- Series: Maui Revealed: The Ultimate Guidebook
- Paperback: 311 pages
- Publisher: Wizard Pubns; 5 edition (June 15, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0981461034
- ISBN-13: 978-0981461038
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 8.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 1,765 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #591,057 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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So why, then, did I give it only four stars? The main reason is that I don't like how the subtopics, such as beaches and adventures, are separated into their own sections. It would be far more convenient to include them in their respective regional sections. For beaches in particular, I had to constantly flip back and forth between the beaches section and the regional sections because all the maps are in the regional sections. The second issue issue is that the book doesn't offer any insight into staying in condos and other rentals. Instead, it includes information only about resorts and hotels. You'd be amazed how inexpensive it is to rent a condo or even an entire house on Maui. Almost all of them are concentrated in South Maui (which, as the book points out, is actually the eastern shore), in Kihei and south from there. Obviously the authors can't stay in all these rentals and review them, but they could at the very least point out that that kind of lodging is an excellent option in that area. Doing my own research, I found that the vast majority of the rentals are in the same handful of condo developments, so it seems like the authors could at least provide reviews about those developments, such as their amenities, convenience, how quiet they are, etc.
Those criticisms aside, I still say this is an outstanding resource, and I'm very glad I found it.
We used google and yelp ratings for restaurants. We would rather get scores of opinions about a place than those of a small team of guidebook writers but that is not a knock on the guidebook! a lot of other critiques of the guidebook focused on restaurants but don't use any guidebook for that!
One important push back to the book. They mention Boss Frog's dive service only long enough to give them a terrible review. We did not do a dive but a snorkel trip with them to Molokini and the crew was super attentive, service-oriented, and did a great and simple trip. Food was adequate, time at the crater and the shore location was adequate, good equipment, etc. For $60 with Boss Frog instead of $100 to $130 with the highly-recommended outfits made us very happy we took a chance on them. Our sample size is one, of course, but it was a very good experience.