Our two weeks on the island of Maui, Hawaii, were great. Jim’s cousin Dale and wife Diana are a lot of fun to travel with. Also got together with good friends Dan and Kelley who have a home in Kihei, Maui. We toured the island some, enjoyed the scenery; good eating out and in our condo; and the 2 of them and I, Cheryl did a lot of snorkeling. Jim decided that he would sit on the beach and enjoy the views there (the last few times that he has tried snorkeling, it was not fun for him). I guess we are still Beach people.
Our first week was in our timeshare at Ka’anapali Beach Club; with an ocean front condo. Beautiful views, but only 2 whales spotted early in the week. Dan and Kelley took us (not Jim) on their boat and we snorkeled by Red Hill (Pu’u Ola’i) in south Maui. Saw many types of fish (tang, trigger, wrasse, butterfly, parrot, trumpet and more) and turtles. We were out in the water about an hour and half and I am happy to say that my new “rash guard” shirt really helped with staying warm. In addition, the mask and snorkel from Maui Dive Shop worked great.
We also joined Dan and Kelley for a lovely sunset dinner at Royal Lahaina Hotel, Ocean Terrace. Their good friend, Ford, the wine steward took good care of us. The four of us also went to Kobe Teppan Steakhouse, yummy.
The second week we were in a 2 bedroom, 2 bath condo that we rented in Kihei through Trip Adviser, Kihei Garden Estates. It was really nice and we even had a little ocean view. Every night we walked to the beach and enjoyed the sunset with an evening drink.
Dan and Kelley showed us all the best beaches for snorkeling which also had a grass area with shade for Jim. We liked Keawakapu Beach (K’pu for short) so much that we went there 4 days in a row. The coral was very colorful and many fish were seen, as well as turtles. I had a close encounter with one turtle, had to scramble to get out of its way. On the last day, Dale bought an underwater camera and the 2 of them got some good shots. We also took an afternoon snorkel boat ride out of Maalaea Harbor, which included lunch and drinks. I snorkeled only briefly because the water was really rough! Also the mask and snorkel provided were not good (should have taken the ones I rented). But on the way back into the harbor we saw a momma whale and her calf; their backs, fins and tales! Awesome!
Maui is a beautiful place for scenery in and out of the water. Our next trip should be in March or April of 2016.
Happy Birthday, Jim, for tomorrow!!