Maui Revealed: The Ultimate Guidebook

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The finest guidebook ever written for Maui. Now you can plan your best vacation—ever. This all new sixth edition is a candid, humorous guide to everything there is to see and do on the island. Best-selling author and longtime Hawai'i resident, Andrew Doughty, unlocks the secrets of an island so lush and diverse that many visitors never realize all that it has to offer. Explore with him as he reveals breathtaking trails, secluded beaches, pristine reefs, delicious places to eat, colorful craters, hidden waterfalls...

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Overview

The finest guidebook ever written for Maui. Now you can plan your best vacation—ever. This all new sixth edition is a candid, humorous guide to everything there is to see and do on the island. Best-selling author and longtime Hawai'i resident, Andrew Doughty, unlocks the secrets of an island so lush and diverse that many visitors never realize all that it has to offer. Explore with him as he reveals breathtaking trails, secluded beaches, pristine reefs, delicious places to eat, colorful craters, hidden waterfalls and so much more. Every restaurant, activity provider, business and resort is reviewed personally and anonymously. This book and a rental car are all you need to discover what makes Maui so exciting.

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This comprehensive guidebook lives up to its name -- it's the ultimate resource for travelers heading to the beautiful island of Maui. Whether you're interested in hiking or simply relaxing on the beach, you can find all the expert advice you'll need in Maui Revealed. One of the guide's best features is the fact that it was written entirely by locals. A wealth of maps and detailed directions are included, along with prices, tips, and recommendations. The companion web site features information on seasonal events and festivals.
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"An authoritative and in-depth look at all that the island offers."—Josh Roberts, USA Today

"Great series of guidebooks...Their fun-to-read style is helpful and easy to follow. Their observations are precise..."—Hawaii Magazine

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780983888734
  • Publisher: Wizard Publications
  • Publication date: 4/15/2013
  • Edition description: All new 6th edition
  • Edition number: 6
  • Pages: 312
  • Sales rank: 24,903
  • Product dimensions: 5.60 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Andrew Doughty has been exploring and writing about the Hawaiian Islands for many years and is the best-selling guidebook writer in the United States, with millions of books in print. Andrew reviews every business anonymously and has hiked and GPSed every trail, secluded beach and special place described in his books. When he's not on the ground, you'll find him in the air in his airplane designed specifically for aerial photography.

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Table of Contents

ABOUT THIS BOOK 9

INTRODUCTION 11

How it Began 11

The First Settlers 14

Outside World Discovers Hawai'i 17

Kamehameha the Great 18

Modern Hawai'i 19

THE BASICS 21

Getting Here 21

What to Bring 22

Getting Around 22

Getting Married on Maui 24

Weather 26

Geography 28

Where Should I Stay? 29

Is Maui Too Expensive? 30

Hazards 31

Traveling With Children (Keiki) 35

Some Terms 35

Hawaiian Time 36

Shaka 36

The Hawaiian Language 36

Music 40

The Hula 40

Farmers' Markets 40

Books 41

The Internet 41

A Note About Access 41

A Note on Personal Responsibility 42

Miscellaneous Information 42

A Word About Driving Tours 43

WEST MAUI SIGHTS 44

Ma'alaea to Lahaina 44

Lahaina Town 47

Ka'anapali to Kapalua 49

Past Kapalua; Over the Top 55

West Maui Shopping 63

West Maui Best Bets 64

CENTRAL MAUI SIGHTS 65

Wailuku 65

Kahului 68

The Valley of Sugar 68

Pa'ia 70

Central Maui Shopping 70

Central Maui Best Bets 71

HANA HIGHWAY SIGHTS 72

Can a Rental Car Go All the Way? 73

Driving the Road 74

Waterfalls 74

A Few Basics 75

A Word About Aloha 77

Pa'ia to Highway 360 77

On Highway 360 77

Ke'anae to Nahiku 83

Nahiku 88

Dining Outside of Hana 88

Nahiku to Hana 89

Wai'anapanapa Black Sand Beach 90

Hana 93

Hana Bay 93

Red Sand Beach 94

Koki Beach 96

Hamoa Beach 96

Dining in Hana 97

Also in Hana 99

Hana Highway Best Bets 99

SOUTHEAST MAUI SIGHTS 100

Kipahulu 100

'Ohe'o Gulch-aka 7 Sacred Pools 103

Pipiwai Trail 106

Past the Park 107

Southeast Maui Best Bets 113

HALEAKALA & UPCOUNTRY SIGHTS 114

Upcountry 114

Ha'iku 116

Makawao 116

Kula 117

Haleakala National Park 118

Haleakala Summit 121

Inside the Crater 125

Haleakala & Upcountry Shopping 126

Haleakala & Upcountry Best Bets 126

SOUTH MAUI SIGHTS 127

Ma'alaea 127

Kihei 129

Wailea 130

Makena 131

Molokini 133

La Pérouse Bay 134

South Maui Shopping 136

South Maui Best Bets 137

OFFSHORE ISLANDS 138

Kaho'olawe 138

Lana'I 139

Moloka'i 142

BEACHES 146

Beach Safety 147

West Maui Beaches 149

South Maui Beaches 158

The Bottom of Maui 168

Hana Beaches 168

The North Shore of Haleakala-From Hana to Central Maui 168

ACTIVITIES 170

ATVs 171

Biking 171

Boogie Boarding 175

Camping 175

Fishing 176

Gliders 177

Golfing 178

(Powered) Hang Gliders 184

Helicopters / Airplane Tours 186

Hiking 189

Horseback Riding 202

Jet Skiing 205

Kayaking 205

Kiteboarding 206

Land Tours 207

Ocean Tours 208

Parasailing 218

SCUBA 218

Snorkeling 225

SNUBA 227

Spas 227

Submarines 228

Surfing 228

Whale Watching 230

Windsurfing 232

Ziplines 233

ADVENTURES 235

Spear an Invasive Fish 235

The Four Falls of Na'ili'ili-haele 236

Mountain Bike Haleakala's Spine 238

Day Trip to Moloka'i's Kalaupapa 240

Grope Your Way to a Waterfall 240

Take Your Own Boat to Molokini 240

Hike in a Lava Tube 241

Try a Night or Scooter Dive 241

Haleakala Crater Grand Loop 243

Hike the Lava Fields to a Beach 245

Swimming With Sharks 246

ISLAND DINING 248

Island Dining Index 248

Island Fish & Seafood 250

Lu'au Foods 251

Other Island Foods 251

West Maui Dining 252

South Maui Dining 264

Central Maui Dining 275

Dining Elsewhere 280

Island Nightlife 282

Lu'au 283

Dinner Shows 285

Dinner Cruises 287

WHERE TO STAY 288

Condos 288

Hotels 289

A Few Ground Rules 289

Where are the Rest? 290

Where Should I Stay? 291

Rental Agents 292

Where to Stay Index 293

Kapalua 296

Napili 297

Kahana 297

Honokowai 298

Ka'anapali 298

Lahaina 300

Ma'alaea 300

North Kihei 300

South Kihei 301

Wailea 302

Kahului 304

Accommodations Elsewhere 304

Hana 304

INDEX 306

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  • Posted August 22, 2009

    Author Thinks He's Funny

    The actual information is good, but one must wade through excessive "clever" comments from the author in order to find it. The first couple sarcastic or "humorous" comments aren't annoying, but the rest most definitely are. I got a sense of an "I'm too cool to do touristy stuff" attitude that is sort of ridiculous in a book aimed at tourists.
    Don't be tempted by the bargain basement sale price of the guidebook, stick with a known, respectable guide such as Fodor's or even Rick Steves.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 2, 2009

    Great book! Highly recommend it!

    The books by this guy about each island are priceless. We went to Kauai twice last year and bought the Kauai version before the first trip after looking at an older edition that belonged to a doctor at my work. The information in them is so detailed, like what is good at each restaurant and what is not, and the directions on how to get to little known places on the islands, telling you every turn to make. I now have the Maui one, the Kauai one, and just got the Big Island one. They are my "bible" in Hawaii; I would not want to be without it. Love it!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 9, 2009

    Great guide book

    This was a wonderful guidebook while we were in Maui. I would definitely recommend it. The history was very interesting to read as well. Well done.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 19, 2009

    Helpful but not always accurate

    If you're unfamiliar with Maui, this book is helpful in giving you some direction. We found we did not agree with about a third of the recommendations and advise given. Some of the directions to hard to find beaches did not make them any easier to find. Some of the restaurant recommendations led us to pretty inferior restaurants. But it's better than going there with no direction.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 6, 2007

    A reviewer

    Recently, my family took a trip to Maui (for a wedding, no less). It seems almost every member of our group ended up with this book! And, as we traveled, we began to affectionately refer to it as 'The Bible' and we didn't venture far at all without it. It goes beyond the boring '3-Star Hotel' ratings, and gives you the nitty-gritty. We were able to venture to places we never would have known about on our own. This book made that vacation the trip of a lifetime! I am going back to Maui with my boyfriend, and I plan on buying him 'The Bible' also.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 31, 2004

    outdated

    This was a very disappointing book. Many of the sites it showcases are CLOSED or out of business. It would be greatly improved if they would put an errata slip in every copy so tourists aren't misled. We ended up using the 101 Things to do guide that was distributed free at the activity desk of our hotel.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 17, 2014

    This is the guidebook to have

    Excellent book, recently updated, and has everything you'll want to see/do on Maui. We found only a couple of directions that were difficult to follow for things REALLY off the beaten path. Well-organized, complete, and amusing - this is definitely THE guidebook to take on your Maui adventure.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 23, 2013

    My family just returned from Maui and had an excellent time, att

    My family just returned from Maui and had an excellent time, attributed to the guide book. As you read the reviews here and their descriptions you will note controversy about properties access and business's service quality. In a tourist destination there are those who depend on the visits of 'one time' travelers and do not suffered the consequence of bad service 'local word of mouth' because of the constantly renewing visitors. Sorry property owners who try to discourage visitor’s rightful access to public property and business providing poor service. In our one week stay we could not verify by any means all the information, but in my opinion this guide does not fawn to special interests. Use the guide and chose the adventure level you are comfortable with. This guide has probably helped raise the quality of Maui amenities.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 14, 2010

    A great guide to Maui

    If you're heading to Maui, I'd strongly recommend buying this book, and to get it a couple of months in advance. It's great to read straight through to get a feel for each of the areas of interest, where you'd like to stay, what activities interest you.
    The authors are not paid by local merchants/hotels. They don't accept kickbacks so all of their reviews seem really unbiased. Their restaurant reviews were accurate and the excursion descriptions (e.g., the road to Hana) gave really unique suggestions that the general tourist would miss. One word of caution is to not get overwhelmed by the amount of great things they present...if it's your first time, you may feel like you've mised out by not doing as many things as possible. Remember the most important thing to do on Maui is relax and enjoy!

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  • Posted May 14, 2010

    Maui Revealed

    What I liked most about this book was that it told the real truth about the island, not just glowing reviews of everything the authors encountered. It helped me pick what to do. I loved that it tells about the different kinds of beaches and how to get to them. It also tells about little known beaches (little known before publication) and how to get there. The book is filled with maps and helps the reader become more familiar with the island. I think it lists EVERY activity the island has to offer, at least it seems that way! The only thing I didn't care for was the lodging options. It tells a few, but if you want to know about other options, you have to go to their website. I also didn't get much out of their recommendations for places to stay, the gem thing doesn't seem consistent, just confusing. I really wanted to find a book that said more about where to get good deals on places to stay. I understand that it is difficult to pick hotels for different budgets, but I would rather of seen them say something like "this is a great place to stay, and we booked this through ______ (whoever). I liked that it told about the various hiking places and gave the instructions for getting there. The authors know Hawaii! Just in the next book, they need to clean up the lodging section! Also, it would be nice if they included some sample itineraries. There is so much, I don't know where to start! I think at this point its lodging!!

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  • Posted May 7, 2010

    "Revealed" saved us time and money in the long run!!

    After waiting 18 years, my husband surprised me with our 'honeymoon' trip to Hawaii! We spent 16 glorious days checking out Maui and Kaui. With the help of "Maui Revealed", we were able to spend our precious time seeking out EXACTLY what it was we were interested in doing. The sense of humor used in the book made it that much more fun to read!

    We are only hoping the next time we travel somewhere new, (hopefully I will not have to wait another 18 years!) We will have a great book to turn to! I am thinking of Greece, (hint, hint!) Thank you!

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  • Posted May 6, 2010

    Must Have

    I think everyone on the Road to Hana had this book. It was very precise with the road markers and locations of waterfalls, etc. Wouldn't want to tour Maui without it.

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  • Posted April 22, 2010

    Revealing Maui

    My husband and I purchased this book after several of our friends. Neither of us had ever been to Hawaii and were on a tight budget. Maui Revealed help us narrow down must see's and do's with ease. In part, because of this book, we thoroughly enjoyed our stay, stuck to our budget and now know where to pick up when we visit again!

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  • Posted April 9, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    Best travel book ever!

    My family and I have used this series for three trips to the islands (both the big island version and the Maui version). They are the best travel books I have ever read-I wish these guys would write guides to more locations besides just Hawaii! A local in Hana told me that a lot of the locals around there hate this book and we shouldn't be seen carrying it, because it reveals all of the favorite places only locals know about! All of my favorite places on Maui we found because of this book-it was our best vacation ever and I highly recommend it. Definitely read through thoroughly before you go so you can narrow down what you are interested in seeing because there is a lot to do!

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  • Posted April 8, 2010

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    Best guide for the money

    I visit Maui often and I always pick up the latest version o Maui Revealed. Concise, easy to navigate and inexpensive as well as well illustrated. Friends who may be going after you will appreciate your offer to lend/recommend this book also.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 9, 2010

    Very Useful

    I purchased this book before my first trip to Hawaii and I am glad I did. I found it to be very useful for choosing places to go and things to do. I loved the pictures. It contained a lot of practical information and I really like the fact that it was a paperback which made it easy to pack along. The way it was organized made it easy to reference different aspects such as restaurants, lodging, beaches, and other places of interest. Overall I found it to be very well presented. I would recommend it to anyone who is new to Maui and needs a good overall guidebook.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 4, 2010

    Ok for reference but contains some REALLY bad information

    This book is ok to get an overview of the island but please do not follow this guy's instructions and visit all the places that he talks about going around "no trespassing" signs or down to places like the Olivine Pools that are often quite dangerous. The average tourist doesn't know the difference. I did find it quite offensive that the author on numerous occasions mentioned going around fences or ignoring no trespassing signs because you can get away with it. It's just wrong in my opinion.

    Also be aware that this book is HATED in Maui because of some of the dangerous stuff it advises, many people have had tourists trampling their private land to go places this book advised, and many businesses think his reviews were unfair. Leave it at home if you do buy it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 20, 2010

    helped us enjoy our trip

    We had been to Maui before but about 20 years ago. somethings have really change some not at all. This book helped us see things we didn't see on our first trip and mention things not on the major tour lists which I really enjoyed. I feel like these authors really spend time and explored the places they listed and wanted you to have the best possible vacation you could

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  • Posted December 1, 2009

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    Going to Maui? Pick this up!

    This guidebook is great. It gives you plenty of things to do in Maui...probably too much to do when just visiting. My wife and I went to Maui on our honeymoon, and we took this guide with us. We aren't normally very adventurous, but this book helped break us out of our normal selves, and took us on beautiful adventures across the island of Maui. This is an awesome guidebook, with everything you need. It has stuff like the best places to eat, shop, snorkel or hang on the beach. But it doesn't just give you the tourist spots--it has info that only the locals know. Descriptions like this are common: "For the best snorkeling spot, go to mile marker 38, walk down the path, take a right at the rock shaped like a witch, and then walk along that path for 100 yards until you hit the beach." Maui Revealed has trips and activities for everyone. If you can only choose one guidebook to Maui, I'd pick up this one. We also took Maui Day-By-Day, which was nice to have to compare the two. I would recommend both, but Maui Revealed is much more detailed and extensive, and includes adventures off the beaten path.

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  • Posted August 12, 2009

    I Also Recommend:

    Don't go to Hawaii without it!

    I have been a frequent visitor to Hawaii and thought I knew a lot, but boy was I wrong! This series rocks. The only thing I don't like is that the snorkeling section is combined with the beaches. Great honest restuarant reviews by authors who actually live in the state and don't take money to be in the books from the places they review like other guide books. Indepth, honest, funny....I can go on & on. The only guide books you will ever need.

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