Maui is Wowie

Trip Start Mar 11, 2011
Trip End Mar 28, 2011

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Sunday, March 13, 2011

We got up early and headed out from Honolulu to Maui--the longest part was sitting in the Alamo rental car place, otherwise it was a quick, easy flight here.  The drive from the airport to Lahaina was easy and we're now staying in a very cute place, renting a bedroom/bathroom from a nice lady named Melinda.  She has 3 cats and lives very close to the shopping & restaurant area of Lahaina.  We're making her home our home-base while on Maui. 

As soon as we got to town at around noon we were hungry and headed to Betty's in Lahaina to have some lunch.  Then we walked around and saw the gigantic tree and the shops; I had my first shaved ice (not doing that again, talk about sugar-overload!)--but I have to admit it was super-yummy.  *Check out Betty's around 6 pm, you can see the luau being held next door--have a beer and enjoy the show.

I think from the heat and the traveling,  was suddenly wiped out, so we came back to the house and showered and I napped for awhile until I felt better.  Then the really cool part--we headed to  Black Rock on Kaanapali to try and get some snorkeling in.   This was a short 15 minute drive to a really nice, easy place to go snorkeling and see lots of sea-life.  It's right in front of the Sheraton and it takes some meandering to figure out how to park, etc.  Park in the Whalers Village shopping center, the cost is $4 per hour but if you buy anything (food or souvenirs), that are worth at least $10 you can get your parking ticket validated and you don't have to pay.  We paid no attention to the "no beach parking" signs in that lot and nobody bothered us.  There's a wooden walkway all the way down to the beach in front of the Black Rock.

Black Rock is pretty awesome, it's like swimming in someones really expensive gigantic salt-water aquarium.  Crystal clear, tons of fish and so easy to get to.  On the way out Ron bought some new Crocs and we got our parking validated, nice!

We ended up going snorkeling almost every day we were on Maui, sometimes multiple times per day. We'd wake up at our leisure, get dressed and packed; jump in the water--snorkel and then head out for a swanky lunch.   It was a really nice thing to have brought our own equipment.  We could basically stop anywhere that looked good and jump in without having to worry about rentals.  The wetsuits were great for floating (sometimes the water is pretty wavy), and also to avoid sunburn. 

 We hired the Quicksilver Boat for the Molokini Crater trip, through Boss Frog's in Laihaina-they had really friendly staff, even asking you your names and how you were doing.  They served good food, and ran a nice, clean boat.  I did not get sick!   I had to work on the not getting sick part but I did it.  I even ate some of the yummy lunch and had a few sips of Ron's Mai Tai.  The water was kind of wavy and it was a bit cold but there was alot to see (although I enjoyed Hanama on Oahu better and I didn't have to get on a boat).  I'm glad we did it though--we also went whale watching on the way there and back and got a full, friendly tour of the island. 

I wish we had discovered Aloha Mix Plate restuarant--right when we first arrived!  It's behind the Safeway in Lahaina and they have cheap, yummy food and you can hear the Luau going on next door for free! 

On our last day we decided to go to the Maui Ocean center--it was pretty neat, I would not recommend it unless you had alot of time to blow on Maui; otherwise, too expensive and too many kids.  Great rainy-day activity though. 

Maui is a beautiful place, definitely rent a car and try to find somewhere you can make at least some of your own food. 

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