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vacation condo in beautiful Kaanapali, Maui, Hawaii
|CENTRAL MAUI: KAHULUI and WAILUKU are the main towns, and the center of commerce for the island. You'll find the main AIRPORT, QUEEN KAAHUMANU SHOPPING CENTER, K-MART (don't laugh, it's a great place to pick up island souvenirs), and COSTCO (best food prices if you want to prepare some of your own meals). Also in Central Maui is the IAO VALLEY with the IAO NEEDLE, a great place for a hike.
|The town of PAIA - a throwback to the 60's, is just east of the airport and just to the south is PUUNENE, where a fully operational sugar mill is located and is home to the SUGAR MUSEUM. As you head east out of Paia, you'll encounter HOOKIPA - the famous wind surfing destination, where you'll see world class wind surfing and board surfing (bring your binoculars and zoom lenses and ask someone to point you towards "JAWS" for a look at the death defying pros!).
|EAST MAUI: The famous "Road to Hana" travels east from Kahului to HANA, a sleepy & beautiful village reflecting Hawaii's traditional past. Its a wet and wild ride (plan this as a day trip and pack a lunch), but well worth the time. You'll find the famous "SEVEN POOLS" just outside of town; and if you're up for it, hike up (about 2,000 feet - but an easy grade) to the source of the pools - three nice waterfalls. The trail takes you through a bamboo rain forest and it's quite an experience! Remember - always take fresh drinking water - don't drink from the pools or the falls.
One of the many waterfalls
on the Hana Highway
|UP-COUNTRY: This is where you'll find the sweetest pineapples, the most exotic flower farms, and of course the HALEAKALA bike rides. This dormant volcano rises to just above 10,000 feet and offers a day of discovery for hikers or bikers. NASA sent the astronauts here to train before the moon walks! The towns of MAKAWAO, PUKALANI, and KULA climb the slopes toward the crater, and offer great spots for lunch or some "endless view" golfing.
|SOUTH MAUI: It's hot and dry, but KIHEI, the WAILEA RESORT AREA, and MAKENA are great for shopping, dining or "beaching". A great trip for snorkelers is a 1 mile hike across the most recent lava flow (200 +/- years ago) to a small secluded and protected cove. Here you'll find clear water and tons of beautiful fish. We've always found this to be a better snorkeling adventure than a trip out to MOLOKINI. However, if you've got your heart set on that trip then Kihei is where you'll find the boat tours.
Lava & Sand Beach
|WEST MAUI: This is definitely the place to be. LAHAINA, KAANAPALI, NAPILI, and KAPALUA are all on the western shores of Maui. Here you'll find the sunsets and sparkling beaches for sunning, snorkeling, diving, sailing, jet skiing, parasailing, and ocean kyaking. Across the channel are the islands of LANAI and MOLOKAI, and in the channel is where you'll find the WHALES! November through late April or early May you'll see them (yes, even sometimes from your lounge chair at our private beach cabana!).
|Trips out from the Lahaina harbor include snorkel/dive trips, whale watching trips, sport fishing and day trips to the other islands. Golf is also a West Maui speciality, with some on the world's best courses - one of which is right outside your back door when you stay at the Maui Eldorado - Unit D-105! The condo is also located in the perfect spot, where you'll be able to dive or snorkel off the beach at Black Rock - one of the best spots for both in all of Hawaii!
West Maui is known for
its great beaches
|MOLOKINI ISLET: The Molokini Islet is a protected fish and bird sanctuary. Here you can snorkel, dive, and bird watch; but only from a boat. No one is allowed on the islet without special scientific permits. But not to worry! There are dozens of boats which visit these waters daily. Here the fish are friendly and almost tame. This is a great spot; however, we feel it has gotten too crowded and too expensive. We recommend that you snorkel right from the beach in front of the Maui Eldorado's private beach cabana at Black Rock! Here you'll see a great variety of fish and perhaps early in the morning, several of the sea turtles which call Kaanapali home. Best of all - there's no charge!
|Boats at anchor off Lahaina