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    Talking Maui in May

    I'm very geeked to be going to Maui in May... a Weds to Weds, so six full days on the island. I already have an AirBnB secured and a car reserved...

    I grew up with the North Atlantic - a giant freezing ocean - so whilst I can swim, I'm not comfortable snorkeling off a beach on my own. I have gone out snorkeling with tours and have at least one reco for one of those companies (Trilogy). I like to hike and generally bop around...
    There are a ton of lists on the web of things to do, sites to see, etc, but if anyone on this fine Forum has particular recommendations for food or activities that they particularly liked, please let me know!


    ETA: I've previously been to Oahu and the Big Island
    Last edited by G42; 03-14-2019 at 12:56 PM.
    I like all the blues and greys...and all the happy citrus colours too!

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    Typical things to see in Maui are (1) Haleakala mountain sunrise, some people bike but it can be dangerous (2) Road to Hana (3) whale watching (4) snorkeling in Molokini (4) Mama's fish house has very good food. Maui also is very close to Lanai and Molokai, but I'm not sure if there is still a boat ferry connecting these islands or if you'll need to take a short flight.

    There is a series of books called Hawaii Revealed that contain a lot of good recommendations. Hope this helps.

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    I’m an oahu resident of 35 years.

    On Maui, try some Tasaka guri guri “ice cream.”

    Eat anywhere the locals eat, fresh fish, poke, and sushi, assuming you are open to trying. I second mama’s fish house.

    In regards to snorkeling, just be careful. That activity kills more people on the islands than any other. No joke. I’m not saying don’t do it, just pay attention to your surroundings. It’s easy to get lost in what you are viewing. Pay attention to currents and the surf.

    Other than that, the above mentioned items are all good!

    Oh, and make sure you try some real hawaiian food, although I’m a drawing a blank on places on Maui to eat.

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    Quote Originally Posted by garuda View Post
    I’m an oahu resident of 35 years.

    On Maui, try some Tasaka guri guri “ice cream.”

    Eat anywhere the locals eat, fresh fish, poke, and sushi, assuming you are open to trying. I second mama’s fish house.

    In regards to snorkeling, just be careful. That activity kills more people on the islands than any other. No joke. I’m not saying don’t do it, just pay attention to your surroundings. It’s easy to get lost in what you are viewing. Pay attention to currents and the surf.

    Other than that, the above mentioned items are all good!

    Oh, and make sure you try some real hawaiian food, although I’m a drawing a blank on places on Maui to eat.
    Thanks very much @NClens and @garuda!

    I had to google 'guri guri' - sounds delish!

    I've gone with snorkel tour boats off of the Florida Keys before as an individual... I stuck pretty close to the boat and used the ride out to make some new friends and let them know that I was by myself and didn't want to accidentally be left behind! I did a snorkel in the Galapagos that was pretty rough surf/current and I won't be doing anything like that again, I'm not a confident enough swimmer. It's why I'll probably do a group tour vs go in off of the beach - I definitely don't want to drown as it would put a damper on my whole vacation! (sorry, morbid humor)

    I love good food & seafood and definitely will (politely) stalk the local eating establishments. I've had a bit of traditional food previously when I went to Oahu & the Big Island but that was 15 years or so ago.
    Last edited by G42; 03-14-2019 at 12:57 PM.
    I like all the blues and greys...and all the happy citrus colours too!

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    Maui is the most beautiful place I’ve ever visited. Molokini snorkeling is amazing and it is perfectly calm. It is an off shore volcanic crater that completely blocks the waves and currents. Visibility is 100+ feet. You have to take a boat ride excursion to it, but it is well worth it and safe. Google it. The road to Hana was also fun.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pkshooter View Post
    Maui is the most beautiful place I’ve ever visited. Molokini snorkeling is amazing and it is perfectly calm. It is an off shore volcanic crater that completely blocks the waves and currents. Visibility is 100+ feet. You have to take a boat ride excursion to it, but it is well worth it and safe. Google it. The road to Hana was also fun.
    thanks @pkshooter... friends recommended the excursion company called 'Trilogy' and I saw that they had a Molokini crater tour, thanks for the reco, calm water definitely more to my comfort level
    I like all the blues and greys...and all the happy citrus colours too!

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    G42, Trilogy is the company that does the catamaran tours from Maui over to Lanai, and these are a blast. It’s the most fun thing we did during our week there in 2013 - and we did all of the other highlights that have been mentioned. It’s an all-day excursion, with snacks on the catamaran on the way over and back, and a BBQ lunch served once you get to Lanai. Lots of opportunity to snorkel, swim, or just walk around the island. We saw several whales fairly close to the catamaran on the way over and especially on the way back. Really, just an awesome way to spend a day. Not sure if they’re still doing it, but it’s worth checking out.

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    Maui is absolutely beautiful. I would definitely recommend the Haleakala sunrise. Just breathtaking.

    As far as food... I would recommend The Fish Market in Lahaina. I have eaten there several times and it was great every time. Very informal place, so don't expect fanciness.

    Have a great trip!
    Today is a good day for a good day!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aleks View Post
    As far as I understood, you haven't booked a plane ticket yet. Use this https://travelsites.com/cheap-flights/ to find some decent deals.
    Thanks for all the suggestions!

    I actually do have a plane tix - I scored one of the Southwest deals (not the $49, but $217 RT from California isn't too shabby!) for this rather spontaneous vacation... I think I was too geeked to actually mentioned it
    I like all the blues and greys...and all the happy citrus colours too!

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    There's a couple on YouTube I follow, Joe and Kait Russo of We're the Russos, that just took a vacation to Maui. They show the places they went and such. They live in a van, and so their trip was in van, which you can rent on Maui.

    Either way it's a nice series of videos. Here is their website in case you want to check them out.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NClens View Post
    Typical things to see in Maui are (1) Haleakala mountain sunrise, some people bike but it can be dangerous (2) Road to Hana (3) whale watching (4) snorkeling in Molokini (4) Mama's fish house has very good food. Maui also is very close to Lanai and Molokai, but I'm not sure if there is still a boat ferry connecting these islands or if you'll need to take a short flight.

    There is a series of books called Hawaii Revealed that contain a lot of good recommendations. Hope this helps.
    We essentially did all those things except we did a Sea Kayaking / Snorkeling combo which was quite fun.

    We rented a Jeep Wrangler. It took us everywhere we needed to go. We skipped the bikes as well.

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    I go to Maui about every year or so. These are some suggestions that I have for different places. Depending where you're staying, the drive could be anywhere from a few minutes to an hour.

    �� Restaurants:

    Kahului/Waikapu
    - Da Kitchen - Hawaiian, big portions Da Kitchen | Island Style Food Made With Aloha $
    - �� Tin Roof - Top Chef winner, lunch only TINROOF / Maui $
    - �� The Mill House - Best food, drinks on the island IMO, local farm to table, reservations https://www.millhousemaui.com $$$$

    Lahaina
    - �� Star Noodle - Asian influence, reservations Starnoodle $$
    - Leoda’s Pie Shop - Sandwiches, pies, baked goods Leoda's Kitchen and Pie Shop | Sandwiches, Salads, Specials and Our Homemade Sweet and Savory Pies $
    - Lahaina Grill - Upscale http://www.lahainagrill.com $$$$
    - �� Tamura’s - Liquor store with the best poké deli style to go (go before lunch rush at 11am then take to the beach) http://tamurasmarket.com $

    Kapalua/Napili
    - Taverna - Italian, good cocktails http://tavernamaui.com $$
    - Gazebo - Very popular breakfast, long lines https://www.mauihawaii.org/restaurants/gazebo/ $
    - The Fish Market Maui - Casual, take out, fresh fish, fish tacos https://fishmarketmaui.com $
    - Sansei - sushi/Japanese - 25% off from 5:15-6pm, get reservations $$
    - Merriman's - Hawaii regional https://www.merrimanshawaii.com/ $$$$
    - Joey's Kitchen - Filipino/Hawaiian http://www.joeyskitchenhimaui.com/ $$

    North Maui
    - ��Mama’s Fish House - Very popular, need reservations, fresh seafood http://mamasfishhouse.com $$$$
    - Hali’imaile General Store - Seafood, Hawaiian regional $$
    - Paia Fish Market - Casual, seafood, fresh fish https://paiafishmarket.com (now with locations in Lahaina and Kihei) $$

    Kihei / Waileia
    - Monkeypod Kitchen by Merriman - Decent food, live music at night http://monkeypodkitchen.com $$$
    - ��Gannon's - Excellent food, sunset views, reservations $$$$
    - Lineage - From Top Chef winner and chef at Tin Roof, Sheldon Simeon $$$ http://www.lineagemaui.com

    �� Dessert
    - ��Ululani Shave Ice http://www.ululanishawaiianshaveice.com - MUST try, several locations $
    - Leoda's Pies $
    - Rosealani Ice Cream (Supermarket) $
    - Hula Pie (Kimo's/Hula Grill/Duke's) $$

    �� Groceries
    - Foodland Farms (Lahaina)
    - Safeway (Lahaina)
    - �� Tamura’s Liquor store (Several locations) http://tamurasmarket.com
    - Island Grocery Depot - Bulk, discount (Lahaina)
    - ABC Stores (Lahaina) or Honolula Store (Kapalua)
    - �� Pukulani Suprette - Local food, Hawaiian regional (Upcountry)

    �� Things to Do
    - Maui Pineapple Tour mauipineappletour.com
    - Haliimaile Distilling Company haliimailedistilling.com
    - Lavender Farm aliikulalavender.com
    - �� Drive Haleakala Volcano nps.gov/hale
    - �� Drive the Road to Hana http://roadtohana.com
    - �� ‘Iao Valley State Monument http://liveinhawaiinow.com/iao-valley-state-monument/
    - �� Maui Ocean Center Aquarium mauioceancenter.com
    - �� Atlantis - Submarine Aventures - https://atlantisadventures.com/

    ��*♀️ Snorkeling

    Beaches
    - Molokini Crater (Tour required)
    - Honolua Bay
    - �� Black Rock & Kaanapali (Sheraton, seriously good but busy)
    - �� Napili Bay
    - Kapalua Bay
    - Slaughterhouse Bay
    - Lanai (Tour Required)

    Equipment Rental
    - Snorkel Bob’s (Several locations)
    - Boss Frog’s (Several locations)
    MB-Steel/Iberian, SK-Steel/Iberian, DLBC-Grey/Steel, MCB-Orange 152/Navy, SCB-Azure/Navy

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    I go to Maui about every year or so. These are some suggestions that I have for different places. Depending where you're staying, the drive could be anywhere from a few minutes to an hour.

    🍽 Restaurants:

    Kahului/Waikapu
    - Da Kitchen - Hawaiian, big portions Da Kitchen | Island Style Food Made With Aloha $
    - 💚 Tin Roof - Top Chef winner, lunch only TINROOF / Maui $
    - 💚 The Mill House - Best food, drinks on the island IMO, local farm to table, reservations https://www.millhousemaui.com $$$$

    Lahaina
    - 💚 Star Noodle - Asian influence, reservations Starnoodle $$
    - Leoda’s Pie Shop - Sandwiches, pies, baked goods Leoda's Kitchen and Pie Shop | Sandwiches, Salads, Specials and Our Homemade Sweet and Savory Pies $
    - Lahaina Grill - Upscale http://www.lahainagrill.com $$$$
    - 💚 Tamura’s - Liquor store with the best poké deli style to go (go before lunch rush at 11am then take to the beach) http://tamurasmarket.com $

    Kapalua/Napili
    - Taverna - Italian, good cocktails http://tavernamaui.com $$
    - Gazebo - Very popular breakfast, long lines https://www.mauihawaii.org/restaurants/gazebo/ $
    - The Fish Market Maui - Casual, take out, fresh fish, fish tacos https://fishmarketmaui.com $
    - Sansei - sushi/Japanese - 25% off from 5:15-6pm, get reservations $$
    - Merriman's - Hawaii regional https://www.merrimanshawaii.com/ $$$$
    - Joey's Kitchen - Filipino/Hawaiian http://www.joeyskitchenhimaui.com/ $$

    North Maui
    - 💚Mama’s Fish House - Very popular, need reservations, fresh seafood http://mamasfishhouse.com $$$$
    - Hali’imaile General Store - Seafood, Hawaiian regional $$
    - Paia Fish Market - Casual, seafood, fresh fish https://paiafishmarket.com (now with locations in Lahaina and Kihei) $$

    Kihei / Waileia
    - Monkeypod Kitchen by Merriman - Decent food, live music at night http://monkeypodkitchen.com $$$
    - 💚Gannon's - Excellent food, sunset views, reservations $$$$
    - Lineage - From Top Chef winner and chef at Tin Roof, Sheldon Simeon $$$ http://www.lineagemaui.com

    🍨 Dessert
    - 💚Ululani Shave Ice http://www.ululanishawaiianshaveice.com - MUST try, several locations $
    - Leoda's Pies $
    - Rosealani Ice Cream (Supermarket) $
    - Hula Pie (Kimo's/Hula Grill/Duke's) $$

    🛒 Groceries
    - Foodland Farms (Lahaina)
    - Safeway (Lahaina)
    - 💚 Tamura’s Liquor store (Several locations) http://tamurasmarket.com
    - Island Grocery Depot - Bulk, discount (Lahaina)
    - ABC Stores (Lahaina) or Honolula Store (Kapalua)
    - 💚 Pukulani Suprette - Local food, Hawaiian regional (Upcountry)

    🗺 Things to Do
    - Maui Pineapple Tour mauipineappletour.com
    - Haliimaile Distilling Company haliimailedistilling.com
    - Lavender Farm aliikulalavender.com
    - 💚 Drive Haleakala Volcano nps.gov/hale
    - 💚 Drive the Road to Hana http://roadtohana.com
    - 💚 ‘Iao Valley State Monument http://liveinhawaiinow.com/iao-valley-state-monument/
    - 💚 Maui Ocean Center Aquarium mauioceancenter.com
    - 💚 Atlantis - Submarine Aventures - https://atlantisadventures.com/

    🏊*♀️ Snorkeling

    Beaches
    - Molokini Crater (Tour required)
    - Honolua Bay
    - 💚 Black Rock & Kaanapali (Sheraton, seriously good but busy)
    - 💚 Napili Bay
    - Kapalua Bay
    - Slaughterhouse Bay
    - Lanai (Tour Required)

    Equipment Rental
    - Snorkel Bob’s (Several locations)
    - Boss Frog’s (Several locations)
    MB-Steel/Iberian, SK-Steel/Iberian, DLBC-Grey/Steel, MCB-Orange 152/Navy, SCB-Azure/Navy

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    Quote Originally Posted by icarusrex View Post
    I go to Maui about every year or so. These are some suggestions that I have for different places. Depending where you're staying, the drive could be anywhere from a few minutes to an hour.
    Thanks for all the suggestions!!!
    I'm staying in upcountry and know that I'll be driving all over
    I like all the blues and greys...and all the happy citrus colours too!

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    Thanks again to everyone who offered advice - I had a good time for a week and started to unwind a little...

    Views like this certainly helped!! (Maui north shore, on the grounds in front of Mama's Fish House)

    Maui in May-img_20190514_124209-1-jpg
    I like all the blues and greys...and all the happy citrus colours too!

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