Talk about timing! We take off for Hawaii the day Toronto gets a Snowfall warning! Perfect sign this was going to be an amazing vacation!
Landed in Maui and rented a car since we decided not to stay on a resort so we could explore Maui in all its glory!
We stayed at the Napili Point Resort about an hour drive – reasonably priced with a spectacular view! Highlight for the kids was access to snorkelling with turtles right next to the condo.
There are several resorts that run along the shore. If you’re hungry try the Sea House Restaurant – great view and the food is pretty good!
As for trying various restaurants, you have to hit Front Street in Lahaina. We tried Koa’s seaside grill – insane view! Make sure to try the Nutella French Toast.
And to truly get the Hawaiian experience we went to a luau party at the Old Lahaina Luau – great for the kids. Activities before dinner they can enjoy including how to hula! And they get to see the pig emerge cooked from the ground! The food is great and the performances are mesmerizing. We sat on the floor rather than the tables – hard on your back!
As for the adventures, we were told we have to do the Haleakala National Park for sunrise. Took us 2 hours on windy wet roads driving up 10,000 ft to get there for 6:15 am to see the spectacular view of the sunrise at 6:55 am. Well Mother Nature wasn’t so happy. All we got was wet cloudy conditions – maybe next time!
We also drove up to the Nakalele Blowhole. I got nauseous with the tight windy roads but worth the drive. Make sure to wear shoes that will give you the capability to climb down on rocks safely. Huge waves and the blowhole is pretty spectacular.
The best part of my adventures was a 2 hour tour to find humpback whales with Pacific Whale Foundation – after 30 mins on the boat from a far you see the spouts…adrenaline rush knowing we were going to get pretty close to a humpback whale. We saw 4 humpbacks whales, 3 males and one female, with the males competing for the female. Their behaviour was erratic so we didn’t know what to expect. Then the moment happened 50 ft away – I saw a whale breaching! Trigger happy I caught it on camera! Phew. Just amazing!
The crew on the Pacific Whale Foundation boat were very knowledgeable and caring of the kids. Surprisingly, I didn’t feel nauseous even thought the waves were pretty big. A moment I will never forget -thanks Whale!
Muhalo Maui! On our way to Oahu!