Today was our last full day on Maui. :( I slept in until 8:30! Crazy! I was tired from copious food and wine the night before not to mention the paddling and swimming from that morning and afternoon.
After breakfast and coffee in the condo (enjoying that amazing view!) we decided to check out Iao State Park. The drive there was nice and it was neat to see a different part of the island. The park itself and the Iao Needle were pretty and interesting to check out, although the park was much smaller than I realized. Still, it was nice to see and I'm glad we went.
After this, we drove to Walmart in Kahului because I wanted to buy some food souvenirs for our parents (who each kindly split duties watching our poodle while we were away). We bought Maui coffee, chocolate macadamia nuts and Maui cookies. I think everyone will be pleased with their treats.
We came back to the condo and ate sandwiches for lunch, then showered and dressed and headed up to Lahaina for our sunset sail on the Scotch Mist II. We had about 45 minutes to kill so hubby had a beer and we shared chips, salsa and guacamole at a restaurant near the harbor. I think it might have been called the Pioneer Inn.
Finally it was time to board. Our trip was full, which meant 14 passengers, which I was a little disappointed to see but actually the sailboat was so big (50 feet) that it did not feel crowded at all.
This was a really neat trip. The captain and first mate were so nice and friendly. You felt like you were out sailing with friends rather than "on a tour," which suited us great. The captain let me take the helm for a while which was loads of fun and he had lots of great sailing stories to tell. The beer, wine and champagne were flowing freely and as the evening went on I found out that the first mate Michelle was a fellow outrigger paddler. We chatted about paddling for a while. So neat!
The sunset was a bit of a bust tonight (it was too cloudy), but being out on the water totally made up for it, it was really beautiful.
After the sail, we headed to Maalaea to have dinner at the Waterfront restaurant. What a neat little place! Great view overlooking the harbor, lovely decor, great service and very tasty food! We both had fish. Not cheap, but delicious and still reasonable in my opinion. Well worth the money!
Now I'm sitting on the couch in our condo very much NOT looking forward to saying goodbye to Maui, but definitely looking forward up bring reunited with my little doggie, who we miss so much.
All in all this was a five-star trip! We had so many wonderful and new experiences on this trip, but I really wish we had planned for at least two more days. It really was not enough time. I would have loved another day to explore upcountry and visit the summit of Haleakala, plus another day or snorkeling and beach time. Note to self: Next time the bare minimum for Maui is nine nights!