It amazes me how many people book their Maui fishing charters before deciding where they’ll be staying on the island. I know, priorities, right?
If you’re still looking at places to stay on Maui, and you’ve already determined there’ll be at least one day of Maui fishing on your ‘must do’ list, then you’ll want to bookmark this article series. Over the next few weeks I’ll be highlighting properties well suited for anglers, and the families that love them! I’ll cover both the west side and south. High end and budget. Here we go!
Pioneer Inn, Lahaina Maui
Best Western Pioneer Inn
658 Wharf Street, Lahaina, Maui, HI 96761
Direct Dial: 808-661-3636 (Make a new friend. Book direct)
This turn of the century harbor-front hotel features 34 lovingly maintained rooms, free WiFi, free parking, an onsite restaurant and bar, an attentive an approachable staff, and clean, well equipped rooms; all at a remarkably reasonable price.
The Pioneer Inn is the epitome of ‘old world’ charm. It’s also THE most convenient place to stay if you’re planning on sportfishing in Maui. You’ll literally be able to roll out of bed, and be at the dock within 5 minutes.
Built in the early 1900’s by George Freeland, the Pioneer Inn is one of the oldest hotels in Hawaii still in operation. It is a registered historic landmark from Maui’s plantation days. Rooms are understated. Nothing fancy, but they are clean, well maintained, and fully supplied with all necessary amenities.
Before dinner, kick back on your lanai. Enjoy a beer, a view of the harbor, the setting sun, good friends…
… DINNER! You did catch dinner, right?
Pioneer Inn’s Grill & Bar restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Most importantly they are one of the few restaurants that will be happy to prepare fish caught by their guests. And they don’t just prepare fish for people staying at their Inn. They’ll serve up fish caught by non-guests too. There is a plate set up charge which includes vegetables and potatoes or rice, along with the fish prepared to your specifications. This in itself makes Pioneer Inn worthy of significant praise. Counting the flags on the boats as they come in from their daily fishing charters, and watching for the “green flash” as the setting sun disappears beneath the Pacific horizon, that’s just icing on the cake!