We just booked our flights for our trip to Maui and Kauai next May. I was able to get us great tickets but unfortunately the flight comes in to Honolulu. So we will have to do Interisland flights for both Maui and Kauai. We have a total of 9 nights and were thinking of a 5night Kauai/4 night Maui split. I am not sure if that is the best choice though. We were thinking of going to Maui first and then to Kauai. It seems there really aren't any direct flights from Maui to Kauai so we will have to fly back through Honolulu. (so it looks like we will have 1 day wasted in the transfers.)
For Maui I have 3 free nights I won at the Fairmont Kea Lani in an Ocean View suite. I really wanted to stay at either the Four Seasons or the Ritz but since I have the room for free at Fairmont it seems silly not to use it. I am hoping that the resort is really nice and we have a great view and great service. We really like to stay at the best hotels with great service and location. Because we have an extra night to use in Maui we could go to a different hotel but I am not sure that makes sense- so we might book the other night at the Fairmont to avoid too much moving around. If anyone has stayed at the Fairmont any information or recommendations on rooms with good location would be greatly appreciated.
I also am debating if we should do 5/4 split with more nights in Maui? Our tentative plan for Maui would be Helicopter Ride with Blue Hawaiian, Snorkeling/sailing trip to Molokini/Lanai, Luau (probably Feast at LeLe since we like a more intimate feel) and some sort of hiking trip. If we had more time we could do Hana but I am not sure we have enough time. We definitely would like to get to Mamma's for dinner one night too. Is it far to get to all of these excursions from Fairmont?
Our last day we will check and out and head to the airport to fly to Kauai. I haven't booked those flights yet but I am assuming I will try to book something late morning so we will get to Kauai with some time to enjoy there on our first day too.
I was also wondering what time I should book my flight to Maui on our first day. We get in around 2:15pm and there seems to be many flights, I was thinking 4pm to Maui.
Any advice or recommendations would be appreciated! I have looked through several posts and already picked up on some great tips and ideas. I want this to be a great trip but also want to relax- I don't want to feel like we are running around too much.