Over a week in Maui ... talk about PARADISE! I stayed in a condo right on the beach about five minutes north of Lahaina. The condo was amazing! It had a lanai with a view of the ocean and there were huge Hawaiian sea turtles right there every day. I brought my own snorkel gear (mine is pink, what else do you expect?) and snorkeled every day at the condo and usually at another beach as well. One of the best places to snorkel was Black Rock. The water was the clearest, mostly calm and had tons of fish. The only downside is that since it is a popular spot, there are a lot of people.
Another day I did Road to Hana. I heard that the road gets an insane amount of traffic so I got ahead start and left at 6am. This road is so lusciously green and gorgeous (unlike California). I stopped at many locations along the way including Twin Falls, the rainbow eucalyptus trees, Wai’anapanapa state park, and Wailua waterfalls. The best part is the Pipiwai trail (which is about 12 miles past Hana). It is a 4 mile hike but it's easy and there is a lot to see along the trail.
Most days I hit the beach, snorkeled, and I got my tan on (I wish my tan would last forever). Other awesome things I did, was go to the blow hole, see the famous heart rock, watched the sunrise at the top of Haleakala, ate shave ice from Ululanis, ate banana-macadamia nut pancakes with coconut syrup, drank lots of piña coladas, got pictures taken, and overall had an amazing time! When we were about to board our flight home, the airline asked for volunteers to get off the flight because it was overbooked, promising a free hotel and travel vouchers . Of course we volunteered to stay in Maui another night for free! I think next year we will have to take a trip to Kauai!
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