Maui is definitely one of my favorite places I have traveled to so far. With breathtaking views and magnificent beaches, it is one of those places that I will be sure to visit again. Below is a break down of my daily adventures in Maui.
Even though I was exhausted from sleeping only about two hours, my excitement started kicking in when I had finally landed on one of the world’s best islands. The day consisted of being in awe of every sight I saw (well the whole trip consisted of that actually) and of course dipping my toes in the beautiful Pacific Ocean.
Well rested, I was ready to start the day. Unfortunately, it had rained almost all day so going to the aquarium seemed like the best choice. Now yes, it might seem stupid that I was going to an aquarium when I had the ocean in front of my nose, but it was still fascinating to see the beautiful marine animals and a good rainy day activity. Fortunately, it had stopped raining toward the evening and I was able to get a swim in with the wild marine life.
I like to make the most of my trips and I rarely ever sleep in. There is just something so special to me when I get to wake up when the sky wakes up too. I was up early, belly full of breakfast and on the beach by 9 am (just the way I like it; how else am I supposed to get a good spot). The beaches in Maui are some of the most incredible beaches I have ever been on. The water was the absolute perfect temperature, not too hot and not too cold. I like being able to cool off when swimming, especially when it is really hot outside. The water was serene in the mornings, but I cannot lie I was not a hundred percent comfortable swimming in the deep, so I spent my time in the shallows where the sharks won’t eat me.
My night consisted of hitting up the vibrant and bustling town of Lahaina. Front Street is filled with tourists, locals, restaurants, and many many shops. Plus you are right by the water, so walking around there makes all of it that much better.
This was by far one of my favorite days/the most exhausting. Hearing the alarm clock go off at 2 in the morning is not something you picture doing on vacation (and when I say I am an early bird, even I know 2 am is ridiculous) but when you get to see one of the most beautiful sunrises in the world, then it makes it worthwhile. Shivering on a mountain 10,000 feet up in the sky was not ideal at first, but the view literally takes your breath away. It was worth every minute of sleep I did not get and every shiver I had waiting for the sun to come out. One of the prettiest sights I have ever seen in my life by far and highly recommened.
The next adventure led to the Road to Hana, which was a 50 some mile road with multiple twists and turns. With the ocean on one side and the jungle on the other, it was well worth the mini heart attacks you would get when a car passes you on a tight curve. At the end of this crazy road was a 2 mile hike on Pipiwai Trail that led to a beautiful waterfall. Be careful because the path can be slippery due to all the rain. Yes, it is a rain forest, so expect some sprinkles and keep your electronics protected.
Beach, beach, and more beach. Did I mention that I am a beach bum and a water baby? Spending a day at the beach is probably one of my favorite ways to relax, especially when I am in a beautiful place like Maui.
Another all day beach kind of day and a little canoeing to go with it, but a change of scenery at night. Whaler’s Village was another great area that had lots of shops and some restaurants right by the ocean which were top notch. The area is surrounded by a couple of hotels, so put in your dinner reservations early or you will be waiting for a little while.
What better way to enjoy the last beach day than snorkeling with the fish and turtles. Yes, I swam with actual wild, sea turtles and it was one of the most memorable experiences I’ve had thus far. To end the night, I made my way back to Whaler’s Village to enjoy a meal and some music right by the ocean.
Leaving Maui was bitter sweet because I was sad to leave but I know I will be back one day. Maui is truly a place for everyone. Whether you are a an adrenaline junkie, or someone who likes to lounge by the beach, or a big nature lover; Maui has it all.
Happy Travels – xoxo Dre <3