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“Four Winds Snorkel - Great Activity !!”
Review of Maalaea

Maalaea
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$116.12*
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Molokini And Turtle Arches Snorkeling Trip
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Molokini Sail and Snorkel Adventure
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Whale Watching from Ma'alaea Harbor
Ranked #162 of 378 things to do in Maui
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Owner description: A busy harbor area from where fishing tours and excursions depart.
Reviewed July 20, 2012

Well equipped and well maintained pleasure boat - Fun for the entire family to enjoy time on the ocean. Super staff makes sure you have everything you need for a great morning or afternoon of snorkel, snuba, underwater photography and even an ocean water slide! We took the afternoon excursion to Coral Gardens (*hidden treasure!!) and while we were snorkeling, the chef grilled up some good eats. Captain Dan provides a smooth ride with lots of information about the oceanlife in Hawaii. Would definately go again. Great Value, Great Fun!

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Reviewed April 6, 2012

While Maalaea doesn't have the big, fancy resorts like West maui, or Kihei, it is centrally located.... It's 15 minutes to the airport, less than a half hour from Lahaina or Makena... Also, it makes the drives to Hana and the volcano summit more reasonable..... If you prefer to avoid the resorty and timeshare crowds, this area is worth considering.... The condo complexes, especially the last three, on the eastern end of the dead-end road, have direct access to the beach.... The beach is so-so (narrow, not great for swimming, tho i did see a few surfers and snorkelers), BUT, it's 3 miles long and great for walking..... The view from the beach is excellent---clear and direct view of Haleakala, and islands of Molokini, and Kahoolawe......

We stayed at 2 different vacation rental condos at Kanai A Nalu.... Both were first floor ocean view units.... The first one was beautifully done inside, except the kitchen appliances didn't work as advertised... The 2nd unit was nice, with an even better remodeled kitchen, but the bathrooms were neglected and rough around the edges.... That said, if you decide to stay in a vacation rental, just know that each unit is furnished differently... You may pay the same price, no matter what the condition of the unit is.... It's worth adding to this review, i checked out several other units in this complex, as well several others in 2 different complexes, which were located directly next door, and the next one down towards the dead end and public park... From what i could tell, Kanai A Nalu, was the nicest of the three.... The grounds were more open, and the pool seemed to be a nicer deal...

You should be aware when they burn the cane fields for harvesting, often Maalaea will be downwind of it.... So, if smoke bothers you, then you might wanna reconsider staying here... Of our 8 days there, we experienced it maybe 3-4 times, all during the late night... The first nite was strong, but the rest had a pleasant campfire aroma..... So, this was not a big deal for us... Also, it is usually very windy here... Again, not a problem, at least for us... It made for a nice cross breeze thru our condos and we never felt the need to use the AC, except for the last day, when the wind died down!

Overall, i would recommend staying here for the reasons mentioned... Would i stay here again for an entire vacation? Probably not. IMO, it's great for several days, maybe your last few days of your trip, to be close to the airport etc..... But, i found it to be a bit pricey for what you get---- after they hit you with the "cleaning fees", and other fees on top of the rental fees, it gets kinda costly....

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Reviewed March 26, 2012

The boat trip on the Four Winds II was so well done. We had a great captain and crew and great food. Molokini is an essential Maui excursion. I highly recommend the Four Winds II.

2  Thank MMSMequonWI
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Reviewed March 21, 2012

We like to stay in a condo in Maalaea because of the quiet and peaceful surroundings. It is convenient to all places on the island with very little traffic. We watch humpback whales all day long from the lanai during the season,

2  Thank Phylis46250
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Reviewed March 2, 2012

Quiet, away from the busy tourist hubs. Beautiful bay with great whale watching from the lanai of most rentals.

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