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Lanai Snorkel and Dolphin Watch

Venture from your Rentals Maui vacation rental to join dozens of other outdoor enthusiasts on a spacious sea vessel for a day, and be inspired by the awe and beauty of observing a group of dolphins in their natural habitat.
November 17, 2017


The island of Maui has an incredible amount of island activities that allow you to get to know the Valley Isle. A popular and affordable adventure on Maui is the Lanai Snorkel and Dolphin Watch with the Pacific Whale Foundation. Venture from your Rentals Maui vacation rental to join dozens of other outdoor enthusiasts on a spacious sea vessel for a day, and be inspired by the awe and beauty of observing a group of dolphins in their natural habitat.

During the five hour tour, you will start by heading off the beautiful coast of West Maui towards the neighboring island of Lanai while on the lookout for acrobatic spinner dolphins, bottlenose dolphins and curious spotted dolphins. While the chance to look for dolphins may have lured you on the boat, you’ll be surprised to learn there’s plenty to see along the way to your destination.

During the excursion out to sea, the friendly staff onboard will inform you of the history of the nearby islands off in the distance (Molokai and Lanai). Meanwhile, you may even have a chance to spot some marine wildlife, including flying fish, seabirds and possibly whales!

Once you reach Lanai, if you’re lucky, you’ll get to see the resident dolphins that live just off the island’s coast. They certainly are curious beings and they’ll likely circle the boat to check you out. The best part of seeing the dolphins is watching them jump in the air and perform acrobatic flips. And then there are the baby dolphins. If you’ve never seen a baby dolphin, watch out! They will steal your heart with their cuteness.

Aside from the excitement of seeing dolphins in the wild, you’ll also have a chance to snorkel a beautiful coral reef home to plenty of other sea life. This is a trip worth taking. If you’re interested in trying the tour, visit their website today. Give yourself at least an hour before the tour to check in. The check-in location will be at the Pacific Whale Foundation Ocean Store at 612 Front Street in Lahaina. The boat departs out of the nearby harbor.

Your trip will include the following:

  • Snorkel gear and flotation devices
  • Snorkel instruction and a fish identification class along with an onboard Jr. Naturalist Program for the keiki (children)
  • Continental breakfast includes; banana bread, assorted pastries, fresh island fruit, juice, Maui coffee
  • Lunch grilled onboard includes; chicken breasts, garden burgers, hot dogs, potato salad, veggie salad, chocolate chip cookies
  • Refreshments include: unlimited filtered water, juice, and soda along with one complimentary alcoholic beverage for adults 21+ with valid ID 

So whether you are exploring the ocean blue or just kicking back in one of our oceanfront condos for rent, we hope that you experience all of the reasons why Maui is the best! And if you are just started planning your dream Hawaii vacation, we invite you to search our Maui vacation rentals and discover the perfect home away from home that you have been looking for. Hope to see you soon, mahalo!

Top 5 Restaurants on Maui

Whether you live here or are just passing through during your vacation in Hawaii, there is always a chance to explore a variety of appetizing dishes made by some reputable chefs on island.
November 10, 2017


Photograph Courtesy of Merriman's Kapalua

Maui is known for its beautiful beaches, amazing surf and one-of-a-kind adventure spots. Along with these accolades and more, the Valley Isle also has a reputation for being home to a variety of delicious cuisine made by some of the world’s top chefs. 

Whether you live here or are just passing through during your vacation in Hawaii, there’s always a chance to explore a variety of appetizing dishes made by some reputable chefs on island. While enjoying your South Maui condo for rent, make sure to target some of these hot dinner spots and indulge in some delectable, flavorful and scrumptious food.  

Here are our top 5 suggestions for best restaurants on Maui:

  1. Mama’s Fish House: Located on Maui’s north shore just outside of the surfing town of Paia, Mama’s Fish House is known as one of the most popular restaurants on the island. With fresh seafood and wild Maui venison on the menu, you’re sure to get a taste of what the island has to offer at this fine dining establishment. 
  2. Merriman’s: Enjoy dinner with a view at this Kapalua-based restaurant. Merriman’s Kapalua embodies the “farm-to-table” concept and its menu offers diners a chance to taste fresh and organic cuisine made just for you.
  3. Kimo Maui: Looking for affordable food that can still hit the spot? Kimo Maui might be your ticket. Fresh fish, local dishes and a beautiful view of Maui’s west side, Kimo Maui is worth checking out. The lunch and dinner menus are both reasonably priced and if you’re really on a budget make sure to stop by their Lanai happy hour from 3 p.m. until 5 p.m.  every day.  
  4. Poi by the Pound:  If you’re visiting Hawaii for the first time, you HAVE to try some local grinds (that’s local slang for food). Poi by the Pound has everything local you need to satisfy your craving. Try poke, lau lau, lomi lomi salmon, and (of course) poi at this Kahului-based restaurant. Not sure what to order? Just ask one of the friendly waiters on staff.
  5. Lahaina Grill: With signature dishes such as mahi-mahi and servings of fresh local greens, it’s no wonder the Lahaina Grill is a fan favorite. Located at 127 Lahainaluna Rd. in Lahaina Town on the west side of the island of Maui, the restaurant offers new American cuisine in a contemporary bistro setting. Food prices range from $32-$56.

These are just a few of our favorite places to "grind" and we hope that you discover some restaurants that you dub "island's best" as you get to know Maui. Bon Appetite!

Hawaii Travel Tips - Thanksgiving on Maui

Usual traditions for Thanksgiving dinner can vary amongst individuals and while it may not be exactly the same on vacation, we at Rentals Maui would like to help you make it just as special.
November 04, 2017


A stay in Hawaii is a memorable experience and with warm weather along with a long list of island activities, spending the holidays on Maui makes it that much more unforgettable. Usual traditions for Thanksgiving dinner can vary amongst individuals and while it may not be exactly the same on vacation, we at Rentals Maui would like to help you make it just as special.

For a traditional sit-down dinner, there are a number of restaurants offering you a chance to enjoy a delicious meal together while fully enjoying that “vacation mode”. Or you could take a non-traditional route and board one of the sunset dinner cruises for a tropical holiday experience. You might even catch an evening show of our favorite finned friends playing as they are also spending their holidays here in the warm Hawaiian waters. If you are interested in either of these options, be sure to call ahead to reserve your seat as the open eateries and boat tours do book up quickly.

Looking to avoid the crowd and simply enjoy each other’s company? Well, you can create a familiar feast with hints of Hawaiian flavors right in the comfort of your home away from home as each of our vacation villas are outfitted with fully-equipped kitchens. Along with the convenient location of all our South Maui condos for rent, hele (go) on over the nearby grocery store for some ingredients and cook up a festive meal together right here in paradise. You could even enjoy the swaying palms against the baby blue sky as you grill up a unique Thanksgiving meal on the rental villa’s community barbecue.

So if your Hawaii vacation overlaps with this holiday dedicated to thanks, we hope these ideas will help you decide on how you are going to celebrate your Thanksgiving here on Maui. And as the sun dips below the horizon, leaving the majestic island to fade from different shades of sunset, we hope that you also have the opportunity to appreciate not only the island’s beauty but also each other. 

Find the Perfect Maui Made Gift While on Vacation

The Made in Maui County Festival features amazing locally made products!
October 31, 2017

Find the Perfect Maui Made Gift While on Vacation

Although Maui is known for it’s beautiful white sand beaches, balmy ocean breeze and crystal blue waves, we are also known for our thriving small businesses that offer unique and quality products that can be found only in Hawaii. The best place to find these amazing items are at the Annual Made in Maui County Festival!

This festival will be held on Saturday, November 4th at the Maui Arts and Cultural Center (MACC) from 8am-4:30pm. The entry fee is $5 per person (children 12 and under are free) and the first 2,000 attendees will receive a free Festival tote bag! Free parking will be available at the MACC parking lot, the UHMC event lawn, and the War Memorial Gym parking lot. Free shuttles will be available between War Memorial and the MACC up until 4:45pm. If you’re coming from your South Maui vacation rental, it’s about a 30 minute drive into Central Maui near the Airport.

If you’d rather shop with a smaller crowd, the festival will feature it’s Exclusive Shopping Day on Friday, November 3rd from 1:30pm-6pm. The entry fee is $35 per person, plus applicable fees (children 12 and under are free). Event goers will receive a free tote and light pupu during the opening ceremony. There will also be a “Maui Getaway Travel Package” up for grabs!

This is by far Maui County’s largest products show featuring a fashion show, food trucks, product demonstrations, prize drawings and much more. Over 140 vendors will be present from Lanai, Molokai, and of course Maui! Featured products include hand printed clothing, stationery, handcrafted jewelry, beef crisps, gourmet herbal tea, organic skin care products, local distilled spirits, hana chocolate, locally sourced honey, coconut candy, fine art from Makawao, hand dyed silk scarves, ocean inspired activewear, local farm produce, Maui roasted coffee, Hawaiian chili pepper water, laser engraved drift wood, and even Molokai bread! For a detailed list of vendors visit: http://www.madeinmauicountyfestival.com

This is the ideal event to get all of your Maui gifts to take back home. It’s also the perfect opportunity to kick start your holiday shopping! What’s better than a one-of-a-kind Maui gift?

Humpback Whales are Returning to their Favorite Vacation Spot

The first set of humpback whales were spotted off Kapalua a week ago!
October 20, 2017

Humpback Whales are Returning to their Favorite Vacation Spot


Whale watch on your next Maui vacation

Our whale friends have returned! At least the first few, that is. Humpback whales gradually make their way to warm Hawaiian waters and the first whales of the season made their appearance in the waters off Kapalua at 9:32am on Tuesday, October 10, 2017. Pacific Whale Foundation (PWF) was conducting an ecotour when they spotted an adult male and a sub-adult humpback. It’s becoming a noticeable trend that they start to arrive early. This year’s sighting is ten days earlier than PWF’s sighting from last year on October 20, 2016, which also happened to be earlier than 2015’s arrival on October 24th.

The best way to get a closer look at humpback whales is by going on a tour. There are plenty of companies to choose from when it comes to booking your whale watching tour. Whale Trust Maui has a great guide with tips and information on “How to Choose a Whale Watching Tour.” The guide offers insight regarding types of vessels that will determine if a ride is stable or bumpy, qualities that make for a photogenic tour, equipment that should be used, and also the importance of an on-hand knowledgeable naturalist.

Whales are returning to Maui

Make your vacation an educational trip too. The Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary’s Kihei Campus Visitor Center sits on the shores of Ko’ie’ie Fishpond. They feature informative marine life exhibits where you can learn about efforts made by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the State of Hawaii’s Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) with protecting humpback whales, monk seals, sea turtles, and coral reefs. Each Tuesday and Thursday at 11AM, they hold their “45 Ton Humpback Whale Talk.” The Kihei Visitor Center hours are Monday through Friday from 10AM until 3PM.

When should you book your vacation? Start planning today. Visitors love to come and enjoy the balmy Hawaiian weather and to get away from the cold winter months, just like our finned friends. As whale watching reaches it’s peak, around February through March, a fair amount of people are also vacationing in Hawaii. Beat the rush by booking your vacation rental early and save on your Maui vacation!

Blogs for November 2017

Lanai Snorkel and Dolphin Watch

Posted on November 17, 2017


The island of Maui has an incredible amount of island activities that allow you to get to know the Valley Isle. A popular and affordable adventure on Maui is the Lanai Snorkel and Dolphin Watch with the Pacific Whale Foundation. Venture from your Rentals Maui vacation rental to… Continue Reading

Top 5 Restaurants on Maui

Posted on November 10, 2017


Photograph Courtesy of Merriman's Kapalua

Maui is known for its beautiful beaches, amazing surf and one-of-a-kind adventure spots. Along with these accolades and more, the Valley Isle also has a reputation for being home to a variety of delicious cuisine made by some of the world’s top chefs. 

Whether… Continue Reading

Hawaii Travel Tips - Thanksgiving on Maui

Posted on November 04, 2017


A stay in Hawaii is a memorable experience and with warm weather along with a long list of island activities, spending the holidays on Maui makes it that much more unforgettable. Usual traditions for Thanksgiving dinner can vary amongst individuals and while it may not be exactly… Continue Reading

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