August 30 - September 4
My roommate and travel companion were talking about going on a trip to the Big Island when I received an offer from the Westin Villas for 5 nights with a rental car credti and resort gift certificate for $800. We decided it was too good to pass up so Maui was it.
I looked at the boards off and on for tips but was trying not to be the uber planner that I normally m so I would just relax during this trip and enjoy the beach. Normally we have too much planned and we end up just going, going, going.
The goal of this trip was to snorkel and take a trip to Hana. Originally we were going to go to the top of hte Volcano but then we both agreed it seemed like to much and our plans are to go to teh Big Island at some time to see an actual active Volcano. So here we go.
While our package gave us a compact car that would have worked, we just couldn't pass on the upgrade to a Mustang Convertable. There is something about being on an island that screams Convertable and I will say that we really enjoyed it.
We decided to stop by Walmart first. We didn't want the supersize of Costco as there were only two of us. We picked up Sun Screen, Beach Towels, Chairs, and a cooler and planned to stop at Safeway in Lahaina to get some food. By the time we got to the car and put everyting in the trunk, we were both beginning to get a little snippy. Too much travel time and not enough beach time. So we put the top down on the car and started our drive.
We arrived at the Westin Villas and found that they did not have our room ready (no suprise) but I did ask that they move us to the North side which was no problem. We grabbed our swimsuits out of our bags, headed to the locker room and let the staff take care of our bags and parking our car.
We got into the water and the travel wearries were washed away. We did not grab our mask and fins and we were starting to regret it when someone swam up to us and aksed if we saw the turtle. Just then the turtle decided to surface no more than 25 feet away. It was an amazing welcome to Hawaii. I love turtles and so does my travel companion so we couldn't ask for a better welcome.
We laid on the beach for a while and realized we really did need some food and we wanted our masks and fins so we headed. We stopped at the Ocean Pool Bar for Happy hour and I had my first Lava Flow! YUMMY! Then we got the information about our room and an encouragement to visit the concierege for our resort gift certificate. We decided to put that off until tomorrow.
We got to our room and our veiw was not that great but we were in a very quiet corner close to the parking garage which made our trips out of the resort with beach gear, coolers, and snorkels much easier.
Once we were settled we grabbed our snorkel gear and headed out again. It was amazing the amount of fish and coral that were available just off the beach. At times, we found the current and waves a bit much but it was so much fun to get our faces in the water. We headed to our chairs to watch our first sunset. It was great to be on the beach with the sun setting and just relax.
After the sun said it's final goodbyes for the night, we returned to the room, showered and we were off to Safeway. I know that prices are higher but it still was a shock to the system to pay Island Prices. We picked up lunch and breakfast foods and returned to the room.
By that time, I was absolutely spent. We had started our day at 1:00 am Hawaii time and it was now pushing 9:00 pm so into the Westin Heveanly bed while my roommate got the pull out and I was asleep before the lights were out.