Thanks a lot for your elaborate responses Rmalar and Jim-LA
Rmalar, I checked the westin resort you mentioned but it is like $400 plus/night! Is that price the timeshare deal?
I am on tight budget and looking for more like $100-$150/night range for 7 days. Do you have any recommendations in that range?
Thanks in advance for any suggestions.
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Don’t spend your entire trip on Oahu. Check out at least one other island…I recommend Maui. I live on Maui
While on Maui, you could visit both Lanai and/or Moloka’I as day trips.
Regarding swimming: Maui’s westside (Lahaina/Kaanapali/Napili) and the south (Kihei/Wailea/Makena) offer calm water beaches (of course depending on surf conditions) that can be enjoyed by all levels of swimmers. Before swimming/snorkeling in the ocean, get comfortable in the water at a swimming pool (all hotels/resorts/condos have swimming pools here on Maui). For those who are beginning swimmers, a floatation device is highly recommended. If the waves in the ocean make you think “how am I going to get past that wave?” don’t go in the ocean!!
I believe that renting a condo is the way to go. You have the flexibility to cook on your own and the condos are usually larger and better equipped (coffee maker, complete kitchen, etc). In the Lahaina area (Maui’s westside) there are many resort condo options: Honua Kai, Paki Maui, Mahana, Maui Kai, Kaanapali Shores, Napili Point Resort, Napili Sunset. All condos listed are just north of the town of Lahaina.
As for renting a car, I used to work at Avis/Budget rent a car here on Maui. Many of the flight/car package customers had problems with their reservation. It was not necessarily the travelers fault but the fault of the booking agency. Many of these reservations were missing crucial information that caused a delay (of up to 30 minutes) for the vacationer. Making your own car reservation is recommended (after thought – the Kaanapali Ocean Resort by Westin has some GREAT deals on room and car packages – this is a condo/timeshare resort. The only drawback to their packages is that they will want you to listen to their timeshare pitch). Joining the preferred member club of the rental car agency you choose can save you a lot of time at the rental counter. Several planes land on Maui one right after another. This large influx of travelers at the same time can cause waits of over an hour at the car rental companies. If you are a ‘preferred member’ normally your car is waiting for you.
For restaurants, event calendars and information on what is going on ‘off the grid’ on Maui check out http://www.TheMauiTraveGuide.com
Have fun on your trip...Hope this was helpful.
Aloha - Robert
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we will be going on 10 night hawaii trip in August 3rd week with a 3 and 1 year old. This will be our frist trip to Hawaii and perhaps could be only one given that we will be relocating to our home country.
i have the following queries and your opinions will be highly appreciated.
1. Should we split the trip or just spend all time at Ohau (we will be flying in there)?
2. If we do split then does Maui sound like a good second place to visit given that we will be with kids? Any other suggestions for place.
3. Is the big island a good option to do with kids?
3. Is it must to know swimming to enjoy Hawaii trip? My wife does not know swimming. I do.
4. If we split the trip would it still be a good idea to rent condos instead of hotel to save money? (yes we would like to cook and eat if it still makes a difference).
5. Is it better to book car rental along with flight or doing seperately also works out economical?
thanks in advance for any response you guys may be able to give.
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