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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback
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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4.0 out of 5 stars A Controversial Book Amongst Locals March 8 2012
Format:Paperback
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Best Maui book available Nov. 13 2010
Format:Paperback
This book is simply the best travel guide available. The author is honest and lets you know of any and all amazing areas the he has found. None of this saving the special spots for only a special selected few. He allows everyone the opportunity to experience unique and beautiful spots on Maui. If they get popular, well then thats great as it means that more people will leave Maui happy for the amazing experience they have had. I don't agree with any review that says that it is a negative thing that these authors reveal many hidden spots or out of the way locations. Its about time that someone leveled the playing field and if you are adventurous enough to try some of the trails and unique locations, you should be able to. So in short, this book is the only book you need when traveling to any of the islands...
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Only Maui Guidebook You'll Need! Nov. 30 2009
Format:Paperback
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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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Returned my copy to Amazon.com Jan. 29 2008
Format:Paperback
Long passages written in a verbose authoritative style make this book hard to follow. I think it is badly in need of an editor.

They should sell it along with a cowbell because so many tourists have unknowingly bought into their shtick. This new edition almost word for word matches the previous edition.

I found the restaurant list needs updating. This guide just has all sorts of major errors that warrented the return.
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