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Maui Revealed: The Ultimate Guidebook [Paperback]

Andrew Doughty
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The finest guidebook ever written for Maui and the only one written by Maui residents who anonymously review the island. They visit every beach, restaurant, activity and trail on the island. The result is this comprehensive, humorous and easy-to-read full color guide that will lead you to more adventures than any other book. A must for travelers. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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The good: Being our first time on the island, we didn't want to fall into the typical traps and we weren't disappointed. The restaurant reviews were very helpful in avoiding bad service, value and food. The infinity pool over the falls was one of the most exciting and exhilerating places I've ever had the privilege to visit. While everyone was going left at the fork to the bamboo forest (we went there after), we took the right. Lo and behold a paradise within paradise. That experience paid for the book in itself!

The bad: Not much really, except that we almost got ARRESTED at the Aquarium at La Perouse Bay! Little did we know that 15 days before our visit the entire La Parouse sanctuary was changed from a park to a reserve...with rangers/wardens. We did actually make it all the way to the Aquarium bay and chose NOT to go in the water even though we had our snorkeling stuff with us as we did not feel right destroying the coral to get in. Second to only the Infinity Pool for excitement, the bays near the Aquarium were unbelievable and LOADED with fish. Crabs were actually scattering away as we were walking in that lava wasteland and if you put your hand in the water you could probably touch 5 fish in one swipe they were so plentiful. 5 minutes later the ranger showed up in camo pants(pretty sure the only guy I saw on the entire island with pants) and floppy hat to whisk us away! After a very stern warning, taking our picture, etc, he let us go. Supposedly up to a $1000 fine each and up to a year in jail, so don't mess around at the site people, unless you are very stealthy. I'm pretty sure they/he saw us from La Perouse point itself across to where we were at the first bay, so plan accordingly if you're feeling brave or go the back route, further north.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Must for Maui July 1 2010
My husband and I will be staying in Maui for the month of February. We have been there for shorter periods and it has been a port-of-call on our 3 cruises to Hawaii. Nonetheless, we decided that since we were going to be there for 28 days, we should explore Maui more.

We bought a Maui tour book at Chapters that we thought was very good. Then our son recommended Maui Revealed. We threw away the previous book! Maui Revealed is delightfully written and comprehensive. It includes what seem to be honest evaluations of beaches, restaurants, tourist spots, tourist traps, out-of-the-way places, shopping, etc. etc.
No one should go to Maui, even for a few days, without Maui Revealed in your hand.

We understand that there are other books in this series on other Hawaii Islands. We'll be sure to buy these before we visit them.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Down to earth Jan. 13 2010
One of the few travel books that has little to none commercial benefit to promoting local businesses (it should always be like that). The book is written in a clear language and takes a down-to-earth approach. The author gives you the feeling that you are truly about to find out about some 'special places' and when reading through this book, you've got the feeling that you have some kind of local friend showing you the island in a different way.
Pretty soon I am about to find it out myself.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Only Maui Guidebook You'll Need! Nov. 30 2009
This book has it all! It is so easy to use, honest to a fault and very well researched. We especially appriciated the guided driving tour of the Hana Highway! We saw things we never would have otherwise seen! This book is a great afforable investment if you've wanting to see parts of the island you'd never seen before! We've been to Maui several times and this book has come with us every time! Thanks for all of the great tips!!!
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Controversial Book Amongst Locals March 8 2012
Maui Revealed was our guide on a 15 day trip to the island only a few weeks ago. The latest edition was up to date, informative and accurate. It led us to some amazing tidal pools near Kapalua that we would never have found on our own.

The book is definitely worth the price for the collection of facts that it, well, reveals. It is thoroughly researched, honest and generally interesting to read.

When it comes to editorial commentary however, caveat emptor. Be wary of suggestions that may make you unpopular with the locals or that may even be legally questionable. For example, the lava rock formation called "Dragon's Teeth" in West Maui is highlighted as an attraction near Kapalua. What is glossed over in the book is that to get there you must park in a private parking lot owned by the Ritz-Carlton, walk across a private golf course (watch out for errant tee-shots, no joke!), and then encounter a sign indicating that the area is actually known as Makaluapuna and is cultural preserve containing an ancient burial ground. (See this article [...].)

Similarly, the section outlining the stops along the road to Hana suggests that you climb over fences on private property to access the "publicly owned" property on the other side. Many of these fences are labelled "No Entry" or "No Trespassing". Since my guess is that most travelers to Maui do not pick up a copy of the county's land and parcel records, it is not clear if Maui Revealed is to be trusted in these instances.

On multiple occasions we had locals ask us if we had "The Blue Book" or just "The Book". Their opinions were generally neutral or negative, for a variety of reasons. The controversy surrounding the book is nicely summarized by an article by Chris Hamilton on the Maui News website: [...].

Ultimately, I must recommend this book because it is so thorough and informative, but do not let it be an excuse to travel without any respect for the place you are visiting.
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