667 Maui Cruise Reviews

Ships tender to Lahaina.All tours(cheaper obviously)can be found on the dock side at Pioneer Inn.Note,the submarine is not the same as used by the ships tour.The town is beautiful with old colonial style buildings steeped in history with ... Read More
Ships tender to Lahaina.All tours(cheaper obviously)can be found on the dock side at Pioneer Inn.Note,the submarine is not the same as used by the ships tour.The town is beautiful with old colonial style buildings steeped in history with quality shops at reasonable prices.Take a 15min taxi to Kanapali $20 each way.Get a card from the driver to call for a return trip.Great beach area frequented by previous royalty.Now with luxury holiday apartments and clean facilities.Good swimming. Read Less
Sail Date October 2010
First stop Maui, we rented a car to do the road to hana. Mercy me, they are not exaggerating about being curvy. I was driving and actually got a little sick to my stomach. But I’m glad we did it but would never do it again. You cannot ... Read More
First stop Maui, we rented a car to do the road to hana. Mercy me, they are not exaggerating about being curvy. I was driving and actually got a little sick to my stomach. But I’m glad we did it but would never do it again. You cannot see everything unless you have days to spend there. We thought once we drove the road to hana we could take another route back that was quicker once we saw the sites. WRONG, after driving 4 hrs or so we finally made it to a police station and we asked what was the quickest way back to the ship. We thought we’d die when she said the way you came. It makes for a long day, but it is pretty. Just research what stops you really want to see and stop at those mile markers. Second day in Maui we booked Four Winds II Charter out to Molokini Crater. We kept our rental car over night and parked right beside the ship. No charge and had no trouble finding a parking place. So we drove to the dock for the tour, it took about 15 minutes. We had a blast doing this tour, it was so relaxing. The boat ride was great, plenty of food, the tour company was awesome. I’d actually do this again. We turned around backwards in our seats and watching the beautiful scenery as we went to Molokini Crater. You could snorkel, snuba, or just stay on the boat. Of course I’m in the water. There are not tons of fish here but enough to keep you busy for a while. The water is really cool so just jump in. Did I say cool, it’s COLD. They have a person diving while your snorkeling taking pictures and video at the same time. You can purchase this on your way back. It was like $15 for one CD of picture’s… Very much worth it to us. We split the cost. On the way back they took us to a spot where many sea turtles were, that was so cool to see. Saw lots of them. This tour was about 4/5 hrs. Read Less
Sail Date September 2010
I booked my own tee time at Kapalua Plantation course. Absolutely amazing. The views and the course were spectacular. The next day we went on a snorkeling excursion that we booked on our own through Trilogy Sailing. The crew and the Capt. ... Read More
I booked my own tee time at Kapalua Plantation course. Absolutely amazing. The views and the course were spectacular. The next day we went on a snorkeling excursion that we booked on our own through Trilogy Sailing. The crew and the Capt. (Owen) were awesome. Read Less
Sail Date September 2010
Lahaina in Maui is my favorite place on earth! There are several tours you can take from the ship, but we highly recommend the 'triple crown' tour that includes the Iao Needle, the Maui Tropical Plantation and the Maui Ocean ... Read More
Lahaina in Maui is my favorite place on earth! There are several tours you can take from the ship, but we highly recommend the 'triple crown' tour that includes the Iao Needle, the Maui Tropical Plantation and the Maui Ocean Center. Having taken that tour twice, this time we just wanted to visit the ocean center again, so hopped on a local bus that got us there in 20 minutes at the cost of $1 each! The ocean centre is one of the best aquariums we have ever visited - with giant turtles, rays, hammerhead sharks and jellyfish, among others. The shopping in Lahaina is addicting - lots of little stores with everything you could want. There is also a fascinating art gallery with exhibits of art done by celebrities like John Lennon, Paul McCartney and more. One of the best things in Lahaina is the Pioneer Inn - it's right at the dock where the tender lands so you can't miss it. They have a fabulous happy hour from 2pm to 7 pm daily and serve the best nachos we have ever had! We even missed dinner one night on the ship because we chose to eat there! Read Less
Sail Date September 2010
Maui was my FAVORITE island. The first day in port, we took The Road to Hana Excursion. WHAT an adventure it was. We used Valley Isle Excursions (www.tourmaui.com) and the trip was more than we could have imagined. Our driver/guide was Pu, ... Read More
Maui was my FAVORITE island. The first day in port, we took The Road to Hana Excursion. WHAT an adventure it was. We used Valley Isle Excursions (www.tourmaui.com) and the trip was more than we could have imagined. Our driver/guide was Pu, a native Hawaiian lady and she was so wonderful. She told us stories the ENTIRE trip (which was approximately 10 hours). From the moment we sat down in the very comfortable 12 passenger Comfort Cruiser, she captivated us and made everyone feel that we were actually a part of the culture. From the Surfboard Fence, to the breathtaking waterfalls, to the “white-knuckle” part of the road and the Hawaiian Language lessons (that’s right…she taught us how to say several things in Hawaiian)…..it was an adventure we will never forget. I highly recommend that you use Valley Isle for your “Road to Hana” adventure….but, even more than that…..be sure that you ask for Pu (that’s the short version of her Hawaiian name, which I wouldn’t even attempt to write). The second day, we rented a car and drove over to LaHaina….what a WONDERFUL little seaside town. We just parked the car and walked through the town…..be sure to visit the Court House and see the amazing Banyan tree! The views from the back portico of the Court House are amazing! One thing you might miss is the former Palace site of King Kamehameha…..it’s simply a place in the ground….but, you HAVE to observe the view he had from that place….INCREDIBLE! It was a lot of fun just walking around, seeing local artisans create their beautiful wares….be sure to see “Paul”…..he will be carving Tiki’s and will be happy to customize one for you. Also, there are lots of women creating leis…..and you can find a few ladies actually creating some beautiful pieces of jewelry. Of course, you’ll HAVE to had a cup of Bad Ass Coffee while you’re there! One more thing....you HAVE to buy a Maui Gold Pineapple....we actually just went to Safeway and bought one....brought it back to the ship and cut it up.....YUMMMMMM!!! After that, we drove up to the Ka’Anapali Beach area……that was one of the most beautiful areas I have seen. The drive was really pretty….but, when you get up beyond the resort area….up to the cliffs….and look down on the bay….it is breathtaking!! We saw a lot of snorkelers out and I can understand why…the water was amazing. In fact, we are thinking about going back to spend a week in this area. Read Less
Sail Date September 2010
What can you say about Maui.. Day 1 we did the Road to Hana & found it a pleasant drive. Pick & choose your stops as you can't do everything the guide books recommend. My list would definitely include a stop at Pia for the ... Read More
What can you say about Maui.. Day 1 we did the Road to Hana & found it a pleasant drive. Pick & choose your stops as you can't do everything the guide books recommend. My list would definitely include a stop at Pia for the lunch basket, Keanae is a favourite as was Waianapanapa State Park. You can lunch here, swim at a black sand beach, there is a sea arch, a cemetery or take a hike or 2. An amazing place.Oheo Gulch National Park was another #1 for us. Waterfalls included the 3 bears, Waiilua & Kipahulu.These are dependant on the amount of rainfall as to their beauty.. Lahina was some shopping in a cute walkable seaside town & a visit to Bubba Gumps which is right on the water. Also a stop Po'olenalena Beach in the south...no crowds here! Kanapali beaches in the north are busier but nice & Whaler's Village is an assortment of outdoor upscale shopping & restaurants fronted on a beach. Read Less
Sail Date September 2010
The Molokini Snorkel (purchased through NCL) was very well done. This was the best snorkeling I have ever done. The water was so clear, there were so many fish and, the day we were there, the water was calm almost like a lake. We spent the ... Read More
The Molokini Snorkel (purchased through NCL) was very well done. This was the best snorkeling I have ever done. The water was so clear, there were so many fish and, the day we were there, the water was calm almost like a lake. We spent the $10 to rent wetsuit tops and none of us were cold. Unsure swimmers could use a noodle. They also provided reef-safe sunscreen. The crew taught us about the surrounding islands, the fish, and the ecological issues, on the way to and from Molokini. There was food and drinks, coming and going. We didn't really see turtles at the second snorkel stop, so the captain made another stop at a much busier turtle "cleaning station" and we saw several. Overall, the crew were friendly, informative and gave great service. This was one of my favourite excursions. Read Less
Sail Date August 2010
You definitely need to get some sort of transport from the Port of Maui as it is a bit out of the way. We had visited Maui before so had a insight of where we wanted to go but we still arranged for a trip around the island with a very good ... Read More
You definitely need to get some sort of transport from the Port of Maui as it is a bit out of the way. We had visited Maui before so had a insight of where we wanted to go but we still arranged for a trip around the island with a very good taxi firm. There were 4 of us and we paid $400 for the day ($100 each). Well worth the money if you get a good taxi company. Recommended places: get them to take you to a good snorkel spot. Lahaina is good for shopping. There are free shuttles to and from the port to local shopping centres Read Less
Sail Date August 2010
As suggested by other Cruise critic members, we decided to hire a car and "do our own thing" while were in port. As there were 8 of us we hired 2 cars prior to leaving New Zealand which was a good thing, as if you leave it to the ... Read More
As suggested by other Cruise critic members, we decided to hire a car and "do our own thing" while were in port. As there were 8 of us we hired 2 cars prior to leaving New Zealand which was a good thing, as if you leave it to the day your wanted to travel you would have had a problem with availability of cars. We then basically followed the same tour routes of the NCL based tours, at a fraction of the cost. We travelled up to the Haleakala Crater mid morning on the first day, and then travelled across to Lahaina the second day.Getting on and off the ship at all ports was a breeze and well organised. Shuttles to the rental companies were frequent and parking by the ship was easy, as we returned by 3.00pm and the car parks were still plentiful. Read Less
Sail Date July 2010
The first port was Maui, and the first excursion we did was Haleakala Crater. We were not supposed to take this trip if we had heart or lung problems (which I do but I didn't have any altitude problems) or were prone to motion ... Read More
The first port was Maui, and the first excursion we did was Haleakala Crater. We were not supposed to take this trip if we had heart or lung problems (which I do but I didn't have any altitude problems) or were prone to motion sickness (which I am not). We drove up to the top of the crater and it was a road with a lot of switchbacks. I think it made my grandson feel sort of queasy. He did this tour right after he hit his head on the upper bunk and he had a lump on his head and a headache. The driver made a joke about a priest, a minister and a Haleakala tour driver approaching the Pearly Gates, and the tour driver got right into Heaven while the priest and the minister had to wait. The punch line was that people slept through the sermons, but on the Haleakala tour, they were praying. The bus driver made my grandson come and sit by me in the handicapped seat which annoyed him VERY much because he wanted to sit next to the window. The crater was a amazing, and there were two visitor's centers for me to get stamps in my National Park Passport (which I had brought), and my grandson bought a passport book too and got stamps in it.. But I know that he didn't feel well because he did not do the trails around the visitor's center like he normally would. He only took about 50 photos. We got back to the ship about 1300. The next day the tour was the Best of Maui and it was a fairly long (6 hour) tour but they gave us lunch. My grandson wrote: "today we went on the best of maui tour. we went to the tropical plantation, an aquarium, and the ioa needle. at the needle i did 3 courses and looked at stuff. at the plantation we had a tram tour of all their crops.at the aquarium we saw lots of marine animals. my favorite thing to do on the ship is to hang out on deck 13 and do all the sports. ihavent gone swimming because yesterday it got 2 dark 2 swim.there is a show on the ship in the hollywood theater every nite. also every nite there is music at the mardi gras cabernet which amelia [his sister] would probably love. yesterday grandma went to a cruise critics meeting. ihave to go now bcause ive run out of things to write and im getting bored. THE END ps the tour guide was the same idiot from the crater tour" The Maui Tropical Plantation was a working plantation where we had a little trolley ride to see how various things grew and had a coconut husking demonstration. After the trolley ride they gave us lunch. This consisted of a cup of pineapple (I ate my grandson's as he does not like fruit), a fried shrimp (I gave mine to my grandson), Hawaiian chicken, and rice. There was banana cake and coffee at the end. I got the cake and he ate the cake part (he said he had never had banana cake before) and I ate the icing on his which he didn't want. Our last stop was the Maui Ocean Center, and this was a marvelous aquarium with just Hawaiian fish. We got some really good photos I think which I have posted the first part of. We left there about 2:30 http://picasaweb.google.com/lh/sredir?uname=GrandmaRosalie37&target=ALBUM&id=5485489361979490593&authkey=Gv1sRgCLyU7KvCr8HiaQ&feat=email Read Less
Sail Date June 2010
Port was quite a distance from anything. We had a friend who lives there so came and picked us up and took us to many fun beaches to snorkel and swim. Would recommend hiring a car here (the companies pick you up and take you to get it) or ... Read More
Port was quite a distance from anything. We had a friend who lives there so came and picked us up and took us to many fun beaches to snorkel and swim. Would recommend hiring a car here (the companies pick you up and take you to get it) or taking excursions. Read Less
Sail Date June 2010
In Maui we rented a car from Thrifty. Make sure to get a Blue Chip member card if you don't have one. We did this on line before we left home and it saved us alot of time in line to rent the car and it's free. We rented the car ... Read More
In Maui we rented a car from Thrifty. Make sure to get a Blue Chip member card if you don't have one. We did this on line before we left home and it saved us alot of time in line to rent the car and it's free. We rented the car before we left home to make sure we had a car; sometimes the rental places run out of the size car that you want. We had been to Hawaii thirteen years ago on our 25th anniversary and specifically Maui. We'd ridden the bikes down Haleakala which we highly recommend and had driven the road to Hana. This time we drove around the west side of the island because we didn't get to see it last time and we also drove part of the road to Hana but then turned back because we were running out of time and had to get back to the ship. Read Less
Sail Date May 2010
We had our honeymoon in Oahu and Maui 18 years ago, it was great to go back. No problems with the rental car, we had plenty of time to get around to see what we wanted.
We had our honeymoon in Oahu and Maui 18 years ago, it was great to go back. No problems with the rental car, we had plenty of time to get around to see what we wanted. Read Less
Sail Date May 2010
Not enough time here - Haelakala by car. Could have spent more time at the port too - lots of fun
Not enough time here - Haelakala by car. Could have spent more time at the port too - lots of fun Read Less
Sail Date May 2010
Arranged for car rentals through the Internet before leaving home. Booked Thrifty for Maui. The shuttle picks you up at the dock when you get off. We always made sure we were off the boat right when it docked, so we always caught the first ... Read More
Arranged for car rentals through the Internet before leaving home. Booked Thrifty for Maui. The shuttle picks you up at the dock when you get off. We always made sure we were off the boat right when it docked, so we always caught the first shuttle to the rental agency. Each port has brochures and maps as you exit. First we hopped on Hana Highway .... i.e. the road to Hana. Stopped at every scenic view stop or marked trail. Didn't have a problem with this road, but it is very curvy. I would suggest gravol if you have any motion sickness. Didn't get to the 7 pools (found out about them afterward), but did spend some time at Waianapanapa State Park where the black sand beach and scenery was amazing. Went back the same way and picked up a "I survived the road to Hana" T-shirt for my husband. Got back to the ship around 5pm, where there were still some free parking spots at the pier. Next day, we left early again and headed up to Haleakala ... but not for the sunrise. Unfortunately, the weather decided to take a turn for us (April is in the rainy season). Low clouds and rainy mist didn't allow us to see the views that are there. Remember to bring a sweater or jacket as it is always cooler up there. Instead we headed over to the town of Lahaina were we spent the rest of our time checking out the shops. Getting the car gassed up was no problem before returning it.   Read Less
Sail Date April 2010
We awoke in Maui. We hadn't planned anything for our first day because we were worried that we might be wiped out from the long flight. We took our time and rolled into the Cadillac Diner for breakfast at around 8:30am. Apparently the ... Read More
We awoke in Maui. We hadn't planned anything for our first day because we were worried that we might be wiped out from the long flight. We took our time and rolled into the Cadillac Diner for breakfast at around 8:30am. Apparently the rush occurs around 7am. The food was average, nothing spectacular, but not awful either, and you can eat as much as want. There are free shuttles to walmart, kmart, and Queen Kaahumanu Shopping Center (a mall). At the rear of the mall is a major terminus for Maui Public Bus Transit System ( http://www.co.maui.hi.us/index.aspx?nid=609 ). We hopped on one for $1 each and it took us to Lahaina in about 45 minutes, where we spent most of the day. Compare that with the $29 per person the ship charges to drop you off and pick you up in Lahaina (Lahaina on your own excursion). On our way back, the driver from the free shuttle between the dock and the mall pointed out where we could see green turtles less than a 10 minute walk from the ship and we did just that before heading back on board. We changed and headed to the Aloha Cafe for a buffet dinner. I can't sugar coat it. It was not very good. I just don't think a lot of care is put into the food preparation for the Aloha cafe. Both me and my wife would have preferred less selection in return for better quality. The next day we had booked the Maui Magic Dolphin Discovery tour through Maui Classic Charters. Since we booked online it cost us $102 each. Check in was at 7am at Maalaea Harbor and we got there for $1 each on the bus from the mall. The boat took off at 7:30am, provided a continental breakfast, a couple of whales, a few dolphins, snorkeling at Molokini Crater and Turtle Arches, a midmorning snack and a BBQ Lunch. They also provided all snorkeling gear and instructions for anyone who had never snorkeled before. We had fun. We got back to Maalaea Harbor around 12:45pm, had some ice cream and then headed back to the ship. That night we decided we'd try Lazy J's Steakhouse. What a difference. It was a $20 per person cover charge ($25 if you have the Alaskan King Crab) but oh so worth it. I started with crab cakes followed by a rib eye steak that was cooked and seasoned to perfection, and finished with a brownie with Macadamia Nut ice cream. If you can, try this place. The extra money is well worth it. Read Less
Sail Date April 2010
Maui: On the first day the DH and DS went on the Maui Downhill Bicycle Adventure which we booked through NCL. It cost $109 for each of them and felt it was worth every penny. They said their tour guide was very friendly, funny, and ... Read More
Maui: On the first day the DH and DS went on the Maui Downhill Bicycle Adventure which we booked through NCL. It cost $109 for each of them and felt it was worth every penny. They said their tour guide was very friendly, funny, and informative. They had a blast! I slept in late, and had a late and delicious breakfast in the Cadillac Diner where the wait staff was friendly and fast. I also took a short trip on the free shuttle to Wal-Mart where I stocked up on some gifts to take back home to friends and family. The Macadamian nuts and candy items are really inexpensive as are many other Hawaii-related gift items. I then shuttled back to the ship and spent some time in the conservatory reading a mindless, but fun romantic novel that I got from the ship's library. Here's a tip. In the ship's library they have a whole section of books that you can have for free that have been given or left to the library by past passengers. When you finish with your books, if you don't want to cart them home, just take them to the library and leave them there for others to enjoy. I finished my book by the time the guys got back (I'm a fast reader) and returned it to the library. On the second day in Maui we went on the Molokini Crater Snorkel which we booked through NCL. It cost us $119 ea. and was worth every single penny! I can't remember the name of the foundation that it was run by (I will mention it as soon as I find my paperwork on the CC NCL Board). This foundation does an awesome job of making sure you have a great time. They served a continental breakfast of muffins and several kinds of juices and coffee. Bagels and cream cheese were also served. They also provided a barbecue lunch of grilled chicken, hot dogs and hamburgers. It was served with several different kinds of pasta salads which was good for the vegetarians. There were also several kinds of soft drinks and alcoholic drinks offered (only after the snorkeling was done though). We were very lucky to experience a rare sighting of a Monk Seal and the snorkeling was very good. We were given a presentation of information about the area we were in and about the fish we were seeing. Very informative. There was also a presentation for the kids and stickers for them to keep. At the end of the snorkel cruise we were dropped off at a small shopping area for about 1/2 hour. There were a few nice inexpensive shops (I got a long-sleeved t-shirt and a couple of shell bracelets) where you could buy gifts and there were some inexpensive places to eat. We had some delicious Macadamian Nut ice cream and shave ice. One other thing, I'm blind as a bat and this was the first time ever that I've been on a snorkel excursion that offered prescription masks. I was able to see so clearly that I plan to buy one for myself to use on future excursions. All the necessary equipment for snorkeling such as masks, snorkels, fins, etc. were made available for your use if you didn't bring your own. Also, I'm not the best swimmer and was happy that they also offered waist belts to keep you afloat and "noodles" to float on top of the water with. The boat also had a slide which made it fun to slide down and get into the water quickly. They also offered wet suit tops for rent ($10) which I highly recommend as the water can be really chilly. The crew is wonderful and very knowledgeable about safety and preservation of the ocean and its inhabitants. It was a wonderful excursion and I would highly recommend it to anyone. I would have to add the caveat that this excursion takes place on some very choppy water so if you're seasick-prone be sure to prepare yourself with seasick meds before you go on this excursion. We had a wonderful time and would do this excursion again. Read Less
Sail Date April 2010
Maui - what sunrises and sunsets viewed from the ship. Loved this island. Great golfing at Makena for our husbands and great shopping in Lahaina for us wives. Road to Hana shore excursion is something everyone needs to do. Rental cars are ... Read More
Maui - what sunrises and sunsets viewed from the ship. Loved this island. Great golfing at Makena for our husbands and great shopping in Lahaina for us wives. Road to Hana shore excursion is something everyone needs to do. Rental cars are not supposed to go beyond a certain point because of possible damage to the vehicle, although I am sure some of them do, so an excursion is the way to do. It is quite a scary drive - 617 bends in all and very narrow roads at times. Best to leave the driving to someone who knows the road, in our case, it was Bruce and he sure did know the road. Thank you Bruce! Read Less
Sail Date April 2010
Finally got to more beaches. Enjoyed IAO Needle Valley and driving the coast. Lahaina Fish Company lunch was wonderful. Did not enjoy the Tender ride and getting on and off. Seas were very rough.
Finally got to more beaches. Enjoyed IAO Needle Valley and driving the coast. Lahaina Fish Company lunch was wonderful. Did not enjoy the Tender ride and getting on and off. Seas were very rough. Read Less
Sail Date April 2010
2 days in Maui started out going to Iao Valley, a couple of waterfalls, Maui Tropical Plantation, and the Maui Ocean Center. Day 2 took us to Ka'anapali Beach, where we swam with a gigantic sea turtle, and watched a mother and baby ... Read More
2 days in Maui started out going to Iao Valley, a couple of waterfalls, Maui Tropical Plantation, and the Maui Ocean Center. Day 2 took us to Ka'anapali Beach, where we swam with a gigantic sea turtle, and watched a mother and baby whale playing in the water. Great sites. Read Less
Sail Date April 2010
Rented a car from Thrifty....got offered a cheap upgrade to a Mustang convertible, so we took it! Drove half way to Hana, hiked to waterfalls, enjoyed a pineapple smoothie made with actual pressed sugar cane, and some awesome fresh baked ... Read More
Rented a car from Thrifty....got offered a cheap upgrade to a Mustang convertible, so we took it! Drove half way to Hana, hiked to waterfalls, enjoyed a pineapple smoothie made with actual pressed sugar cane, and some awesome fresh baked banana bread from Uncle Harry's. Turned around at Uncle Harry's and made the easy drive down to Lahaina. Loved it there! Second day we took the Roberts tour up to the crater. (10,700 ft) It was freezing cold, but very cool to see. Awesome views. Corkscrew like road wasn't too bad on the way up but I got carsick on the way down the mountain. Returned to the ship and walked to a nearby beach to watch the wind and kite surfers. Next time, we will rent the car for both days and spend more time in Lahaina! Read Less
Sail Date April 2010
The first day, we did the rain forest hike and waterfalls tour. "Marco" our guide was informative and fun. We did some hiking through uneven terrain, mud, and steep steps to arrive at four different waterfalls. He provided ... Read More
The first day, we did the rain forest hike and waterfalls tour. "Marco" our guide was informative and fun. We did some hiking through uneven terrain, mud, and steep steps to arrive at four different waterfalls. He provided walking sticks, water and lunch. My husband enjoyed jumping off the rocks by the waterfalls. It was great exercise, but this tour is not for anyone who is not very mobile. We had lunch by a waterfall and pool. It was a great day. The second day we did the "whale watch" tour. The boat tour guide was informative but it was very rough and windy. You can see whales right off the ship on several occasions, so there is no real need to take this tour, especially if it's not very warm when you are there. Read Less
Sail Date March 2010
We loved Maui - Especially the Molokini snorkel trip. We saw lots of whales and actually saw 2 whales a Mum and baby completely breach out of the water. The fish where also amazing in the crater and although I started out with a noodle for ... Read More
We loved Maui - Especially the Molokini snorkel trip. We saw lots of whales and actually saw 2 whales a Mum and baby completely breach out of the water. The fish where also amazing in the crater and although I started out with a noodle for boyancy I found that I did not need it for Turtle town (I had not done snorkeling much before). We visited Turtle town on the way back and swam with some turtles which was so cool. I had purchased an Olympus underwater camera for the trip - it was so worth it as we got amazing pictures of the fish and turtles. In the Afternoon we picked up a Mustang convertable - it was just a $25 upgrade from a compact car which we really enjoyed driving. We went got up the next morning at 4 am to go up the Haleakala crater - thank goodness for GPS as we probably would not have made it and it challenged the driving skills - especially when you normally drive on the other side of the road - but we got up there early. It was about 35 degress fahrenheit and we had to run the engine with the heater on to keep warm. When we did go up - all you could see was cloud - we missed the whole sunrise thing and managed to freeze ourselves in the process. Still at least we did not pay for the excursion and got to use the car the next day. So we jumped back in the car and went back to the ship for breakfast. After breakfast we went cruising. We went over to Makena to Big beach - then took the slightly hazard route over to little beach through the lava. You definetely need both hands as I fell and got a big scrape on my thigh from the lava. However it was well worth it as it was a beautiful beach. The nude beach had a really good feeling that I have not experienced at other beaches around the world - it was how a free beach should be. I saw the drums down on the beach but no one played them - but it was great to have a skinny dip in the beautiful hawaii water. Read Less
Sail Date March 2010
This was another rental car booked through www.DiscountHawaiiCarRental.com. This time we went directly to the taxi to get to the rental car location. This was Enterprise again and this time we had a Hyundai for the $30 plus tax. ... Read More
This was another rental car booked through www.DiscountHawaiiCarRental.com. This time we went directly to the taxi to get to the rental car location. This was Enterprise again and this time we had a Hyundai for the $30 plus tax. Today's excursion was to the Haleakala National Park. This was a beautiful drive through sugar cane fields to where we started up the mountain. The roads were steep and twisty, and the view from 10023 feet was fantastic. Maui was my favorite of the three stops. On the way back to the ship, we stopped at the local Hilo Hattie for the trinkets that we missed on the previous islands. Back at Enterprise, we were anxious to get the shuttle back to the ship, since Duke was playing in the NCAA final game at 3. We finished up the paperwork and the van driver came in and told us the shuttle was full and that we needed to wait for the next trip. The young lady working there knew we were trying to get back in a hurry, so she suggested to the manager that they reinstall the last seat back into the van. The manager, driver, and I (I'll admit I was not a lot of help) got the seat installed and we were on our way. This was above and beyond the call of duty for them, and Enterprise is now my number 1 rental car supplier. Since this was a tender port, we got back to the ship partway into the first half of the game. Dad and I were the first two people off of the tender and got to watch Duke win. Read Less
Sail Date March 2010
We rented a car here and did some scenic driving. The rest of the time we spent walking Front Street in Lahaina and doing some shopping.
We rented a car here and did some scenic driving. The rest of the time we spent walking Front Street in Lahaina and doing some shopping. Read Less
Sail Date March 2010

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