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Tips For Avoiding the Crowds on Maui

Visitor arrivals are up and continue to climb, but there are ways to beat the crowds.
September 04, 2015

Tips For Avoiding the Crowds on Maui

Luxury Maui AccommodationsThe number of vacationers who visited Maui in July spiked by 7.6 percent compared to the same month last year, according to the Hawaii Tourism Authority. This kind of news is becoming more and more common as vacationers are more and more willing to pay a premium for a better vacation and luxury accommodations, which places Maui above the other islands in terms of popular visitor preference. But a complication arises for those who like the peaceful feeling of a remote, natural locale. If you like the buzz of activity surrounding popular places, then you'll be more than satisfied with our accommodations on Kaanapali Beach, but if you want to venture out for a quieter experience, we have some tips for you.

1. Visit in the fall. Summer and winter are the most popular times to go on vacation. Your best option for avoiding crowds throughout your vacation is to visit in the fall. Spring is a good second choice, but spring break does tend to come with some traffic. Fall is the time when families are starting the new school year, or preparing for it, and that's one of the main reasons why a vacation at that time is less crowded. Because demand is lower, an added benefit is the cheaper price you can get on airfare, accommodations and even activities.

2. Visit Makawao Town. This sleepy upcountry town features charming shops and several restaurants that have carved out a place for themselves as persistent local favorites. Yet it's much less crowded than the beach towns of Paia and Lahaina, and also much more scenic than the relatively urban Kahului.

3. Get to Hana before 10am. One of the most popular sightseeing tours is the drive through the jungles of Hana. If you get carsick, skip it. But if you want to see those cascading waterfalls nestled into lush green vegetation opposite sprawling ocean views, get an early start. If you're staying at our Kaanapali vacation rentals, this will be a full day trip, but you'll escape a lot of the traffic if you get ahead of the crowd by arriving there before 10am. This shouldn't be too hard if you're on U.S. mainland time.

4. Try a visit to Palauea beach. Located near Makena in South Maui, this beach is surprisingly uncrowded. Many vacationers yearn for the tranquility of an empty beach, and are finding that harder and harder to find on Maui as the crowds continue to grow. Palauea is a bit of a hidden gem, at least for now. It's also worth noting that there's no such thing as a private beach on Maui. The law stipulates that no privately owned entity may block beach access to the public, so feel free to scout for beaches off the beaten path, so long as you take extra care with your safety.

5. Hike in Poli Poli State Park. This unlikely conifer forest is situated high on Haleakala above South Maui. It's not what you'd expect from a tropical island in the Pacific, but that's why it remains so uncrowded. Few vacationers stop by this fascinating place because so many of them can see pine forests at home, but what they're really missing is the views. There are a few spots in Poli Poli that boast sprawling vistas of the breathtaking island scenery below, and you'll find very few other hikers to impinge on your peaceful excursion. Not only that, but some of Maui's native forest birds are known to live in this area. The bright yellow or green Maui Alauahio can sometimes be spotted here, and are particularly active around dawn and dusk.

We hope these tips are enough to get you started with some of the kinds of outings that make a Maui vacation so iconic! Mahalo!

Monday Events at Maui Ocean Center

Visiting the MOC on Monday is a great value for the extras they are providing.
August 28, 2015

Monday Events at Maui Ocean Center

Family Vacation to MauiIf you're thinking about checking out the Maui Ocean Center, one of the island's most popular attractions, we recommend a weekday visit. That's because the center gets crowded on the weekends, and you'll often find yourself waiting a while before getting a look at each of its vibrant exhibits. Their naturalists do an amazing job presenting stunning native marine species to the public, including everything from sharks to shrimp. It's a great place to visit if you enjoy seeing and learning about marine life, and it's a big favorite for kids if you happen to be on a family vacation to Maui.

If you do choose to visit on a weekday, you have to pick one, and there's a lot going on at the center on Monday, August 31st. Monk Seal Mondays and the Shark Info Booth will be presented by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, or NOAA. There will also be a Fins and Flippers Tour during two separate time slots. Then, of course, there are all the fantastic exhibits that are always at the center.

Monk Seal Mondays, 9am to 1pm - The Hawaiian Monk Seal is one of only two mammals that are native to the islands. They are also critically endangered, and that makes them a species of great interest here in Hawaii. Volunteers from NOAA will share fascinating information about these dynamic creatures in their presentations, including details on their biology and behaviors. Cost: Free.

Shark Info Booth, 9am to 1pm - Sharks have fascinated human beings since their very first encounters. Biologists are always discovering more about the unique abilities of these animals, from their unique sensory organs to their mysterious migration patterns. If you swing by this interactive info booth, NOAA volunteers will provide interesting details about Hawaii's sharks. Cost: Free.

Fins and Flippers Tour, 11:30am and 1:30pm - A knowledgeable MOC naturalist will take you on an educational tour that will bring you behind the scenes so you can see the inner workings of the aquarium. You can explore the aquarium lab, learn how the animals are cared for by MOC's expert staff, and even have the chance to assist with feedings at Turtle Lagoon and Hammerhead Harbor. Both of these tours run for an hour. Cost: $10 in addition to admission.

Given all these exciting opportunities taking place on Monday, it seems like the MOC is going out of their way to provide extra value to those willing to visit on that day of the week. This may be an attempt to redistribute the crowds of the weekdays, or just a way to boost sales on Mondays, but all these opportunities work out to your advantage in any case. The NOAA presentations are especially nice because there is no additional charge for them, but even the Fins and Flippers Tour is widely considered to be worth the additional ten dollars and more. Your visit could be one of the most memorable experiences of your vacation to Maui.

We hope you have an exciting visit to the Maui Ocean Center. If you need more information, you can visit them at www.mauioceancenter.com. As for getting assistance with your Maui vacation rentals, you'll find our contact information at the bottom of the page. Mahalo!

20th Annual Maui Wedding Expo

A free event featuring Maui's top wedding professionals.
August 21, 2015

20th Annual Maui Wedding Expo

Beachfront West Maui AccommodationsDo you dream of a Maui wedding? If you'll be on the island on Saturday, August 29th, you might want to check out the 20th Annual Maui Wedding Expo. Presented by the Maui Wedding Association, the event will feature top wedding vendors from around the island, and there is no entry fee.

This is a great opportunity to get started planning your Maui dream wedding with the island's top professionals, or at least gathering some good ideas. The event will include fashion shows, cake samples, photographers, live music and other enjoyable features to broaden your horizons on all the possibilities available for the perfect celebration of your union. And what more romantic place to get married than Maui? We have some beautiful beachfront West Maui accommodations that can be your luxurious home base while you make your preparations. If you're staying at one of our vacation rentals now, the expo is about an hour away in Wailuku at the King Kamehameha Golf Club. It's worth the drive for all the great ideas and inspiration you can take away from the expo.

Here are some of the types of vendors who will be participating:

  • Wedding Coordinators
  • Photographers
  • Videographers
  • Florists
  • Ministers/Officiants
  • Catering/Cake/Restaurants
  • Musicians/Entertainment
  • Locations/Venues
  • Limos/Transportation
  • Bridal Wear/Tuxedos
  • Beauty/Spa
  • Travel/Lodging
  • Specialty Products & Services
  • Rental Equipment
  • Wedding Publications.

You'll have access to everything you need to plan your wedding, and both the event and the parking is free. Food will be available for purchase. There will be door prizes that you can win if you register at www.weddingexpomaui.com. You can also find more information about the event by following that link. Of course, if you register, you're likely to receive promotional materials, but you can find good deals that way if you have the patience for it. That's why in this day and age, it's commonplace to have an email account especially for those kinds of materials.

We hope you have an amazing experience, and that we'll see you at one of our beautiful vacation rentals when the special day comes. If you need any assistance with your accommodations, you'll find our contact information at the bottom of the page. Mahalo!

8th Annual Seed to Cup Coffee Festival on Maui

Free Maui coffee samples, techniques on every step of the coffee making process, and more.
August 14, 2015

8th Annual Seed to Cup Coffee Festival on Maui

Vacation to MauiIf you love coffee and you're on vacation to Maui, you won't want to miss the 8th Annual Seed to Cup Coffee Festival happening tomorrow, on August 15th. Presented by the Maui Coffee Association, this event is free and open to the public, making it one of those rare gems that's a lot of fun and doesn't put a dent in your Maui vacation budget. It's especially ideal if you're traveling with a large group, because some of those other expensive activities add up quick. If you enjoy coffee, this festival should be a great time.

The festival will be held at the scenic Maui Tropical Plantation in Wailuku, which is worth a visit whether there's an event or not. Filled with fascinating Hawaiian plant species and educational displays, you can learn a lot here and take some great photos. Considering the plantation is all about agriculture and the plants that grow here, it's the perfect venue for the Coffee Festival.

When you arrive, you can observe coffee brewing and roasting demonstrations throughout the day, and enjoy free tastings of award winning Maui coffees that you can also purchase. Who knows, maybe you'll find your new favorite coffee! There will be displays and demonstrations of coffee processing equipment from the Captain Cook Trading Company, which hails from the Big Island. Coffee pulping and hulling demos will start at 10am and continue throughout the day. You'll have the opportunity to learn methods and techniques for backyard coffee growing if you'd like to try it as a hobby at home. Presenters will display barista art and brewing methods throughout the day, try some coffee beer from the Maui Brewing Company, and purchase some tasty coffee inspired and infused food to satisfy your appetite. There will be coffee braised beef tacos and coffee braised eggplant, with quesadillas for the kids. Live music from some amazing local bands will add a layer of enjoyment to the experience.

Overall, this event is cheap and a lot of fun, which has made it quite popular. Have you thought about bringing home Maui grown coffee as gifts for friends and family? Just a thought! It runs from 9am to 3pm on the 15th of August. As for the quality of the coffees that come from Maui, three of our coffees placed in the Hawaii's Top Ten at the 2014 Hawaii Statewide Cupping Competition. Also, six of our coffees placed in the top twenty. If you attend this event, you'll get to find out why.

We hope you have a great time at the festival! If you need more information on this event, you'll find it at www.mauitropicalplantation.com. For assistance with your accommodations, you'll find our contact information at the bottom of the page. Mahalo and have a wonderful Maui vacation!

The Season for Maui Parasailing

Parasailing isn't available during whale season, which makes it a popular summer activity.
August 07, 2015

The Season for Maui Parasailing

West Maui CondosParasailing is an exhilarating and exciting activity for those on vacation to Maui, and the summer months are the perfect time for it, when the breeze tends to be warmer and the sky clearer. If you're staying at one of our West Maui condos, the most convenient choice for this activity is one that operates in this part of the island, such as West Maui Parasail. They depart not only from Lahaina Harbor, but also from Kaanapali Beach, which is exactly where many of our beachfront condos are located. They have also provided guests with over 200,000 flights since 1985, so if experience and safety matter, they're an excellent choice.

So what are some fun facts about how parasailing works? In the case of West Maui Parasail, you don't need to get wet because they have a launch and recovery system directly off the back of the boat. Their flights are 8-10 minutes long, and they allow two to three people at a time, depending on weather conditions. You don't need any prior experience to go parasailing, and they've accommodated guests as young as 6 and as old as 95. As far as height, the standard option is their 800ft line, but the deluxe is 1200ft, so don't book this with a friend or family member who is afraid of heights.

As for the best time of the year to go parasailing while on vacation to Maui, many are surprised to find that the activity isn't available all year round. In fact, parasailing is only available from May 16th to December 14th because our migratory humpback whales are frequently found in our waters during the remaining months.

Why are whale season and parasailing mutually exclusive? In order to get you up in the air, activity boats have to move fast, and can be dangerous to adult and baby whales who could be struck by these vessels. Marine life does try to get out of the way when they hear a roaring engine approaching, but research shows that when the vessel is moving over 12 knots, the chances of striking marine life increases exponentially. For reference, 12 knots is about 13 miles per hour, which seems extremely slow, but then whales do tend to be slow most of the time, and they take up quite a bit of space.

So, if you're interested in this exciting activity, now is the time to go! On the other hand, if you'd rather whale watch, you'll have to wait for the cooler months of the year. If you need any assistance with your accommodations, you'll find our contact information at the bottom of the page. Mahalo and have a wonderful Maui vacation!


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