the beautiful beaches the luxury resorts the clear skies and the best pina colada drinks ever. However, because of this Maui attracts more so the caucasian European upper class type couples an families. With that being said I actually experienced a bit if discrimination while on my day trip here with my best friend. We saved up and booked one of the nicest resorts in Lahaina. One night at the dinner an show me and my friend booked the VIP section where we sat next to an older married couple that was white. In the midst of the husband tryna maintain small talk with us he literally had the audacity to ask how could we afford to stay in such a nice resort and eat in the VIP section during dinner. I was literally stunned and said to him “this isnt new for us we do this all the time’. He was so shocked he almost looked mad at my reply. He called the waiter over an whispered something in his ear and told his wife he was tired an wanted to go.to bed early. It was very strange everywhere we went in the city we were basically the only young black females around and ppl started at us a lot it was slightly uncomfortable.

  6. Chin
    25 Sep 2018
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    Looking at my rating I think this may have my favorite trip lol!
    Somehow there is a surplus of mustangs at the renting locations. I ended up being forced to rent one, 3 times. I wasn’t complaining though. Jump in you car and just drive, see beautiful sights, wild life just feet away from your car. Drive to the other side of the island away from the tourists and eat Poke from a mom & pop restaurant. Go snorkeling in the beautiful shallow water beaches. DONT BOTHER WITH THE PEARL HARBOR MUSEUM. No disrespect to the troops, but I highly suggest you check out the BISHOP museum. There you’ll find out a lot of truths about what America and the Europeans did to Hawaii, but I digress. Overall, Hawaii is absolutely amazinggg, and I would suggest everyone try it when they can.

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    weareglobetrekkers
    15 Jun 2018
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    Aloha! We knew Maui was romantic and gorgeous but it didn’t really hit us until we arrived. We flew in from Vancouver, BC with West Jet during the US Thanksgiving weekend, Canada has its own Thanksgiving holiday. We decided to book all of our hotels separately to save some money.

    We normally stay at 4 star hotels and up when we want a romantic getaway. Upon booking, we noticed even 3 star hotels for $250 & up in Maui. So for our first night, we stayed at a motel near the airport and the next 3 nights lived it up at the Andaz Maui. We loved waking up to the ocean view every morning and the staff was so helpful! Our bed was so soft and plush and the walk in shower with a window that opened to the bedroom was so fetch! The only issue we had was that the hotel is far from all the action. We are adventurers and right after sunset, the hotel would be quiet. If you are looking for a relaxing stay then we recommend any hotel in the area near Andaz, they are all 5 star hotels.

    We would spend all day out driving in our rental car in search of a cool beach. There were so many beautiful uninhabited beaches, we would pull over whenever we saw an empty one. Every sunset at night was some kind of mystical fire in the sky. We made sure to never miss one during our 4 day stay.

    Since there aren’t any night clubs on the island, we would go for a long drive to Walmart in the evening. It was about 30 mins each way into the city. There is one small area with a few bars and restaurants in Kihei about 20 mins away but we aren’t drinkers so didn’t go into any of the bars just did a quick walk around the loop. One night we got lucky and managed to catch open the Shops at Wailea. Its a ritzy outdoor shopping mall.

    We are obsessed with poke so every day we got poke for lunch or dinner. Tamura’s is the best we have found so far. We loved the food at Coconuts Fish Cafe, Maui Tacos; both in Kihei. We ate so much when we visited Lahaina for a couple of hours. Its a touristy area with tons of shops and restaurants. Next time we visit, we will stay in this area as it is action packed. We also took surfing lessons with Maui Surfer girls at a beach near Lahaina.

    The highlight of the trip was our day drive on the Road to Hana. This is a must do in Maui. You get up really early, and hit the road no later than 9am. this is important because the Road to Hana is windy and wet. You are driving through a tropical mountain and the road through the mountain closes at night. You will have to pull over and sleep or book a hotel or room. When you drive on this road, you will understand! We downloaded a road guide app and tried to stop to as many sites as the app suggested. Our goal was to get to the end up to the highest point on Haleakala mountain and drive back but it was getting late so we didn’t get to see it. During our 8 hour drive, we saw dozens of waterfalls, rainbows, beaches including the famous Black Sand beach. It was like a drive in a movie, it was so surreal. We ended our drive with a sunset and dinner at Mama’s Fishhouse. Next time we visit, we will definitely stay the night during the drive and take a sunrise tour and bike ride down Halekala mountain. We can’t wait to return to Maui!

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    Mishi
    06 Jun 2018
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    I am staying at the Westin resort which is pretty pricey. I don’t have the exact amount being that I am traveling with family. This resort is surrounded by others which also have restaurants at each location. The peak time to come would be December to February during whale season. This is very tourist-y location. It’s very relaxing and the beaches are beautiful. If you can try their pineapples when you come. They are extremely fresh and delicious. There’s a restaurant in Lahaina (Down the hatch… as seen on food network) that serve a $22 crab and lobster grilled cheese sandwich that is a must to try wheb visiting.

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    sessynat
    10 May 2018
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    I went to Maui with my 22 months old son. It was the best travel experience for me so far even with my very active toddler in tow. I went in low season, in September perfect weather. Beaches were not as crowded as they could have been in high season. Very relaxing stay at the Napili Shores Resort for 5 days. It was a little pricey but so are most places in Hawaii. Beachfront Family atmosphere, low key , well maintained resort. Room had a kitchenette. So I stop at a grocery store by the airport and got all we needed. I rented a car which cost me about $ 170. You will definitely need a car in Maui. Room was very clean. We visited whalers village, attended a free Luau there , took pictures under the banyan tree in Lahaina about 10 to 15 mins away , went from park to park. If you have kids definitely stop at baby beach in Lahaina. Secret beach for locals?

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    Bighungryj
    08 May 2018
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    Maui is jam pack with things to do. Our whole family went so it was 11 people. There was something to do for all of us. We visited the Aquarium, the beaches, restaurants, train ride, Luau at the Sheraton, miniature golf, and on and on. I think the best Island for activities. Not cheap though. We stayed at Polynesian Shores? condos and we made groceries and ate out only once a day for eight days. Great times!

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    Abventurous
    26 Apr 2018
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    I have visited Maui and Honolulu, people always ask me which do I prefer. They are very different. Maui is very intimate and romantic. It is calm and has a cozy feel. It is expensive as the average hotel will cost $300-$400/night. There is no running away from the expense. The road to Hana is a must. It is a 3 hour drive but you will get experience the beautiful black sand beach as red sand beach. The scenery while driving is breathtaking, even for someone who isn’t into nature. The waterfalls and forests along the way are soooo beautiful. There is also a beach with turtles, and various sunset/booze cruises. There is a lot to see and do, and most of all relax with the view of volcanos. What I like most is that it is mostly adults for some reason. Very relaxing. #Abventurous

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