Some background: hubby and I are late twenties and this is our "honeymoon trip"-even though we have been married two years! 5 days before our wedding I had an emergency appendectomy and we never got a "real" honeymoon- so we are having a "do over" now.
We are do-ers- hubby can not sit still and we both are very athletic, active people, which is one of the reasons we chose Maui- we love the beach but there is so much more to do!
Neither of us have ever been to Maui or Hawaii at all, both of us are seasoned travelers otherwise.
Left our warm beds in Columbus, OH at 3 am. United was nice enough to rebook our flights several times (groan) and we now had at 5:45 am departure and two stops :( I knew this would be a long day, but I had no idea. CMH to Denver was uneventful, we had a scheduled 3 hour layover. Then we were delayed over 2 hours in Denver and barely made it to our connection in SFO. In SFO we stood at the gate awhile and then they told us our plane was "broken". This turned into an 8 HOUR DELAY. I have never been so happy to board a plane. We got into OGG at midnight, picked up our rental from Alamo, (also uneventful, and after reading some horror stories here I was worried!!) 16 hours of travel turned into 26-we were wiped!
We made our way to our home base in Kihei. We are staying in a studio condo in Kihei Bay Surf- #127. It's an older, quiet complex. The condo has a comfy bed, AC, has been recently remodeled, and has a nice pool and community grill area. not sure how the other condos in the complex are, but for 65 dollars a night, this couldn't be better. The owners were kind, accommodating and responded to emails quickly. So far, we couldn't be happier! There was quite a debate when booking south versus west, and so far we love sleepy, quiet kihei. Reminds us of some of the east coast beach towns we love!
Due to the time change, neither of us could sleep past 5. You guys warned us this would be the case, and you were not kidding!
We got up and decided to embrace the early start with coffee and sunrise! We went to Starbucks (hubby may have a Starbucks addiction!!!!) and drove the 10 minutes down to Wailea beach for the sunrise. This beach was amazingly picturesque and lived up to all the hype we read on here- could not have been a better start to our day! We also got to watch the 4 seasons crew rake the beach and set up for the day- my how the other half lives :) After the sun was up and we had warmed up (glad we packed long sleeves) we stopped at Kihei Caffe-another suggestion from the boards. We had a fabulous breakfast! I had the fried rice (yum) and hubs had the bacon eggs and biscuit with potatoes. All yummy! We walked across the street and explored Kalama beach park, nice walk, and watched the surfers and sup-ers for a few. Quick stop at Safeway after for some food to stock the condo, and then we unpacked and headed back out. We joked we had already had a full day and it was only 9:30- getting up at 5 will do that!
We headed back out, stopped at Boss Frogs for snorkel rental for the week. They were very, very helpful. Husband has size 15 feet so fitting him in rental footwear can be a challenge. We went to Kam 1 to test out our gear and enjoy the beach. When we got there, some local guys were fishing in the spot that looked the safest (hubby has never snorkeled-wanted to start out slow!) and I'm guessing because of their bait two large tiger sharks were lurking around. Not wanting to start the trip off with a trip to the ER, we moved down the beach and laid out, swam, and enjoyed the LITERAL perfect weather. No clouds, no wind, 87 and sunny. There will be plenty of time to check out the fish and use our snorkel stuff.
We hung out for a few hours, even stopping at the condo pool for a quick dip and "happy hour". I had booked a sunset cruise for the evening. We did it with Gemini and it was lovely. The numbers were small, the boat didn't feel full, the food was good, and the views were spectacular. The pick up was at the westin resort, a bit of a haul from kihei after a long day the day before, but after we got there we agreed it was good I had planned something to try and keep us awake to try and beat jet lag. We had a quick bite at Leilani's after the cruise, hauled it back to kihei and promptly passed out! Leilani's was nice, very busy, and I had my first lava flow- so much better then a Mai tai' in my opinion! I never a drink sweet drinks, so I considered that more of a dessert :)
Thank you for all of your fabulous suggestions, so far we have had an excellent "honeymoon" :)