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