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aparke7
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Maui...VRBO vs AirBnb vs hotel
Planning a trip to Maui for our 10th anniversary. Stayed in a condo 10 years ago, but exploring all of our options this time.

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re: Maui...VRBO vs AirBnb vs hotel
Went last year. Did condo. It was cool to have that sort of freedom, you could say.

If I ever go back I'm 100% doing a hotel/resort though. I kind of wanted that experience.


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re: Maui...VRBO vs AirBnb vs hotel
I'll be staying at the Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa in November. Never even looked into Airbnb though, as I'll be staying there for my honeymoon.

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The problem with the Hyatt is there is very little room to lounge around the pool areas. It gets packed there. The Marriott Maui Ocean club next door has much more room to handle the people.
Otherwise, the Hyatt is very nice. Very good restaurants. Although, I would recommend against their luau unless they are giving you a great deal. Not that impressive. The best one is Old Lahaina Luau.


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Although, I would recommend against their luau unless they are giving you a great deal. Not that impressive. The best one is Old Lahaina Luau.
Already booked the Old Lahaina Luau.


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It's really the most authentic
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Already booked the Old Lahaina Luau.



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JoeMayo
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Went to Maui for my honeymoon in February. Stayed in Kapalua at the Ritz-Carlton in the club level. Best vacation I have ever been on.

It is about 20 minutes outside of the town area but totally worth it


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dandan
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Actually flying back from Maui right now. Layover in Honolulu. I like staying in Kapalua villas condos. Like others said about 15 to 20 mins to Kaanapali and Lahaina but real nice. You can get a condo with full kitchen in the 1500 to 2000 sq ft range for a price similar to destin condos. If you want to be in the middle of the action Kaanapali is better or even right in Lahaina. We hit several different snorkel and beaches bc they are all public so it doesn’t matter as much where you stay as long as you like the place and general area.


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Completely agree. We left a condoning the north shore a few years back because the AC was broken and scrambled to find a replacement. Got online and found a 2000 sf Condon with private garage and huge lanai with grill, full kitchen 2 story in Kapalua for 300 bucks a night. In a gated neighborhood with access to beach and private pools.

It wasn't near any night life but wgaf? Family trip. The only way to go.


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FalseAlarm
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Actually flying back from Maui right now. Layover in Honolulu. I like staying in Kapalua villas condos. Like others said about 15 to 20 mins to Kaanapali and Lahaina but real nice. You can get a condo with full kitchen in the 1500 to 2000 sq ft range for a price similar to destin condos. If you want to be in the middle of the action Kaanapali is better or even right in Lahaina. We hit several different snorkel and beaches bc they are all public so it doesn’t matter as much where you stay as long as you like the place and general area.


Just booked a Villa here for my honeymoon. Any recommendations for restaurants, bars in that community area? Any recommendation for activities in that part of the island?


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re: Maui...VRBO vs AirBnb vs hotel
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Planning a trip to Maui for our 10th anniversary. Stayed in a condo 10 years ago, but exploring all of our options this time.



Main recommendation is to stay in the center valley. If you stay on the west side it'll take you forever to get anywhere.


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dandan
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Merimans in Kapalua is great for dinner. It’s pricey but you should enjoy it. There is a little local store on the resort close to the ritz that has good food to order for quick meals. Called honoloa store that is an abc store. Note abc stores are everywhere and have reasonable souvenir prices.

For good free snorkeling you have several options. A little further west/north is honoloa bay. It gets crowded for parking but it’s awesome. About a 5 minute or so walk through the woods to get to the bay. It’s not a sand beach but has lots of rocks. After you get in the water it’s great. Awesome reef and tons of different fish and other things to see. Saw some eels and turtles as well.

Also Kapalua bay on the resort has good quick and easy snorkeling. Another spot I recommend is Napili which is only a couple minutes away from Kapalua. Tons of turtles there. There is public beach access there and pretty easy parking if you get there early or later in the day. There’s a gazebo restaurant over there that is the general area. Go closer to the rocks on the left side and should have a lot of turtles.

There’s a cool blowhole further north/west from Kapalua. Nakalele blowhole. It’s a good hike down to get to it but very nice to see. Older people and younger kids can hike it but you just go slower to be careful with people that aren’t used to it.

Snorkel also very good at black rock in Kaanapali close to the Sheraton. Park In whalers village garage. If you buy something at the shops for like $15 you get free validated parking.

CJs restaurant good in Kaanapali area for breakfast. Not expensive and plenty of good food.

We did skyline ecoline zip line in Kaanapali area a couple times in past years. It’s nice and in the mountains and you get an awesome view of the ocean doing it.

Tons of good shops and places to drink in Lahaina which is about 10 miles or 20 mins from kapalua.

Volcano on the other end is interesting. You get above the clouds and it’s like 40 or so degrees up top. If you go early you can see the sunrise which I hear is amazing. Usually best to do first morning since Hawaii is 5 hours behind central time right now.

Helicopter tours are sweet as well if you don’t mind dropping the cash. Rent snorkel stuff there for the week if you plan on doing it and you don’t need to pay a tour to take you out. Lots of tour boats take people to honoloa bay and you can get there free.

Got other things to say bc I have been a few times but let me know any other specific questions and I will try to answer.


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Parallax
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I never do AirBNB or VRBO, so I might not be your best resource.

Stayed at Andaz Maui last Spring and it was great. Next time I visit Maui, I'll stay there again.


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