We’ve been home just over a week from Maui and have to say I miss the island/vacation life already. Not surprising, especially if you have visited the island before. The scenery is majestic, the food is exquisite, the water is warm and wonderful, the sunsets are breath taking, and the company we kept was second to none. Here is the video complete with aerials, snorkeling and scuba diving, ziplines, waterslides, and atvs. What a trip.
If you watched the video, there was so much to do that having only a week to do equated to very full days.
We arrived Friday afternoon, the day after Thanksgiving, and traveled out of Bellingham Wa which was simple, smooth, and had no crowds. The plane was virtually empty so the kids and us spread out and chilled over the next 5 hours.
Upon landing and picking up the SUV, we cruised down to south Kihei and the resort of Kamaole Sands. What a lovely condo resort complete with pool, a great nearby park and beach access (the beach was literally across the street), and had the best snorkeling I’ve ever experienced on Maui or Oahu.
When snorkeling there was so many turtles that it made it not worth to book a snorkeling trip through the condo or other adventure tours. The kept secret was a little beach, just south of Wailea Golf Club – here is the link. It was also in a book we read so I don’t feel to bad putting it on the internet.
We did tons of beach and pool time then off to Lahaina. Lahaina was full of shopping and eating. I refrained from all the knick-knacks, did purchase some coins and Christmas ornaments, swim suites, and eating a Bubba Gumps. Bubba Gumps is the place to get shrimp and by shrimp I mean, 1 1/3 of cajun style shrimp all to myself. So good and you must have it. I finally picked up some sauces and an apron to cook my own at home.
Tuesday was set aside for ziplines at Kapalua Ziplines. TJ and Spud made the adventure awesome. We booked the 7 line tour that came with lunch. Lunch was good but the ziplines, especially The Beast at 2,300 ft. long, and the other 2,100 ft. line was mind blowing.
Wednesday was a scheduled dive trip just for me. I selected Lahaina Divers since they offered the Cathedrals dive on Wednesday. The staff was hella cool and I seen my first shark, underwater that is. After finishing diving it was off too the pool and swimming with the kids.
Then the evening took us on a drive to Mama’s Fish House. Even though it was one of the most expensive items on the menu, I recommend the seared Ahi tuna with rice with a few Mai Tais. Yu will not be disappointed. If you don’t like seafood, then don’t go to Mama’s.
Thursday it was go-time with ATV rides (side-by-sides) from Kahoma Ranch. The young ones were allowed to ride along, not drive, and goggles, helmets, and bandannas were provided by Kahoma. The ATV adventure was part ATV ride and part waterslide. As you can see in the video, the waterslides are home made yet fun nonetheless.
Friday seemed to be a chill day with bbq-ing steaks, pool and beach time, and a sort of “I-Don’t-Want-Leave” pouting by all of us. LOL. We did stay up late having drinks around the kitchen table, laughing about our adventures, and watching video and pictures.
Can wait to do it again. The kids don’t know yet, but we have an Orlando trip already planned for July. We’ll tell them this Christmas 🙂