Your plane tickets are booked, you've found the perfect villa at Puunoa Beach Estates, and now you're ready to start planning a trip to the beautiful Valley Isle. We've answered some of the most common travel questions below to make sure your Maui vacation is the best one yet.
Q. What airport should I fly into?
A. We advise you to fly directly into Kahului airport (OGG) on Maui as it will save you a 2-hour layover in Honolulu and a connecting flight (30 minutes).
Q. What is the best way to get around on Maui?
A. If you are planning on doing a great deal of sightseeing on your Maui vacation, we suggest that you rent a car immediately after making your Puunoa Beach Estates reservation. It can happen that the car rental agencies sell out. If you prefer not to rent a car, Executive Transportation or SpeediShuttle provide shared rides and airport transfers to and from the airport.
For local transportation, taxis are readily available on Maui or you can take the Maui Bus which offers service in and between various Central, South, West, Haiku, Kula and Upcountry Maui communities. The fare is $2 per boarding. Puunoa Beach Estates is located just a few blocks from Lahaina Towne so shopping, dining and other activities are just a short distance away.
Q. What is the time difference in Maui?
A. Hawaii has its own time zone and does not observe daylight savings time. When daylight savings is in effect on the Mainland (that’s what locals call the Continental U.S.), Hawaii is 3 hours behind the West Coast and 6 hours behind the East Coast. When the rest of the U.S. reverts back to standard time in the Fall, Hawaii is 2 hours behind the West Coast and 5 hours behind the East Coast.
Q. Is there internet access at Puunoa Beach Estates?
A. There is high speed internet access for guests.
Q. Do I need a power converter?
A. Electricity is the same as the U.S. Mainland: 120 v/ 60 Hz. If you are traveling from somewhere outside North America, you may need to purchase a voltage converter, if your device does not accept this voltage.
Q. When is peak Maui travel time?
A. Anytime is a good time for a Maui vacation at Puunoa Beach Estates. The average temperature on Maui ranges between 75˚-85˚F (24˚-29˚C). Summertime (between April and November) tends to be warmer and dry. Wintertime and Fall can be a little cooler.
To avoid the crowds and benefit from the lowest rates, plan your Maui travel between mid-April and mid-June or from September thru mid-December.
Q. Can I mail something to Puunoa Beach Estates?
A. Yes you can mail items to Puunoa Beach Estates prior to your arrival, simply mail the item to yourself C/O Puunoa Beach Estates to the mailing address below. We will hold it at the front desk until you arrive. Please make sure to notify the property that you are mailing something by callinf 1-808-667-5972.
Puunoa Beach Estates
45 Kai Pali Place
Lahaina, Maui, Hawaii 96761
WHAT TO PACK
Maui is very casual; shorts, t-shirts and sandals are perfectly acceptable in most restaurants and a casual dress or aloha shirt with khakis is appropriate even in fine dining restaurants. Aloha wear will be appropriate everywhere during your Maui vacation, so if you are planning to buy an aloha shirt or muumuu, you will fit right in.
Bring t-shirts, shorts, bathing suits and a cover up to throw on at the beach when you've had enough sun for the day, as well as tennis shoes and rubber water shoes or flip-flops (slippers). If you will be hiking, or horseback riding, be sure to bring suitable footwear. It's always a good idea to bring a windbreaker, a sweater, or a light jacket as the evening can sometimes get breezy.
Remember the tropical sun can be harsh, so be sure to pack strong sunscreen, a hat and a good pair of sunglasses. If you plan to view the sunrise from the top of Haleakala Crater, temperature at the 10,000 foot elevation can reach 40°F (4°C), so be sure to bring a warm jacket.