My wife and I stayed at the Outrigger Napili Shores from May 17-22 2006. We had a good time. The room was very clean and nice, the resort is just to the left of Napili Bay (as you look out towards the ocean).
The gazebo restaurant is nice for lunch and breakfast with a good view. The banana macadamia nut pancakes were definitely good, however from all the rave reviews I expected more. I had the same pancakes in Kihei at a little diner in a strip mall (can't remember the name) that were just as good. There is a line every morning. So if you don't feel like waiting in line, walk up the beach to the North. At the other end of the bay is another resort with a nice restaurant which is also on the beach, and not crowded. Breakfast was reasonable ($8-10 each roughly) considering it's a resort.
There is also Maui Tacos and Napili Market in the Napili Plaza, which come in handy being so close by. Maui Tacos is like a Roberto's Mexican Food. They have pictures of many famous people on the walls that have visited the place, so that was cool to see.
We also ate at Cheeseburger in Paradise in Lahaina for the view (food wasn't bad either, just not a huge selection as you can guess by the name), as well as Subway (trying to stay on a budget).
We ate out at Hula Grill in the Whaler's Village in Kaanapali one night. It was expensive but the view was spectacular and the food and mixed drinks (banana mac) were very good. You can see some pics of the sunset in the attached photos.
We didn't do any tours, we just went to various beaches and snorkeled. Napili Bay was ok, however a couple days the waves were a little rough and it made the visibility bad for snorkling. However it most likely was like this in other beaches facing the same direction.
We had the best snorkling experience in Wailea Beach. It's a public beach in between expensive resorts (the Four Seasons being one of them). Get there early or on a weekday to get a parking spot, otherwise you're out of luck. At the south end of the beach are some rocks. It looks like nothing is there. However a boat or 2 offshore from them should be your first clue. As you get out there past the rocks, there's quite a bit of coral and fish.
We didn't get a chance to try Kapalua Bay (next time!).
We did do the road to Hana, we went early to avoid the traffic. It worked. It's a nice ride, however bring your mosquito repellant if you want to get out and hike up around some of the waterfalls! I also got bit a couple of times sitting outside our room at the resort, which was a bummer, we couldn't really eat outside our room like we wanted to (another excuse to go eat out at the beach restaurant though ;).
Once you've done the road to Hana, you don't really need to do it again. It's a long drive, and there's nothing really there! I had more fun snorkling =).
Favorite shopping was in Lahaina. Whaler's Village in Kaanapali is nice but a little expensive. Lahaina Cannery Mall is a small mall with some interesting shops, as well as a food court with greek, chinese, etc food.
We took Aloha Airlines, straight flight from San Diego. It was great, no complaints.
Positive experience at Outrigger, the staff were nice, I would recommend this hotel. I will probably not stay here again, only because I want to try Kaanapali this time (it was always sunny there it seemed) or Kihei, someplace closer to the great snorkling we found in Wailea. It is nice and uncrowded here though, as you can see from the attached pictures.
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- Outrigger Napili Shores Hotel Lahaina
- Outrigger Hotel Lahaina
- Outrigger Hotel Napili Shores
- Outrigger Lahaina
- Lahaina Outrigger
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