First of all, a big thank you to this Maui forum for helping me plan my itinerary. I book marked and saved numerous itineraries and questions which helped me immensely.
My husband and I are in our early 30s. We visited Maui for 6 days and loved every bit of the island. I booked through Costco’s travel package. We stayed at Royal Kahana Maui by Outrigger. The hotel by itself was alright, no great landscape or beach access. However, our room was great. We had an ocean facing studio with a beautiful view. Simply loved waking up to the sound of waves. Our room was also equipped with a nice kitchen.
I must admit that the weather in Maui was worrying me since there was a lot of rain in the beginning of May. However, the weather gods have been extremely kind to us. We had spectacular weather every single day in Maui. There was brilliant sunshine, plenty of breeze and clear skies almost every day during our vacation.
Day 1: May 20th
Being from NJ, we decided to halt in San Francisco both ways during our journey to Maui. Besides meeting family and friends in San Francisco, this helped us avoid extra long flights and somewhat helped with the time zone changes. We took a 10am flight from SFO to OGG. Once we landed in Maui, there was instant warmth and breeze which was refreshing. Our rental car booking was through Alamo. After reading some TA forum posts, I had checked in online. We were out with our car in a few minutes. The drive from OGG to our hotel was 50 mins. We enjoyed the drive as this gave us a chance to see Maui.
After checking into our hotel and freshening up, we decided to check out Ka’anapali beach. It was barely a 5 min drive from where we stayed. It was drizzling a bit and hence, the beach was kind of deserted. We parked at the Westin parking lot and walked on the beach enjoying the breeze and drizzling rain for about an hour. It was bliss! We came across a beach bar on the ocean and happy hour was going on. We sat down with our mai tais facing the ocean, enjoying the breeze and listened to some live music. It was a beautiful way to begin our vacation. After spending 2.5 hrs or so at Ka’napali beach, we decided to head out. We stopped at Times market to pick up some local fruits and grocery to get us through the next few days. We called it a night and were in bed by 7.30pm. So much for avoiding jet lag!
Day 2: May 21st
I had Haleakala sunrise reservations and had decided to take a call depending on the weather. Thanks to our jet lag, we were up and awake by 2.45am! I looked out from our lanai and the sky was clear with no rain. We immediately got ready, packed some fruits to snack on the way and started driving! The drive was about 1hr 45 mins. The road up to Haleakala was a little tricky to drive at such wee hours. We reached the summit at about 4.45am. The colors of the sky for the next 1 hr until sunrise were brilliant. Words can do little justice to the beauty of sunrise over Haleakala! Despite covering up with layers and using sheets from our hotel room, we were freezing. I wish I had brought my gloves coz my fingers were frozen while clicking pictures. After watching the sunrise, we walked around a bit, and drove to another summit whose parking lot was closed during the sunrise. After spending an hour or so, we decided to return back. We were starving and I was waiting to try acai bowls. Hence, we stooped at Paia Bowls in Paia. During our trip, I fell in love with acai bowls and had them almost every day, sometimes even twice a day.
The exhaustion kicked in as we were finishing up our acai bowls and decided to head back to our room. We slept for a couple of hours and had a quick lunch in the room itself, watching the beautiful ocean from our lanai. Around 3 pm, we decided to head out to see Nakalele blowhole. The drive to the blowhole was twisty and full of turns. I started feeling a little motion sick by the time we reached mile marker 38. I had read up a lot that MM 38 is the best spot to see the blowhole. However, I am not sure if I read wrong! After exploring the area, we never got the see the blowhole! I followed this https://anonymouse.smugmug.com/Blowhole/ and still never managed to find it. We were the only 2 people in the entire vicinity and I started to freak out thinking we were in the wrong place. We had parked right next to Julia’s banana bread (which was delicious, FYI!) and the guy in the stall told us blowhole was ahead. I wasn’t sure what to do so we decided not to venture any further north and instead head to Kapalua Bay.
Kapalua Bay turned out to be my most favorite beach on Maui. It was cute, small and absolutely beautiful. We spent about 2 hrs just relaxing by the beach watching people snorkell and kids play in the water. However, the time zone difference was getting to us and we finally returned to our room for sunset. We had our dinner on the lanai while watching the sunset and were off to bed by 8pm!Edited: 31 May 2018, 03:11