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Which area of Maui? North, South, East, West?

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Which area of Maui? North, South, East, West?

We are looking at a trip to Maui this summer for a week. We are bringing our two children who are 10 and 16. We are trying to decide which area of Maui would be best for us. We'd really like to stay away from the crowd. Our number one priority is the beach. We want to be in the area with the most beautiful beaches. Suggestions?

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1. Re: Which area of Maui? North, South, East, West?

Cut your choices down to either South or West

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2. Re: Which area of Maui? North, South, East, West?

Look into Kapalua.

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3. Re: Which area of Maui? North, South, East, West?

I agree with my friends above.

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4. Re: Which area of Maui? North, South, East, West?

You've asked the age old question. It's one you can ask of 5 Maui fans and get 8 answers :-) But generally speaking, most vacationers stay either in West Maui (Lahaina, Ka'anapali, Kahana, Napili, Kapalua) or in South Maui (Kihei, Wailea, Makena).

Ka'anapali in West Maui is a planned resort area with several high rise condo and hotel resort properties as well as the Whaler's Village shopping areas. Lots of shopping, restaurants, activites, and of course, people. Just a couple miles south of Ka'anapali is the historic whaling town of Lahaina, which now thrives on the tourist trade with still more restaurants, shops, galleries, and more. But a 10 minute drive north of there you'll find the quiet areas of Napili and Kapalua. Part of the attraction to those areas is the quiet laid back feel while still having the 'buzz' of Ka'anapali and Lahaina just a 10 minute drive away should you want it.

Kihei is about as close as one gets to a "beach town" in Maui. Lots of condo options here but most (not all) sit across a busy street from the beach rather than right on it. Generally speaking, the farther south you go in Kihei, the nicer the beaches. And continueing south you'll find the quiet and more upscale resort areas of Wailea and Makena. One area is not better than another - just different.

Here's a site that will help you with your research...

http://www.wizardpub.com/maui/mauaerials.html

When you click on a resort you'll see an aerial photo with review and rack rate pricing (you can do better), and a link to the property's web site.

Know that there is a difference between "oceanfront" and "beachfront" listings, and the aerial photos will help sort that out. For example, many of the properties in Kahana are indeed "oceanfront" meaning they sit directly on the shoreline. But they typically have litte or no sandy beach, and if there is, it is often accessible only at low tide.

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5. Re: Which area of Maui? North, South, East, West?

Summer wweather is good in Napili and it is low rise condos and

directly on the sandy beach.

Napili Kai

The Mauian

Napili Sunset

Napili Point (beach is next door)

Napili Shores

Any condo along Napili Bay

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6. Re: Which area of Maui? North, South, East, West?

Napili Bay has great summer weather.

It is low rise condos

Wide sandy beach

Any condo at Napili Bay

Napili Kai

The Mauain etc

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