best part of maui to stay on
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where to stay on maui
Lahaina and Ka’anapali offer many whale watching, snorkeling, and sunset boat tours so its a great part of Maui to stay if you plan on doing lots of boat excursions. Lahaina is a charming Maui Town and a great place to stay if you don’t rent your own wheels.
Cons: Maui in general has expensive accommodation but West Maui has some higher prices. In the areas of Kahana, Napili, and Kapalua expect more rain in the winter months. Lahaina gets very hot in the summer!
West Maui is a farther drive when trying to explore other parts of the island. For example it will take you a couple hours to drive to the top of Haleakala Crater compared to one hour from South Maui.
Where to Stay in West Maui
Old Lahaina House
The Plantation Inn
The Royal Lahaina
The Westin Nanea Ocean Villas
Napili Kai Beach Resort
Napili Sunset Beach Front Resort
Montage Kapalua Bay
Cons: Less of a small Hawaii town feel. Kihei gets hot in the summer and is also very dry.
Where to Stay in South Maui
Stay in Kihei for cheaper airbnb’s and condos. Close to great swimming beaches and restaurants.
Maui Coast Hotel
Fairmont Kea Lani
Cons: You must drive to spend the day at the beach. Temperatures get cool especially in the winter, it snowed on Haleakala several days last winter.
Where to Stay Upcountry Maui
Kula Star Dome
Wailuku town has cheaper accomodations and you’ll experience old Hawaii.
Cons: Industrial region filled with factories and warehouses. You have to drive if you want to get to a nice beach. Traffic.
Where to Stay Central Maui
Courtyard by Marriott Maui Kahului Airport
The Old Wailuku Inn at Ulupono
Cons: There’s less variety of beaches on the north shore compared to its counterparts on the west and south. Since the north shore is smaller there are less restaurants to choose from. But is this really a con?
Where to Stay on the North Shore
Puu Koa Palms
Cons: Far away from the rest of the island. The Road to Hana is the only road that connects the eastern part of the island with the rest. Restaurants are limited and there’s only a couple stores that sell basics. Stock up and don’t forget anything as you won’t have many options once you’re there.