Where to stay in Maui? How hard could it be? It’s an island, right?
Wrong. Well, not wrong about the island part. It is an island. But wrong about the easy part.
There are two main areas are where you’ll find most of the resorts. There’s West Maui – which probably looks like north Maui to you on a map, and South Maui – which is also on the west coast of Maui, but not as far west as West Maui and further south than West Maui. Get that?
No? Well keep reading and I’ll explain.
Where to stay in Maui
If you try to pick a favorite from reading guidebooks, they like to tell you how each location is fabulous in it’s own way. That just left me confused. When you go again and again, I’m sure you can’t help seeing the charm of each and every location. Based on our one trip to Maui – when we stayed in three different locations – here are the advantages and disadvantages of each location.
We stayed in three areas of Maui, the two main areas where you can stay on or near the beach, and a third rain forest location.
West Maui is on the west coast of the island on the north end of the island, around Kaanapali and Lahaina on the coast.
South Maui is on a different west coast, on the south end of the island around Wailea-Makena.
The rain forest area is located on the east side of Maui, which gets most of the rain. It’s the Hana Highway area. You can see Hana on the eastern coast of Maui on the map.
Now that you’re oriented on the map, I’ll go into the differences on my next posts.
West Maui, South Maui, and East Maui compared
My family paid for our own trip including accommodations, food, and entertainment. I received no compensation for writing this post. Opinions are my own and may vary from your experience.