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A long and very good day today. We had our final two dives this morning to gain our Advanced Open Water diving certification. The first dive was a deep dive to 85 feet to assess how well we function at depth and how nitrogen narcosis affects us. We had to do math problems underwater to prove our faculties. We both passed. The second dive was ...
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Unfortunately, Waikiki didn’t really fulfil on either the bar or restaurant count. Most of the restaurants were big American chain brands which provide about as much unique Hawaiian feel as a can of Coke. We wandered around one night looking for some interesting bars, but couldn’t find much that wasn’t buried in a 5-star hotel. So we stuck to our resort. Luckily, after the frantic Wedding and the busy SF trip, ...
... the former homes of early missionaries, prisons built for rowdy sailors and the largest banyan tree in the U.S., covering an acre. We drove along the coast through Maalaea where the non coast side was very arid, rugged and stony and undeveloped. There was a wind farm here as the prevailing winds from the north are funnelled between the mountains. As we drove over the low isthmus separating the mountain masses of west and ...
... a local. There were so many delicious meals that were NOT expensive that I guess my expectations for a $40 entree were elevated. On our next trip, we will find the local spots for the freshest rawest fish out there and that should keep me well satisfied. And hopefully next time it's not just virgin daiquiris!
You know, I honestly believe that the key to a fun and successful vacation, or any travel experience for that matter, revolves around good people. Surrounding yourself with the most passionate, nice, and easy-going people makes everything not only more pleasurable, but all around happier. For example, at the Maui Ocean Center (for all intents and purposes I will refer to this as the aquarium), Marlon and I stayed to watch the sharks get fed. So ...
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Great Goom -- Wonderful Hospitality!
I loved this place! Jaime, Bill & Misty the dog were the best hosts. I am a tourism professional & hospitality trainer in Texas so I tend to be a bit more a bit critical than most! Some of my favorite times were spent reading on the lanai while watching the sunset. It may not be on the ocean, but you can definitely get a great view of the sun setting over the clear blue waters. We had the Ginger Room -- one of the smaller rooms, but it was was so quaint and homey!
They had construction going on while we were there, but we had no problems. Jaime & Bill went out of their way to make us feel welcome.
I highly recomend the Garden Gate!
We stayed with Jaime and Bill for 5 nights, and found their B&B to be a most enjoyable experience. The room was GIANT, clean, the kitchen was a real plus. Bill was a great host, friendly, helpful and more than willing to do whatever he could to make our stay fun. One of the best features is the BBQ and large patio, available for use by guests. We found the local grocery stores to have great game fish selections, so we chose to cook in two nights (a great boost to our travel budget!).
It was the little extras like this that made us comfortable and happy!
Thanks to Bill and Jaime! Tom and Erin Sitterley
We had a great Bed and Breakfast exiperence. Jamie was a great help with opur plans, all the reservations she made went without a hitch. If you want peace, quiet and privacy this is a place for you. Get in the spirit of Hawaii and you will totally enjoy yourself. Breakfast was simple and enjoyable, rooms were clean and clean linens were provided on request. Laundry was available, clean and modern. Will return on our next trip.
Bill and Rosie Hall
The proprietor of this establishment will gladly lie to obtain your business. You simply cannot be sure of what you are getting when you place your reservation. We reserved the large suite and paid in full a month in advance. When we arrived we were hurried into a postage stamp sized "standard" room, with the explanation that there was a "mix-up". No apology, no offer of a refund. Since there were only two other guests on site, it didn't take long to figure out there was no mix-up. (Guests at a BnB like to talk to each other.) We had to fight to get a refund, and even then it wasn't a full refund of the difference. The propreitor used the excuse it was high season, although everywhere else in the industry it is considered the start of mid-season in Hawaii. To be fair ... the room was clean and tidy. Breakfast was tasty, although modest. Beware ... beginning in early 2004 he has plans to remodel. Noise and deceit should abound.
We had a great time while staying at the Garden Gates. Owners Jaime and Bill were very nice and always available to help. Great value that we definitely recommend.
I would like to correct my review here. The hostess, Jamie, had finally refund us, after numerous calls and efforts.
To sum up the experience of my wife and I at the Garden Gate Bed and Breakfast in one word, that word would be EXCELLENT and even this word is not enough justification. We had only planned to spend 2 nights on Maui as part of our inter-island excursion and didnt want to spend a lot of $$. After a thorough web search, I found the Garden Gate B&B at a more than reasonable price. Both my wife and I are well acquainted with the typical B&B on the mainland, but let me tell you, the Garden Gate is not your typical B&B. We were expecting some old house with several rooms and with so-so accommodations based on the price we were going to pay. Boy, was I wrong. Picture this . . . first, you enter through a gate into a courtyard that is really a beautiful botanical garden complete with babbling brook/waterfall. Then when we were shown our room, and our jaws drop to the floor. The room was every bit as good as a more expensive 5-star hotel that your would find on the Kaanapali coast. And the view . . . WOW! From our room, we could see not only the oceans, but both the islands of Lanai and Molokai. Some of the rooms have private lanais (or decks) and we will be sure to get one of those rooms next time. Like most establishments, different rooms (depending on amenities) have different prices. What really disturbs me is that there were two previous reviews (both dated May 28, 2003) and obviously by the same individuals who provided a very negative review. Those people were so very wrong about this fine establishment. Bill and Jaime Mosley (the proprietors of the Garden Gate B&B) were the most perfect host and hostess. I have no complaints of their hospitality and genuine concern that their guest received the best of care. Jaime went out of her way (after hours) to schedule a snorkel trip for my wife and I when our many efforts had failed. That is what I am saying, they are true professionals in putting forth that extra effort to make your vacation that much more enjoyable. To Jaime and Bill . . . spend more time at your establishment.
Everything was top-notch, the room, garden, breakfast, and hosts. I highly recommend the Garden Gate to anyone going to Hawaii.
Loved the Lanai Room
Great view and great fun. Perfect for me and my new wife to relax and enjoy Maui.
Nice, but overcharged
We stayed for a week in the summer of 2001.
The accomodations were very nice -- we had the Ohana room which is essentially a studio apartment. The setting is pleasant and near the beach. However, we were "mistakenly" overcharged for two nights and we were never issued a refund even after numerous emails.