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Ocean View 1 BR Cottage on Oceanfront Property. Permitted

Bedrooms 1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 1 - 7 nights


Minimum Stay
1 - 7 nights

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.

Keywords: Cottage

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:
January 12, 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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Exceptional! 5/5 -
(14 traveler reviews)

Ocean View 1 BR Cottage on Oceanfront Property. Permitted
average rating of 5.0 based on 15 reviews

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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Exactly what we were looking for!

  • 5 of 5

This was our second time in Maui. Our first trip there, we stayed in a resort in Wailea, thinking that - considering the price - it would be as charming as what we had imagined. This second time around, we were in desperate need of some authenticity, and this cottage was everything we hoped for! Our stay at the Maui by the Sea cottage was perfection! The cottage – which is simplistically decorated – had everything you need to prepare your own meals, which allowed us to live like locals and experience the real Paia. The property is right next to the sea and is a spot loved by sea turtles. We didn't have to go snorkeling to see them, all we had to do is eat breakfast and count them! But what we truly appreciated during our stay was our amazing hosts. Their kindness and generosity are unprecedented. Valérie had concocted us a list of great tips and places to see while in Maui, and left on a few occasions local fruit baskets on our door step for us to enjoy! We are glad we got to meet such a lovely couple.

We would strongly recommend this place!

  • Submitted: Oct 28, 2014
  • Stayed: Sep 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Jeremy and Manon. It was a pleasure meeting you and knowing that you enjoyed your time on the property "counting" the turtles!!! We hope to see you again, Aloha, Craig and Valerie
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Munich, Germany

Maui by the Sea - rent an cottage

  • 5 of 5

If you want to spend some time in North Shore Maui, I would like to recommend renting a house, apartment or flat. For me personally it is the best way to have a good time in Paia and the neighbourhood. North Shore Maui is very natural and you will find lots of nice beaches there. We found a very nice house in Paia which was five minutes away from the beach. The house, owned by Valerie and Craig, was absolutely nice. It was armed with a full equipped kitchen, a comfortable living room, a nice bedroom and a clean bathroom. But the best party of the house was the big terrace with a wonderful sea view. Every morning we woke up, we had a beautiful view on the sun and the sea. For me it was a perfect place to stay in Paia.

  • Submitted: Mar 3, 2014
  • Stayed: Dec 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Loved every bit of our stay in Maui by the Sea

  • 5 of 5

Our family of 4 (2 adults and 2 young children) loved Maui by the Sea. A well-equipped, clean and well-maintained property - it was perfect for our 1 week stay in Maui. The location in lovely Paia made it convenient for us to explore every part of the island. Valerie and Craig are such lovely people and one of the most helpful owners/hosts we have met. They made us feel at home. We loved the Lanai and sitting in the garden/yard - watching the sunset and the turtles swimming in the ocean. If you are looking for a comfortable and relaxing stay, look no further. We LOVED our stay and would definitely come back. Thanks Valerie and Craig :).

  • Submitted: Feb 25, 2014
  • Stayed: Dec 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Sandhya, it was so nice to meet you. I hope all is well and that maybe you will make it back to Maui before going back home to India. We sure had a great time getting to know you, your hubby and the boys. Aloha, 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

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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

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.
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Paia Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 500 sq. ft.
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
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • 2 garden chairs
  • 2 beach chairs
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed
  • 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

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