Traveling To Maui With The Family (aka Kids) In Tow? Tips To Ensure A Fabulous Vacation

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As a parent you know even a trip to the supermarket can be a challenge when you have children in tow, let alone traveling to Maui! If you’ll soon be on your way to this gorgeous piece of paradise, hopefully you’ve booked one of our fabulous Maui condo rentals. In the meantime, we’ve got a few tips and suggestions to help ensure you and your family have the time of your life while you vacation on one of Hawaii’s most enchanting islands!

Consider surfing lessons for the entire family. Although you may not be able to ride a big wave when you’re done with lessons, imagine the fun your family will have (especially the kids). There are several surfing schools on Maui, so regardless of your experience everyone from beginner to more advanced will get in on the water action.

The Lahaina Market Place is where you’ll find charming shops with all sorts of handmade goods from wood carvings, soaps and candles to jewelry and more. Kids love to check out the shops, and another perk is you can book a boat tour as it’s the central point for tours!

A whale-watching tour is one of the favorite activities of those who vacation in Maui, but be sure to check in advance as some don’t allow babies. It’s also a good idea to tell the kids you’re going on a fun boat ride in case the humpback whales decide not to make an appearance.

Consider a condo or resort rather than a hotel. When you have children, there’s lots of “stuff” to consider from pool toys and snacks to strollers and more. You don’t want to spend your time climbing over the beds to get around the room.

Pack a few snacks. While not all eating establishments in Maui are high-priced, many of them are. You may want to bring along pretzels, chips, dried fruit, nuts and other snacks to fill in those times when the kids (and maybe even you) need a little something to fill in.

Be sure to take the Road to Hana! We’ve mentioned this many times in the past, but it’s worth mentioning again. The Road to Hana is an experience like no other. Hiking, gorgeous waterfalls, and hairpin turns are just a few of the things you’ll experience along with caves and black beaches. It’s a lengthy drive, but one that’s filled with magic. It’s a big adventure to say the least, and some areas of the road an be a little nerve-rattling. If you have a child who tends toward motion or car sickness, be your own judge on this one – but it’s really a MUST DO if you can!

Vacationing on Maui with kids can be a great fun-filled adventure for the entire family, as long as you plan carefully. In any case, you’ll want to make sure the accommodations you choose for relaxing in the evenings is spacious, comfortable, and just like home! Check out our Maui condo rentals and you’ll understand why you don’t want to spend your family vacation cooped up in a hotel room.

Where You’ll Want To Eat When Vacationing In Maui

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Hopefully if you’re vacationing in Maui in the coming weeks you’ve already secured one of our Maui condo rentals for the ultimate in relaxation and taking it easy when you’re not out and about exploring the island and soaking up the sun! We know that for most people, eating is a huge part of the vacation experience. Diets are out the window, and you want to try out new things. It’s just a week or so out of the entire year we deserve to indulge our taste buds. We all love to eat, and there are some spectacular choices in Maui! This will give you a little heads up so you’ll know the best places to check out when you arrive on the island.

Some of the top picks include Morimoto Maui, Lahaina Grill, Merriman’s Kapalua, Gerard’s, Mala Ocean Tavern and Honu Seafood & Pizza. While there are countless options, these are some of the best.

Honu Seafood & Pizza is known for its whole Hawaiian snapper and Guava Pisco sour, but you’ll find a wide array of burgers, brick oven pizzas, seafood sandwiches, entrees and salads.

Lahaina Grill is another local favorite on the island’s West side, known for their Black Manhattan drink and surf & turf. In business for more than 21 years Lahaina Grill is where you’ll find escargot, filet mignon, Maui onion and sesame seed crusted seared Ahi, Osso Bucco, Keahole Lobster Risotto and many other delectable entrees too numerous to mention!

Mala Ocean Tavern is a highly rated restaurant voted as the best in 2016 by Maui Time. If you’re looking for a unique dining experience where you’ll find delectable entrees including Balinese Stir-fry with Fresh Island Fish, Asian Fried Chicken, Hoisin Glazed Baby Back Ribs and delicious sides such as Yukon Gold mashed potatoes or stir fried Brussels sprouts, you’ll love this little piece of Heaven.

There are so many amazing places to dine and enjoy the experience and atmosphere it’s hard to choose which restaurants you’ll love most. One thing’s for certain – you’ll come across many dishes that will be a completely new experience, created from locally sourced ingredients we think you’ll enjoy!

At Honua Kai’s Finest we are dedicated to making your Maui vacation the most relaxed and enjoyable ever. Our Maui condo rentals are luxuriously appointed, spacious, and offer fantastic views along with all of the amenities you would expect in upscale accommodations. We look forward to serving you!

Coming To Maui For The First Time? Prepare And Enjoy The Time Of Your Life

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If you’re planning on coming to Maui for the first time, we invite you to check out our spectacular Maui condo rentals located right on Ka’anapali Beach! No matter what area of the island you’re headed to, we have a few tips to help make planning easier.

First, choose the best time of year in terms of your budget, work schedule, etc. Generally speaking you’ll get better prices during the off-season which is March through May and September through November. These are slower times, so you might enjoy your trip more if you would prefer to avoid lots of tourists. Another perk of vacationing during the off-season is discounted hotel rooms, condos and other accommodations, and cheaper tickets for events and entertainment.

Regardless of whether you choose West, South, East or Upcountry Maui, you’ll save money by flying into Kahului and driving to your destination rather than flying into Kapalua, located on the west side. Flying into Kapalua costs a small fortune and besides – wouldn’t you love to drive along the coast and experience the beauty up-close and personal?

West Maui is where you’ll find Kapalua, Lahaina, Napili and Ka’anapali, a favorite of those who enjoy everything from golfing to a quiet village atmosphere (Napili) or beautiful beaches and amazing restaurants on the water you find in Lahaina Town. Great shopping, huge resorts, the beach life and water activities, lots of people, amazing food – you’ll find whatever you’re looking for in West Maui.

Research all there is to do. Whether you enjoy sight-seeing, adventure or just staying at your resort to relax, you’ll want to do a little research so you’ll know which direction to head when you get here! Those who want to kick back and enjoy the shows, luaus, massage, great restaurants and golfing or snorkeling may want to choose a beach front accommodation.

Looking forward to sight-seeing? You won’t want to miss whale watching, sailing, hiking or experiencing the Road to Hana!

Lots of people come to Maui for the adventure. If you’re someone who’s all about excitement or challenging yourself to do something you’ve never done before, you’ll want to put SCUBA diving, parasailing, ziplining or volcano biking and helicopter tours on your list of to-do’s.

For some people vacationing is as much about the food as anything else! If your one who wants to try out all the restaurants, there are some great ones in Maui. On the flip side of the coin, you may want to save on dining so you can enjoy other activities. If that’s the case, our condo rentals include well-equipped kitchens to you can prepare your own meals every now and then.

Last but not least, what to bring along? You’ll definitely want to include a couple of swimsuits, a backpack, camera and sun block, a hat and sunglasses to protect from the sun, bug spray, and at least some cash as not every vendor on the island accepts credit cards. Shorts, sandals, t-shirts, flip-flops and maybe a pair of short hiking boots if you intend to hike, and you’re all set!

Maui is a blast for people of all ages, whether all you want to do is relax and be pampered or get out and challenge yourself to every adventure there is. Great food, great people, great golf and beaches, spectacular surroundings – are you excited yet? If you haven’t yet, be sure to check out our condo rentals in Maui!

Visiting Maui In The Near Future? Tips You’ll Appreciate

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If it’s your first time visiting Maui, you probably envision sunshine, tropical temps and the beach. While you’ll find all of these things abundant, there’s probably a lot you don’t know about this gorgeous and fun vacation destination! Check out our Maui condo rentals if you haven’t already booked accommodations, and be ready to enjoy the best time of your life. We’ve included a few tips and suggestions below to help you make the most of your visit.

Rent a car – you’ll be glad you did. There’s so much to see and do on Maui, and even if you intend to relax on the beach the majority of the time you’ll appreciate being able to navigate around the island to experience all of the activities, exploring and culture. Be sure that you either have GPS on your cell phone or rental car!

Bring along a light sweater or jacket. What? But I thought temperatures were warm and tropical in Hawaii! For the most part they are, but if you intend to go to the top of Mount Haleakala you’ll be glad you brought an extra layer along as temps can get really cold in this popular location!

Consider renting a condo even if you think a hotel is beyond your budget. Hotels are costly, and you don’t have the spaciousness and amenities you enjoy with a condo. Besides, cooking a few of your own meals in a well-appointed kitchen can save you a bundle on eating out.

Regardless of whether you’re a “water” person or not, be sure you get out on the water. Maui IS an island, after all and part of the enjoyment is the beautiful water and abundance of activities that make your visit exciting! Whether you do something a little more daring such as snorkeling or SCUBA diving or simply enjoy a dinner & drinks sail at sunset, you really must experience the ocean.

Be sure you have your camera or cell phone everywhere you go. From fabulous rainbows to magnificent waterfalls and unique events, you never know what you’ll come across when vacationing in Maui. If you don’t have a camera with you to capture moments you’ll enjoy decades from now, you’ll regret it.

Go on a road trip. Of course the most well-known is the road to Hana, but if you can’t make this adventurous trip you’ll enjoy the beauty driving the only road that circles West Maui. This road is made of two highways that connect, one that runs along the top (Kahekili Highway) and is one known for danger in terms of its narrowness and huge drop offs, the other the Honoapiilani Hwy that navigates around the lower portion of West Maui. Unlike most cities in the mainland, there aren’t a lot of different routes to reach your destination, which is part of what makes it so fun and adventurous.

Every island in Hawaii is unique, and Maui is a true pleasure to experience. No matter what your plans are once you arrive, be sure to check out our Maui condo rentals for pure relaxation and comfort during your down time!