Maui Revealed: The Ultimate Guidebook Paperback – Sep 2007
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USA Today calls it, "An authoritative and in-depth look at all that the island offers." The author is a resident who personally and anonymously reviews every facet of Maui. From restaurants to helicopter companies to scuba to beaches to trails, he sees it all and shows you the best Maui has to offer.
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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.Read more ›
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.
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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One of the few travel books that has little to none commercial benefit to promoting local businesses (it should always be like that). Read morePublished on Jan. 13 2010 by Dirk Terpstra
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! Read morePublished on Nov. 30 2009 by Jessica Campbell
Absolutely love love LOVE this book!! It's glossy, full of pictures (I hate reading through guidebooks with no pictures...what's the point??! Read morePublished on Dec 17 2008 by Grace Fierce
Long passages written in a verbose authoritative style make this book hard to follow. I think it is badly in need of an editor. Read morePublished on Jan. 29 2008 by Ryan Silvester