We have about a week on Maui before moving on to visit 4 islands in a month.
Our plan so far:
1. Arrive at night, eat a meal, drive up to Haleakala to wait for sunrise while bodies are on NY time.
2. Check into condo rental Maalea right on the water for 5 nights
4. Fly to Big Island
While on Maui, in addition to sunrise on Haleakala and driving the road to Hana, our interests lie in:
SNORKELING: Honolua Bay, Kapalua Bay, north Kanapali, Sheraton Maui black rock, and south of 2 mile marker areas have been recommended by various guidebooks. Which are easy, safe, successful? How is Malu'aka Beach? Should we take a snorkel boat one day and if so, which one to which spot?
WHALE WATCHING: Honokowou is recommended in guide books- best spots??? Best times of day?
Other suggestions for local craftspeople?
WALKS: not heavy hiking up and down with a new knee but good walking spots for a mile or two of great views- Suggestions????
SCENIC DRIVES: Any other suggestions?
Am I missing anything special that we should do while on Maui for the first time?
I am concerned about reports that cars are broken into and plan not to bring anything major along as we travel around the island but what do we do with towels, shoes, small old backpack while snorkeling?
Should we leave the car unlocked or lock it?
Is there a way to leave the trunk unlocked but closed? Is that a bad idea in terms of the spare tire?
We have purchased watertight pouches for identification, car keys, and a few bucks but we hate to leave the camera in the condo in such a gorgeous place. Suggestions?