Frommer's Maui 2012 Paperback – Oct 4 2011
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From the Back Cover
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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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!
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.
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!
Lots of good information like fish, birds, and plants, as well as popular activities (scuba, snorkeling, kayaking, whale watching, etc.) are described in great detail. The book is littered with other tidbits of useful information -- did you know that Charles Lindbergh lived in Hana and is buried on Maui? If you like, you can go visit his grave.
Of particular interest to me are the sections like "Maui with kids," which outlines a 7-day trip to Maui for a family trip. The schedule includes arrival and pool time, volcano hiking, sailing, and driving the Hana Highway. Incredibly, this section touches on many of the highlights of our last family trip to Maui. We had a wonderful time, so I can't argue with the advice -- I'd stress that it is good to have some kind of plan when you go. That is, unless you just want to go and relax; in that case, having NO plan is preferred. Even if you don't have children (or don't intend to take yours with you!), there are suggested itineraries for 1 or 2 weeks on Maui as well as "Maui for the Adventurous" and 1 week on Molokai or Lanai.
Don't worry, if you're not interested in the "canned" itineraries provided, there is ample information in the book for you to plan your own adventure: There are plenty of color photos (at least one per page, it seems), several high-level maps, and a nice pullout map of Maui with detailed sections for Kaanapali, Kapalua, Lahaina and Wailea. FWIW, the map is more durable and detailed than the ones you get at the airport, hotels, or various vendor booths around the island!
For the record, I have to agree with the authors that Trilogy offers the best snorkeling and sailing in Hawaii!