Maalaea Kai, Maui

Ma'alaea Kai is a hidden gem in Hawaii, offering a relaxing tropical experience with meticulously maintained grounds, a heated oceanfront pool, BBQ stations, and tiki torches. The resort is located near Ma'alaea Bay, a wintertime sanctuary for humpback whales, and is within walking distance to Sugar Beach, Ma'alaea Marina, and the Maui Ocean Center aquarium. The central location provides easy access to the sights and attractions of Maui, including golf courses, beaches, and mountain hikes. Guests can enjoy the convenience of on-site parking, elevators, and laundry facilities. The resort is also close to the Ma'alaea Harbor, where visitors can find shops, restaurants, and tour boats, as well as the longest sandy beach on Maui, Sugar Beach. With its beautiful seascapes, surrounding islands, and palm-lined grounds, Ma'alaea Kai offers a serene and memorable vacation experience.

Maalaea Kai Average Rates

As of July 2024, the average price of a 1 bedroom unit at Maalaea Kai is $302. The average price of a 2 bedroom unit is $428. 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 588 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.

The Maalaea Kai condo resort on Maui receives overwhelmingly positive reviews from guests. Visitors praise its perfect location, comfortable accommodations, and stunning views. Many appreciate the well-maintained grounds, close parking, and the presence of sea turtles in the water. The condos are described as clean, cozy, and nicely decorated, with some units offering fantastic views over the complex and the Pacific Ocean. Guests enjoy the central location, making it easy to reach all parts of the island by car. The pool is well-maintained, and central barbecue facilities are available. The resort's proximity to Trilogy 3 Sailing Adventures, the harbor, aquarium, shops, and restaurants is a plus. Some minor complaints include issues with pest control, parking, and the need for upgrades in certain units. However, these do not detract significantly from the overall positive sentiment. The hosts are commended for their responsiveness and helpfulness. Overall, guests highly recommend Maalaea Kai for its serene setting, excellent amenities, and the hospitality of the hosts, making it a memorable stay for many. This summary is based on a comprehensive analysis of 588 guest reviews.

Recent Maalaea Kai Reviews

My wife and son and I traveled to Maui to participate in our daughter’s engagement. We found John to be an exceptional host - checking in with us periodically to make sure everything was going well. In particular, as we experienced significant delays inbound (8+ hrs) he was kind enough to drop off some food and wine for us due to our arrival at 1 am. The property was exactly as described - a waterfront unit with a short walk to the beach. Turtle viewing and whale watching were a daily activity! We largely ate out but the kitchen was well stocked and cooking would have been a pleasure. The marina and aquarium are just a few minute walk and we found the location convenient as a launching point for activities all around the island. The condo was everything we hoped for in a VRBO. We highly recommended it to anyone planning a trip! Thanks John for being such a gracious host. It was a trip we will always remember!
Harold T.
March 2024

This is a wonderful vacation retreat. The condo was clean, comfortable and well stocked with the essentials. The size was good for our group of four.The views were beautiful. We watched the whales, the sunrise over Haleakala and the green sea turtles. The outdoor grilling area is great. The ocean is right there! Maalaea Bay is a prefect spot to stay. It is quite and right at the harbor. In our opinion it is a hidden gem. Yes, you do get some trade winds but this condo is centrally located. You are in the middle of things, you can take a trip to Wailea or Kaanapali or just enjoy the pool and condo. We truly enjoyed this lovely spot and would highly recommend it. Aloha
Dee P.
March 2024

We absolutely loved our stay at Maalaea Kai. The condo was even better than the pictures - and we saw turtles in the bay every day ! The check in process could not have been easier- the room was was great. And the view from the lanai- wow, just WOW!
Carmen J.
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 property was a great location to see whales and was quiet. The actual condo had great upgrades and comfortable beds. We had a great stay. We have stayed in this complex before in a different unit and this one was nice. Our only complaint is how tight the parking spaces are.
Rebecca S.
March 2024

Oceanfront view! Comfy condo with everything needed in the kitchen. Good wifi and lots of towels and soaps provided. The lawn is immaculate and lounging on it is great. We watched the whales and turtles from the lawn. Nice clean and warm swimming pool, too.
Carl G.
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: had a great time. whale watching was very good and location afforded great access to the different venues. accommodations were clean and appears the owner looks after the place and addresses items immediately
A guest from edmonton alberta, canda
March 2024

The property has a beautiful view. We were able to see whales splashing about. Sandy beaches are very close. We were escaping the rain from the rain forest we live in and the sunshine was awesome. The condo was clean and equipped with what we needed for an enjoyable stay.
Adam B.
March 2024

Beautiful property in a quiet location. Loved watching the whales play in the bay from our balcony.
Karen H.
March 2024

Not sure what I can say that other reviewers haven't. This place is absolutely amazing. The interior of the unit is immaculate as described. Fully stocked kitchen with everything you need. Beach towels, chairs, snorkel gear all provided as well. The ground floor unit made it so easy to walk out and see the Sea Turtles in the sanctuary and watch for whales (which we saw every day from right outside the unit). Loungers and pool are just steps away, with a full panoramic view of the bay. John provided a long list of restaurant, beaches and tour recommendations which was a big help. We toured the entire island and really felt like this was most convenient location for our "home base". John was great every step of the way. Can't imagine staying anywhere else when we come back!
Eric M.
March 2024

This was our first time not staying on the west side of Maui. What we loved about this location was how close to the airport and Costco we were. The grounds of this condo building are absolutely beautiful. They are so well taken care of. There are ample sun loungers on the grounds as well as in the pool area. The condo itself was perfect for our family of three. The kitchen had everything we could possibly need and we loved that the freezer had an automatic icemaker. We made most of our own dinners and the BBQ area was perfect for that. The large lanai made for excellent whale watching. It was also a huge bonus that the condo supplied beach chairs, boogie boards , and a cooler bag. While the condo itself could use some updating, we know from other reviews that Gwen is planning that at some point. By no means did that take away from our vacation. Gwen was also very responsive to any questions we had. We would definitely recommend this condo.
Tania J.
March 2024

Lovely property. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay. Our only real complaint is that the kitchen could have been better appointed such as higher quality pans and more utensils.
Debbie L.
March 2024

We came to get away from winter and work. This location quiet, wind is constant but that keeps the heat easier to sit outside. The condo is well kept, the hosts have been very easy to communicate with. Thank you for providing us with a home away from home.
Laura M.
March 2024

Complex and Location are top notch. the unit itself is not exactly luxurious, needed to call for a couple maintenance/repairs, but generally adequate for our needs. It was well-equipped except for cleaning supplies which we could have really used with our month-long stay. note that unit has no parking place and laundry is communal coin-op - but the laundry room was close
Deborah P.
March 2024

Wonderful condo. Very comfortable. Breeze is amazing. One small hiccup resolved immediately. Have already booked next year. Thx Danny.
scott l.
March 2024

This is a 5-star property in every way - location, cleanliness, amenities, furnishings. We loved the location in the center of the island, making it convenient to get to everywhere. And we were so happy to not be in the middle of a huge resort area. The harbor area is a short walk away and has shops, restaurants and the best whale watching tours (we can highly recommend PacWhale). We spent every evening on the condo's lanai watching for whales, or walking along the waterfront looking for turtles. The highlight of our whole trip happened one evening when we noticed a splashing disturbance out in the water, which turned out to be two adult humpback whales practicing their pectoral fin slapping! John leaves a great set of binoculars for his guests to use, which gave us a close-up look at these whales having a great time. The humpbacks spend the winter in Maui, December - April, mating one year and giving birth the next. In February-early March, the new calves are fun to observe from a whale-watching tour.
Virginia B.
March 2024

We arrived to find the property looking even better than the pictures! Spotless, comfortable and beautifully appointed. Communications with the owners were fabulous - check-in was a breeze, and they even provided a comprehensive list of things to do, restaurant recommendations; they thought of everything! Couldn't have been happier! The property is truly paradise - peaceful, calm, inviting and luxurious. ENJOY!
Terri F.
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: Great location and best views of the ocean. Quiet and clean and will be back.
A guest from Calgary, Alberta
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: The rental process was quick and efficient. The condo was amazing. You are right on the water watching whales and the ocean and the islands in all their glory. Hawaii is a special place with very wonderful and kind people who live there.
Donald D.
March 2024

We loved it there. We stayed a week. the kitchen was nice, and the the bathroom had wonderful tile showers. Narcy was the person who cleaned the condo prior to our arrival and it was spotless. Everything was as represented and we would stay there again in a heartbeat. Whales were breaching about 150 yards out on the first day and the rest of vacation were about 1/2 way across the bay. Loved this property. (:
Cheri R.
March 2024

Wow!! Barbara’s condo well exceeded my expectations! This condo is the perfect location to get around Maui and is literally a quick walk to Maui Ocean Center (aquarium) and the harbor. We honestly never wanted to leave the condo though! Being on the ground level was perfect. You watch whales playing in the bay right from the patio! And the pool and grills were just off the patio too making it really easy to jump in or start dinner. Any questions we had Barbara was quick to respond. Excellent! We are already dreaming of coming back. Thank you so much for sharing your paradise!
Nicole D.
March 2024

Picking the right location to stay in Maui can be daunting, finding the perfect place, much more so. For us, Maalaea Bay was the idyllic spot, and this first-floor condo was as close to perfect as we could find. The neighborhood was quiet and walkable, adjacent to the aquarium, marina and a general store with great sandwiches, coffee, and snacks. It’s central location, made the island’s points of interest easily accessible. From the moment we walked in the front door of the unit, we felt at ease. Being a first-floor unit, it was serene and tranquil. The lanai offered breathtaking views of the bay and our morning coffees were paired with theatrical displays of breaching whales. The kitchen was generously supplied with just the right amount of cooking utensils and the beach bags, chairs, coolers, and beach towels were a welcomed bonus. Our host, John, was responsive and accessible and went above and beyond to ensure our stay was pleasant. We can’t thank him enough for the great suggestions of things to do and places to go and for hosting us in his beautiful home. It made for a relaxing and carefree vacation.
Mary M.
March 2024

Very nice condo. Although I think VRBO charges too much !
Scott T.
March 2024

We found another great location in Maui in Ma’alea bay. Easy drive to many things. I loved our ability to watch so much whale activity. The condo was dated but very clean. The residents in the condominium were very friendly. I will say the tone of the owner was off-putting before we arrived but they were responsive once we arrived. Also, the listed rent on the VRBO website changed to a higher rate once I requested the dates.
Patrice P.
February 2024

We enjoyed a wonderful 10 day stay with our two university-aged children in February. Highlights: -Ma'alaea is centrally located for exploring Maui. A much quieter and more relaxing area than many tourist zones. -Unit is perfectly situated with stunning views and direct ground floor access out onto the lawn and waterfront - absolutely ideal. -We enjoyed great views of whales and sea turtles right out front every day. -Very tastefully decorated with some lovely original Maui art. -Unit is well equipped with complete kitchen, beach-going supplies, snorkelling kits, boogie boards, etc... -Excellent communications with host from start to finish. -We highly recommend this VRBO.
Neil P.
February 2024

We loved our stay at this condo. The view is stunning and we enjoyed watching the whales from the lanai. The grounds at the condo are kept up very nicely and was a great place to sit outside along the water at the end of the day. The condo was very quiet and peaceful and was a great place for us to stay . We had great communication from Danny and the local onsite property manager. The AC in the bedroom was an added plus. We would definitely stay here again !
Wesley W.
February 2024

My family rented a few condos in this complex. The stay was wonderful! Beautiful view, pool for the kids, lots to do within walking distance. The apartment was clean and cozy.
Jessica W.
February 2024

It was a wonderful place to stay. Updated and decorated so nicely. Everything for a great stay Thankyou!!
Penny W.
February 2024

Million dollar view from which we saw whales before even walking off the patio. Condo is great and the location is perfect for day trips in any direction. Hosts were most accommodating, super friendly, and provided great information on where to go and what to do. Quite a memorable week on magical Maui.
George S.
February 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: As usual, we had a great, relaxing time. The weather and whale watching was spectacular. The food at the little cafe by the wharf was very good.
Barbara H.
February 2024

This is a bit of an older unit so If you’re looking for an updated condo- this may not be the place for you. With that being said let me tell you ALL the pros! You are right on the water and if it’s whale season like it was for us there’s no need to book a whale watch.. they are right there in the bay. Gwen even provides binoculars! For anyone concerned about the mattress reviews, please note that there was a brand new firm mattress in place when we arrived! Another thing to note is you have a reserved parking spot.. this is such a luxury. We did come home once to a worker parking in it but they moved without an issue. The biggest pro for us was the location. Being central made it easy to get around and do everything we wanted. I also want to mention communication- Gwen always responds quickly which gives you the feeling of security knowing if you have any problems she will be on it right away.
Laura H.
February 2024

The condo is beautifully decorated and a very comfortable and livable space. It looks just like the photos posted here. There is ample storage to keep things put away. I appreciated having a laundry basket to stow dirty clothes. We ate many meals at the condo so we could take advantage of watching the whales in the bay, to be making breakfast and looking up to see a whale breach is amazing. The kitchen has everything you need to make a meal or warm up takeout. The location is quiet and safe, away from the traffic area. We enjoyed the short drive to the Cafe O Lei at the Mill House for delicious meals. Communication with Barbara was great, she answered emails quickly.
Nancy G.
February 2024

We had a fantastic time as usual. See you next year🌺😎
Cindy B.
February 2024

Linda C.
February 2024

This is a comfortable 1 bedroom in a great complex. The view is spectacular.
Jean Ann A.
February 2024

Rating Details: The property manager was very helpful. The vacation rental was somewhat dirty. I was very happy with the location. I was satisfied with the condition of the vacation rental. Overall, I recommend this vacation rental. Reviewer Comments: We loved the location and the condo. However, the kitchen was infested with crock roaches. The management company was very responsive and came the same day we called with poison. However, we spent the rest of our vacation vacuuming up dead and dying roaches.
Jodie J.
February 2024

This condo is very well maintained and equipped. The patio is 50 feet from the seawall with a spectacular view of Maalaea Bay (which was teeming with humpback whales that we could watch from our patio) and Haleakala volcano. The hosts were wonderful and were staying in the condo next door when we arrived. The location is perfect for exploring the island.
Michael C.
February 2024

Rating Details: The property manager was very helpful. The vacation rental was very clean. I was very happy with the location. I was more than satisfied with the condition of the vacation rental. Overall, I recommend this vacation rental. Reviewer Comments: Good
A guest from Fayetteville, AR
February 2024

Condo serene and well equipped, quiet and clean building, comfortable lounge chairs outside, easy walking distance to Maalaea Harbor for ice cream, dinner, and whale watching tours.
Sheryl H.
February 2024

This place was perfect for us. Just the right size. We loved being so close to the water! We saw whales breaching when we were sitting on the lanai. And the central location was terrific.
Timothy M.
February 2024

Wonderful location. Bathroom needs updating and the tv was difficult to use, but otherwise was a nice place to stay.
Patricia P.
February 2024

Rating Details: The property manager was very helpful. The vacation rental was very clean. 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: very nice unit, great location. just needs a bug spray....island life (not totally unexpected)
cathy w.
February 2024

The condo was perfect for a weeklong stay with husband and parents. Location was quiet and away from tourist busyness. Walking distance to Maalaea pier and harbor activities and several restaurants. Easy drive to everything else. Walking out the back door to see turtles in the mornings was an unbelievable experience. This house and host were amazing, providing everything we needed and more. On the rare occasion we had a need or question, John took care of us immediately. We so enjoyed our stay and would come back in a heartbeat.
Joyce D.
January 2024

Great condo with a short walk to restaurants, shops, the beach, & the marina. The condo was clean and furnished with everything we needed. There were beach toys and coolers in the closet. We could see turtles in the water from the balcony. We enjoyed our free time sitting out there listening to the waves. The two tours we went on picked us up right by the parking lot. Everything was very convenient. Sandra was great at communicating and answered all of our questions ahead of time. I would definitely stay here again if I'm ever in the area. Mahalo!
Karen U.
January 2024

This is our second trip to Maui and choosing to stay in this condo… we love the location and all that the condo is equipped with for our comfort and convenience. Dianne is a wonderful host and makes sure there isn’t anything that we needed to make our stay more enjoyable. The sun rising from the lanai is spectacular.
Krista & Curt R.
January 2024

This property is accurately described and photographed. It is incredibly well equipped, the position of it is fantastic and location central for everywhere on the island, yet it is quiet. We ate in a lot as the kitchen has everything you need and the views from the patio are fantastic, you can actually see the whales whilst eating. Totally relaxing.
Peter S.
January 2024

We found the unit to be perfect for us. Granted it was just the two of us but I feel it would be great for a party of 4 as well. There were two nice sized bedrooms with excellent bathrooms with walk-in showers. There was not a tub but that was not an issue for us as we prefer the walk-in showers. The kitchen was well supplied with dishes and table wear/utensils. We were pleasantly surprised to see the ample supply of spices which we utilized as we made many of our meals. The stove was spotless and the refrigerator of nice size as well as new. It was nice to have a quiet dishwasher, too. We truly enjoyed the lanai and the grounds. It felt like we had a pleasantly large backyard with beautiful, smooth grass. It felt so good to walk with bare feet on green grass especially since we left frozen northern Minnesota! We spent relaxing moments lounging under the shade of the palm trees near the sea wall, listening to the soothing waves. We did not use the pool but it was very nice and couldn’t be more convenient to this room. One slight annoyance was that occasionally people would go to the pool well after the 9:00 pm closure. I think they didn’t realize the pool was closed because the lights in the pool were still on. Of course, they didn’t read (it is posted on the entry to the pool) the pool hours. I think the ownership could do something better to make it more obvious to people when the pool is closed. If we return to Maui, we come here!
January 2024

Rating Details: The property manager was very helpful. The vacation rental was clean. I was very happy with the location. I was satisfied with the condition of the vacation rental. Overall, I recommend this vacation rental. Reviewer Comments: I have been coming to Maui for over 30 years. It is always wonderful. This is my first time renting this unit. Overall, it is a nice unit. The carpet is quite dirty. Most units do not have carpet. Also, I missed not having a table and chairs on the lanai as I enjoy dining outside.
Donna M.
January 2024

Our 4th visit to Maui, and first time staying at Maalaea Bay area. We loved it. Very convenient to everything. If you want to go to Haleakala, Hana, Lava fields, snorkeling, Mamas fish house, this is convenient to these as well as the airport! Unit had everything we needed. Just no extra seasonings, condiments or cooking take your old bay and garlic if you go fishing, Had a couple issues (minor) and Caldwell Banker responded quickly. So if i had to point out a negative the only thing I'd say is the Cable tv was goofy (we had some stormy rain days-and our team was in NFL playoffs otherwise we wouldnt have even turned on) and theres no instructions for tv or cable or channel listing and it took us a while to figure out how to put on network tv. Unit supplied with salt,pepper, coffee filters. a couple K cups (drip and kuerig pots). enough TP and paper towels and handsoap for our 11 night stay. Pool is ok. nothing fancy. Saw whales breaching or waving EVERY day. turtles in water near property -just no beach for them to climb up on. Quiet area. you don't hear traffic. its a dead end. and an easy Walk to Ocean center or excursions. Went to Seascapes per owners recommendation-Great early dinner /late lunch and reasonable for a gourmet meal with a bay view! Sunrise on the lanai with your coffee! no sunsets from here, but Haleakala was great for that and in only 1 hour you can be above the clouds. Thank you for sharing your Maui home with us!!!
Sandy V.
January 2024

I was very, very pleased with my experience at this property and with the host specifically. The condo is better in person than the listing's photos show. It is updated and clean and feels quite spacious the way it's laid out. Includes all the essentials. The host is thoughtful and very responsive - an absolute delight. I would absolutely stay here again. Thank you!
Tamara H.
January 2024

Richard was so helpful when we twice had to return to the condo to get items we had inadvertently left behind. The location is lovely, on the harbor, views of the mountain and ocean. The only drawback are the neighbors. The rules must be strictly followed - don’t go into the pool at 8:55 - the hours are 9 am - 9 pm and the neighbors will let you know. It’s an almost comical rigor. That said, no one was unfriendly, just very strict. The condo is nice and as pictured 100%
Jonathan E.
January 2024

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