The Whaler, Maui

The Whaler is a premier condominium resort located in the heart of the famous Ka'anapali Beach in Hawaii. The resort has recently undergone over $30 million worth of renovations and enhancements, offering guests a range of amenities such as a state-of-the-art fitness center, tennis courts, beach-side pool with hydra-spa, on-site concierge, beach kiosk with towel service, gas grills, air conditioning, and underground parking. The Whaler is situated next to Whaler's Village Shopping Center, featuring 65 shops, restaurants, and a whaling museum. Guests can also enjoy easy access to two world-class golf courses and a paved promenade for strolling along Ka'anapali Beach. A daily resort fee of $26 covers parking, Wi-Fi, pool towels, beach chairs, gym access, tennis, and more. With its prime location and luxurious amenities, The Whaler offers vacationers a comfortable and convenient stay on one of the world's top-rated beaches.

The Whaler Average Rates


As of May 2024, the average price of a 1 bedroom unit at The Whaler is $494. The average price of a 2 bedroom unit is $890. 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 1000 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.

Based on the guest reviews, The Whaler condo resort on Maui is highly recommended by visitors for its prime location, exceptional views, and well-equipped units. Guests appreciate the seamless reception experience, the responsiveness and accommodation of property managers, and the variety of amenities available, including full kitchens, beach equipment, and in-unit laundry facilities. The resort's proximity to top restaurants, shopping, and activities like cliff jumping and snorkeling with turtles is frequently highlighted. While a few guests noted issues such as maintenance needs or the desire for updates in some units, the overall sentiment is overwhelmingly positive, with many guests planning return visits. The resort's staff is also commended for their helpfulness and professionalism. This summary is based on a comprehensive analysis of 1000 guest reviews.

Recent The Whaler Reviews


Great location with a commanding view from its large lanai on the 11th floor, near the water-end of tower 2. It's a north-facing unit which provides a great view of Black Rock & Moloka'i and shields you from any noise from Whaler's Village. North-facing also means lots of shade (at least in the winter) which could be a pro or a con depending on your preference. FYI ... the sun sets over the island of Lanai (at least in winter) and can not be seen from this unit, but the beach below is perfect for viewing sunsets. We never needed the AC during our Feb stay. Both the living room & bedroom have water views with lanai access. We had both sliders open the whole whole time and enjoyed the continuous surf serenade 24/7. While this 1bed/1bath unit could use some cosmetic updates, it was very clean and a great value for the price. Right on a great beach with its beach walk path connecting all the resorts, the convenience of Whaler's Village next door and an incredible spot for winter whale watching!
Stephen B.
February 2024

This was a great property with extra, excellent communication.
Rick H.
February 2024

The view and location are amazing. We’re making plans to stay again…that is best compliment It’s not fancy nor upgraded, not everything was perfect but it’s Maui…. And view and location are worth it.
Chris S.
February 2024

The ocean front views from this unit are fantastic. Although the bathrooms could use a makeover, the kitchen has been updated and is very well equipped…and it has a view! The furniture is older, but comfortable and attractive. The unit is quite spacious for a 1 bedroom condo, with two full bathrooms and a large living room. Although there were only two of us, the two bathrooms mean it could also work for a small family or two couples. Also the location is great, a very short walk from Whaler’s Village with its multiple restaurants and shops. The fire tragedy in Lahaina means that Whaler’s Village is the only place nearby to eat and shop, so it’s busier and more crowded than ever. We have visited Maui many times and stayed in Kapalua, Kaanapali and Wailea. We prefer West Maui and appreciate the quieter feel and views from Kapalua, but if you want convenience plus views, this is the place to be. Also the staff at the Whaler are friendly and helpful.
John H.
February 2024

This newly remolded unit is stunning! Everything is top notch. The location is wonderful - we saw so many whales from the balcony. Cindy, the manager, is friendly and helpful. She will do anything to help if you have a need. Don't worry about bringing basics on the first day (other than coffee). Toilet paper, paper towel, trash bags, dishwasher pods and laundry pods all provided. We would love to stay here again.
Kay R.
February 2024

Well equipped,great location, clean. Great communication with owner!
allan b.
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: I can't imagine a better suited unit for the best experience in West Maui than Whaler 102. Ground floor, west end of Tower 1, we saw whales everyday from our lanai. Walking distance to world class restaurants, snorkel trip pick up at the beach in front of the Whaler. Golf 4 minutes away. Love to come back and stay in 102!
Dave S.
January 2024

Love the service at the Whaler such kind people. The room was wonderful can’t wait to see the updates that are coming. We would definitely stay here again next year. Maybe the host could communicate better as we arrived late and usually receive directions were to get the key and etc. I had email say I need my confirmation number to get in but not whom to talk to with the number. I called over and over to host as it stated to call with questions but no answer from her. In the morning we had a message did we get in ok. That is such a let down since she could have just said go to front desk. We were traveling and keep calling for an hour and a half till we arrived stressed out to find they would help us in and we’re so kind.
Tracy S.
January 2024

Rating Details: The property manager was more than helpful. The vacation rental was spotless. 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: The slider to the deck needs work, lot of wind noise thru the gaps. No cleaning service during our 3 week stay. Overall a nice place to stay😀😀
Gary S.
January 2024

Surprisingly comfortable & well stocked. High end appliances & cookware. Furniture beautiful & comfortable too. Sliding doors off the bedroom & living room, to the large balcony, with an ocean view. So close, you could hear the waves & tides. Nice to have free iced tea availability at the lobby & at the pool. Lovely condo & resort!
Susan M.
January 2024

Perfect experience! Very responsive owners and beautiful place in a perfect location. Thank you!
John M.
January 2024

Such a wonderful property. Beautifully appointed, super comfortable bed, furniture, and deck furniture. All the handmade woodworking by the owner was super special. It was so fun watching the whales each morning from the deck. Amazing location and being right there at the Whaler and Whaler Village was the best. Can't wait to return again! Don't miss staying at this property!
Bruce E.
January 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: What a perfect location on Maui!!Beautiful Sunset and whale viewing!The pool and hot tub were perfect as was the beach and the Whalers Village close by!Thank you Sullivan properties for making my vacation a memorable experience !Dave Baker
David Morris B.
January 2024

1st time Staying in this unit at The Whaler. Loved the ease of the 1st floor location and not having to deal with an elevator. This unit was everything as described and the owner is super responsive and very accommodating. Already booked 3 weeks for Jan 2025
Kevin P.
January 2024

The Whaler is one of the best places to stay on Maui and this is one of the best condos. Walks on the beach and snorkeling at Black Rock. Recommend Trilogy for a sunset sail + whale watching.
S H.
January 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: Our family have been vacationing at the Whaler the last 5 years and we have stayed in different units every time and this unit is by far the nicest, most well equipped and being on the ground floor was an absolute treat. The ease of using the barbecues for lunch and dinners, accessing the beach with gear and not having to use the elevators is a luxury in itself. I would recommend this unit to anyone that needs to sleep 6 very comfortably and easily 8 with the pull out queen couch. Views from this unit are amazing even with it being in the ground floor. We will hopefully get the opportunity to rent this unit again.
Scott H.
January 2024

We had issues with Property Management. We had paid a lot money on this rental, it was so dirty.. the carpet was so filthy I didn’t want to take my sandals off also the ceiling fan in the bathroom was black with gunk, the kitchen sink was so sour smelling. We were very disappointed. Our main concern was with the property management, we were told about a paint project, our balcony would be closed some and plastic up then we got an email telling us the project was complete and we would have full use and no plastic blocking our view.. well that was a lie. Everyone blaming someone else. Our first time in Hawaii, using Verbo and a property management. A really bad experience all the way around.
John F.
January 2024

Fantastic.
Peggy S.
January 2024

We loved our stay and would book again to stay in this nicely updated room. What a dream to have a washer and dryer in the room and a well stocked kitchen. We sat out on the balcony every day and enjoyed the views and the whales. Our only complaint was that the WiFi kept cutting out when we watched TV and the volume down button didn’t work on the remote.
Sandra D.
January 2024

Great views. Nice property. Could use some updating inside, but we didn’t come to stay inside. Having the Murphy bed was one of our most important needs as we will not stay in a unit with a sleeper sofa.this was my 2nd stay in the unit and would definitely rent the same unit again. Mike and Elaine are very thoughtful hosts.
Darlene M.
January 2024

We loved everything about this property! Amazing view, comfy beds, spacious unit! Extra shout out to our host for letting us add on 2 extra days due to flight cancellations! 10/10…highly recommend!
Deb M.
January 2024

The Whaler is always great. It’s a perfect location on a beautiful beach with plenty of parking and a great oceanfront pool for any windy days where the sand is kicking up too much at the beach. This condo is also great. It has everything we needed. Huge fridge, microwave, stove, toaster, dishwasher, large closet with plenty of hangers and a clean bathroom. We’ll definitely try to book this one again in the future.
Sami S.
January 2024

We have been staying in the Whaler for 25 years and have been staying in Carol's unit for 5 years now. Great location, great amenities, and excellent host!
Jeff M.
January 2024

I have stayed in many condos at the Whaler and they don’t disappoint. This one is great too and would come back! It has been updated but not as well appointed as some where they invested more. For example the master bathroom. There are some huge, luxurious ones in some of the other 1 bedroom condos at the Whaler but this is more of a standard bathroom. That being said, it is a great condo and properly priced (it’s a little less expensive, I assume because location is set back and reno’s aren’t as luxurious and washer and dryer not in suite). No problem using the shared, free washer and dryer on the floor. Not in use whenever I wanted to use it, in suite there was laundry soap and front desk provided some for free also. Didn’t use the murphy bed so can’t comment on its comfort. The balcony is great and the view is lovely. Many suites don’t have the counter height table and chairs but this one does so when you are sitting at the table on that lanai you see over the railing whereas when standard height you are looking through the railings. Condo has two beach chairs and an high quality beach umbrella which was great. The inner courtyard and partial ocean view are lovely. I like that the lanai often provides shade because in the other tower it is almost always in the sun so hot and sun in your eyes. I head down to the beach for sunset so I like the trade off of a shady lanai after being out in the hot sun. Overall would come back to this condo at the Whaler and can recommend!
Julia M.
January 2024

The location of this condo is hard to beat. You are steps from Kaanapali Beach and Whalers Village. If you want to stay somewhere that doesn't require a car, this is it. The condo is a corner unit, and the lanai wraps around both sides, giving a lot of extra space. Some beach chairs, snorkeling equipment and noodles were available at the unit. Watching the sunset every night was incredible. The condo was clean and tastefully decorated. It was very quiet and you have air conditioner thermostats in each room which was perfect for us. The kitchen had everything we needed, but the oven seemed to take a long time to heat. Very few kitchen pantry items were in the condo. Typically, I find that vacation rental homes have lots of spices and at least one bottle of oil. There was a sesame oil bottle with maybe 1/4 cup remaining, some salt, pepper, paprika and lemon pepper. Be prepared to bring your own spices, oil and coffee. There is coffee at the pool that you can get, but it wasn't very good. For the price of the stay ($29,000 after all the fees and taxes added), we were surprised that there wasn't coffee provided. Also, 4 rolls of toilet paper were provided for a 2-week stay for 3 people. I called the management company who informed me that they would not restock toilet paper. These are such simple things that made me scratch my head and wonder why these basics were not provided or restocked.
Ginger J.
January 2024

The Whaler was a great location for my first time in Hawaii. The room was comfortable and clean.
Matthew C.
January 2024

Awesome!
Dan V.
January 2024

Loved this studio unit! It was our third time staying at The Whaler and this studio was fully updated. Beautiful kitchen and bathroom with an amazing shower. The bed was comfortable and we loved the hidden TV cabinet too that was remote operated. The unit has a nice inside view of the pool and Black Rock. We had no complaints at all and would definitely stay here again!
Philip R.
January 2024

This property was perfect for our family of 6. It was in a perfect location on Ka”anapali beach. The property had amazing views of the sunrise, sunset, the ocean and the mountains. The property came with everything we needed to cook and for a day on the beach.
Jennifer A.
January 2024

We come every January to watch the humpback from Alaska come jump and play in front of Maui! The fifth story corner view does not disappoint! Beautiful condo great location walk to Hula Grill, monkey pot, black rock, , whaler village! We will definitely return! The owner was easy to talk to and very accommodating to our needs! the population of tourist is low right now on Maui. They need your vacation monies, pack your bags, and head on over!
Donna B.
January 2024

We really enjoyed our vacation. Condo was bright and sunny and had everything we needed to enjoy our stay. Communication was easy and a small problem was fixed within hours. Wonderful!
Loren W.
January 2024

First day the shower faucet wouldn’t shut off. Thank goodness my husband knew what to do or the unit may have flooded. Whoever inspected the unit should have seen this right away. Took a day to repair. The unit wasn’t as clean as the cost of a unit like this should be. I ended up cleaning the sinks again because they were not cleaned properly The primary bath smelled moldy and stale. The washer wasn’t cleaned. We took vinegar and some baking soda to try and eliminate the odor that permeated the bedroom and bath No umbrellas or extras in the unit No beach towels We bought our own as you only get two towel cards with the room Not a bad view from the lanai and on the shady side of the building The property grounds are so beautiful and so convenient to the Whaler Village Nice beach area
Louise S.
January 2024

We've stayed many times at the Whaler and in a number of different units. This unit is among the nicer ones we've stayed in, with all the important elements well maintained - very clean, quiet ceiling fans, no moldy smell, and most furnishings and accoutrements in good repair. The two beach chairs were nice to have access to for beach days, and simple things like a small cold bag and some ice packs in the freezer made beach snacks easy. This was a working holiday for both of us so having the good WiFi in the unit was a definite plus. This is a delicate time for West Maui, with several thousand people still without stable, long-term housing. We realized on this trip that for our next visit in Spring, at least until the housing crisis is resolved, we'll avoid staying in these West Maui short-term rentals, but it was nice to be back for a quick visit.
Peter C.
January 2024

Property is perfect. Owner is very easy to deal with.
Bonnie J.
January 2024

Whalers is a great location and this condo is a nice place to stay. It was clean, updated, well stocked and conveniently located near the beach and Whaler’s Village which has great shopping and restaurants. We had been warned that work was occurring on the outside of the building, but we were disappointed to find that there was plastic wrap on our deck railing which blocked the ocean view when seated and a sign indicating the deck was closed 8-5 M-F. Even though we understand that building maintenance needs to occur, we were disappointed to have missed out on an enjoyable view. Hopefully the work will be completed soon. Maui Westside was great to work with. We would use them again.
JennyHarry M.
January 2024

Still the premier location on Kaanapali Beach. Great view from the unit. Wonderful stay!
Rick M.
January 2024

We just loved, loved this property. The owners were wonderful, too. Cannot wait to book it again.
Nancy T.
January 2024

I love the upgrades, the kitchen was fully stocked. ( undated ) ( hint - needs a pizza cutter ). Loved the walk in shower - very easy to use. I stayed at other condos this one is the best. The beds was comfortable. I already book this condo for next year. Only one complaint - please supply more than four towels. We had to wash everyday.
Donna H.
January 2024

This was a perfect location for a relaxing vacation for my mother and I. We spent a lot of time on the balcony. It was very easy to simply walk next door to Whalers Village and get dinner. We also especially enjoyed having both ocean and Mountain views.
David A.
January 2024

We love everything about this condo! It's our 3rd stay! Highly recommend !!
Lori A.
January 2024

Lovely place - only fault is washer/ dryer in unit didn’t work.
Diane M.
January 2024

The Unit was very nice. Only negatives were the Pidgeon's. They are nesting in the faux flower boxes and their copious amounts of poop had us cleaning the lanai several times and there was 2 days that the stench was such that we just shut the door and stayed inside
Brent L.
January 2024

I have stayed at The Whaler multiple times, this unit is in a great location. Kitchen well Stocked and I appreciated the text from Ethel upon arrival. I would definitely come back again to this unit!!! 🐢🌺😎
Jennifer C.
January 2024

We loved everything about this location. Everyone was very helpful and accommodating. Shopping and restaurants are just a short walk away. Mahalo Mark
Mark W.
January 2024

The condo was very clean, the kitchen was well stocked with cooking utensils, the bed was comfortable, and the view was amazing! We are looking forward to booking again.
Anne C.
January 2024

We enjoyed our stay, but the condo could use more silverware, a new mattress, and cleaner carpets.
Margaret A.
January 2024

This was the best accommodation we have ever had in Maui & we have been vacationing in Maui for 30 years. The condo was beautiful, extremely clean & spacious, the owners have catered & anticipated for every need you require , ie, beach chairs, coolers, fully equipped kitchen, they really have gone above & beyond on what is supplied. Also the communication with the owners & the property manager was an absolute pleasure. We did not want to leave, we will definitely re-book with them & have no hesitation, in recommending our friends to stay in this condo. This experience has made our vacation so memorable & special. Thank you so much Norm & Mary
Phil L.
January 2024

This condo was very nice. The kitchen was fully stocked. The host had beach chairs and umbrellas to use. The host was very responsive and very kind with our questions. You will love this location, the beach, the pool, the local restaurants and the overall area.
THOMAS K.
January 2024

Everything was a promised and the property was perfect for us. Its in the middle of everything so we could walk everywhere we wanted to go. There's a great little surf break right in front of the property. We enjoyed the view of the ocean, black rocks and spotted whales often. Would go back.
Leslie D.
January 2024

We have always loved The Whaler and this unit was fantastic…there are no words for the amazing location and view!! Thank you! Until next time!!
Kara B.
January 2024


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