The Whaler 1018


Rates: $432 / night (avg.)
Bedrooms: 0
Bathrooms: 1
Bed types: (sleeps 2)
Reviews: 4.80 (from 87 reviews)
MAKING YOUR NEXT MAUI STAY A TRULY MEMORABLE EXPERIENCE. Our beautiful Whaler studio condo is all about views, privacy and comfort. It is located on the 10th floor of Tower 1 with 180 degree unobstructed views of the ocean, Isle Molokai, Black Rock and the North shoreline, and West Maui Mountains. You will find yourself waking up everyday with a postcard view of the legendary Black Rock.

Black Rock is believed by ancient Hawaiians to be the site from which their spirits 'jumped off' or left this world to join their ancestors. The Black Rock area is highly popular for snorkeling and scuba diving as the rock forms a great reef wall attracting turtles and hundreds of beautiful tropical fish. From our Lanai, you can enjoy the legendary torch lighting and cliff diving from Black Rock everynight before sunset. Making your next visit to Kaanapali Beach a truly memorable one.

We offer competitive rates, first class accomodation professionally maintained by our local property manager. Our condo features a fine balance of modern luxuries with island charms, appointed with many fine local arts. Hope you find our Maui home equally enjoyable as we do. Please enquire with confidence and mahalo for looking. Aloha.



Keywords: Strictly Non-Smoking Condominium, No Pet Allowed, Maximum Occupancy of 2 People Only.


2024 Construction Alert: The Whaler Tower 1 is scheduled for undergoing exterior spalling and painting from August 19, 2024 to March 3, 2025. The exterior work is to be done on a stack by stack basis across the building, The work for our studio section is scheduled for December 9, 2024 to February 3, 2025, with a holiday blackout period for the weeks of Christmas and New Year. There will be scaffolds around the sections/stacks undergoing repair/painting and you will have limited access to the lanai from 8am - 5pm during construction. Please feel free to reach out if you have any questions.

Registration Number: 2440080020146, GE-172-160-0000-01, TA-172-160-0000-01

The Whaler 1018 Reviews



Jenn W.
February 2024
The studio is in a prime spot in Maui, offering a breathtaking view of Black rock and easy access to nearby beaches, restaurants, and shopping. It's nestled in a serene and peaceful area, perfect for a relaxing getaway. The studio is cozy yet spacious enough for a comfortable stay. The furnishings are tasteful and well-maintained, providing a sense of luxury without feeling overly extravagant. The bed is comfortable, ensuring a good night's sleep after a day of exploring the island. Staying in this studio was an absolute delight. I look forward to staying here again on our next visit to Maui.


Paula K.
February 2024
Well maintained, enjoyed the pool and whirlpool, great view.


Joe B.
February 2024
Great view and perfect location to stay at!


Thomas S.
September 2023
We arrived on Sunday, the power went out on Monday night. We were without food, power or elevators and were not provided with updates or communication. We were on the 10th floor and had to walk up and down 10 fights of stairs to get to the lobby. The hotel lobby had power and allowed us to charge our phones for limited times during the day. We were told to evacuate but didn't have cell service so we weren't able to contact the airlines. The fire alarm went off twice and they were both false alarms. Both times we walked down the 10 flights of stairs and the hotel didn't announce that they were false alarms either time. We were in the lobby one evening while the generator was on and the elevators were working, the General Manager refused to let my 69 year old girl friend recovering from hip surgery use the elevator because it would use too much power, so she had to walk up 10 flights of stairs. The owner initially refused any type of refund, the hotel has refused any type of refund, we were provided 1 and 1/2 days of service.


Sherry L.
August 2023
Had a great time in Maui. Celebrated our 50 th anniversary with our kids and grandkids. Condo was clean and located close to restaurants and the beach. About 30 minutes from the airport. Easy checkin in service was excellent. Would stay again if we went back to Maui.


Lisa P.
August 2023
If had a beautiful view and the location is great. The unit was nice but a little rundown and the bed needs a new mattress. It sinks down in the middle and very uncomfortable.


Laura R.
July 2023
The property grounds and room was beautiful. The property owners was great to work with. The only down fall which I brought to the owners attention which is no fault of their own is the property management do not uphold their rules & policies of the property which was disappointing. However, I would definitely stay there again & highly recommend.


Jill T.
April 2023
A beautiful piece of property centrally located in Kaanapali.


john m.
April 2023
Beware, buy supplemental insurance if you rent from this host. After checkout we were flatly accused of breaking the light socket part of one of the lamps and disrespecting her property. How you break that intentionally is beyond me. Im sure it was accidentally caused by the maids always lifting them up to clean under them.Things get old and weak that is why they have bulb replacement kits on Amazon or any hardware store for $15. She withheld our $500 deposit for six weeks to make a $1279 claim against our supplemental insurance for two new lamps. If that wasn't bad enough she accused us of dirtying 4 towels that had to be thrown away. After ten days of use they had residual face powder on them from my wife that washes right out. I asked her on two different occasions to show us them after they were washed and she didn't do it. But she dinged us another $85. Thank goodness we had supplemental insurance or we would of had to go thru all the vrbo dispute stuff to fight to get our $500 deposit back. There is nothing worse than fighting for things your innocent of,especially after an expensive hawaiian vacation.



April 2023
Needs some renovation in the bathroom Carpet needs cleaning Flooring should be replaced The building was nice but I think other units would have a nicer view


Charles M.
March 2023
Condo was exactly as advertised. It is in a great location with nice amenities. Only issue was no middle of stay maid service. I would go back again.


Denny B.
February 2023
Loved to accommodations. Would have loved to stay longer. Hope to be back soon. Would love to stay for n the same unit


Rebecca B.
January 2023
The condo has a great lanai with views of Kaanapali beach, black rock and whales swimming nearby. It is centrally located and very easy to get to restaurants and shops at Whaler’s Village. We were extremely pleased with these aspects. The condo needs major updating though. In particular, the carpet has unacceptable stains, and the shower/toilet room has ceiling tiles that are coming off. The bed was comfortable, but the other furniture needed refreshing. We spent most of our time out of the condo, and didn’t utilize the living space other than the lanai in part due to uncertainties about cleanliness since a large carpet stain was next to the couch. The Whaler is not as high end as other properties along Kaanapali beach, but we knew this, and opted for location and simplicity as well as view. Nonetheless, some units are nicer than others, and this one would have rated higher with needed improvements. My rating takes into account the limitations of this condo relative to others along Kaanapali.


Pam H.
January 2023
Whaler is definitely the place to stay. 1018 is a very nice studio with a great view. You can enjoy the lanai all day as Tower 1 is situated to receive no direct sun. However, that also means you must go to the beach or pool if you are wanting to tan.


Lisa S.
November 2022
Nice room and perfect location!


Grace W.
November 2022
My husband and I spent a week here for our honeymoon and couldn't be happier with the property! The beach access, views, kitchen amenities, easy access to restaurants and shops, and overall experience was second-to-none. Great value property for everything you have access to!


Chelsey L.
September 2022
The property is gorgeous and you are right on the beach. You are also within walking distance on several restaurants and shopping at Whaler’s Village. You can rent snorkels and fins down stairs too! Can’t wait until we can visit again!!


Holly L.
September 2022
Great location and 180 degree view of black rock and the mountains. We had a wonderful stay! Enjoyed cooking and having our meals on the lanai watching the brave people jumping off black rock! We will definitely book this property again.


Alexandra N.
August 2022
We had a wonderful stay at this beautiful condo at the Whaler - the absolute perfect spot on Kaanapali Beach. We can't wait until we can come back!


Andrew M.
August 2022
Clean, perfect location, easy access to everything, easy parking, kitchen well supplied with a few extras that we always forget when in a different place. Can't say enough about how great this place was!!!


Mike G.
July 2022
The condo was as advertised on the listing. 10th floor gives a great view of Black Rock and the beach. The whaler is a great place to stay on Maui with a great beach for sunbathing and swimming and great restaurants within easy walking distance.


Crystal M.
July 2022
We absolutely loved our stay here. It was spacious for a studio and had everything we needed for our stay. The views of the ocean and black rock were amazing. We were out on the lanai every chance we got! I loved being so close to Whalers Village for some shopping or a bite to eat. Other restaurants are close by as well and in walking distance. The beach right out front and down to black rock is great. We had friends staying up the beach a bit and it was very rocky. The check-in process was easy and the front desk staff/all staff were attentive and friendly. One suggestion I would make is to keep a small cooler in the apartment. It’s nice to be able to take snacks/drinks down to the beach and have them stay cold! We ended up renting a cooler for the week.


Donna P.
June 2022
This property is located perfectly to everything at Whalers Village. Check in was easy. We enjoyed our stay.


Jayne B.
June 2022
It was nice Not a great location to set on patio the AIR Conditioner runs 24 7 on top of building next door


Scott F.
June 2022
Great property with a beautiful view of the ocean and Black Rock! Loved the close access to the beach walk and Whaler’s Village. Unit is close to the elevators and laundry room. Definitely would stay here again!


Michelle E.
May 2022
Beautiful view of Black Rock. The staff was very friendly and helpful!


Diane D.
May 2022
Very easy!


Diane B.
April 2022
We had a great stay at the Whaler. It is so convenient with Whaler Village next door, beautiful pool, and of course gorgeous beach. Our unit had everything we needed and were able to make breakfast every day and enjoy the scenery from the patio. Would definitely return!


Jordan J.
March 2022
We loved this place. We spent a whole month on Maui and stayed in multiple rental units on different parts of the island. This place was by far our favorite (and they all were priced about the same). The check in process is handled by the front desk, and didn't require the use of some sort of lock-box. The facilities were top-notch, and the location was perfect. We walked the 50ft or so from the property to the water and jumped in with our snorkel gear, and there were FOUR sea turtles in the water right next to us. I'm not sure if we just got lucky or if that is normal for this beach, but it was AMAZING. The shopping and dining next door at Whalers Village was very convenient. Overall we just loved this place. I wish we had stayed here the entire trip, haha. Thanks!


Christie H.
March 2022
Couldn’t ask for a better property. Room was beautiful with large mirrors for extra light, AMAZING view from balcony, and wonderful location. We saw several whales from the room and enjoyed the beautiful mountains views beyond black rock. There was even beach chairs and umbrella with the unit. Only con was that the bed blanket was super hot and the bed did kind sink in a lot but would definitely stay again!!


Carla R.
February 2022
Wanting the perfect get-away from work and cold weather, this is your destination. January is the best time for whale watching and this unit has an exceptional view daily! We enjoy our breakfast and cocktails with spectacular shows and ideal temperatures. The Whaler, itself, offers the best services and is so closes to shopping, restaurants and so much more. It was a terrific vacation. Thank you.


Ashlee S.
January 2022
We’ve stayed on Ka’anapali beach several times but this was our first time staying at The Whaler. We love the location, right there on the beach. We were close to good food and shopping at Whalers village, and close to good snorkeling at Black Rock. We would definitely stay here again!


Jim R.
December 2021
We had a great stay at this property. The room was exactly as described. The Whaler is located right on Kaanapali beach, perfect location. I look forward to staying here again in the near future


Jason G.
November 2021
We did not spend a lot of time in our room, and being our first time in Maui we had a fantastic time. I’m all for newer, more modern accommodations so the fact that this specific rental hasn’t been updated in decades was the only downside. Bed needs to be replaced asap, no support left.


Brenda G.
November 2021
Would definitely stay here again!


Ellayna W.
October 2021
The condo was exactly as pictured, with a wonderful view. Everything was clean and it appeared larger in person. Phenomenal location within walking distance to tons of shops and restaurants. Would definitely stay again!


Judith H.
September 2021
Upon entering the condo, the blinds were open and Hawaiian music was playing softly; relaxation and joy were immediate. The unit has plenty of drawers and closet space for two people for an extended stay. The full sized refrigerator worked perfectly keeping everything especially drinks cold and refreshing. The vanity and sink outside of the toilet and shower area made it easy for two people to get ready for the day’s adventures. The managing company was extremely prompt and professional in their responses


Doug A.
September 2021
Absolutely fantastic! I’ve stayed in a lot of five star resorts because I move artists around the world this is not one of them but they have many qualities of a five star. The property is clean the condo was fantastic! I had to move this trip three times and I was never charged a change fee, the owners are great! Many restaurants have reservations booked out for months so if you want to eat at a restaurant you have to wait in line for two hours but this kitchen in this condo is fully stocked with dishes and everything you might need. We just went to the grocery store and ate at the property. I highly recommend this unit for anybody that wants to visit Maui. You can see Black rock Beach from the balcony and know if it’s too crowded to go. The staff at the whaler were exceptional!


Scott E.
September 2021
We loved our stay at the Whaler! It is a great amount of space, especially for 2 people, but I imagine it would be fine to throw a kid in there too. Pluses: -Location: Right on the beach and a two minute walk to the most surprisingly amazing snorkeling I've ever done (rent equipment for $17 from the hotel in front of the Black Rock for an hour one morning...you won't be disappointed! I saw a GIANT sea turtle, schools of fish, a never-ending highway of fish, etc...). Also right next to other hotels with bars and restaurants, and obviously Whaler's Village. -The bed was super comfy -The kitchen had everything we needed (made a stop at Costco by the airport when we first arrived, but there is also an ABC store next door in the Whaler Village for other incidentals) -The bathroom was stocked with towels and basic items (except for body wash) -The balcony patio was the best spot to start and end our days and take in the gorgeous views of the water and mountains. You could even hear the waves from up there...and there was a screen door so you can leave the patio door open. -Beach Chairs: We loved that there were 2 Tommy Bahamas (and a boogie board and noodle) in the closet, which takes away the hassle and cost of renting them. -Front Desk: It's not a hotel, but they have 24 hour assistance at the front desk and they were always lovely and honestly, I couldn't tell that we weren't at a hotel with their service (except for no extra soap LOL). -Parking: quick, easy, always available. -Laundry! We were able to do laundry on our floor (free, can get $2 pods from front desk) towards the end of our stay before heading to Kauai, which was AMAZING. We ended up going to Kauai for the 2nd part of our trip and stayed at a Hilton Garden Inn and we were missing the Whaler condo and its amazing location right on the beach the whole time! Minuses: We really didn't have any, but if I have to: -bring your own body wash (again, ABC store available in Whalers Village) -no tiki bar on property (altho right next door in either direction) -never got in the pool or hot tub because there were always people in it, altho it looked fairly empty when it opened in the morning -kind of wish there were directions for checking out printed and available in the space b/c I wasn't sure what to do with towels, linens, etc and was too lazy to go back into VRBO when we were leaving lol (just a suggestion)


Katherine S Kodiak and K K.
August 2021
We had a very nice studio unit at the Whaler, located on a great beach in a wonderful side of Maui. At the facility and next door there are many fun activities and great shopping.


Anthony K.
August 2021
Perfect room size and facilities for our needs.


Kwei-Jay L.
July 2021
This place is just wonderful, right on the beach and with such a wonderful view! The place is very clean, just like a 5 star hotel and much more spacious. It's next to the shopping center where you can get take out food and enjoy them on the balcony with unbeatable view and fresh air!


Danny G.
July 2021
Spot was perfect, was in the center of everything!


Patricia G.
September 2013
My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed our stay at this vacation property. It was very clean, well appointed with an incredible view from the lanai. The Whaler property is also very well maintained with excellent parking, laundry services and a close proximity to shopping. Looking forward to our next stay in March.


Diana M.
September 2013
The condo was beautiful, just as pictures showed. Everything was in great shape, clean and the place was spacious. The balcony is a wonderful place for morning coffee and breakfast while you watch people heading out to enjoy the beach. We were in the perfect location and enjoyed having everything we needed close by and in walking distance - the best snorkeling, great restaurants, pool, towels, beach, ocean, and a great view from the room. I would love to return to this condo and would highly recommend it.


Jason M.
August 2013
As I write this I am sitting out on the lanai in this great condo, words just cannot describe how great it is. We could not have ask for a better place to stay. I was uncertian after reading the last comment but I can tell you that we have not experienced any of the same issues that were mentioned. We have not seen one bug, not even an ant! The bed to us could not be any more comfortable, have slept soundly since we have been here. The condo is very well updated, was so clean when we checked in. There is everything you need and its much larger than I expected for a studio. It was nice having the extra small closet/storage room off the bathroom to store our luggage in and keep it out of the way, this was a nice surprise to have available. There is plenty of room for a couple and the view is absolutley stunning. The complex has nice grounds and everyone has been extremely polite and helpful. This is not a hotel but to us is much nicer and quiter. There are plenty of restaurants and shopping at the Whaler Village right next door. Snorkling at Black Rock(just a few steps away) was great, saw all kind of fish, sea turtles and sting rays. Without a doubt we would definitely try to stay in this same condo if we can make it back to Maui. Do not let the other review steer you away. It really depends on what you are looking for and this was just the right place for us. So much better than a standard hotel room. Every morning we were able to make our coffee and sit out and look at the ocean and mountains and just take a break from our normal hectic lives. We will be sad to be leaving in a couple of days.


Emily & Jason H.
July 2013
Overall, the unit was lovely and the location was perfect for us. We loved the building and area and had a great time during our 10-day honeymoon. We had a few issues with the unit, however. First, we discovered three varieties of insects infesting the kitchen area. The first were very tiny ants around the coffee pot; the second seemed to be saw-toothed grain beetles infesting boxes of pasta and all the spices in one of the cupboards; and the third appeared to be some kind of roach that came out of one of the dining-side cabinets. Although a cleaning service came in the day after we reported the insects, before that happened we took great lengths to sterilize the kitchen, dispose of contaminated products, spray, and set traps, and throughout our stay we had to be be extremely conscientious about keeping ALL our food in the fridge, constantly cleaning the counters, and always keeping the balcony doors shut. FYI I did take photos of all the insects to document the problems. In addition to the insects, we also only had two bath towels for our entire 10 day stay, which isn't really enough. We had to call and pay extra for a mid-stay towel change, only for the maid to reveal an entire drawer full of clean towels that we simply had not been informed about before our arrival or when we called to ask for fresh towels. I guess we should have gone through all the cabinets in the unit to look before we called, but we just assumed the towels would be in an obvious place, not in the very bottom drawer of a random cabinet. Yet despite the fact that the maid failed to exchange any of our towels (not even the two dirty ones!), we were still charged the towel change fee. Finally, a maid came in and kicked us out of the unit an hour before our scheduled check-out time, which was very inconvenient since we had planned our last day carefully and had even called to beg for an extra hour before checkout. Kinda thought one little hour would be the least they could do, given our complaints, but instead they SUBTRACTED an hour from our stay and never offered us any compensation for any of our troubles. Finally, the bed was hard as rock. I am a side-sleeper and my hips were actually BRUISED from the bed. Imagine spending most of your honeymoon sleeping on a couch! Overall, the unit, view and location were lovely, but the host was unaccommodating. We wished we'd gone through the building website and picked another unit instead of using Whaler Realty Management and VRBO.


Karen U.
June 2013
The studio exceeded our expectations. The photos on the Internet do not do the condo justice as it is much, much nicer than it appears. The condo was clean and spacious and was very quiet. The view was spectacular and access to the beach was exactly what we were looking for. One of our favorite activities on Maui was snorkeling at Black Rock which is a short walk from the condo. Would recommend to friends and would definitely stay again.


Corey S.
May 2013
The view from this condo is amazing! We loved eating meals on the lanai overlooking Kaanapali Beach and Black Rock. Great location next to Whalers Village. Lots of entertainment and good restaurants in the area. Very well maintained property. James and Maria responded quickly to all our questions. We would love to stay here again someday.


Kathy B.
March 2013
We had a great time. The cd you had for the road to Hana was terrific! We enjoyed seeing whales everyday and watching the cliff divers at Black Rock. A tip for future renters, remember to bring your binoculars and check out the happy hour at Leilani's Beachside Grill. They had great sliders that were only $4 and were enough for a lite dinner.


Lindsay H.
November 2012
My husband and I recently spent 4 nights at the Whaler and we were not disappointed! The location of the Whaler is excellent - right on the beach and centrally located near the Whaler Village. The unit itself was great. Updated finishes in the kitchen and bathroom and plenty of space for two. The view from the lanai was wonderful and we enjoyed waking up every morning to the sounds of the waves crashing and black rock in the distance. The view really does live up to the photos - it's fantastic. The unit was appointed with everything we needed for our stay - kitchen supplies, towels, etc. The Whaler provides beach towels each day which was nice. We noticed others on the beach with beach chairs and umbrellas from the unit they were renting. That would have been nice instead of having to rent them from the Whaler which was quite expensive. We had a wonderful stay and I would definitely stay there again.



May 2012
Our five night stay was great! We have visited the islands 6 times now & Maui/Ka'anapali/The Whaler is our favorite beach stay! We can now add this condo to our favs list! Thank you Maria & James for your attention to detail & superb renovation. We look forward to staying in your place again in the future.


David D.
May 2012
The picture of Black Rock is what you awake to every morning as you lay in bed. The doors to the lanai open in both directions that makes the condo feel as if you are outdoors. The condo is in great shape and the king size bed is fantastic. There are many services that the Whaler complex provides, towel service, booking activities, etc. This location is in the center of the action. The lanai on the studio units project out from the building a little further than the other units, thus the views are superb.


Chris H.
September 2010
This room was absolutely perfect and a great price. You want to be in this tower because you do not back up to Whaler Village, where there can be lots of noise, and on the side facing Black Rock for a great view. We were high enough so that the property across the way cannot see into your room, and high enough to get a full 180 degree view of ocean and golf course. If you are a few floors lower, it will not be as private. We bought groceries at Safeway and this place had all the utensils, pans, blender, etc to make any food we wanted to. You are close to We went snorkeling at Black Rock and saw a giant turtle, an eagle ray, and many beautiful fish. The photos shown do not even do it justice. A beautiful view no matter where you look from the balcony. I highly recommend this place to any couple looking for a romantic getaway!

Note: Vacancy calendar is approximate. Visit the owner/manager's reservation site to verify your dates.

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