Day eight was a beach day. We got up and it was misting, but the weather report was good so we headed out to Kapalua Bay anyway. After all, after multiple days of lazing on the lanai, we were now fast running out of days for snorkeling!
It was misting when we arrived. It misted all day, (on and off) but who cared? We saw lots of rainbows, including one that spanned from one end of the bay to the other. Besides, we were snorkeling. So we were going to get wet one way or the other. And a rainy day on the beach in Maui beats a sunny day anywhere else, hands down.
I saw an octopus, and an eel. DH swam with two large turtles. DB and DC snorkeled for the first time. DB loved it. DC was undecided. She liked the fish okay, but the whole breathing underwater thing freaked her out a bit.
There were such lovely colors in the bay, multiple hues of green and blue and turquoise, with white foamy spray out by the lava rocks. It would have been a beautiful day even if we hadn’t gotten in the water.
I swear that I spent an entire hour staring at the rocks over on the left side of the bay. Some were smooth and rounded. Some were sharp and undercut and resembled tree roots sticking out of the face. Some along the shore were such glossy black that they looked like seals lying on the shore. At home I would never spend an hour studying the rocks. But here, somehow, it seemed like a good use of time.
Afterwards we drove up to the Nakalele Blow Hole. Despite the high tide and a lot of wave action near shore, the blow hole was not blowing. Still, the scenery was breathtakingly beautiful. Some of it reminded us of photographs we have seen of the Scottish countryside. We stood on the point above the blow hole, the wind whipping our hair and clothes, me worrying (as usual) when DS got too close to the edge. That child will be the death of me yet.
On the drive back, we stopped at the Honolua Bay look out. Out at the mouth of the bay there were surfers, but they were not getting much wave action. We had never thought this spot earlier today, since we thought Honolua would be a bad bet at this time of year.
Far below us, though, the water was like glass. There were no waves. There was no chop. Visibility was so perfect that we could see the coral on the reef from high above. At first we were thoroughly disappointed. But then we realized that new snorkelers do not belong here anyway. The entry is just too difficult. And for us, it was more important to be with our friends, to keep them safe, to watch as they marveled at the wonders of the underwater world. Still, if you are not a neophyte, don’t automatically be scared of going here in winter.
Check it out instead. You too might get lucky.
At home we threw our Huli Huli chicken (that had been marinating all day) on the grill. I make my own marinade at home, but on vacation we usually buy the bottled stuff. We had picked up the last bottle at Walmart but…somehow it didn’t make it home with us. So we mixed our own and then agreed, it is better than the bottled stuff. We had stopped to buy some mac salad from Mama’s Rotisserie Chicken in Napili. We added some rice and had our own plate lunch.
While we were enjoying our dinner, we watched yet more whales from the lanai. And then…dolphins! They were probably only 75 yards off shore. They were leaping and spinning with abandon, flying through the air, seemingly attempting to outdo one another with their incredible acrobatics. What fun!
After dinner, we enjoyed some Tropilicious ice cream. This seems to be filling the space that the Rosalini’s has vacated on most store shelves here. We had lilikoi sorbet and toasted coconut ice cream. I must admit, I enjoyed it immensely, maybe even more than Rosalini’s, though it is twice the cost.
As I write this, the smell of tuberose fills our condo. It’s sweet fragrance smells like the islands. We bought two stalks of it at Safeway when we arrived. It was another idea recommended on the forums, and it is something we will be sure to do again. We have been enjoying it this trip.
We also have been enjoying our scented soaps! We bought several Paradise Garden soaps at the swap meet last weekend, and we have them throughout our condominium. These soaps are so gentle, and they too smell like the islands. It’s a special treat every time we wash our hands or take a shower. I love these soaps so much that I have them shipped to me in Colorado. It reminds me of my last Maui vacation, and my next one as well.
It’s hard to believe this is the note for Day Eight of our trip. The time has flown by. It has been filled with whales and naps, good food and good friends, shave ice and beautiful sun rises. Stay tuned. There’s still a few days left.