On the South Maui coast, where the land curves to form Maalaea Bay lies the oceanfront resort of Island Sands. From these centrally located vacation condos, Lahaina is 16 miles away while Kihei is 8 miles from town. A 20-minute drive inland to the other side of the island takes you to Kahului Airport. Perfect for morning strolls, the white sands of Sugar Beach is just a short walk away.
At Island Sands Resort Maui, you will find 1 and 2 bedroom Maalaea vacation condos that comfortably sleeps up to six guests. Sweeping views of the Pacific Ocean and the West Maui Mountains greet you as you look out from your private lanai. A few miles offshore, the islands of Kahoolawe and Molokini add interesting detail to already stunning ocean views. Seen right from your living area, amazing sunsets are a daily event you don’t want to miss. And in winter, you just have to lean out of your private balcony to see breaching humpback whales.
Open the glass doors of your vacation rental to let the ocean breeze cool your living space, or let the air-conditioner do the job. As you lounge on the inviting couch, catch up on your favorite movies or current events on television, or connect to the free wireless internet to keep your social media circle posted. Make use of the vacation condo rental’s telephone service if you need to make a call back home or around Maalaea in search of dining spots to try out later.
A well-stocked full kitchen takes these vrbo units to a whole new level than your standard hotel and makes preparing your favorite meals or tropical smoothies a breeze. Stainless appliances add a modern touch and inspire cooking confidence, even if it means as simple as reheating leftovers in the microwave oven. Start your day with piping hot coffee and crunchy toasts enjoyed on the balcony of your Maui vacation rental. From your lofty perch, contemplate at the Maui-shaped swimming pool below. The ocean never leaves your sight even as you take your meals inside to the dining area.
You don’t have to take the stairs to get to the upper floors of the Island Sands condo resort. Take the elevator instead, especially if you have to haul groceries up your vacation rental. Fortunately, you don’t have to take your laundry up and down to get them washed as you have a washer and a dryer right in your own room.
Rentals available in Island Sands employ themes that naturally bring the outdoors in. The open layout of the living room and the kitchen, the clear glass doors, and the off-white palette of the room create a bright, spacious atmosphere that invite relaxation and a true sense of tropical holiday. As we represent various vacation rental owners from time-to-time you will find that decor will vary depending on the condo unit for rent.
You’ll find a vacation condo rental where the master bedroom is bathed in natural light so your inner clock syncs with the rising and setting sun. Right from the moment you wake up, let the blue ocean and the green palm leaves pull you out of slumber and into a promising day of Hawaiian island adventures you can start planning from your bed.
Downstairs, walk around the hotel resort’s landscaped grounds to admire its variety of tropical foliage and colorful flowers. Scope out the area for a sight of surfers riding the waves or divers emerging from the depths with a haul of fresh catch. Consider buying fresh produce from the nearby market and fire up the BBQ grill for a tasty seafood meal. Then take a dip at the refreshing pool, bask in the sun, or seek your Zen moment at the indoor koi pond.
If you’ve taken a rental car with you, make the most of the resort’s assigned parking space to keep your vehicle safe.
A few minutes’ walk and you’ll run into a neighbourhood shop and a general store. Island Sands is centrally located in Maalaea so it’s also easy to get to some of the top attractions the area is known for: the five-mile Sugar Beach for a start. Take a few steps outside of the green lawn and you’ll share the white sand with a turtle or two.
Half a mile away, the Maalaea Harbor beckons not just with fresh giant lobsters but also with prime ribs and beer on tap. Learn more about how you can help protect the marine environment at the Pacific Whale Foundation, or cast off from the harbor’s protected waters for a snorkel trip or whale-watching cruise.
The living reef aquarium of the Maui Ocean Center is a 5-minute walk from the Island Sands. If you’ve never come face-to-face with a shark or stingray, you’ll encounter one right here. Thousands of vibrant tropical fish swim around you, while some of the largest live Pacific corals are on display in this faithfully replicated marine ecosystem.
At Maalaea Bay’s Speed Beach, powerful winds make speed sailing a proper sport in Maui. Focused winds of more than 40 knots blast sails to give speed sailors the adrenaline rush they are looking for. Maalaea Harbor is also known for its fast rights, making it a magnet for experienced surfers. For novices looking to longboard in summer, the easy right and left reef break of Cove Park in Kihei is a more suitable venue.
A bit farther afield, a gentler but no less enjoyable outdoor pursuit awaits at the Kealia Pond National Wildlife Refuge. Native birds like ae’o (Hawaiian stilts) and ‘alae ke’oke’o (Hawaiian coot) call this important wetlands home. Black-crowned night herons have been spotted here along with the migratory shorebird hunakai and the wandering tattler ulili. This doesn’t have to be a mud-in-your-boots experience either; make use of the PWD-friendly boardwalk for a more memorable bird watching experience.
This slice of coastal Maui has more in store for the intrepid adventurer or the slow traveller. Finding the most suitable vacation rentals available in Maui can be a challenge, and we can make that time-consuming task easier for you. Make Island Sands Resort your vacation home away from home and you’ll find here everything you could possibly need. Talk to us about your requirements so we can match the best Maui vacation rentals we have available with your needs.