5 Unique Maui Getaways You Didn’t Know About

For most Maui visitors, staying in a luxurious resort or vacation condo is the status quo. But for intrepid travelers— or repeat visitors seeking a change of pace— typical Maui accommodations just don’t cut it. Interested in getting off the beaten path? We’ve found some of the most remarkable stays on the island— from quaint plantation houses in Hana to stylish Upcountry B&Bs. Here are five unique getaways on Maui you didn’t know about.

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Insider Tips For Exploring South Maui

When most people think of South Maui, golden sand, high-end resorts, snorkeling, and championship golf courses spring to mind.

But lava deserts, black sand beaches, and the first off-grid brewery in the United States? Not so much.

The truth is, there is so much to see and do on this diverse coastline. We’ve got the exclusive scoop on how to explore South Maui from inside out and top to bottom— giving you a true feel for life in this sunny, buzzy region. Here are our insider tips for exploring South Maui.

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8 Reasons Why You Should Stay In Napili, Maui

Maui resort towns often get the lion’s share of love from visitors. After all, they’re dotted with luxurious accommodations, top-tier restaurants, and some of the island’s most famous beaches. But with that also comes crowds and a less-than-authentic Hawaiian atmosphere. Enter Napili on Maui’s West Side.

If you’re on the hunt for a more low-key— yet equally stunning— place to spend your Maui vacation, we’ve got just the spot. Napili, a small hamlet on Maui’s northwest coast, strikes a perfect balance between resort living and local lifestyle. Discover why this neighborhood is one of Maui’s best-kept secrets: here are eight reasons why you should stay in Napili.

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Top 10 Things You Should Know About Hawaii

While Hawaii might be famous for its vibrant luau celebrations, active volcanoes, and affinity for Spam, some of the most intriguing facts about the islands are not typically broadcasted. From Hawaii’s days as an avant-garde kingdom to building codes that reference palm trees, here are the top ten interesting things you should know about Hawaii.


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Top 10 South Maui Restaurants

Hungry in South Maui? You’re in luck. South Maui is a foodies paradise. Some of the island’s best restaurants are found in this area— from eateries worthy of a James Beard award to low-key local favorites. There are so many good places; this list just scratches the surface. Nevertheless, here are our all-time top favorite restaurants in South Maui.

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If you’ve ever walked up to the host stand at Monkeypod Wailea and were seated immediately, I applaud your timing. And luck. Monkeypod’s popularity is reflected in perpetual crowds. After all, this Peter Merriman restaurant is known for craft beer, pizza, pies, and famous honey-lilikoi foam-topped mai tais— basically all that is good in life.

South Maui Restaurants Monkeypod Kitchen

This buzzy restaurant is always packed with people— visitors with their families or locals enjoying a pau hana. Expect a laid-back atmosphere, daily live music, an epic happy hour, and friendly service which makes it one of the most popular South Maui restaurants.



If you were to turn a tiki bar into a five-star restaurant, you would get Humuhumu. This thatched-roof restaurant is balanced above a saltwater lagoon and decorated in tasteful Polynesian decor. Shiny glass buoys hang from the lauhala ceilings, wooden waʻa (sailing canoe) fixtures rest above the bar, and the entire place is constructed from beautiful Big Island ohia wood.

South Maui Restaurants Humuhumunukunukuapuaʻa

Meanwhile, the food reflects the best of Maui’s land and sea. Top menu items include Huli Huli chicken and mac nut-crusted fish with sweet potato puree, baby bok choy, and lilikoi emulsion.



If you’re a sushi fan, there’s no doubt you know the name Masaharu Morimoto. The Iron Chef star and acclaimed restaurateur opened his Maui location in 2013 in the Andaz Resort. While sushi is obviously a focal point, the menu also features a blend of Japanese and Western-inspired cuisine prepared with fresh local ingredients. Some of the most unique menu offerings include the ishi yaki buri bop: yellowtail or wagyu beef on rice cooked at your table in a hot stone bowl, or the seared local fish with Thai coconut curry and clams.

South Maui Restaurants Morimoto

Like the rest of the Andaz, the restaurant’s decor is neutral-toned with an elegant, modern atmosphere. Come here for unparalleled Asian cuisine, ocean views, and tasty craft cocktails.


Maui Brewing Company

Maui Brewing Company’s 85,000-square-foot Kihei facility is where some of Maui’s best beers are born. But it’s not all shiny Brite tanks and stacks of malt and grain here. The space is also home to a full-service restaurant— and a huge one at that. The indoor/outdoor restaurant opens to views of the West Maui Mountains. There is also a lawn area with picnic benches and games like oversized Jenga and Connect4, which kids get a kick out of. 

South Maui Restaurants Maui Brewing Co

At the bar, you’ll find knowledgeable bartenders pouring pints from one of the 36 taps or shaking up craft cocktails. Come by at happy hour from 3:30 to 4:30 pm for discounted beer, cocktails, apps, and really-freakin’-good pizza. Live music is also on offer daily from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm. One of the best south Maui restaurants for fun and music.


Fred’s Mexican Cafe

Fred’s is a South Maui icon. This colorful cafe is located directly across the street from Kamaole Beach II. Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, Fred’s serves classic and reimagined Mexican fare— think Hawaiian kalua pork burritos and calamari tacos.


The salsa is fresh, the beers are cold, the margaritas are strong, and the people watching along South Kihei Road is second to none. Snag an outside table around sunset for stellar views and to partake in the killer happy hour. If you like no-frills joints with lots of character, add Fred’s to your itinerary next time you’re in South Maui.


Nalu’s South Shore Grill

Nalu’s South Shore Grill does it all. Located in the Azeka Shopping Center (makai side) in Kihei, Nalu’s serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner and features nightly live music from some of Maui’s most respected artists. But you can’t beat the breakfast here. The menu features something for everyone— omelets, pancakes, acai bowls, loco moco, and chicken and waffles are just some of the delectable offerings.

South Maui Restaurants Nalus

The palm-fringed indoor/outdoor space is utterly chill with counter service and always-friendly staff. If you can’t make it for breakfast, stop by for happy hour from 3 to 6 pm daily.



Delicious pizza, nice views, friendly people— what more could you ask for? Manolis boasts all this and more. Manoli’s is located on the Wailea Blue golf course, surrounded by swaying palms, views of Mount Haleakala, and the green.

South Maui Restaurants Pizza

The sleek black decor, granite bar top, and craft cocktail list give the place an upscale atmosphere. And while Manolis is a nice place, it is thoroughly family-friendly, and the prices aren’t over the top. In addition to pizza, you’ll also find Mediterranean/Italian eats like gyros and spaghetti and meatballs.


Fat Daddy’s Smokehouse BBQ

It’s not hard to find Hawaiian BBQ staples like Huli Huli chicken on Maui. But if you’re craving some hearty, southern-style BBQ, options quickly become limited. Fortunately, one of Maui’s finest southern BBQ joints is located in the heart of South Maui in Kihei Kalama Village. Fat Daddy’s Smokehouse is legit— the restaurant’s interior of wood-paneled walls, corrugated metal, and picnic benches evokes the sense that you’ve left Maui behind for a small town in Texas.

South Maui Restaurants Ribs

The menu features eats like slow-cooked pork ribs, Texas hot links, brisket, chicken, pork belly, and a range of sandwiches. And let’s not forget those sides! No southern BBQ would be complete without mac and cheese, potato salad, cornbread, and coleslaw. Fat Daddy’s also offers several local beers on tap— just in case you need reminding that you are, in fact, on Maui and not in the south.


Pint & Cork

This chic tavern is nestled between luxury storefronts in the Shops of Wailea. While one might guess that this gastropub serves wine and beer, you might be surprised to learn that Pint & Cork features an extensive cocktail list. But that’s only the tip of the iceberg— the pub serves elevated bar food classics like lobster mac and cheese with bechamel sauce and braised kalua pork shoulder sliders.

South Maui Restaurants Pint And Cork

The vibe here is buzzy on weekends, with crowds of tourists and locals gathering to watch sports games on one of the several TVs. Pint & Cork is family-friendly, although the pub is also a late-night hotspot.


Tommy Bahama

As always, Tommy Bahama delivers tropical vibes and great food. Located in the Shops of Wailea, this restaurant features a spacious outdoor patio enveloped by palm trees. If that doesn’t get you into the island spirit, a few Mai Tais at Happy Hour certainly will. Happy hour runs from 2 to 5 pm daily and features discounts on wine, cocktails, and small bites like macadamia nut-crusted goat cheese and Tommy Bahama’s famous coconut shrimp.

South Maui Restaurants Tommy Bahamas

As for the rest of the menu, Tommy Bahama’s culinary team utilizes the best fresh ingredients to craft delectable signature dishes. The Kona coffee-crusted rib eye and the tamarind pineapple glazed mahi-mahi with marinated Hamakua mushrooms are absolute standouts. Walk-ins are welcome, but this place is always poppin’, so reservations are recommended.


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10 Most Affordable Condo Rentals in West Maui

If Maui hotel rates have you— and your wallet— feeling exasperated, you’re not alone. Some Maui hotel prices have more than doubled since 2019, leaving travelers desperate for affordable accommodation. We’re here to tell you affordable Maui stays are still out there! For travelers heading to West Maui, take a look at some of our favorite bargain accommodations. These affordable West Maui condos range from studio apartments to spacious three bedrooms and boast delightful amenities like private lanais, full kitchens, and swimming pools. Better yet, you won’t pay an arm and a leg to enjoy your stay!

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Top 35 Maui Activities & Attractions

From snorkeling to ziplining and everything in between, it’s easy to feel lost in a sea of things to do and places to see when planning a trip to the Valley Isle. While there are countless amazing activities on the island, we’ve narrowed down the top 35 activities to enjoy on Maui.

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What You Should Know When Booking A Maui Vacation Rental

Booking Maui vacation rentals can be a great alternative to busy, high-priced resorts. Some visitors gravitate towards vacation rentals because many offer full kitchens, washer/dryers, and a homey atmosphere that hotels often lack. But Maui has a long, sensitive history with vacation rentals, particularly those operating without permits.

In early 2022, Airbnb removed 1,300 unpermitted Maui vacation rentals from its site. And while visitors with stays planned were eventually refunded, many were left without accommodation days before their trip, underscoring the importance of booking a legal rental. 

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