Island Sands, Maui

Island Sands Resort is an oceanfront property located in Ma'alaea, Maui, offering stunning views, a heated pool, gas BBQ grills, and free parking. The resort is centrally located, providing easy access to various island attractions, shops, and restaurants. Within walking distance, guests can find Ma'alaea Harbor, Maui Ocean Center Aquarium, and a 6-mile white sand beach. The resort is also close to popular island destinations such as Lahaina, Kihei, and Wailea.

The resort features one and two-bedroom oceanfront and ocean view condos with large private lanais, air conditioning, washer and dryers, and fully equipped kitchens. Guests can enjoy whale watching during the winter months, snorkeling, and boat adventures throughout the year. Island Sands Resort is an ideal choice for vacationers seeking a tranquil and convenient location to explore the beautiful island of Maui.

Island Sands Average Rates


As of July 2024, the average price of a 1 bedroom unit at Island Sands is $292. The average price of a 2 bedroom unit is $437. Note that prices vary depending on the specifc unit and season (holiday rates are usally much higher), and the averages don't include Hawaii's 18% accommodation tax or cleaning and booking fees. Visit the rentals page to see specific unit rates.

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What Do Guests Think? An AI Analysis of 409 Guest Reviews


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The following executive summary is based on a comprehensive and impartial AI analysis of guest reviews. Keep in mind that all units are individually owned, and review scores among units can vary considerably.

Guests generally have a positive experience at the Island Sands condo resort on Maui, appreciating its excellent location, stunning sea views, and the presence of sea turtles visible from their balconies. The property is praised for its cleanliness, well-equipped kitchens, comfortable beds, and the inclusion of amenities like beach gear. While some guests mention minor issues such as maintenance needs or the desire for more modern furnishings, these do not significantly detract from their overall satisfaction. The resort's central location is highlighted as a convenient base for exploring the island, despite being a bit removed from dining and shopping options. The area's windiness is noted, but often seen as a positive for natural cooling. Management's responsiveness to guest needs is well-regarded. Overall, the Island Sands condo resort is recommended for those seeking a peaceful and scenic stay on Maui. This summary is based on a comprehensive analysis of 409 guest reviews.

Recent Island Sands Reviews


Overall the location was great in the center of Maui near the Aquarium so easy to go anywhere you needed to go. The apartment was good for a small group. It had good ameneties for cooking there on site except for some basic supplies that would be helpful. Maybe having some basic cooking spices and some coffee filters and basics for that would have been nice. Overall a good place for a small group.
Aaron B.
April 2024

Condo was perfect for 4 guests. Clean upon arrival and condo was better than expected. Communication from Vacasa was great. Would book this place again.
Kelly S.
April 2024

Comfortable and well equipped ocean view unit. Loved our private balcony for sunrise breakfasts and watching the turtles down below in the evening. Would stay again!
Maia C.
April 2024

Many turtles below that are so fun to watch. Had a great time watching the whales too. So much whale activity when we were there. Bring your binoculars!! We ordered another pair when we were there. Complex is pretty chill. You’ll mostly have the pool to yourself. The beach is a short walk away and it’s a 6 mile long beach. Felt very safe there too. They could use a regular coffee maker, we generally bring our own coffee. It could also use a coffee table and larger side tables.
MaeLynn J.
March 2024

Outstanding in all ways ...... view, location and unit amenities
Bill M.
March 2024

Convenient to Ma’alaea Bay harbor. Overlooking balcony. Green sea turtle hangout.
jackie e.
March 2024

We had a wonderful time staying at your place. We got to see sea turtles and humpback whales from the balcony while enjoying delicious breakfast (thanks to fully equipped kitchen). Located in a quiet neighbourhood made it a cozy homebase after a day of excursion. Mahalo
Hilda K.
March 2024

Lovely condo with an excellent balcony view. Was pleased to see the beach chairs. The fridge was clean amd worked well The ice tasted a bit funky, may need a filter change. Beds and pillows were very comfy Separate bedrooms and bathrooms are a must . TV worked well and a good size. I was surprised at the Separate $390 VRBO FEE on my CC , heads up!
Karen T.
March 2024

Excellent location to visit family, friends, seeing the whales from the balcony during the season
Anne
March 2024

We had a wonderful stay. I loved that it was away from the busy resorts. I the central location so that it was a short distance from the airport and Costco as well as different beaches we visited. We also could walk to the marina for the snorkeling excursion. The view from the balcony was the best feature. Stunning. This condo was mostly retired people. We didn’t see any children the whole week we were there. The pool is quite small and usually has older people relaxing in the water so we didn’t use it very much so that our kids didn’t disturb them. You can walk to a pretty decent beach which was great. We loved seeing the turtles and whales from our balcony. The shower in one of the bathrooms didn’t have very good pressure because it was also coming out of the spout at the bottom but I couldn’t seem to fix it so get more water out of the shower spout. Overall it was a great stay.
Marsha M.
March 2024

Rating Details: The property manager was very helpful. The vacation rental was spotless. I was very happy with the location. I was very satisfied with the condition of the vacation rental. Overall, I recommend this vacation rental. Reviewer Comments: This was by far one of our top three favorite all time vacations. The condo was perfect for us and was located in the perfect location!
Edward D.
March 2024

Upon arrival the main bedroom had sand or dirt in the bed and hair particles. Overall the condo was nice and the view was nice. Because bed was dirty it lead my mind to believe the condo was not properly cleaned. I washed all the sheets myself properly.
Laura W.
March 2024

There were great views from the lanai. Could watch whales every morning. location was central to everything we wanted to do.
Louis W.
March 2024

We were only able to stay overnight (needed a spot to sleep between arriving and sailing excursion at the harbor at 0-dark-hundred the next am). But we loved it!! So comfy. So many personal touches. The bed and pillows were so so so comfortable!! We were only there for 10 hours, but Eve checked in on us to make sure everything was great. I consider myself lucky, and this place was perfect!!! I’ve been to Maui many times - I would definitely stay here again (or anywhere that Eve hosts).
Stephanie S.
March 2024

We had a great week here. The condo had everything we needed and the check in process was smooth. Amazing view and great pool. Will definitely return.
Hunter L.
March 2024

Cleanest condo ever rented. Gorgeous view, nice little beach, lovely pool (I didn't use, but walked by on the way to beach). Decorated cozy with different scene of Hawaii. Whales from our balcony each day ! We're here end of Feb.
Chelle C.
March 2024

The location was perfect. We wished the cooler maker would have been a little bigger. Great place to stay though
Melody and Mike G.
March 2024

We went to celebrate our retirements. Eve is great tp wprk with. Theviews of green turtles and whales was amazing everyday. Bring binoculars, its amazing how far you can see the whales.
Kelly G.
February 2024

The place, itself, was okay. The problem was with the furnishings and supplies. The furniture is desperately in need of replacement. The cushions are very uncomfortable. It is painful to sit on them for any length of time. The dishwasher worked once and then it did not drain. We were in touch with the owner who, apparently came and repaired the problem. That lasted until the next wash. It stopped again. We had bought supplies for the dishwasher for naught!! We then had to purchase dish towels and soap to do the dishes for the rest of our stay. Not a big issue but not necessarily what we had planned on. We were there for a month and like to keep our place clean. There were no adequate supplies for this. Again, we had to purchase the supplies. BBQ was on site, again, no supplies. The cupboard doors were loose and almost fell off. We had to be very careful opening them. The lamp in the bedroom was very delicate, if you touched it, it fell apart. I, repeat, the place was okay, the furnishings cleaning supplies, and cupboards definitely distracted from our enjoyment of our stay. If these issues are addressed, it will be a delightful place for the next visitors. We left a not for the owner to help in overcoming these issues.
Dominique C.
February 2024

Lisa's condo is amazing - beautifully updated and decorated and right on the water - perfect for whale watching and relaxing. We had two couples and the layout of the condo was great. There is a small beach down to the side of the condos that had turtles nearly every day, and Sugar Beach is a short walk down the road for access. As a note, the Ma'alaea location is central to everything, but not necessarily close to anything - a car is definitely needed and you have to drive to get pretty much anywhere. Overall, a beautiful and quiet location - we would stay again in a minute!
Kari B.
February 2024

I took my 15 year old on a hiking trip so we picked this condo to just sleep here. Nice, clean but tons of tiny flies all over but they would die fast and drop on the floor. The bedroom was perfectly located for us since there r no windows so it is like a dungeon and we were going to bed at 6 pm lol. The negative part if the very strange window that has zero sound barrier that goes to the hallway and it was very loud but nothing noise canceling headphones can’t fix. Check in check out and communication was above and beyond convenient fast, like literally can’t be better. Very impressive! We didn’t use the pool or bbq are. Pool tiny tiny. Ocean here u can’t swim in but u can see turtles!! Was awesome!! Most residents here were very nice sweet happy polite. Bed was comfortable, great plus. Kitchen well equipped. I would highly recommend staying here as a base to explore this beautiful island.
Nataliya N.
February 2024

The condo was clean and well equipped for our stay. We had beach chairs we could use as well as beach towels, ice packs and a cooler! The swimming pool on the property was clean and very well maintained with BBQ grills available for use. The condo had a great view of the pool and the ocean, and it was awesome to have breakfast on the patio and whale watch. Overall it was a very positive experience, with a nice public beach as well as the Aquarium, and a terrific restaurant and shopping all within easy walking distance. The evenings were quiet and we never really heard any noise from the neighbors. Would definitely consider staying here again.
Jim C.
February 2024

The location and the view are amazing! Got to see the whales on a daily basis. The view of the sunrise in the morning and the ocean view/mountain were absolutely beautiful! Bring binoculars! We did whale watching tour but the whales were shy that morning, but what we saw from the balcony was absolutely spectacular! There is a small beach by the property where you can see turtles on a daily basis. The apartment was clean and had basic things we needed for our first day. There are one bathroom that is updated and the other bathroom was a little outdated. It was great to have the AC in one of the bedrooms and the living room. There were also fans provided. We did end up buying beach towels because the towels provided were very thin and not as absorbent. The parking spot is very compact, and was hard to get in and out of the car even though we had a van with sliding doors. Overall we enjoyed our stay and the view was amazing!
Ghitta K.
February 2024

Rating Details: The property manager was adequately helpful. The vacation rental was spotless. I was happy with the location. I was more than satisfied with the condition of the vacation rental. Overall, I recommend this vacation rental. Reviewer Comments: The unit was very well equipped. Sunsets over the ocean are not visible as they are behind the ridge. Only one restaurant for dinner within walking distance and that was not very good. Needs a light over the dining table.
Fred R.
February 2024

Such a great central location and proximity to the ocean. Beautiful views. Place was very clean, had all the amenities we could ask for. Having a laundry machine and dishwasher was wonderful.
Maya V.
February 2024

Great stay
Kathleen C.
February 2024

Rating Details: The property manager was adequately helpful. The vacation rental was very clean. I was very happy with the location. I was very dissatisfied with the condition of the vacation rental. Overall, I do not recommend this vacation rental. Reviewer Comments: Great area with pool and beach. Would not recommend this condo which has potential
Dana Sue N.
February 2024

Great place to stay. Magnificent views! Whale watching every day!
Linda C.
February 2024

We had a great stay. Easy to locate, very comfortable. The management company had identified an issue before our arrival, notified us of the problem, and quickly resolved it. We intend to stay here again. I would caution that there are a few (5) stairs to navigate so that individuals who are unable to do so are not caught unaware.
Janice L.
February 2024

Great part of the bay. Not over crowded. Great view.
Christopher C.
February 2024

Have stayed at Island Sands several times. We'll be back.
Kathleen C.
February 2024

Loved the location and condo thanks for you’re hospitality!
Lisa M.
January 2024

Robert & Kristy were great hosts and the space was exactly what we needed for a Hawaii getaway. It has enough space for 4 adults and a great lanai looking out over the water, perfect for taking in whale activity in the Maalaea Bay. The bathrooms and kitchen were nicely updated, furniture was comfortable, and the AC in the main space and back bedroom do just enough to keep it comfortable. We did provide some feedback directly to Robert and Kristy and they were very receptive, nothing that would deter anyone from staying at the space. About the area, Maalaea is a great spot to be with easy access to Kihei, Lahaina, Kaanapali, and the airport in Kahului. Safeway and Costco are about 15-20 minutes away. The Maui Island Sands Resort is where this unit is and it has a nice pool and access to a very small beach right next to the property. Would definitely revisit this area, Maalaea, and use this condo again. Thank you Robert and Kristy!
Mike A.
January 2024

Located within walking distance of the Aquarium. The unit was equipped with everything needed for our stay. We appreciated that dish soap, laundry detergent and bathroom supplies were also provided. Cooler, beach chairs and umbrellas were also appreciated.
Heidi H.
January 2024

Short walk to the pool and just beyond that is the ocean. Walk to the beach, shops and restaurants.
Barbara O.
January 2024

The view of the ocean with the swaying palm trees was breathtaking. The condo was very clean. We like the location ; the less congested area. The Seascape and Point Break are excellent restaurants in the area.
Larry D.
January 2024

Good location, nice place to stay.
Subba G.
January 2024

This property was amazing! We truly enjoyed the stunning view every single day. We found the condo to be very comfortable, clean and well stocked and the hosts were great!
Sharla V.
January 2024

Welll appointed! Beautifully clean. We would stay here again and are planning to re-book next year. Our trip couldn’t have been better. Whale watching was beyond belief! Thanks for a perfect vacation!
Bobbi G.
January 2024

We loved the place and our stay was wonderful! A few items worth noting for the owner since I own rentals and know the importance of good feedback 1) stove light under MW was burnt out 2) coffee maker wasn’t cleaned and had previous grounds in basket 3) first time using disposal tons of food blew out other sink 4) never could get internet to function it said connected yet no texts or emails worked we used our hot spots for internet instead 5) toilet seat in twin bed bath repeatedly moved even after tightening it twice might need new bolts? Thanks again for sharing your great place and we do hope to return again soon! We visit for several weeks annually George
George D.
January 2024

The property was clean and right next to the water. The AC was a lifesaver and only a 1/4 mile walk to the beach. Great experience, would stay again.
Jared M.
January 2024

This is a great centrally-located spot in a quiet area. You can’t beat the view or be closer to the water. The beach nearby is quiet, but still a great beach. We loved watching turtles swimming right from the balcony! The description and pictures are exactly right. It’s a smaller condo, but perfect for two people that just need a home base and place to sleep. We made several meals here. The bed is very comfortable! Happy with our decision to stay here!
Melissa S.
January 2024

We had a perfect stay aside from a noise in locked closet that was a humming/buzzing sound that became a loud in the second bedroom but maintenance is aware and I'm sure they're on it. The rooms and location are top notch and would definitely stay again! Beds are comfy too.
Kris S.
January 2024

The Island Sands was built in 1975 and this condo has almost all the same fixtures. Slidings doors for showers, Lanai, and closets all difficult to move. Showers, kitchen, sinks are original, Some carpet looked original. Just needs a makeover, BADLY. View and beach toys were great.
Scott B.
January 2024

We have all day X7days the panoramic view of Maui Ocean with the view of Migrating Whales and Majestic Mountain of Haleakala. The place is clean and well equipped with everything for daily lives. This is a dream Hawaii Vacation!
Moses D B.
January 2024

We very much enjoyed staying at this property. There is everything you need and a few extras were available such as boogie boards and beach, chairs, etc. It was only about a 15 minute ride from the airport and you could go either way from there.
Martha
January 2024

Great location and the view from the deck is unbeatable! The extras of the turtles being right down in front on the beach. The inside rooms and kitchen were also good and worked well for us - we did most of our food 'here' at the condo. The BBQ pit was also good and easy to use.
Nick D.
January 2024

Quiet little neighborhood, beautiful veiws, located in the center of the island, close to everything.
christopher s.
December 2023

Great place to sit back and enjoy the fantastic and private ocean view. Everything was clean and well stocked. My only suggestion for an improvement is it would be nice if there was a place to sit and store shoes when entering the condo. A mixology set would also be nice.
Alan M.
December 2023

The only issues we had were water dripping on deck, from AC unit making a huge amount of water. Everything was absolutely wonderful! I loved having the beach chairs & coolers there to use. It was the perfect get a way, I would highly recommend it and definitely return.
Cheryl L.
December 2023


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