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Frommer's Maui 2012 [Paperback]

Jeanette Foster
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Oct. 4 2011 Frommer's Color Complete (Book 997)
  • Opinionated: No bland descriptions and lukewarm recommendations. Based on a detailed personal inspection, our author covers lavish beachfront resorts, intimate rain-forest B&Bs, family-friendly condos, and much, much more. Our dining reviews are simply the best in the business, whether you crave cutting-edge Asian-fusion cuisine or a hearty, affordable plate lunch.
  • Insider Advice: Meticulously researched by one of Hawaii's most noted journalists, this is hands-down the most reliable, up-to-date, and comprehensive guide to the islands. Our author makes sure that you'll truly experience the spirit of aloha, and she'll help you steer clear of anything that's overpriced, touristy, or inauthentic.
  • Where to find secluded beaches; secret spots for snorkeling; the best outfitters to choose for everything from diving to deep-sea fishing; and where to find the top galleries and shops. Whether you want to golf, snorkel with sea turtles, take the road trip of a lifetime on the scenicHana Highway, or simply kick back with a mai tai to watch the sunset, you can design the perfect trip with Frommer's Maui.
  • Exact prices listed for every establishment and activity--no other guides offer such detailed, candid reviews of hotels and restaurants. We include the very best, but also emphasize moderately priced choices for real people.
  • User-friendly features including star ratings and special icons to point readers to great finds, excellent values, insider tips, best bets for kids, special moments, and overrated experiences. Inside you'll find extensive coverage of family-friendly accommodations and activities; tips on how to get married in the islands; recommendations for the best honeymoon resorts; and valuable advice on finding the best airfares and package deals.

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  • Hundreds of color photos

  • Free pocket map inside,plus easy-to-read maps throughout

  • Exact prices, directions, opening hours,and other practical information

  • Candid reviews of hotels and restaurants,plus sights, shopping, and nightlife

  • Itineraries, walking tours, and trip-planning ideas

  • Insider tips from local expert authors

About the Author

A resident of the Big Island, Jeanette Foster has skied the slopes of Mauna Kea—during a Fourth of July ski meet, no less—and gone scuba diving with manta rays off the Kona Coast. A prolifi c writer widely published in travel, sports, and adventure magazines, she’s also the editor of Zagat’s Survey to Hawaii’s Top Restaurants, and the Hawaii chapter author of 1,000 Places to See in the USA and Canada Before You Die. In addition to writing this guide, Jeanette is the author of Frommer’s Maui; Frommer’s Kauai; Frommer’s Hawaii with Kids; Frommer’s Portable Big Island; Frommer’s Honolulu, Waikiki & Oahu; Frommer’s Maui Day by Day; and Frommer’s Honolulu & Oahu Day by Day.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Love Frommer's Dec 7 2011
By Barb
Format:Paperback
Haven't had a chance to read the books yet but they look good. Have full maps in them that I'm excited about. Delivery is always very fast. Thanks.
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5.0 out of 5 stars So glad to see A Saigon Cafe in this version! June 8 2012
By Caliaha - Published on Amazon.com
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I used Frommer's Maui book over 10 years ago when I initially traveled to Maui with my sister. At that time the book included a wonderful restaurant in Wailuku called 'A Saigon Cafe'. It was difficult to find, but well worth the trip for absolutely wonderful, fresh, creative Vietnamese food. It was a hidden treasure at the time when there was no posted sign. It is included in this 2012 publication too and I was happy to see it listed and given a 3-star rating.

The star rating system is used throughout the book. I had trouble finding what the stars actually mean since the little star icon is not in the first part of the book, but after looking closer, it is described in written text right above the seven featured icons on page ix. Zero-stars is 'recommended' and 3-stars are 'exceptional'

Overall, this is an excellent travel book that you can throw in your carry on. Frommer's 'free' attached map in the back of their books have been a disappointment. They do not provide enough detail and could simply be printed on additional pages in the back of the book. Instead, you have to tear out the map and then it is forever separated from the bound book. It is printed on durable, water-resistant paper which is nice.

Accommodations: The book includes lots of options at various price points. My all-time favorite place to stay along the NW shore is included: Napili Surf Beach Resort, although I would personally rate it as a 2-3 star, not a 1-star as is published in their book.

That's my take on the book and very nice to see Frommer's keeping their travel books up-to-date!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Reads like an ad -- try Lonely Planet instead -- May 14 2012
By M. Wolf - Published on Amazon.com
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Frommer's has such strong name recognition -- I keep expecting more from it but am always disappointed.

If you want a guide to typical restaurants and accommodations with a little of the natural attractions thrown in this could be helpful. If you want more of off the beaten path adventure I stronly recommend any of the Lonely Planet guides. I have Lonely Planet Discover Maui (Full Color Regional Travel Guide)and love it -- this will be my second trip to Maui and I'm brining the Lonely Planet guide with me again. I have used their guides for the Big Island and Kauai as well. All have lead me to delightful spots I would never have found on my own.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Great Starting Point June 21 2012
By DDSC - Published on Amazon.com
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Frommer's Maui continues the tried and true concept of this excellent travel guide publisher. For a reasonable price you can find all the information that you might need. It is my favorite source for starting my vacation research. This edition far exceeds the Fodor travel guide line in readability and ease of use.
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5.0 out of 5 stars THOROUGH AND INFORMATIVE May 14 2012
By Marie Antoinette - Published on Amazon.com
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I have to admit that at first I was somewhat surprised to see a travel guide on Maui alone, but once I started reading it, I could see why. Maui is a luscious island blessed with great weather, lovely beaches and stunning scenery in every corner just to name a few assets. Additionally this beautiful island offers lots of outdoor activities for the young and old.

My favorite section in this book is titled "The Best of Maui" under this section there are some very interesting and informative sub-sections such as "The Best Beaches", "The Best Maui Experiences", "The Best Maui Adventures", "The Best of Underwater Maui", and "The Best Golf Courses" just to name a few.

Another section that I found interesting is a long list of films made in Hawaii but about other places. Each film listed shows the year that it was made along with some interesting tid bits.

Toward the back of the book, there's a whole section on a not so well known island called "Molokai". According to the book, this island is the least developed of all the Hawaiian islands. And like many of the other Frommer's travel guides, there are different types of easy to read maps and lots of colorful photos throughout the book as well as a large pull-out map of Maui. A good travel guide, highly recommended!
4.0 out of 5 stars Really helped us with our first trip to Hawaii. March 8 2013
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We got this book to take on our 10th anniversary trip to Hawaii. Neither of us had been before, so we loved reading this book before we to try to get an idea of where to go and what to do. Because of this book, we discovered the Road to Hana. The book outlined several stops to do along the way to the town.. A couple of places were a little hard to find because the mile markers were not always clearly marked. Sometimes, the book was not always very clear as to how to find the "out of the way" spots. But in general, it was accurate enough for us to have a great time and find lots of great scenic spots. The one thing we really wanted to do was swim in a waterfall, which we were able to find on the way to Hana. Overall, this is a great book to get to plan your trip to Maui. At the end of our trip, we left it in our hotel room hoping the next occupants might find it useful, too.
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