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Ocean View 1 BR Cottage on Oceanfront Property. Permitted

Bedrooms 1
Space 500 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 1 - 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Internet
  • Covered Parking
  • Washing Machine
  • Outdoor Grill
  • non smoking only
  • Air Conditioning
  • children welcome


About the property

Cottage, 1 Bedroom + Other (See Description), 1 Bath, (Sleeps 2)

$275/night (+ tax)(Permit # CP 2001/0018 & HTID W04886148-01).

Minimum stay 7 nights. Want to stay fewer days? At certain times of the year, or for last minute bookings, we might waive the minimum nights stay. Please don't hesitate to inquire.

Welcome to the North Shore of Maui, Hawaii!

Maui North Shore ocean-view

Maui by the Sea is a beautiful vacation rental - an ideal ocean-view cottage located on an oceanfront property between Paia and Ho’okipa, on Maui's scenic and exciting North Shore. Our two-story plantation-style cottage has gorgeous views of a sapphire ocean with dancing waves. Simply sit back and relax on the private covered lanai and enjoy the view!

Tropical ambiance with all the comforts of home:

The 500 sq.feet air-conditioned apartment is upstairs (downstairs is the open garage), surrounded by a lovely Hawaiian tropical garden with bamboos, palm trees, gingers, heliconias and fruit trees. The inside is cozy and elegant. A separate bedroom with a queen-sized bed, full bath, and full kitchen complement the layout.

The ocean is your front yard.

Walk out into the front yard, and watch surfers enjoying the beautiful blue waves! Maui by the Sea's property is located right on the ocean, fronting a popular local surf break. The entertainment never stops!

Your cottage is 150 feet from the ocean. (Access to the water is possible but there is no beach in front of the property; it is a rocky shoreline). A sandy beach is 200 yards from the cottage with access for windsurfing, surfing and snorkeling; or if you wish, just sunbathing on the golden sand.

A short drive down the coast takes you to Baldwin Beach, the nicest beach on Maui's North Shore with long long stretches of white sand, crystal clear water, lifeguards, pavilions, and showers.


Legal permitting


With 12 years of experience, Maui By The Sea has always operated under a legal County of Maui permit and our current permit is valid through 2021.

CAUTION! Beware of Fake Emails

We have recently become aware that somebody is sending fake, phishing and spoof emailsin our Maui by the Sea name and other vacation rentals like ours worldwide, when they have found our Cottage on the Web sites Flipkey and Vrbo. We nor Flipkey and Vrbo have anything to do with such emails.

The emails, among other things, ask for payment by bank wire. First DO NOT SEND THEM ANY MONEY or reply to the email or open a link in the email, if there is one. If you send them money you will show up at our Cottage but will not have a reservation. DO NOT RESPOND TO SUCH EMAIL, BUT DELETE IT FROM YOUR COMPUTER.

If you suspect that you have received a fake email, please let us know and also contact Flipkey and/or Vrbo.


The County of Maui requires that Vacation rentals and B&B's obtain a permit for legal operation. Illegal operators are currently being contacted and serious enforcement and closure of non-permitted cottages will begin January 1, 2013. Then recovery of advanced payments will potentially be difficult for the renter. Legal operations will have their permit number on the first page of their website.

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DISCLOSURE: Maui by the Sea Cottage sits off of Hana Highway, it is a 2 lane road). There can at times be excessive road noise. However, we have good insulation and have added air conditioning to minimize the problem. There will be no refund given due to this situation.

More Details

Valerie Richter (owner)
Member since: 2006
Speaks: english, french
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 27, 2017

About Valerie Richter (owner)

Your hosts at the Maui by the Sea cottage: Craig and Valerie Richter

Hi, I am Craig: I was born in Seattle and grew up in Spokane, Washington. I loved sports growing-up, especially tennis. I participated in lots of competitions and later became a tennis coach. As a child my parents brought us to Maui several times and eventually I became a Tennis Coach both on Maui and Kauai prior to moving to Hong Kong for 12 years, after which I returned to Maui, met Valerie and have never left. I have been a dedicated tennis coach here on Maui for over 15 years.

Bonjour, I am Valerie: I was born and grew up in Paris, France and became a sports photographer, working for a Windsurfing Magazine, Planche Mag, in the 80's. As a Windsurfing Photographer I traveled around the world following the Windsurfing World Cup, but of all the places my work took me, I loved Maui the best and on Maui I finally settled in 1989.

We are active in our church and in studying the Scripture. When we aren't looking after our guests, we love to play tennis, hike, ski and travel (though not very often since we have a hard time leaving Maui), and Valerie loves Watercolor and Pastel painting and still takes lots of photographs.

We hope you will come and join us in our little paradise,


Craig and Valerie

Valerie Richter (owner) purchased this cottage in 2000

Why Valerie Richter (owner) chose Maui

This is a unique spot, ocean front, close to Paia and very central to lots of activities, protected from the wind. Extraordinary view.

The pictures speak for themselves.

We have been in business since 2000.

What makes this cottage unique

The property is very private with its own ocean view. There is a surf spot right in front and close to shore and it is a wild show to watch and hear the surfer catching waves (winter only). Access to a cute little beach is a one minute walk. Perfect for a morning or evening dip.

Once you are done touring or shopping, it is the best to just come home and still have a wonderful and incredible view. This is a very special little nest for honeymooners but also windsurfers and kite boarders.

Guestbook comments from the owner

It was so nice to settle in and make Maui by the Sea home! Valerie is a great host and made us feel welcome from the moment we arrived. This lovely cottage was the perfect home base as we explored the many sides of the island – coffee at the picnic table on the lawn, grilling on the lanai, puttering about the spacious kitchen - all of these were comforting and relaxing between discovering as much of the island as we could for these two first–time visitors. And such an amazing location, and what a view! Truly epic sunsets! Thank you for sharing your slice of paradise with us!
Jul 2014
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Paia Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 500 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy 2
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed
  • children welcome ...
Location Type:
  • Ocean View ...
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Covered Parking
  • Free Long Distance ...
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 1
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Queen size Beds (1), Child Beds (1) We can provide you with a foam futon that you set on the floor during the night and fold during the day. Extra guest rate applies for children ($35/night), Baby Cribs (1) We can provide you with a crib, a high chair and a safety gate installed at the top of the stairs. ($50 per stay)
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television ...
  • Toys
  • Video Library
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • 2 garden chairs
  • 2 beach chairs
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • cinemas
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • miniature golf
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • fitness center
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • parasailing
  • sailing
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(17 traveler reviews)

Ocean View 1 BR Cottage on Oceanfront Property. Permitted
average rating of 5.0 based on 18 reviews
Edmonds, Washington

Lovely cottage with a beautiful view of the ocean

  • 5 of 5

If you are looking for “real Hawaii”, I would recommend staying at Maui by the Sea just down the road from Pa’ia town. Imagine eating your meals on the covered lanai and taking in the views of the ocean and the West Maui Mountains. You can watch the humpback whales spouting and breaching. In the late afternoon, walk to the neighborhood beach and see the Hawaiian Green Turtles resting on the sand.

The one bedroom cottage is well equipped. It includes a roomy bathroom, a kitchen with everything a cook would need, and a washer / drier. The bed and furniture were very comfortable. The Wi Fi has a strong signal (that made my husband happy). The grounds are beautifully landscaped with native plants and fruit trees. The owners also grow herbs that added spice to our dinners.

When we arrived, we were greeted by our hosts along with a bowl of delicious fruits. Valerie has a wealth of knowledge about Maui. Several weeks before we arrived, Valerie sent me an e-mail message listing sights to see, places to go, and restaurants to try. Valerie is a wonderful person, so do not feel shy about asking her questions about Maui.

The cottage is conveniently located. We enjoyed the drive to Hana, toured the upcountry, visited the south Maui beaches, hiked the trail to Twin Falls, sat on Ho’okipa Beach watching the surfers, walked Ma’alaea beach, and drove up to the summit of Haleakala National Park to watch the sunrise. If you want to enjoy the experience, you need to make a reservation (see and bring warm clothes.

Valerie recommended Mana Foods in Pa’ia, and we absolutely loved the selection of natural / organic foods and beautifully grown produce. When we weren’t cooking in, we tried some excellent restaurants including Mama’s Fish House, Flat Bread Company, and Café Des Amis.

It was a blessing to get to know Valerie. She made us feel at home during our stay at Maui by the Sea. Be sure to make your reservation at least six months in advance.

  • Submitted: Mar 3, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your beautiful detailed review. We hope to see you again, it was a pleasure to have you stay with us. Aloha and God bless you, Valerie
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Great Cottage Just Outside Paia

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful stay at Maui by the Sea. The cottage is exactly as portrayed on the site and the area by the ocean is even nicer, perched right over the water so you can enjoy the view and the roar of the ocean on the rocks below pretty much any time. We enjoyed our morning coffee, sunset drinks and starlight nights in this setting.

As noted, the cottage lives up the pictures and description on the site. We found the bed and other furnishings very comfortable. As far as the highway noise goes, it is noticeable so if you are hypersensitive to that, this may not be the ideal place for you. But the bedroom is on the ocean side and we left the windows open and found that we heard much more of the ocean than we did of the traffic (which really dies down at night).

A big plus for us was that the kitchen is very well stocked, with more pots/pans/utensils than you typically find at VRBOs. We made several meals with ingredients from the nearby farmers market and the natural foods store in town. (There are also several good restaurants in town and in other towns nearby if you don't want to cook.)

Valerie and Craig were excellent hosts. They were very available, providing a lot of helpful information, but not at all intrusive and in fact very sensitive about respecting our privacy. Valerie was easy to deal with and accommodating ahead of our arrival and responsive to any questions or issues we had while we were there. I appreciate that both on the site and in the reservation process Valerie tends to over-disclose any issue, which means you are pleasantly surprised rather than disappointed. We've booked many properties on VRBO and while our experiences have been overwhelmingly positive, you do get some pictures that are taken from angles you can never actually experience on the property. There isn't any of that here.

All-in-all this was a great place to stay that we would stay at again and recommend without reservation to others, especially o folks looking for an area that is a little more offbeat and relaxed than the resorts on the west and south sides.

  • Submitted: Feb 17, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect cottage for your vacation in Paia

  • 5 of 5

Loved our stay! Especially the view of the ocean from the bed and deck, the full sized kitchen, BBQ and covered deck enabled us to prepare our own meals nightly. Hosts are very helpful, generous and kind. Excellent location for enjoying Mama's Fish House and Paia town. The only complaint our entire stay is we found the mattress too soft for our preference. The ocean view seating in the front the property is spectacular! We would return!

  • Submitted: Feb 7, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are glad you enjoyed your stay. We are blessed with a great view. And the cottage having a covered lanai allows our guests to enjoy every meal outdoor, rain or shine. This week, we are having a guest who brought with him his memory foam padding just in case the mattress would be too firm for him. And he has been using it!!! We wish we could have the universal mattress to please everyone. For this reason each time we buy a new mattress we have to choose one that is neither too firm nor too soft. Aloha!
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Cozy private cottage

  • 5 of 5

Valerie & Craig were perfect hosts for our recent October stay. Their cottage was as advertised. It was clean, cozy and a great location for those that want to avoid the big resorts but still want convenient access to great food, shopping, ocean views and beach access.

Also, it is only a few miles from the start of the Road to Hana, which we found a big plus because after finishing the scenic but somewhat challenging drive we didn't have to drive another 30 or 60 minutes to a resort on the other side of Maui.

We were anxious to snorkel with sea turtles during our trip to Maui. The public beach is less than a 5 minute walk from the cottage. The beach had several resident green sea turtles just hanging out.

The cottage is surrounded with banana, avocado and orange trees.

We highly recommend this alternative to a big resort or hotel.

  • Submitted: Nov 6, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Santa Cruz

Perfect little bungalow - Amazing location!

  • 5 of 5

This property is SO amazing and the pictures don't do it justice! When we first arrived, we were blown away by how amazing the front lawn area is. It's right on the waters edge! The views are stunning and it's so comfortable and relaxing on those lounge chairs. Also a perfect spot to enjoy dinner or a cocktail and watch the sunset over West Maui!

The house itself was perfect and had everything you needed. Comfortable bed, nice sheets, great pillows and fans and AC's in both the bedroom and the living area. The kitchen was stocked with everything you needed to cook a great meal, and they even filled the fruit bowl with some of the delicious fruit that they have growing around their property. The outdoor patio is perfect for eating and just relaxing, while taking in the amazing views, and it's also covered which is great if you want to hang outside while its raining!

Other reviews have mentioned the noise of cars driving by (property is located right on a busy main road), but we didn't notice the noise even once. It's not loud enough to ever be a bother (my husband worked during the day and took a lot of phone calls inside and outside - never made a single comment about the noise from the traffic!), but if it does happen bother you, they kindly provide white noise machines.

The location is central, away from the hustle and bustle of the south side (yet very easy to get to), and at the start of the drive to Hana. Paia has quite a few good restaurants, and Mana Foods (a small natural health foods store) has everything you need to make a delicious meal, stock up on beach snacks, or find amazing locally made food items. You're also very close to the airport!

Valerie and Craig are so friendly, super accommodating and very understanding. The really make you feel comfortable and at home. We would stay here again in a heartbeat!!

  • Submitted: Jun 7, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: How happy I am to read that you loved our cottage and property. Yes, the view is majestic and after 16 years, I never get tired of it! I am glad you mentioned the road noise, it is hard to know if someone will be bothered or not, so I prefer to “over emphasize” it through our disclosure and rental agreement. We heard from world traveler guests last month that Mana Foods is the best grocery store “in the world” for its variety of international food.
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Central Coast, CA

Perfect Maui Spot

  • 5 of 5

We spent 9 relaxing days at Maui By the Sea Cottage, and can't recommend it highly enough. Valerie and Craig are wonderful hosts, sharing tropical fruits from their garden and information about local events. The cottage is very comfortable and is well equipped for meals in - you'll want to take advantage of the locally grown produce and meat, as well Surfing Goat cheese and Ulupalakua wines. The view from the lanai can't be beat while enjoying Maui coffee in the morning. We enjoyed the oceanfront lawn everyday, watching the surf, turtles, and sunsets, and perfecting our relaxation skills. Thanks again, Valerie and Craig - our 25th anniversary was awesome! Kris and Sid

  • Submitted: Sep 20, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Kris and Sid for choosing our cottage. It was a pleasure meeting you and we are so glad that you had a relaxing 25th anniversary. We hope to see you again, Aloha, Craig and Valerie
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Nearest Airport
7 Miles
Kahului Airport (OGG)
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Paia Town (12 restaurants)
Nearest Beach
200 Metres
Tavares Beach
Car: recommended

DISCLOSURE: Maui by the Sea Cottage sits off of Hana Highway (it is not a 'highway' as mainlanders understand it, it is a 2 lane road). There can at times be excessive road noise. However, we have good insulation and have added air conditioning to minimize the problem. There will be no refund given due to this situation.


Rates & Availability

Paia Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
April 0
Apr 10 2017 - Apr 11 2017
1 night minimum stay
Apr 23 2017 - Apr 29 2017
3 night minimum stay
May 7 2017 - May 8 2017
1 night minimum stay
May 2
May 13 2017 - May 22 2017
5 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

clean. fee less 7 nights $50 + Tax
Tax Rate 13.42%

Minimum stay 7 nights. Want to stay fewer days? At certain times of the year, or for last minute bookings, we might waive the minimum nights stay. Please don't hesitate to inquire. Add a $50 cleaning fee for less than 7 nights.
Cancellation policy:
If you cancel prior to 60 days before arrival, we will refund your down payment less a cancellation fee of 20% off the total amount of the booking to cover expenses incurred and lost booking opportunities, and less all applicable agent and credit card fees.
If you cancel within 60 days prior to arrival, you will receive your deposit refunded for days rebooked minus 20% cancellation fee (see above).

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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