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Maui Vacation Locations!
The first question that visitors to Maui wish to address is where specifically are the best places to stay on Maui? Emerald Kite has been assisting guests visiting Maui for over 16 years and we believe that we have a handle on the top Maui locations. Our FREE concierge service welcomes the opportunity to assist you with tourist information and accommodation assistance for your next Maui vacation.
ALL ABOUT MAKENA & LA PEROUSE BAY
If you depart from Wailea going south you will arrive in Makena and still be just minutes from Wailea and Kihei! We want to stress that we are talking less than a five minutes drive! Home to Big Beach widely considered one (if not the) top beaches in Maui this area is truly all about the beaches. Makena beaches are not as busy as some of those in Wailea. Accommodations, shopping, dining are scarce in Makena so typically guests reside inWailea a and drive or bus to the Magificent Makena beaches.
Makena Beach State Park considered one of Maui's top beaches ideal for snorkeling, boarding, and swimming. (rememember that surf conditions can change on a dime on just about all Maui conditions so keeping track of the beach conditions is a must). Parking, concession stands, rest rooms make this a great all day beach location.
(Big Beach), is one of the longest stretches of beaches with approximately 3,000 feet of soft, white sand.
Little Beach is tucked away and somewhat remote yet one of the most scenic and pretty beaches. Due to the seclusion of this beach, you may find nude sunbathers
LA PEROUSE BAY
Visitors to Makena (and Wailea) are not always aware of the amazing La Perouse Bay right at their doorstep. World class snorkeling and Whale watching make this an incredible must go to Maui Hot Spot.
ALL ABOUT KIHEI
Due to the expansion of South Maui the area of Kihei was further developed during the early 70s and now is home to an array of beaches, beach parks, strip and shopping malls and condos and villas for rent. Wailea, Makena and South Kihei enjoy some of the finest beaches on Maui, however, North Maui is home to some of the worst. The beaches south of the intersection of South Kihei road should be given a wide pass.
Kihei vacation accommodations are available in abundance and consist of villas and condos many on the beach. While you will find that accommodations tend to be less costly than nearby Wailea. Kihei is home to close to 42 vacation resort areas with adorable vacation condos and apartments available to rent year round. Your Maui, Emerald Kite agent will be delighted to ensure your Kihei Accommodation meets your expectations, is located along the best beach and has all the amenities you and your family are seeking.
Maui is the worlds number one vacation destination and home to some of the world’s finest eating establishments. Local Maui cuisine presents an eclectic mix of French, Mexican, and Far Eastern delicacies presenting an exotic, flavorful fare. Freshly caught sea food is at the very top of our Maui restaurants menus and our world class chefs compete to produce unique dishes inspiring even the most hard to please food critics.
Emerald Kite has local agents that are expert at providing the best Maui vacation rental homes and beach condos. Our local, knowledgeable agents are familiar with the properties and their proximity to beaches, dining and the many activities available on Maui. Maui is a Island of over 700 square miles so where you elect to stay matters. If you are a snorkeler or have younger people in the party wanting calmer waters then this needs to be bought up with your agent. Paia offers surfers world class surfing waters and more casual dining and accommodations. Call your Emerald Kite agent today and ask about the best places to stay on Maui !
Best Paia Dining Guide
Paia is a quintessential little beach town on Mauis stunning North Shore attracting surfers and water lovers from all over the world. Most of the vacation rentals in the area are either large plantation homes or inexpensive rooms. Tat being said Emerald Kite has a selection of exceptional rental homes that get booked up fast. What the town lacks in luxury accommodations it sure makes up for in exceptional dining establishments. Our culinary team took a week and ate at just about every restaurant in town (yes someone has that job but feel free to apply ) and we just cant say enough good things about the exceptional dining experience. This shabby chic surf town has come into its own and we just simply love it.
Mamas Fish House
A visit to Paia (or Maui for that matter) would not be complete without a visit to Mamas Fish House. Since 1973 this family owned, quintessential fish restaurant has attracted visitors from all over the world seeking world class Hawaiian seafood. Set on the beach overlooking the Pacific makes for as romantic a spot as you could wish for. The only thing that exceeds the panoramic views of the Pacific is the world class seafood all prepared Maui style. Located just a mile past Paia on the road to Hana this local establishment deserves a visit and Emerald Kite gives it the number 1 slot for must go to Maui dining. A tip about getting a table. This world class beach front restaurant attracts visitors from all over the world and an early evening reservation may need to be reserved six weeks in advance. We love to visit Mamas and have figured out how to game the system! (but lets keep it a secret). Book a 4 pm table and when you arrive request a wait for a beachfront table! Even though you may wait a couple of hours the drinks, ambiance and complimentary appetizers at the bar make it a more than pleasant wait. Mamas is not cheap in fact it will leave a hole in your wallet but we rate it as worth every penny!
Paia Fish Market
Come to magnificent Maui and head over to Paia Fishmarket where you will enjoy family style Maui dining without compromising your culinary expectations.We suggest that guests head back after a day at nearby Blue Tile or (magnificent) Baldwin Beach why not stop at the Paia Fishmarket. No need to dress up just grab a table and enjoy some of Maui's best seafood dinners. Our choice? No question the Mahi Mahi or the Fish and Chips! Tip on dining here. Flip flops and dress down- this is a surfer dude dining establishment so fitting in means dressing down!
Well Charleys is that surfer dude hangout in Paia and if you are a Paia regular then this North shore bar should not be missed. Every now and then a treat will include a impromptu concert with Willie Nelson crooning away and let me tell you that is a once in a lifetime experience. Movie stars, jet set and the locals mingle and enjoy this local beach side pub. Now what to eat- heres the best tip in town.... The beef dip sandwiches have a kick and are to die for. If your in the mood for Fish and chips Charlies have the best with fresh local catch perfectly fried in golden batter. If you love British fish and chips charlies takes it to the next level!
The Emerald Kite vacation rental team were out exploring Paia and couldn't get in to see Willie Nelson play over the street at Charlies. Well while we missed Willie we just couldn't get over the quality of the Thai food at this little hole in the wall. We bought our own bottle (luckily a great little wine shop next door was open) and we had a blast. The Mossiman curry and chicken satay was a major hit. Price wise you cant get better and the quality of food we rated a five star. Great experience and highly recommended.
traditional Hawaiian culinary techniques with his international eclectic culinary mastery Enjoy an array of locally inspired dishes utilizing locally caught fish and organic grown produce. Spagos wide selection of International wines are as good as you will find in his New York, Paris and London establishments. The interior boasts an eclectic Asian-inspired contemporary interior framing spectacular views of the Pacific coastline.
For upscale Maui dining, vantage point views and a sophisticated yet soothing atmosphere then head to Merrimans. Chef Merriman pioneered the farm to table concept where grass fed, locally caught and fresh local produce inspires the menu creation for that day. Seductively set over looking the Pacific this jewel of a dining establishment attracts the more well heeled and discriminating guests. World class all the way!
If cant get into Mamas Fish House why not head over to nearby Haiku village and eat some of the best sushi that Maui has to offer. Nuka is located in a rather unpretentious shack style building but upon entering you will be pleased with the modern decor and exceptional fresh sushi. Dont blink or you'll miss this shack of a building and by the way no reservations are taken and there is not a bar to hang out at. That being said its well worth the wait- great menu, great cocktails and great atmosphere. Emerald Kite gives it a 9 out of 10 for sushi quality - A real local hangout!
Maui Shopping Guide
When in Maui one pastime not to skip is the shopping! Our visitors strive to find the perfect souvenirs to take back home to friends and family. From well know chain stores to the most exclusive designer stores, Maui is truly a shoppers paradise.
Maui How to Get There
Emerald Kite receives calls from visitors from all over the world looking for the ultimate vacation rental homes and condos in Maui. The first item our agents are trained to discuss is their flight details and if our agents can assist with reserving flights we would be happy to do so.
With a variety of airports to select from the nearest major airport is Kahului Airport (OGG / PHOG). This airport has a variety of international and domestic flights from Kahului, and is situated only 14 miles from the center of Maui. Kapalua-West Maui Airport (JHM / PHJH) has daily domestic flights from Lahaina, and is located 41 miles from Maui. For more information on flights to Maui please call our Emerald Kite destination agent who will be delighted to assist.
During peak vacation week (and Maui is one of the worlds few year round destinations) it is always better to ensure that your accommodation is reserved prior to booking your flights. Our Emerald Kite agents are skilled at ensuring that the accommodation and flights are compatible.