Recently I took a trip to Maui with one of my best friends, Brenna. The trip was booked through Costco and I highly recommend it if you are lazy like me and just want easy. We stayed at the Whaler Village, which felt like a mix of condo and hotel living. We were walking distance to restaurants and the beach was right in front of us. Also, the location was convenient for driving to all the places we wanted to see. The rental car was part of the deal too. Talking about my whole Maui experience would take a very long time, so I decided to break it up into 3 parts with the points that I really wanted to share.
The road to Hana
First let me start off by suggesting to download the app "GyPsy Guide-Road to Hana." They have other destinations that you can also purchase. The app does cost $4.99 on iTunes, but it is way cheaper than a tour and plus it gave me the confidence to drive the road the whole way. It didn't eat up my data and it would tell me places to stop, including restroom places.
The road to Hana is a journey worth doing at least once. It is an all day thing where you will need to get up early and come back for a later dinner.
- Appreciate the details that you see on plants, clouds, the different colors of the water, the roughness or calmness of the waves.
- Bring snacks with you.
- Have a music play list ready to go.
|Eucalyptus-Look closely to see the natural colors of the trunks.|
|Punaluu-Black Sand Beach|
|Upper Waikani Falls|
|Holding black sand|
Nakalele Blowhole Adventure
On one of the days that we were in Maui we went to Nakalele to find the blowhole. Unfortunately, we went a little too early that we weren't able to actually see the blowhole. However, we still got to appreciate the view and even found the rock with a heart in it.
- Enjoy the road getting there.
- Stop at a food truck and pick up a snow cone or coconut gelato to enjoy the view.
- If you find a parking spot, go swimming at the bay (the picture with the boats).
This one we did pay for the tour and it was worth it. They came and picked us up at the hotel at 2am and we stood in our spot at 4:30am to see the sunrise at 5:30am. I have to admit that we it was very cold up there, which they gave us wind breaker jackets and pants and I think I napped that day for a couple hours. All worth it though! Part of the tour was that we were able to bike down a 20+mile road and had lots of fun.
- Bring warm clothes and dress in layers.
- Get their early. I thought 4:30am was a little ridiculous, but we got front row views with not worrying about people standing in front of us.
- Offer to take other people's pictures and they might take yours too.
Maui truly was one of the top places I have been too. So much to do and see whether you make it a short or long trip. I hope you get a chance to get there too.
If you made it to the end of this post, then you are one of the first ones to know where I'll be traveling next month! I'll be in Thailand with my niece. We will be volunteering and traveling, so be sure to look out for that vlog/blog when it comes out. Let me know blog followers about your Maui experience or your travel plans!
These are things I had to say.