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Seeing Maui Without a Rental Car
All the guidebooks recommend renting a car when visiting Maui. This made perfect sense to me until I heard the experience of a German couple who rented my condo unit on a last-minute trip to Maui. There were no rental cars to be had on the entire island during their stay. Yet they still had a great vacation. Based on what they told me and additional research, here are some tips for having a great Maui vacation and seeing all the sights without a rental car.
3. Visit activity kiosks. Sprinkled throughout condo and resort areas in Maui are little booths selling tours and activities, including luaus, kayak trips, helicopter tours, snorkeling or whale-watching boat trips, sunrise visits to the top of Haleakala Mountain and even vans that take you on the famous road to Hana. Tell the kiosk person where you are staying and that you don't have a car, and he or she will find options for you that include pickup at your place or that have an embarkation point you can walk to. For example, some snorkeling and whale-watching trips leave from the Kihei boat ramp, which is a 15-minute walk from the Kamaole Beach Park II area and the Maui Banyan.
4. Find out about walking trails. Two areas of Maui have very
long, mostly paved walking/running trails. One takes you from Kihei
through Wailea to Makena, and the other runs for almost 5 miles along
Ka'anapali Beach north of Lahaina. If you're staying close to one of
these, I highly recommend you walk it. In winter it's a great way to see
whales, and any time of the year it gives you access to unsurpassed
Written by Melinda Makawani
Maui Banyan Condo Rental | 1215 South Kihei Rd. #O-432 | Kihei, Hawaii 96753