2018 - Feb 24th through March 2rd and March 3rd through March 9th are still available!
My wife and I visited Maui every year for several years in our timeshare. Recently she became ill and I realized that going would be a challenge. Based on this, I pre-reserved two units for two weeks for the exact same time, hoping family or friends would joins us to help assist with my wife. This did not pan out, so what I have is two units with check-in on February 24th for two weeks checking out on March 10th. You will see from my calendar in VRBO that I have already booked one of these sets of weeks.
There is nothing more amazing than sitting on your lanai and watching the whales jump out of the ocean and the sun setting. Why this timeframe? First, Maui does its annual whale count on February 24th, which is peak whale season. Second, this is when the sun just starts to set in the ocean and not behind the island of Lanai.
Credit card payments outside of the USA will be charged an additional 2%. 100% Refund policy with cancellation within 48 hours.
Best time to visit Maui is 2-24-2018 through 4-16-2018 when the sun sets in the ocean and not behind the island of Lanai and while the whales are there.
If you are looking to stay in West Maui around Lahaina or Kaanapali, do the following search and filters. This happens to be the number one area to stay on Maui.
Search Lahaina Hawaii
Filter price $150 to $200
On “More Filters” for Location enter: Beach Front, Beach View, Mountain View, Ocean Front & Ocean View
On Features enter: Air Conditioning, Hot Tub and Pool
On 11-1-2017 these search results reveal 21 possible properties. 15 of these properties are in Kihei and only 6 are in the Lahaina/Kaanapali area. If you have done your research, you already know that Kihei is one of the least desirable areas to stay on Maui. Further down in my descriptive material is exactly how to search for the best areas to stay on Maui.
Save $40-$65 per night over all major search sights with guaranteed equal or better view.
Oceanfront, on the Beach, 180 degree unobstructed ocean view! You will not be disappointed with the location, view or accommodations. There is no finer view in all the Hawaiian Islands. Free parking. Washers & dryers on several floors in the building.
Regardless if this is your first trip to Maui or not, the key elements in choosing a place to stay in Hawaii are: Location, percentage of Ocean View, is the view obstructed, are the accommodations air-conditioned, access to the beach and is the beach a mob scene. If you are looking for room service or on-site restaurants, skip reading any further. If you are looking for all the key elements, read on.
Want to know where to stay on Maui?
For the city search in VRBO enter Lahaina.
Just below is the price search. Slide the left white ball to the right over to the $500 mark and in the lower right hand corner of the price scale, select “Apply Filter”. Using $500 per night or more will show you the most desirable areas to stay before you actually search for a place to stay. This will give you everything that is available for $500 per night and higher on the western shores of Maui. The sun sets in the West, so if you want to see the sun set in the ocean, you need to stay on the western shore. From here go over to the blue oval box (more filters) and click on it.
On “Property Type”, select the types of accommodations you would want to stay in; Apartment, Condo, Etc.
Over to “Location Type”, select the specifics relative to the location you are looking for; Beach Front, Ocean Front, Mountain View, Etc.
Over to “Features”, select the features you would like your accommodations to have; Air-Conditioning, Hot Tub, Pool, Etc.
After you have selected everything you are looking for slide down to the lower right hand corner of the page and select “Apply Filters”.
A map of Maui will appear on the right side of your screen with colored tear drops indicating all the places which meet your criteria. If your results are the same as mine, you will see the best places to stay on Maui are in West Maui (Kapalua, Napili, Kahana and Kaanapali) and in what I will refer to as southwest Maui (Wailea and Makena). Kahana is halfway in-between Kaanapali and Kapalua. There is nothing in Maalaea or Kihei because these are the least desirable places to stay on the western shores of Maui, for a multitude of reasons.
Now that you know the two best areas on Maui to stay, go back and move the $500 dollar mark back to zero and move the right white ball to the left to the desired amount you would like to look for. You might want to look for a daily rate range of zero to $200. You are on your own from here to pick a property to stay at. Almost every property I looked at in this area is less desirable than mine when it either comes to location, view, size of beach or beach access compared to mine. Lots of photos of the insides of the units indicates that view and proximity to the beach is lacking.
As with any real estate, it is all about Location-Location-Location. In the case of my timeshare on Kahana Beach at the Kahana Beach Vacation Club in Maui, it is all about Location-Location-Location & View-View-View.
The thing families love about our building is the walk out the door and be on the beach aspect. No street to cross, no walking through a parking lot. After exiting the elevator you are on the beach within 60 seconds, no exaggeration. Depending on the age of children, parents can even sit on the lanai and watch their children from there.
Ocean Front views, not as good as mine and less than 10 minutes away at three major hotel chains go for over $4,000 per week ($570 per night).
Kahana Beach Vacation Club is located halfway between Kaanapali & Kapalua which are just minutes away, offering a complete array of restaurants and shopping . The resort is within a 10-minute drive of four championship golf courses, which host two PGA tournaments each year and are open to the public. This area of Maui is referred to as West Maui.
My unit is a studio with a Murphy bed and foldout couch to accommodate four people. The unit is air conditioned and extremely comfortable for two adults but would not be for four adults. Families use the studio units and put their kids on the foldout couch. Generally the building is filled with 97% couples and 3% couples with children.
From my lanai, you have 180 degree unobstructed view of the ocean, whales (when in season), sunset, mountains, Green Sea Turtles daily, Great Frigatebirds (black with a 7 foot wing span) weekly and occasionally Eagle Rays. Eagle Rays are similar in size to stingrays but are black with white spots. Pods of Spinner Dolphins pass in front of the island about once a week at a distance you need sharp viewing skills to identify and then binoculars to actually see them jumping. Kahana Beach Vacation Club is rated 4/5 stars, for the amazing views and impeccable maintenance of the property. I challenge anyone to identify a finer view in all of the Hawaiian Islands.
If you have read this far, then you truly want to understand the location of the building my unit is in. I have indicated that my building is the #1 location and view in all of the Hawaiian Islands, so I will justify it for you. All of the islands are volcanic, so they are all mountainous. Almost anywhere on any island if you are looking at the ocean, you need to turn around and look behind you to see the mountains. This is not the case for a 10 mile stretch in West Maui, running from Lahaina to Kapalua. West of West Maui looking out in the ocean are the islands of Lanai to your left and Molokai to your right. Both islands are approximately 10 miles from West Maui’s western shore. It is this magical location where you can sit on your lanai and have both a mountain and ocean view at the same time. There is no other place in all of Hawaii with this type of view. It is truly amazing and something you will never forget.
I do not have pictures of the pool, but if you Google Kahana Beach Vacation Club and select hotels.com you can see additional pictures and reviews on their website. Kids really love this location because the beach is so close to the pool and they love playing in the waves and sand. Then they run back up and go in the pool. You may think they will use the pool but sitting on my lanai most of them play on the beach in the sand. They also like this location because the green sea turtles frequently come up on the sand and swim in front of the building all day long.
Kahana Beach Vacation Club also goes by the name of Kahana Beach Resort and Kahana Beach Resort Condominiums. The designation condominiums is appropriate from the aspect of having all the amenities of your home, in being able to eat, cook and sleep. It is a little misleading in the fact that the building is 100% timeshare and no one person owns any single unit within the building. All owners own any number of weeks per year. That being said, anyone offering their unit for rent is only able to rent out the number of weeks they own. In addition, no owner is guaranteed to stay in the same unit every visit. Owners of a studio unit such as myself, own one of about 44 units. I have excluded the first floor because these are mostly meeting rooms. There are four studio units per floor with a 180 degree ocean view on the remaining 11 floors (44 units). Owners/guests will receive their room assignment upon check-in, in any of these 44 units.
Kahana Beach Vacation Club is a 12 story building with 7 rooms per floor. The building is L shaped with 2 rooms on the side and 5 units on the front. The 5 on the front have a 180 degree ocean view and the two on the side about a 40 degree view. The five front units are owned by people like me with the side units owned by the company. The side units are rented out by the company or used for exchangers. The pricing you see on their website is for the side units, which frankly have an awful view.+ More