Maui – part 3

December 23rd, 2015

This will be a long entry! Instead of dragging out my trip to two more entries, I’m fitting the last four days into one entry.

Day 5 – 11/11

We started the morning with snorkeling and decided to hit up three spots before lunch. The first and third weren’t that great, which were Makena Landing and Polo Beach. They didn’t have many interesting things to see, and the visibility in the water was a bit low.

However, the second stop was Ahihi Kinau Natural Area Reserve, and it was amazing. It was hard to get into the water since the beach was rocky, but once you’re in, it’s an easy swim with very clear water. There were sooo many fish here! There were even types of fish I had not seen in the other snorkel locations, especially the really big ones. This spot is a definite recommend!

After lunch, we took it easy. We did a short drive to Olowalu and back, stopping by a scenic overlook and the Kealia Boardwalk. At the boardwalk, I was able to take some nice photos of Central Maui :)

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Day 6 – 11/12

This was our hiking day. We had planned to hit up two places, starting with PoliPoli in the Maui Upcountry. It’s named “Upcountry” because the area is higher in elevation, which was noticeable as we drove to the trails.

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Unfortunately, I didn’t do proper research. The paved road ended 4 miles before the trailhead, and the rest required 4-wheel drive. Since we had driven all the way there already, we decided to walk the offroad part. After about 2 miles, we saw the entrances to some trails. We chose one that went even higher in elevation, giving us great views of Maui.

That trail made us overshoot the trailhead though, so we walked another mile down to it and then was able to get on the Redwood forest trail. The beginning of it was very foggy, but it became clear later on. This led to the Boundary Trail, which continued on in a forested area. After a while, I felt the need to get out. It was just eerily quiet and dark due to trees blocking the light. We took the next intersecting trail to hike back to the main road and then walked to the car.

To be honest, we originally planned to hike about 5 miles at PoliPoli and then try another trail. We ended up doing over 10 miles instead! Since that took most of the day, we just went back to the hotel to relax.

Day 7 – 11/13

We were sooo tired from hiking, so we wanted an easy day. We went back to Ulua Beach to snorkel, and it was the best snorkel of the trip! Immediately after entering the water, we saw a Spotted Eagle Ray, which was so exciting. We have snorkeled many times in Hawaii, and that was our first time seeing a ray in the water.

Afterwards, we spotted three sea turtles, one of which swam up right next to me for a bit before diving back down. We also saw a couple octopus! That’s another one we normally don’t see. They were small ones and were actually afraid of us.

For lunch, we went to Da Kitchen Express and ordered the Loco Moco and Chicken Katsu. Both were really, really good. Loco Moco is a Hawaiian dish with rice, hamburger steak, brown gravy, and eggs. It might sound like a weird combination, but it’s very satisfying. Chicken Katsu is a Japanese dish, which is breaded deep-fried chicken. They were thin and crispy – just the way I like them!

From there, we headed to Upcountry Maui again. Instead of hiking, we were going for a wine tasting! We visited Maui Wine and got a complimentary tour and wine tasting. They’re known for their pineapple wines, which I really enjoyed. They had a strong pineapple smell, but the taste was actually subtle. I bought three bottles and had them shipped home!

Day 8 – 11/14

Day 8 was supposed to be our last day in Maui. Yes, “supposed to be”, but I’ll get to that later. We started the day by snorkeling at Ulua Beach again for the third time, though we only saw fish this time.

For lunch, we went to the Millhouse, located in the Maui Plantation. Everything on their menu is from the plantation, and they tasted really fresh, especially the drinks.

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We spent the rest of the day shopping before heading to the airport for our 10PM flight. Shortly after we boarded, they announced that there might be a problem with the plane. At midnight… our flight was canceled. You never think about these things when you’re vacationing on an island, but to get the plane parts they need, they had to fly them from California. Also, there are limited flights out, and our next available one was 10PM the next day.

People like to comment that it must have been nice to have another day in Maui, but that’s not the case. First, we didn’t have our rental car anymore to get around. Second, there are limited number of open hotel rooms. We actually had to wait until people started checking out in the morning to get a room. Since we were exhausted by then, we just slept, had dinner, and then it was back to the airport again. It wasn’t much of a day!

On the bright side, when we re-booked, they gave us free upgrades to seats with more leg room. It makes a big difference! We still had an amazing time in Maui; it’s too bad it ended on a low note. It was nice to be home after that ordeal!

10 Responses to “Maui – part 3”

  • Pauline says:

    Wow! I hope you had a lovely time, it definitely sounds like it :) I absolutely adore your photography, it captured the place so beautifully :”) Boundary tail looks so cool! It looks scary but incredibly pretty! Looks like one of the Slenderman games though I have to say :P I’d want to get out after a while too!

    Happy holidays sweetie!

  • Nancy says:

    I like how productive you are when it comes to going to these trips! It’s amazing when you’re swimming in clear ocean water!! And even more that there are fishes swimming on it. The scenes in Hawaii are so beautiful! I love how green and grassy it is :D. The only time I’ve seen an octopus swim is at the aquarium. It must’ve been pretty cool seeing it up close uncaged.

    I can’t believe how planes can have problems so suddenly. It’s a scary thought too because the plane is incomplete! At least you made it back in one piece ^___^

  • Kim says:

    Wow that is a LOT of hiking haha. Isn’t funny how at first you would think you’d gain weight from being on vacation & eating delicious food…but then you end up doing so much traveling and walking that it can totally cancel out or even more haha. I love the pictures of looking up at the trees! Very magical. And oh no about the plane! What bad luck. At least you got a nice upgrade and one more good meal, lol.

  • Claudine says:

    Hawaii really has great scenery, I wouldn’t get tired of a place like that! :)

    You’ve had a lot of physical activities during your vacation but it sounds really fun! The food you ate looks really good too. I love eating food with fresh ingredients, it makes me feel healthier!

  • Liv says:

    I still have yet to go to a beach with water visible enough to see fish! Hong Kong had really murky water while southern Florida had turquoise, but it wasn’t clear enough nor did fish or sea turtles swim that shallow! I’m loving the photos of your Maui series because when I think of Hawaii I never think about hiking! But there are so many things to do on a trip that I never even consider because I just want to see the sights and move onto the next one instead of taking in the whole location.

    The Loco Moco sounds spectacular and if I wasn’t on a beef fast I would dig it right now. HAHA.

  • Amy says:

    Wow, Maui looks amazing! I’m so jealous. It looks like you had an amazing time.

    I’ve never heard of pineapple wine before, I’d love to try that. Pineapple is awesome.

    It’s a shame your flight got cancelled, I bet that’s horrible when you’re not prepared for it.

    Hope you had a great Christmas!
    Xxx

  • Holly says:

    I think my legs would have dropped off after walking 10 miles, but at least the view was beautiful!

    I’ve never heard of pinapple wine before but it sounds delicious. I’d love to try it.

    Sorry to hear you had a delay. I once had a 24 hour delay in Cyprus which sounds dreamy but at the end of your holiday you just want to get home.

  • Becca says:

    So gorgeous! I would have been so pooped after all that hiking, but you captured some awesome photos and it looks like it was worth it!

    Ugh, what an ordeal for sure! I had a flight cancelled at 3AM in Rome and we couldn’t get on until noon the next day. I have never been so exhausted before! Bummer that the trip ended like that, but I bet it made getting home feel that much sweeter!

  • Tara says:

    Ahhhh! Beautiful photos :D You’re making me really want to go there despite dislike of tropical weather XD Not sure if I’d do all that hiking, but it sounds like a good adventure despite getting tired XD

    But UGH to your cancelled flight! That’s got to be a pain! I’m so sorry you had to experience that, but I’m glad you were able to get some upgrades as compensation!

  • Tiff K says:

    Wow Maui!! Someday if I ever get the chance, I’ll do go there! It looks so beautiful :)

    Gosh canceled flights! Don’t ever want to experience that and I’m sad that you got to go through it :( But still glad you had a great trip!

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