2006 February – Hawaii Trip

Maui encompasses the islands of Kaho`olawe, Lana`i, Maui and Moloka`i. Maui is a traveler’s delight. It has mountains, volcanoes, flora-fauna, beaches, waterfalls…you name it and it is there. Our ten day trip to Maui, Hawaii was a good mixture of relaxation and fun. We rented a car from the airport for the ten days that we were going to be there so we could explore Maui at our own pace and luxury.

Papakea Resort

All the amenities provided by the hotel were very useful. The resort had its own mini golf course, swimming pools and good customer service, When we got there we were upgraded to a room facing the beach on the first floor. That was just awesome….as we could walk out to the beach whenever we wished. We used the in-suite washer-dryer at-least twice a day and it was a blessing. When we got there we shopped at a local grocery store and then we cooked a lot of our meals in the fully equipped kitchen provided in the suite.

Polynesian Dance and Dinner

The “Drums of the Pacific Luau” at the Hyatt Regency on the Ka’anapali beach was the best concert that we have ever attended. Although a little expensive around $86 to $96 per adult, the dinner and the entertainment was amazing. We watched several high energy and fast paced dances. Towards the end of the show the dancers invited some spectators to dance on the stage where they taught a few steps of their Hawaiian dance. All in all it was a wonderful experience of the Luau.

Road to Hana

Maui’s beauty is mesmerizing on this trip. The Road to Hana is one of the best drives that we did as it was full of adventure, thrill and also depicted some of the historical facts of Maui. The “Road to Hana” was built for a way to transport the field workers to the small town of Hana due to the growth of the sugarcane industries. The Road is 52 miles long, has 617 curves and 56 one lane bridges. There are several tours buses and cars that can take you on this Road to Hana. We obviously decided to do it in our car with the help of an elaborate map.

We were mesmerized by spectacular cliffs, tropical streams and pools and rainforest vegetation. The trip offered several trekking opportunities. We trekked to an astonishing rainforest and a bamboo forest. There were several pineapple fields, waterfalls and bridges where we stopped while driving to absorb the fresh resilient air and smell the Hawaiian fragrant flowers. We drove to the 7 sacred Pools and took a dip in them, we saw the lava tubes on our way and the Black Sand beach which was awe-inspiring.

Beautiful Beaches of Maui

The Papakea beach, Wailea beach, Ka’napali beach and the Maui prince Hotel beach had amazing waves and full of activities for the tourists. The Lahaina beach was popular for kids as we could walk in the ocean and see corals and fish without getting hit by waves.

Molokini

Molokini is a volcano crater and provides the best snorkeling experience in Maui. The island is an underwater marine preserve and birds on it are also. On this tour to the crescent shaped island we saw several dancing dolphins. The fish that is found here is not found in any other part of the world. There was equipment at the boat for all the snorkelers which we used while snorkeling. The visibility underwater is around a hundred feet and it provided the most exhilarating view of the colorful tropical fish and marine life.

Lahaina Harbor

The Atlantis Submarine tour from the Lahaina Harbor is a must see in Maui. The submarine took us a 100 feet under where we saw a sunken ship and several fish.
At the harbor garden there was a hundred plus year old Banyan tree which was brought to Maui in 1873. The spectacular flora and fauna of Hawaii in the several walking trails and parks at this harbor gave it its own beauty.

Spa-Grand Wailea Resort

The resort had a full assortment of services available from seaweed massages to oil baths. There was a variety to choose from and most of them could be combined together in a package.
As we had a four year old with us we had to take turns to get a spa treatment. The Maui Ocean Center was close by the Wailea resort and hence it served our purpose well to entertain our young one.

5 Favorite things about the trip:

  1. The luxurious beaches of Maui were very beautiful and clean.
  2. The Road to Hana was gorgeous and a very nice way to learn about Maui.
  3. The exhilarating snorkeling experience at Molokini was the best view underwater ever, it was so clear!
  4. The luau was our favorite dinner and dance activity which provided in depth learning of the Polynesian culture.
  5. The spa was a great way to chillax 🙂

Some Don’ts or recommendations:

  • After carefully researching all the islands we found that Maui was the one that had everything from rugged beauty, to volcanoes, to the Hawaiian flora and fauna and off course the best snorkeling.
  • We saved a lot of money by renting a car and exploring Maui on our own.
  • We also saved money by doing some grocery shopping so that we could cook our own meals at the hotel. The restaurants have excellent but expensive Hawaiian food.

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