we have made kit back to the mainland. I'm grateful for the time spent in Maui. everyday was a perfect day.
Thursday we also headed to Black rock at the Sheraton. The shuttles that the Westin offers were just ideal for getting around. We arrived around 10:30 and were in the water by 11. We swam around the back, and followed some scuba divers to see what they would find. We saw a large turtle and more eagle rays. They are so beautiful to watch.
After, my husband headed over to the cliffs for some diving. He was doing front flips and back flips. I was quite impressed. As he was cliff diving, two very large turtles came swimming to shore. They are such an awesome sight to see. Unfortunately, people were having little respect for the turtles. They were touching and crowding. I felt so badly for them. I finally went to the sheraton's water sports desk and told them the turtles were being harassed. They were immediately sending someone down.
We headed back in the afternoon in time for a happy hour drink and pupu. I've become completely obsessed with coconut shrimp, so we had some coconut shrimp and beers. We headed to the beach for our last sunset, and it was the so full of after color. We decided to have a last dinner at Duke's, so we took the short walk to the Honua Kai, and had a very nice last meal. Our waiter had said he had initially tried to get a job at Jake's in Del Mar, another TS restaurant, and this was the restaurant my now husband had taken me for my birthday dinner ten years ago, so the waiter gave us our hula pie for free. We both had fish for dinner. His was steamed with shrimp in a banana leaf, and I took the crusted moon fish.
Yesterday I woke up early and took a walk on the ocean down to the Sheraton. It was a walking mediation on my gratitude for having this opportunity. I grabbed coffee, and headed back to the room to pack up. We hit the ocean one last time in font of the villas for a last snorkel. For someone who was so scared of it, I have made a complete 180. I couldn't gt enough of it, and in front of the villas was just amazing. So much beautiful coral and so many fish. I found a fairly large puffer fish and followed his path for a long while. It was so much fun.
We used the lounge for showering, and thought we would head to I'ao valley. We had lunch at aloha mixed plate, and I had more coconut shrimp. We en headed to ululanis (spelling) for a shave ice, and made our way to the valley. So lush and green. It had just rained. It was a nice place to end our adventure.
My friends and my husband have been laughing at me in a loving way for being so obsessed with trip advisor, but it was so helpful. Through this forum and reading trip reports I learned so much, so I'm hoping I can be helpful too. I also liked documenting our journey. I think I'll cut and paste it into a document for remembering.
We are both also saying we will be back. There was so much more to explore!