We had traveled up from Kaanapalli on our last trip to Maui and wanted to get away from the high rises on this trip and boy did we make the right decision. In Napili, no building can be taller than the palm trees. We came to Napili Kai mostly because when we were here on the last trip and saw how well it blended into its surrounding enviroment and its proximity to great snorkeling beaches. We hoped it would live up to our expectations, well it not only lived up to our expectations by the accomodations, the friendly staff, other guests and the grounds, it surpassed it. We came to spend our 30th wedding anniversary in paradise and to relax and snorkel. We are fairly low keyed people and the Napili Kai was the perfect pick for us.
When we booked with Cheap Hawaii Tickets we were not sure what condo we would get but asked for a ocean front and second floor and would highly recommend that for anyone. We were lucky and got a preferred condo in the Puna II building (room 221).
The view when we walked in and opened the lanai doors just blew us away, ocean everywhere and could be seen from just about anywhere in the room. We spent many hours on the lanai watching whales, turtles and people, great fun. The Puna buildings are out on the rocky point and more quiet than the beach front units which worked out fine for us, no beach, but a short walk on the path gets you to the beach. I have read where some have complained about the accomodations being dated and the ghost ants. The Puna rooms are to be updated this summer but seemed fine for us (we live in house over 100ys. old). The ghost ants were not an issue because we kept everything in the fridge or oven, plus they don't eat much anyway.
The snorkeling in Napili Bay is very good and we saw turtles many times and Kapalua Bay is just a short across the parking lot and the snorkeling is also great there.
Check out Honolua Store in Kapalua and Maui Tacos in Napili for good inexpensive eating options. We had a great time and hope to return to Napili Kai Beach Resort as soon as we can afford it.
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