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Maui Sands Beach in the BackyardHumpback Whale Season
Maui Sands looks directly at the islands of Molokai and Lanai.  It is between these islands that 95% of all whales come to birth their calves.  From the end of November to mid May you can sit on your lanai and whale watch.  We provide binoculars and a telescope (for stargazing) but they are rarely needed – the whales are so close!
A must do is to take a whale watching tour.  There are many but one of our favorites is the Pacific Whale Foundation’s trips.  Check them out at http://www.pacificwhale.org

 

Maui Sands Beach in the BackyardNearby Outside Activities
Snorkeling is just steps away directly in front of Maui Sands! Two reefs running along the shoreline offer protection for many of the beautiful fish and other sealife.

A short drive up the highway is Honolua Bay – an incredible area for snorkeling, scuba and surfing, depending on the season. The right side of the bay is best for snorkeling.

Just a short walk up the beach is Honokowai Beach Park – a great place to enjoy a take-out meal from Okazuya’s Deli!

Nakalele Blowhole, the Olivine Pools and Kahakuloa Head are all part of the spectacular scenery you can enjoy as you travel up the highway past Kapalua.

 

Maui Sands Beach in the BackyardGrocery Shopping
A short walk or drive down the road is the Star Market!  In fact, you’ll drive right past it on the way to your Maui Sands.  Also, on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, there is an open air Farmers Market about a block away which is open from 7-11 am with fresh produce, flowers, chips and salsa, bagels and cream cheese, and the best pineapple bread on the island!  A “must do” during your stay. An ABC store is located two properties away for quick necessities or souvenir shopping.

Also, right as you leave the Kahalui airport, about a 30-45 minute drive from Maui Sands (depending on time of day and traffic), there is a Costco, Walmart and Kmart which for your longer stays are great spots to shop for groceries and save money.  

 

Restaurants
Some of the finest restaurants on the island are only a short distance from Maui Sands.

  • Roy’s http://www.roysrestaurant.com/ Boasts Hawaiian Fusion Cuisine is very good.

  • David Paul’s http://www.lahainagrill.com   One of our personal favorites (expensive but excellent) in downtown Lahaina.

  • Sea House Restaurant at the Napilii Kai Resort is a wonderful place to dine. Make sure you make reservations ahead and that you are there for the wonderful sunset!

  • Another favorite is the Plantation House restaurant up on Pineapple Hill at the Kapalua Bay Golf Club.  We love to go for breakfast.  Enjoy the panoramic view! Spectacular!  http://www.theplantationhouse.com

  • Of course, across the street from the condo are the Fish Market Maui for wonderful fresh fish and the Okazuya’s Deli for local plate lunch or dinner. Yum!

  • Near the Lahaina Cannery Shopping Center is Aloha Plate Lunch. A great spot for a low cost and traditional Hawaiian plate lunch. If you time your visit right you can enjoy the wonderful music from the Old Lahaina Luau next door which has been rated one of the top Luau’s in the islands. http://www.oldlahainaluau.com/flash.html


Maui Sands Beach in the BackyardSunrise at Haleakala Crater
At Haleakala's 10,023' summit you can watch the sunrise come up over the crater, a truly spectacular sight. Mark Twain described sunrise at the summit of Haleakala, "...the sublimest spectacle I ever witnessed".

Some call it the eighth wonder of the world, others call it a "power center". It is all that and more. At once forbidding and compelling, Haleakala National Park is Maui's main natural attraction. No where else can you climb from sea level to 10,023' in less than an hour. At the summit, the 3,000' deep crater you peer down into is 7 miles long, 2 miles wide and 21 miles in circumference. Big enough to contain Manhattan. There are many bicycling companies offering trips to the Summit and bicycling down the mountian. Great family fun.

'Iao Valley State Park
The lovely, deep valley of 'Iao features the 'Iao Needle, a natural rock pinnacle presiding over the 'Iao stream and surrounded by the walls of the Pu'u Kukui Crater. Once used as a natural altar, the 2,250-foot stone pillar covered in green, is a basaltic core that has survived eons of swirling water.

'Iao Valley is a peaceful lush area with easy hikes, exotic tropical plants, and clear, natural pools. The ridge-top lookout offers a fantastic view of the valley and Kahului Harbor.