Condo booked in Kihei, check
Rental car booked, check
Activities booked, negative. This is very odd for me but this is also the first time we are taking a major vacation with our daughter who will be 14 months old for the trip. I will probably book the ferry to Lanai and the Molokini trip about a week before we leave after we have a feeling for what the weather will be like. I understand that we may have to switch days around if something is booked a particular day. Please let me know if this is a bad idea and I should book now.
Here are some other tidbits. LO sleeps well in the car AND in our backpack carrier. She is such and easy baby, except when she is hungry, then she gets a little cranky. I'm a bit of a foodie, DH not so much. LO seems to take after me with that. I'm also not a huge water person but DH is. I'm fine with 15 minutes of snorkeling. He could stay in the water for hours. LO seems to take after him there. But she doesn't swim yet so when she goes in the water, Mommy or Daddy will be with her.
Day 1 - Arrive 3:10PM, head to Costco for a few items (chicken, milk, alcoholic beverages, and look for gift cards for luau). DH and LO will stay in car with luggage while I shop. Check in to condo. I may head back out to Safeway to get the rest of the groceries/supplies we may need if I feel up to it.
Day 2 - Haleakala sunrise if we can get up that early. I'm assuming we'll still be on East Coast time so it may not be that big of a deal. Pack breakfast and picnic lunch. Hike a little around the crater/park, head back down just before lunch. Stop at Surfing Goat Dairy on the way down. Question, can we eat our picnic lunch there? I was thinking we would buy a little bit of cheese there but probably not enough for lunch for the 3 of us. Or should we stop at the Winery instead? I just thought that might be odd with a 14 month old. I want to stop at the farm regardless, just not sure if we can eat lunch there. Or would there be anywhere else to eat our picnic lunch at on the way back to Kihei? Relax in afternoon when we get back.
Day 3 - Check out beaches near condo in AM. Eat lunch at the condo and head to Iao Valley in the afternoon. How long is the drive from Kihei to Iao Valley? Hoping that LO will nap in the car on the way there. Dinner out in ? Is there somewhere near Iao Valley that would be good? Or should we head back to Kihei?
Day 4 - Road to Hana. Plan is to get on the road ~5:30 and drive straight to Pipiwai Trail. Also check out Oheo Gulch. Other than Waianapanapa State Park, not sure where else we will stop on the way back. I haven't gotten a guidebook yet. Hoping to do that research on the plane. Possibly stop in Paia for early dinner.
Day 5 - Head up to West Maui, possibly the blowhole, have to research that more to see if it's safe to take LO in carrier. Hopefully check out either DT Fleming Beach Park and/or Black Rock. Also stop in Lahaina for lunch or dinner, depending on what time we get up in the morning.
Day 6 - Take 6:45AM ferry to Lanai. Return on 2PM ferry. Dinner out somewhere in Kihei or Wailea after a nice afternoon nap (for all of us!) I'm actually on the fence about this trip. DH wants to see another island, I'm just not sure if it's worth $120 to basically sit on the beach there. I don't think we would be able to see much because we would have to haul all of our stuff with us.
Day 7 - Molokini snorkel trip with Four Winds 2. Relax in afternoon.
Day 9 - Dive trip for DH. Not sure what LO and I will do. Might brave taking her to the beach alone or maybe we'll go shopping. Relax in afternoon.
Day 10 - One last snorkel outing in the morning. Clean up and head to Maui Ocean Center. We may go earlier in the day as I know it's only open until 5PM, probably depends on if we have had enough of snorkeling at this point or if the weather isn't great. Dinner out in Kihei somewhere.
Day 11 - Depart at 4:45PM. We have secured a late check-out for our condo so we'll head to the airport after lunch.
So how did I do?