Many visitors to Maui choose to rent a car so they're able to travel around to island sites, beaches and attractions. Several shuttle companies also offer service to and from the Kahului Airport, the island's main terminal, or the Kapalua West Maui Airport for a fee. These run several times a day. However, if you want a free shuttle to your hotel, your options are limited.
Very few hotels on Maui offer free airport shuttles. Instead, they suggest using commercial services like SpeediShuttle, with door-to-door service at a fixed rate, or Maui Executive Transportation. Taxis provide metered service, and several limousine companies also offer prearranged airport shuttles for a fee. Staying at the highly rated Northshore Hostel, with private rooms and shared baths, is one option. The hostel offers free shuttle service to and from the Kahului Airport. Other options include the Ritz Carlton, Westin Maui and Maui Beach Hotel.
Limo service from the Kapalua West Maui Airport is included in the resort fee at this high-end, luxury property. The resort is located on a former pineapple plantation on the western edge of the island, with rolling hills and gardens, lined with mature coconut palms. Its two championship golf courses host the PGA tour. There are 463 contemporary rooms, with pale yellow, gold and tan hues punctuated with tropical oranges, greens and reds. Rooms have dark wood floors and furnishings and marble baths. Outside, guests can relax at the tri-level, 10,000-square-foot pool and large sundeck. Within walking distance are three beaches, a marine wildlife preserve and an ancient Hawaiian burial ground. The free shuttle is available only to and from the Kapalua Airport and not Kahului Airport.
Maui Beach Hotel
This economical hotel in the center of Maui offers a free shuttle to and from the Kahului Airport from 6 a.m. until 9 p.m. The modest hotel has 147 rooms, with simple furnishings, air conditioning and mini-refrigerator. Rooms are basic, with light-colored walls and tropical floral bed coverings and small bathrooms; some rooms have pull-out couches. The hotel is U-shaped, with an open-air lobby and a lawn and garden area in the middle where guests can gather outdoors. Rooms face the green area or the harbor. There's an outdoor pool, an on-site restaurant and lounge, and a small, rocky beach in front of the hotel. Guests can walk to the Queen Ka'ahumanu Center, for shopping, dining and entertainment, and to the Maui Arts and Cultural Center.
Shuttle service to and from Kapalua West Maui Airport to this resort is included in the daily charge, but must be arranged ahead of time. This white-washed high-rise sits on Ka'anapali Beach, overlooking Maui's Black Rock formation and the islands of Lanai and Molokai. Pathways weave through tropical gardens, leading to five swimming pools, including an adults-only pool and a free-form pool with a 23-foot water slide. Tennis courts and two golf courses are also on the property. Rooms, decorated in contemporary, soft hues of tans and off-whites accented with dark woods, overlook the mountains or the ocean. Call ahead to book the shuttle service, and note if you're flying into Kahului, you'll need to take one of the commercial shuttles.
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