People around the world enjoy hiking for a variety of reasons. In fact, many people choose destination vacations for the hiking opportunities afforded in that area. Maui has many stunningly beautiful trails to offer, from easy hikes for beginners to advanced trails for the more experienced hiker. Hiking provides a wide array of benefits such as peace of mind, physical activity, fun with friends and family, and enjoying the beauty of nature. Maui has many beautiful trails from which to choose. Kapalua Bay Villas offers the opportunity to rent a vacation home in close proximity to all of these stunning hiking opportunities. Read on to see four of the best hiking trails Maui has to offer and check out our vacation rentals available in Maui.

‘Iao Valley State Park

‘Iao Valley State Park is located in central Maui and boasts easy walks that are well suited for both kids and older people. It is dramatically scenic and claims the title of the second wettest place in Hawai’i. The main attraction is the ‘Iao needle which is a high peak created by the erosion of the softer rock around it. This valley is sacred and was once forbidden to all but Hawaiian royalty. After you cross the footbridge, you can choose to head up the trail to the ‘Iao Needle Observation deck, or down towards the stream for a short nature loop with many informal trails. After hiking in the second wettest place in Hawai’i, come back to your Maui vacation rental at Kapalua Bay Villas, dry off, relax, and enjoy a nap. Contact us today to book your vacation.

Twin Falls, North Shore

Just a 20-minute drive east of the historic town of Paia on Maui’s North Shore, Twin Falls is the perfect hike for those traveling with children. Located easily off of the Hana Highway, you can book a guided tour or easily navigate the trail on your own. Some of the attractions include different waterfalls and freshwater swimming holes. Make sure you have more than just your flip-flops with you as the trails are paved simply with gravel and dirt. Some other items to make sure you have on hand are bathing suits and towels, as well as bug spray if mosquitoes tend to find you when you are outside. Last but not least, pack some snacks and extra drinking water. You may find that you want to linger longer than you had planned.

Halemauu Trail

Halemauu Trail is the perfect hike both for those looking for a comfortable yet scenic adventure, and for those visitors who are up for a challenge. Halemauu Trail is located inside of Haleakala National Park. One of the nice features of this trail system is that you can choose to do a short 2.2 mile round-trip hike to the edge of Haleakala’s rim and back, or you could use this as a jumping off point for a challenging, yet rewarding 11.2 mile hike. Make sure to take the elevation gain into account as you plan for your hike. The trail increases by 2,345 feet in elevation over the course of the hike. This path is through much of the Haleakala wilderness. One recommendation if you choose to start your hike from the summit is to make sure to catch a ride back to the visitor center with another park visitor, since you had to park your vehicle near the trailhead.

Waihou Spring Trail

Waihou Spring Trail is a lightly trafficked loop located near Makawao Hawai’i that features a waterfall and is moderate in difficulty. There is a side trail that leads down to Waihou Spring. The trail is a comfortable distance at just a 1.8 mile loop. A nice factor is that it is accessible year-round. One of the most attractive features for hikers is the lava tubes and waterfalls. Make sure to wear layers for this hike as it is upcountry and can be quite a bit chillier. While the trail is relatively easy, keep an eye on the weather as rain can cause parts of it to become slick and slippery. After your hike in this beautiful forest, you can look forward to unwinding in the comfort of your Maui vacation rental at Kapalua Bay Villas. Contact us today to schedule your vacation rental.

In our last post, we began discussing the topic of space and how vacation rentals provide ample space for you and your family to more fully enjoy your vacation. We discussed living room space, bedroom and bathroom space, as well as cooking space. Space is a valuable commodity, especially when you are on vacation. Whether you choose to spend the day relaxing at the pool, playing a quick round of golf, or complete an all-day hike, you will appreciate coming “home” and stretching out. Let’s take a look at some of the other areas where Kapalua Bay Villas can offer your family the gift of space.

Play Space

Kids seem to know no limits in terms of an energy supply. Long after they have worn out the rest of their family members, they still have energy to spare. One great feature of a vacation rental is space to play. Kapalua Bay Villas boasts plenty of green space for running around and playing games. Reserve your vacation play space at Kapalua Bay Villas today.

Whether you’d prefer to swim in the ocean or relax in one of our pools, we have your water play covered. If you simply need to have a place for your kiddo to expend some more energy while you relax consider keeping an eye on them from the comfort of a lounge chair, poolside. They can swim and splash to their heart’s content as you watch them play.

Kapalua Bay Villas believes the patio should be an extension of the living area. Take time to enjoy your morning coffee on the balcony as you listen to the waves crashing against the beach. Indulge in an afternoon nap as you inhale healing salt water and feel the gentle breeze. Eat a meal with your family as you watch the awe-inspiring sunsets. Our patios extend your living space to the outdoors.

Multi-family Space

If you enjoy vacationing with extended family, a vacation rental with Kapalua Bay Villas can provide all of the space that everyone will need. One of the best aspects of vacationing with family is the ability to talk freely with one another throughout the day. While the kids are playing games in the living room, the adults can relax on the patio and have much-needed adult conversation time. Meal times turn into an enjoyable affair as everyone works together to prepare and cook the food. Washing dishes becomes even less of a chore when sharing good memories and laughter with family. Kapalua Bay Villas offer vacation rentals ranging in space from a one bed, one bath, up to a three bed, three bath condominium. Make the most of your Hawaiian vacation by inviting your extended family to join you at one of the many rentals we offer at Kapalua Bay Villas.

Laundry Space

Most of us don’t think about doing laundry when we’re on vacation. When the trip is over and we’re headed home, however, we would prefer to not have a suitcase filled with dirty laundry. Kapalua Bay Villas affords the opportunity to rent a vacation condo that includes laundry amenities. This offers two benefits for travelers. First of all, you will be able to do laundry just before you leave, which will provide you with a suitcase full of clean laundry. Second, you could choose to pack fewer clothes for your trip knowing that you will be able to wash them and wear them for a second time. Of course, this leads to a third benefit, which is filling all of that extra space with the gifts and mementos you purchased during your time here.

Contact Kapalua Vacation Villas today to reserve your vacation rental. Let our home offer the space you need to truly unwind. Aloha.

South Maui


When you tell someone you’re going on vacation there is an immediate spark of excitement and energy in the conversation. Everyone enjoys taking a break from their day-to-day lives and spending some time in a relaxing environment. While the thought of the destination and activities is the cause for much excitement, thinking about how cramped things will be in the hotel room can drain some of the energy of anticipation. At Kapalua Bay Villas, we know just how important it is to have sufficient space to relax and fully enjoy your time on vacation. Continue reading to learn about the areas where you will enjoy the gift of space during your stay in Kapalua Bay.

Living Space

One area that most everyone appreciates in their home is the living room. Typically, this is where the family gathers to watch TV, play games, read books, or just spend time together in conversation. At the end of a full day of fun activities, the living room provides the much-needed space to spread out and relax. While we may take the living room space for granted, we certainly notice its absence. Kapalua Bay Rentals offers beautifully appointed living spaces for your enjoyment. Call today to book your reservation.

Cooking Space

One of the biggest expenses of any trip is food. Eating out is fun and definitely offers a break from cooking and washing dishes, but it comes with a price, literally. Buying your own groceries and preparing your meals at home can provide you with huge savings while on vacation. We recommend that rather than buying groceries for the week, you purchase them daily. You may start your week off with great intentions to cook every dinner, but after spending a whole day of walking or other vacation activity, you may not feel like cooking at all. Purchasing groceries on a daily basis will save you from the problem of leftover food at the end of your stay. If you or a family member deals with food allergies, eating out may not be the easiest option. A bonus of having your own cooking space is that you have complete control over the ingredients that will be used. Whether you want to cook on the stove or on the grill, Kapalua Bay Villas has a rental just for you. Call today to check availability.

Bedroom and Bathroom Space

Most of us love the ability to have our own dresser and closet in our bedrooms. Personal space for our clothes, shoes, and other items is highly valued. If you are traveling with children, they will be able to take naps in separate rooms which will provide a much more solid sleep time.
The bathroom is one of the most heavily used rooms in any home. Whether we are getting ready in the morning, washing up for the evening, or simply using the restroom during the day, we all appreciate not having to wait for the door to open. Most hotels offer one bathroom per room regardless of whether that room is hosting one or four persons. At Kapalua Bay Villas, our vacation rentals offer multiple bedrooms and bathrooms that will help to make your stay feel more like home. Check out our calendar to book your vacation today.