A woman named Cheryl wrote asking about things to do on Maui on her honeymoon:
“I was wondering if you had any recommendations for our visit to Maui for our honeymoon. If there are great places to eat that aren’t so bombarded by tourists. We will be staying at the Westin Resort and Spa, so we are in the middle of all that is tourist. If you have any recommendations for food or just daily activities (must sees) that would be wonderful!”
Answer: Aloha Cheryl,
Congratulations on your upcoming marriage and honeymoon!
As a concierge, I would always first find out what people like to do. The door is pretty wide open for activities. There is horseback riding in Kapalua, there is parasailing, zip-lining (Upcountry), and lots of water activities: snorkeling, diving, dinner cruises, and sunset sails. I of course favor the “Scotch Mist” out of Lahaina Harbor (http://www.scotchmistsailingcharters.com/) where Mike is a boat captain. But Captain Mike is getting his knee replaced (too many surfing wipeouts and motorcycle jumps– he’s had a great life) in August, so don’t look for him on the boat anytime soon.
As far as restaurants, Merrimans (http://www.merrimanshawaii.com)in Kapalua is lovely, but not cheap. People seem to really like Mala in Lahaina, (http://www.malaoceantavern.com) but it is very small, and loud unless you get to sit outside on the water. ( Also not cheap!) I personally love Gerards French food in Lahaina ( http://www.gerardsmaui.com) but please note that it is not on the water.
As far as entertainment, The Feast at Lele is, hands down, my go-to luau. $110.00 per person for a five-course dinner and the show. (http://www.feastatlele.com).
For an inexpensive dinner, you will have to wait in line with everybody else to get into the barefoot bar at Hula Grill, oceanfront in Kaanapali. (http://www.hulagrillkaanapali.com). Worth the wait, with the live entertainment and fabulous view. So relaxing, too.
As far as just grabbing a quick, cheap bite in Kaanapali, The Comfort Zone and The Cantina are both right on the highway in a strip-mall just north of the entrance to Kaanapali.
Upcountry, I would suggest Haliimaile General Store restaurant (http://bevgannonrestaurants.com). Yes, it is an old general store, and quaint. And of course, Mama’s Fish House (http://www.mamasfishhouse.com) in Paia can’t be beat. Get your reservation now, before you even get to Maui!
Have fun, and congratulations.
PS: The best thing you can do is call ahead and be very nice to the concierge at your hotel. They can help you pre-book everything and walk you through what activities are best served suited to your interest level.
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