A L O H A!
A piece of me belongs on Maui and this was something I learned the first time I stepped off of the plane in the Aloha state. Admittedly, I’m a homebody. I love being close to family and all that is familiar. But there is just something about Maui that feels so natural so it is not surprising that I seem to find my way back. In this post I have put together a Travel Guide on how we do Maui.
Each time we have travelled to Hawaii we have rented a condo. When I travel my focus is on function above luxury. This is especially true now that we have our mini travelling with us. I look for the simple conveniences like in-unit laundry, a fully equipped kitchen, on site parking, security and quiet units that are family friendly.
Maui Vista is our favourite condo complex and is located in South Kihei. We book through VRBO and have had wonderful experiences doing so. Maui Vista has a perfect location in terms of walkability. (When traveling it really is all about location, location, location.) Maui Vista is situated directly across from Charley Young Beach, at the north end of Kamaole Beach I, and is walking distance from coffee huts, restaurants and well stocked grocery stores.
Maui Vista boasts 3 swimming pools (one for each building) and 6 tennis courts. You can choose between one bedroom and two bedroom units. Having stayed in both, my preference is the two bedroom units simply to have a bit of extra space and I love the high ceilings that the two bedrooms offer.
We have flown both Westjet and AirCanada on our travels to Maui and have had good experiences with both companies. However, my preferred route is Toronto to Vancouver, Vancouver to Maui with WestJet.
We wait for seat sales and generally have found flights for $650CDN round trip (all inclusive). If you’re seeing flights for more than this, you may want shop around. (Pricing based on experience from travelling in 2013, 2014 and 2017, pricing will always vary based on season and availability.)
Renting a car makes exploring the island accessible and makes grocery shopping more efficient (especially when shopping for a family). We have always used Discount Hawaii Car Rentals. I find they offer the best value for your money by searching a multitude of car rental companies.
On average for a month long stay, you can expect to pay approximately $600CDN. (Pricing based on experience from travelling in 2013, 2014 and 2017, pricing will always vary, high season can also affect price.) We bring our own car seat (see my post on the best travel gear here) because I prefer to use a car seat that I know the history on. Additionally the price to rent a car seat for a month can really add up ($13USD per day, 2017).
Food and Dining
What is a vacation without great food? My picks below offer delicious food in family friendly environments.
This is my ABSOLUTE favourite restaurant (possibly on earth!). They make their own organic tomato sauce and the flatbreads are cooked in a wood-fired cauldron. (Need I say more?!) They are ingredient conscious and eco-friendly. The best part? Instead of crayons, they brought a tray of pizza dough and flour for Reed to play with! A MUST GO!
This is my husband’s favourite place to dine while on Maui. The dishes are authentic, flavourful and deliciously spicy!!! (Adjusted to your liking.)
Everything can be made vegetarian with your choice of protein which is a nice option if you’re looking to reduce your meat consumption during your vacation.
If you’re looking for a delicious and light lunch, Pita Paradise is a Mediterranean Bistro boasting fresh salads and pitas served on a gorgeous little patio.
The prices are reasonable for fresh food seasoned to perfection! They have an adorable Keiki (children’s) menu as well making it an easy place to dine for the whole family.
We stumbled upon this place and we are so happy we did! The Shearwater Tavern calls itself a neighbourhood gathering place featuring modern, shareable comfort food and local craft beer. This is precisely what we found!
The food was fresh, delicious and local. Their chefs source seasonal products from Maui farmers and fishermen to serve local first, organic, and sustainable foods. Their prices were fair, especially if you join them for happy hour!
You really can’t go wrong with anything on this menu. Monkey Pod uses high quality, socially conscious ingredients that are chosen purposefully to reduce their impact on the environment and support their local communities. They also have a dish of noodles and cheese that they offer for free for children under three! How cool is that?
We shop at Safeway while on Maui. They have a large selection and offer a loyalty program that saves you money with very little effort. Basically you just register using a phone number and you’re all set. We did this on our first trip to Maui in 2013 and have kept the loyalty card ever since. (For more information click the link here.)
Now you have an inside look on how we travel to Maui. Time to start packing! Click here for the Best Travel Gear when travelling with a baby or toddler. I’ve also put together a Capsule Wardrobe so you’ll know just what to bring to travel light.
Have any questions about our experiences? Have any tips to share of your own? I would love to hear from you! Leave me a comment below!
This post has not been sponsored. All opinions are my own based completely on our travel experiences.