We have visited this resort several times and requested a room w/ a good ocean view (knowing that they would most likely not give us ocean front) Our request was made 3 months prior to our visit. Well, we did get our building preference, however, we were facing another building! Not great.
No need to travel elsewhere, the snorkeling is excellent at this location. We traveled all over the island to a variety of locations to snorkel and could not find anything better than the snorkeling from the beach at the Westin. Over the past 10 years the amount amount of coral has grown considerably. There are a large variety of fishes and there are turtles, too.
We made good use of the shuttle bus into Lahaina. No need to drive and hunt for parking....the shuttle runs all day, until late at night on a consistent schedule. And it's free!
All of the staff, particularly cleaning and maintenance, were friendly, always speaking first to say "Aloha."More