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Trip List by drrlc

Maui Honeymoon... on speed!

Nov 8, 2009  2009 honeymoon
2.0 of 5 stars based on 2 votes

Places to eat, things to do, places to stay on Maui.

  • 1. Ho'oilo House
    Ho'oilo House, Lahaina, Maui
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    Avg price: $372

    We feel this is the best place to stay in/near Lahaina for couples. The architecture and furnishings are from Bali, the place is really private quiet and romantic, Most beautiful and comfortable bathrooms I've ever experienced, amazing tub and outdoor shower. Amy makes fresh bread and serves organic cereal for breakfast, you can brew your own tea all day long and sit out by the pool and watch the sunset, just take a look at the website and you'll see how amazing this place is. Highly recommended.

  • 2. Hotel Hana Maui
    Travaasa Hotel Hana, Hana, Maui
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    Avg price: $452

    This place is absolutely beautiful and serene. The people are friendly and it was really spacious and uncrowded, especially compared to the rest of Maui. We took two of their bicycles and rode to Hamoa beach for boogieboarding (cycles, boogie boards, lounge chairs all included in our room price). We also took a day trip to 7 Sacred Pools, had them nearly all to ourselves. We spent time at the pool, mini-golf-course, hot tub. You can do lots of other activities too - snorkel Hana Bay, take a trip to a local farm or temple, learn how to make a lei or play ukulele, do a guided hike. Just not enough time for us, and the feeling of the place is so relaxed it's actually kind of hard to motivate to do anything but just sit and be peaceful. The sauna and cold pool at the spa is free. I wouldn't recommend the massages there, but the facility itself is beautiful. We went to Friday night dinner there which was a hula show by hotel staff. We liked it much better than Old Lahaina Luau - we are dancers ourselves and we prefer to see heart and connection to music rather than the gorgeous bodies and athleticism of the Lahaina dancers. Overall, highly recommended. Oh, but if you go, make sure to bring a cooler full of food with you. Food is decent there but incredibly high-priced (perhaps due to need to import it over difficult roads) and you don't get alot of dining options.

  • 3. Maui Revealed
    http://www.amazon.com/Maui-Revealed-Ultimate-Guidebook/dp/0971727996/r...

    Best overview of Maui. You can read it cover to cover or just open to whichever region you are in for history, fun hikes, activities, the best beaches, etc.

  • 4. Top Maui Restaurants 2008
    http://www.amazon.com/Maui-Restaurants-2008-Thrifty-Four/dp/0975263145...

    We used this one daily while we were there. Found some amazing places to eat. Their top recommendation, Capische?, apparently has had some recent changes in chef so we didn't try it. But other recommendations worked out great!

  • 5. CJ's Deli & Diner
    CJ's Deli & Diner, Ka'anapali, Maui

    This place packs a tasty and cheap lunch to take with you on the road to Hana (which is a must-do when you're on Maui). They also will rent you a cooler for $5 which you can return at any point on your trip. Especially if you are staying in Hana, you will want to bring some food with you, and it's a long hot drive...

  • 6. Gazebo Restaurant at Napili Shores
    Gazebo Restaurant at Napili Shores, Lahaina, Maui

    Loved this restaurant. Tasty breakfast, quick service, gorgeous ocean view. Try the banana-macadamia nut pancakes with coconut syrup... one of the best pancakes I've ever had!

  • 7. Cilantro Mexican Grill
    Cilantro Mexican Grill, Lahaina, Maui

    Good quick relatively inexpensive Mexican food. Try the signature items on the menu. Especially great if you're a vegetarian, but plenty of meat items also.

  • 8. BJ's Chicago Pizza
    BJ's Chicago Pizza, Maui, Hawaii

    Ocean view, with some of the best deep dish pizza we have eaten anywhere.

  • 9. Mama's Fish House
    Mama's Fish House, Paia, Maui

    Very very expensive, but amazing atmosphere... their own private beach, super-romantic. If you don't like fish (their specialty), would suggest dinner somewhere less expensive followed by drinks and dessert here. You'll probably need a reservation.

  • 10. Mana Foods
    Mana Foods, Paia, Maui

    Great health food store. You can stop here before road to Hana and fill up the rest of the cooler you got at CJ's. They have an assortment of wonderful produce, including biggest and tastiest avocado I've ever eaten.

  • 11. Road to Hana Tours
    Road to Hana Tours, Hana, Maui

    You must take the road to Hana if you are on Maui. It's amazingly beautiful with lots of short hikes to waterfalls and pools (Maui Revealed will tell you where). Bring suntan lotion and mosquito repellent and some shoes you won't mind getting dirty. Stay in Hana if you have time, way too much to see in one day...

  • 12. Maui Snorkel Tours
    http://www.mauisnorkeltours.com/

    We did 3 snorkel activities while on Maui, and this was the first and best, although all were great. What was amazing was it was semi-private so we didn't scare away the fish, and she was really patient with me (I am quite scared of water and the ocean). We swam out into the bay for 1.5 hours of snorkeling, with a short lecture first so we would know what we were seeing, which was plenty of fish and turtles. Great fun and a fantastic introduction to snorkeling.

  • 13. Maui Eco Tours
    Maui Eco Tours, Kihei, Maui

    Kayaking to a very nice snorkel spot. Not too many folks along so the turtles did not get scared away. Nice to be able to get back in the kayaks for a breather when we wanted to. Enjoyed Deja, our guide, who was quite knowledgeable.

  • 14. Pacific Whale Foundation
    Pacific Whale Foundation, Maalaea, Maui

    We took this cruise to Molokini crater. It was the first of the big boats to get there. We enjoyed the snorkeling, the fish are so used to snorkelers that they will swim right up to you. We saw an eel and a trumpetfish as well as plenty of coral, sea urchins, and beautiful fish. Veggie burgers were decent and the informational talk after the Crater was very interesting. We did a second stop to see turtles but the turtles scattered because of how many of us there were on the cruise (would recommend a smaller tour like the ones mentioned above if you want to see turtles). Their gift shop was very nice too, we bought some cool souvenirs to bring back.

  • 15. Maui Horseback Riding Tours (Pony Express Tours)
    Pony Express Tours, Haleakala National Park, Maui

    This was an amazing experience. Best way to see the crater if you are adventurous (there are some scary moments when your horse stumbles a bit on the rocks, so not for the faint of heart!).

  • 16. Nakalele Blowhole
    Nakalele Blowhole, Maui, Hawaii

    This was an incredible sight. Directions for how to get here are in Maui Revealed.

  • 17. Scrabble Apple
    http://www.amazon.com/Parker-Brothers-4979-Scrabble-Apple/dp/B001FYJBM...

    If you like scrabble, this is a great and inexpensive game to play on the plane ride.