We arrived on the shores of Maui nearly 2 weeks ago.
The weather was cool but not freezing and the lush green trees and ocean practically made me feel like I had literally figured out how to successfully get off the world. We got settled into our condo and immediately changed into our swimming suits and headed to Kapalua for our first of many Sunsets. It was wonderful, breathtaking and peaceful. We swam with a family of turtles and then feasted at LeLanis.
I quickly discovered that swimming in the ocean was FABULOUS. I was so buoyant and once I got used to the salt water and over my fear of being eaten by large water dwelling creatures, our many swims in the ocean were perfect. I really honed my swimming skills over the course of our Hawaii stay and I think it's safe to say that swimming 1.2 miles is going to be in the bag come June.
Our first full day started perfectly with a run on the beach and breakfast at The Gazebo.
Holy Moses, Macadamia Nut Pancakes with Coconut syrup, white chocolate chips and vanilla whip cream? A million times YES! After literally licking the plate we headed over to the Slaughter House Beach.
I know, bad name, but fantastic little bay. The wind was blustery so the waves were decent. After Bob was literally washing machined in the first 30 minutes, I braved it with the boogie board and we had the best time riding the waves. I swallowed so much salt water, but had SO MUCH FUN. It truly was a blast to just be silly and have fun with my husband. We spent all day on the board and in the water.
Our second day we visited Flemings Beach and spent another glorious 10 hours in the ocean, our only decision making had to do with when to put sunscreen on. It was glorious. Bob and I got our early morning swim in, and then spent the rest of the day in and out of the water boogie boarding our little hearts out. We also discovered Maui Tacos. Delicious fast Hawaiian style mexican food. It was a favorite! We also were introduced to KIMOS and Hula Pie. YUM!
Day 3 brought us to the Preserve on the West/North side of the Maui Island. We spent the better part of the morning snorkelling and meeting a few little minor jellyfish. I could swim all day. After about an hour though it was just chilly enough to be cold. So we got out and headed to the Black Sand beaches which most definitely were not cold! We looked for seashells and also encountered a woman who had gotten stung by a Box Jellyfish (very bad) on her daily 3 HOUR swim with her friends. I was AMAZED that 1. She swims for 3 hours....daily......in the ocean and 2. that although her neck and upper body were literally going numb from the poison, she had enough composure to swim to the shore and walk to the car. New Hero.
We also hiked into the Twin Falls, a gorgeous fresh water pool with a fantastic waterfall. The hike was glorious and the waterfall majestic.
Day 4 was more boogie boarding and snorkelling at Napili Bay. We also made the gorgeous hike down to Honolua Bay too. The water was cloudy but such a fun experience. To get to Honolua Bay you have to hike down through this overgrown area where the trees are HUGE. Its almost otherworldly. It really was so beautiful.
Day 5 was seriously so cool! We started the day by driving up to one of the local blow holes. You have to hike down a really rocky trail to get to it, but it was so much fun to see a blow hole in action. Bob and I went down until we were about 10 feet away from it and got soaked. The hike was beautiful and to make it even better, we stopped for a while to watch the whales and managed to see a complete breach (where the whale literally jumped out of the water). It was spectacular and so much fun!
Our afternoon was spent at Ka'annapali Bay and the Black Rock. The ocean was clear and perfect for swimming, snorkelling and rock jumping. I also convinced Bob to go Paddle boarding! I have seen it done all over the island and had a hankering to try. I must have been a paddle boarder in a past life because I just took to it. I had no trouble managing the waves while standing and paddling. I even did yoga for a few minutes.......I know.....show off. Bob didn't fair as well and found himself upended in the ocean. At least we discovered that our phones are, in fact, water proof!
We stayed on the beach long enough to enjoy a Pina Colada and catch another amazing sunset.
Our last day in Maui was wonderful. We woke up and headed out on a whale watching expedition. It was incredible. We headed out into the ocean on a little zodiac boat and were literally feet from the water. The whales were so active and we saw several breaches, a baby whale, a competition pod and several whales just swimming along. It was so cool. I really liked the whale watching!
Our afternoon was spent laying on the beach reading, swimming and getting tan. It was all things delightful and perfect. We could not have asked for a better sunset to finish our time.
Our lovely vacation has come and gone and we are now in the hectic zone of moving. Its stressful....
I'll just keep Maui on my mind.