Hi there, I just booked our flight to Hawaii for the first 2 weeks + in September (16 nights). I have posted a couple weeks back, but now getting more into more research for where to stay.
We are going on our 10year anniversary trip. This is our first trip there and we will be flying into Honolulu and flying home out of Maui. I am thinking of dividing up the trip giving each island even time, but that is not set in stone, as I don’t have our flights booked for the inter-island part yet.
Oahu week 1
Maui week 2
I love to walk the beach, get into the water, snorkel and take in surroundings. I don’t need to be hiking, traveling, doing or seeing something the entire trip.
For places to stay in Oahu and Maui: Ideally, would love to have a place where you could see the beach and ocean from your lanai. And if that is not affordable, definitely want to be close enough to the beach to walk to and from the hotel. Prefer to be on a location that has access to nice swimming/approachable waters. We typically are not big resort type of travelers and we don’t golf. It would be nice to have comfort amentities, but for me the most important part is access to the beach and being close to the nice part of the water.
To start, I am thinking my budget of $250 a maximum per night for one half of the trip and possibly less for the another half of it.
For Maui, from what I read, looks like the Kaanapali Beach hotel is on the best part of the island, but not necessarily the greatest accommodations. The reviews are quite mixed, and it would also be nice to have a kitchen to have at least breakfast and lunch in and dinners out. The Whaler looks nice too and seems more affordable then some of the other places.
Another recommendation was to stay in southern Maui. How do those beaches/accommodations/experience compare to Kaanapali Beach?
Would it be too much to move to 2 locations while in Maui?
One thought would be to do 5 nights in Oahu, 6 nights in Kaanapali beach and 5 nights in Southern Maui.
Thanks in advance for your help J