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Best Timeshare Beach on Maui

Discussion in 'US - Hawaii Timesharing' started by amy241, Jul 15, 2017 at 7:20 AM.

  1. amy241

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    Can anyone tell me which timeshare resort(s) have the nicest beach on Maui? I've only ever stayed in hotels there in the Wailea area so I'm unfamiliar with which timeshare resorts are located on the nicer beaches. I need the information for trip planning. Thanks!
     
  2. VegasBella

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    That's a good question but I bet season plays a bit of a role. And also, what qualifies as 'best' for you - calm waves you can snorkel safely with a child? Or super soft sand or fantastic view or great surfing or what?
     
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    Have only stayed at WKORV- the beach there is amazing. Taking all things into consideration, I'm hearing the new Hyatt is near the top of the list of all Maui resorts..
     
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    +1 for the new Hyatt Ka'anapali Beach resort's beach. Direct access, beautiful beach with a direct view of Lanai and Molokai right in front of you.
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    Almost all of the Maui resorts are on Ka'anapali and Kihei beach. Ka'anapali is more resorty and Kihei is more local and less expensive.

    Both areas are great beaches, so a bigger consideration is resorty or local, and your price range. How will you be making your reservation? Trading, or renting, or?

    The Hyatt is fantastic - it's also the most expensive option with 2 bedrooms going for $4,500 - $6,500.
     
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    Isn't the beach in front of the Hyatt a lot smaller and rockier on the one side than in front of the Westins? Also, I would say it would be hard to beat the snorkeling in front of the Westin Timeshares. It is always a joy to put my head under the water and see the beautiful world under there.
     
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    What about the beaches in front of the Marriott, either in front of the Lahaina Villas, the main building, or the Napili Villas? How do they compare with the Hyatt?
     
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    +1 WKORV. Great snorkeling right off the beach and a lot less crowded then Kaanapali Beach in front of MOC.
     
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    +2 WKORV. Great snorkeling right off the beach and a lot less crowded then Kaanapali Beach in front of MOC.
     
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    FYI, if you are looking to exchange in, the hotel-branded resorts are going to be a much more difficult exchange if you don't own one of their resorts, because they all have an internal exchange program that you will be competing with.

    If you've stayed in Wailea, you should understand that Wailea is the Beverly Hills of Maui; you are not going to find that "luxury" feeling in either Kihei or Ka'anapali. Kihei is the most affordable area in West or South Maui, so if you're used to Wailea, it might be quite a culture shock for you. Kihei reminds me of Myrtle Beach or Destin, FL. You won't be seeing any celebrities staying in Kihei, but if you want to get a cup of coffee, it's not going to cost you $10 either. The beaches along this stretch are universally nice, though getting into the water can vary from easy to difficult based on the lava rocks. Kihei is probably the best location if you plan on exploring Maui. It's certainly the most centrally located.

    IMO, Ka'anapali is a step up from Kihei and a step down from Wailea, in terms of "luxury" and price. It's more like a nice suburb on a beautiful beach. Most of the Ka'anapali timeshares are right on the beach, whereas most Kihei timeshares are across the street from the beach. While the hotel branded resorts will be a difficult exchange, non-branded resorts will be much easier IME.

    I'd personally rank the beaches in this order: Ka'anapali, Wailea, then Kihei. I also found Wailea to be much windier than the other two resort areas.

    Another area to consider is Napili. It's farther north than Ka'anapali, so definitely farther off the beaten path, but I'd personally stay there over Kihei.
     
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    Lisa,
    That is a really accurate breakdown. I like Napili for the snorkeling but the beach is pretty narrow and when the tide is up there is not much beach. But boy, building up an appetite snorkeling and then eating at the Sea House restaurant is a great way to spend some time. Good food and great drinks at a reasonable price.
     
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    It depends what time of the year you go. During March and April, when we are there, the beach is the widest in front of the Marriott's Napili tower. It gets narrower in front of the Lahaina tower and there is even less beach in front of the HRC Ka'anapali and the adjacent Hyatt Regency Resort where they have permanent sandbags against further erosion or they will lose their beach path at one section in front of the hotel.

    From the pictures that I have seen posted, the sand seems to move closer to Black Rock in the summer so they must have the widest beach over there and also in front of the Westin timeshare resorts.

    All beaches have eroded a lot in the last few years and many trees were lost. I saw the same in front of the Westin too last year with fallen trees on the beach and in front of our resort in Kihei even worse with many trees down but most were removed when we came back this year.

    In front of the Westin timeshare resorts in March 2016.

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    There were sandbags already in Kihei in April 15 but this year, this was the end of the beach. There wasn't one day that I could walk past the sand bags because the ocean water was pounding against them. They must be made of cement. We used to be able to walk to as far as you can see. There was a seawall of lava rocks at that point so you couldn't go around the corner.

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    Kihei 2016. We had never seen so many trees down but they were removed this year.

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    April 2015 from the Marriott's Molokai tower next to the Napili tower. Lots of grass and beach during spring break.

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    April 2009 when the Marriott's Napili tower was still in construction. Where has time gone?

    Beach in front of the Hyatt Regency Resort but in the summer, there may be none.

    We also like Wailea the best and there are nice beaches and coves but they have voted against having timeshares there unless they change their mind. It would make traffic even worse on the coastal road and also in Kihei.
     
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    As much as I love my Marriott, the beach in front of Maui Ocean Club (and the Hyatt for that matter) isn't that great. It's very rocky and the beach in front of the Westin Kaanapali is much better. If we are beach-going, we will walk north in front of the Kaanapali Alii or Blackrock.

    With respect to Kihei, I do love Kamaole Beach I, which is right across the street from Worldmark. As others have noted, it's much windier in South Maui, particularly in the afternoon when the trades kick in.

    But I'd still take any of those beaches over a keyboard!!

    Best,

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    Amen to that! And the worst beach on Maui is probably better than most beaches you'll find anywhere. Hawaii truly is a magical place.
     
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    This is our favorite beach on Maui. Never crowded, always wonderful. But it's not near a timeshare.

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    In late February and early March 2017, Marriott Lahaina Villas had some beach, and Napili Villas had lots of beach. Walk towards Black Rock and at the Westin, the beach sand goes all the way out until the water is over your head. It is one of those fingers of sand that go out from the shore. The Hyatt has one or two. Of course close to Black Rock there was plenty of sand.
     
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    Greg, I have never seen rocks on the beach between the MOC and Black Rock. Do you see them in June or are they in the ocean?

    We have only been snorkeling at Black Rock because we preferred other places but had to drive to get there.
     

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