Finally getting around to posting about our trip to Maui and I would first like to apologize for the quality of these pictures…they are all phone snaps. I am horrible at taking my camera with me because I despise carrying it around (it’s just too big), but the good news is I now know what to ask for for my birthday. Okay, anyways…
Maui. It was amazing and I wish more than anything I was still back there waking up, putting on my bathing suit and heading straight to the ocean. Oh what I would do. This was our first time to Maui (or Hawaii for that matter) and I wanted to share a few of the things we enjoyed the most.
Hotel: We stayed at the Sheraton Maui Resort and Spa, which had the most gorgeous beach and landscaping as well as some really good snorkeling (we saw several Sea Turtles, up close and personal!).
- Every evening at sunset they have a Cliff Dive Ceremony where they tell the story of the last chief of Maui. We watched this on our first night and it was a great, welcoming experience.
- The Cliff Dive Bar was a great place to enjoy some good food and an even better drink while listening to live music and enjoying the ocean view.
- My only complaint about the hotel was that it was a bit too kid friendly, but that is only because we were on our honeymoon, otherwise I wouldn’t have cared.
What We Did: We spent a lot of our time relaxing on the beach and playing in the ocean, but the things we did venture out for were definitely worth it.
- Old Lahaina Luau – quite possibly my favorite part of the trip was this luau. The experience was nothing short of amazing. The people were all so friendly, the food was extremely delicious (specifically the desserts), and the dancing! Oh my gosh, those girls can dance! We almost missed the opportunity to experience this and I am so glad we did not. Definitely my number one recommendation on Maui.
- Nakalele Blow Hole – Brandon really wanted to see this blow hole, but I wasn’t quite sure it would be worth it. However, we drove 25 minutes up this winding road with the most gorgeous views and hiked (less then 15 minutes) down and it really was worth the (short & gorgeous) trip.
- Snorkeling – on our drive to the blow hole we notice all these spots you could pull off and hike back in the forest (?), so we decided to stop at one. When we reached the end of the hike it was this gorgeous, rocky little cove where people were snorkeling. We ended up leaving to purchase snorkeling gear and made several trips back throughout the week. The coral was absolutely breathtaking there and all I could think was how bad I wish I had an underwater camera.
- Road to Hana – I had people tell me this was boring and others tell me it was totally worth it, so I was not expecting a whole lot, but it was still the number one thing I wanted to do. It was 64.4 miles of driving through a gorgeous rainforest on a (very) narrow, and winding road. You get to see numerous gorgeous waterfalls, a black sand beach, painted eucalyptus trees and there are tons of local food vendors randomly set up selling fresh coconut, fish tacos, pulled pork and many other delicious things! It was definitely worth the trip and I am so glad we did it!
- Restaurants – Several times I’ve asked Brandon what his favorite place to eat was when we were there and while we did eat out basically every meal the two that stand out are Duke’s and Mama’s Fish House. Both were amazingly good with the most gorgeous views! OH! And Ululani’s Hawaiian Shaved Ice…oh.my.gosh. Heaven! We managed to make it there three times, one of them being our very first stop and another being our very last stop.
“blue is known as a ‘sad’ color. But when i see the ocean, all my sorrow is washed away”