When I was first hunting for a place to stay in Maui, I called on Pastor Dwayne for his advice. Dwayne is well travelled, and at first, I just requested some suggestions to take to a travel agent.
That all flew out the window pretty quick! I was quickly encouraged to book everything myself. Yikes…
I’m so going to write a post on tips and tricks when booking on your own with no travel agent. Soon! But for today, I wanted to show you some beautiful eye candy on where we ended up.
One of Dwayne’s recommendations was Napili Point. It wasn’t a ‘big resort’ kind of stay, but more, small scale ocean front without the crowds.
As soon as I found out that the beach was indeed walking distance, AND this place had it’s own snorkel bay, I was sold. Quiet with all the amenities!
This was our unit. And I gotta tell ya, it was as if someone plunked my house in front of the ocean. The place really was this quiet! The loudest thing were the waves hitting the shore.
Many Maui condos are purchased and rented privately by owners. I found this one via VRBO and after talking it up with John, I got a feel for how much he dearly loved his home. That made an impact on me. If he cared about it, it would be well cared for.
This unit had a separate bedroom (huge bonus if someone in your party is a later riser than you!) and a full pull out sofa bed too.
Glass topped furniture visually disappears, making the room brighter and visually bigger. Being that we don’t have glass topped tables at home, they took a little getting use to. Everything had something underneath (even the laptop). I loved them, but I just wanted to be really careful.
Desiring to be incredibly close to the ocean, I chose a ground unit so I could jaunt right on out with my kona coffee. And boy did I!
Let’s go for a walk…
A lava shoreline was right in front of us. This provided a couple of things. It kept the crowds away from the area, while giving us ocean front all to ourselves. It really was like having our own private ocean front property.
But that’s only a start. Along the walkway heading left towards Honokeana Bay takes you through beautiful, lush gardens, the pool, and rolling knolls to sit on everywhere you look.
This was my favourite view, where I enjoyed my coffee each morning and evening. The pictures can’t touch the real thing. I wish I could have captured what it really looked like.
This was our very own snorkel bay! Which differs greatly from snorkelling on a beach.
Sand kicks up, making the water muddy, like a sand storm underwater. With only coral below, you get complete clarity. It was like swimming in a huge fish tank!
This place is super unique! It’s built as levels. This lawn is actually a unit’s roof, so this is what the top of our roof looked like too. Which made for a super quiet stay.
Most days I had the upper level pool to myself. How spoiled was I?
I will NEVER get tired of looking at palm trees! There were so many varieties, so I just kept snappin’!
This was also my fav area that I got some really wonderful sunset pictures shown on Instagram.
We were fortunate enough to walk right by the world famous Gazebo Restaurant! We did take out more times than I care to admit.
This place has a lineup from the moment it opens to the moment it closes down. A local gave me a tip… walk right inside PAST the lineup, and order takeout. The wait was a whoppin’ 7 minutes. And I got the same view taking it back to my place or the beach.
Honestly? Go to Napili area even if you don’t stay there, just for this!
Oh right… the beach…
And the aqua water does not lie. It was as beautiful and warm as it looks.
Beach Bug Sunset Story….
(above, the beach path on the left, and the lava rock walk on the right)
I have a funny story to share with this shot. One evening Cody wanted to snorkel at the main beach during the sunset, and being a pretty humid night, we head out. But when dusk hits, BOOM, it’s there. I didn’t want to walk back in the pitch dark, so I summoned the boy to hurry up so we could see our way back.
Well, it got dark really fast. Luckily I had my phone flashlight, but it was the creepiest walk back ever. There are bugs in the grass that give off an electronic buzzing noise, that got so loud in some spots we covered our ears! What the… what ARE those?!
And then the fun part. I guess at dusk they CLOSE AND LOCK THE BEACH GATE.
Die. I did not want to walk through Electronic BugVille again and try to find a way back to the road and go ALLL the way around. Oh goodness… and then I had a brainstorm. I remembered a little path in front of our gate that I watched the gardener trim.
So I knew the back end of the beach was open. So we crawled with flipflops across the roughest rocks possible, in the dark, sharing one iPhone flashlight, to the tune of freaknoid buzzing bugs.
I was NEVER so glad to get into our unit that night! And we never went to the beach at sunset again.
I’ve always thought that your choice of a good campsite made or broke your camping vacation. And I feel the same about staying at a nice condo. It really, REALLY makes a difference when you’ve landed the one you love.
I have never EVER felt the pull so hard to leave this place. It was as if it ripped my heart out. It really became our home. Unfortunately, we couldn’t stay here the entire time because it was booked, so we did move to one more location, which I’ll share with you soon.
This is a super nice place to stay if you want clean, quiet, bug free downtime. As much as I desired to stay in the middle of a rainforest on Kauai in a plantation house like FarmGirl Paints did HERE, I knew that jump was too big for me. For us. Easy way first… then we get more adventurous as we season up… and bring a bug killer and good road guide person with us.
LOVELY area! I will be back! If you call John, let him know ‘the Canadian blogger that was afraid to book through VRBO’ sent ya!
Next up… I’ll either take you on a snuba / snorkel sail to Molikini or to the outstanding Ioa Needle rain forest… stay tuned!
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Disclosure / I wasn’t compensated nor received a discount for this writeup. I just desired to share my wonderful stay.