Maui- day 1. We rented a car through Discount Hawaii. Cheap prices, good service, no problems. We drove the road to Hana. Which many books & reviews made it sound like it would be difficult. I did all the driving & did not find ... Read More
Maui- day 1. We rented a car through Discount Hawaii. Cheap prices, good service, no problems. We drove the road to Hana. Which many books & reviews made it sound like it would be difficult. I did all the driving & did not find that to be true. Yes, you have to take it slow & drive smart, but we had a dry beautiful day, it was lovely. The road to Hana is an all day event. Pack a lunch, figure out some of the places you for sure want to stop before you go. There is so much to see, one beautiful waterfall after another, lush greenery, black sand beaches, roadside stands. It is hard to drive all the way to Hana without stopping frequently. Our original plan was to drive to Hana, and make all the stops on the way back. It did not really work out that way -- it was just to beautiful. We tried to keep the stops to a minimum, figuring we would be able to pick & choose our stops along the way back. We started at about 9 am once we had our car & got back to the ship about 7:45 pm. It was a long day, but very much worth it. You can get a map or a CD in any local gas station. We did not do the CD, but others did and said it was helpful.
Maui - day 2. I really wanted to do snorkeling at Molikini Crater but did not want to go on a 'cattle boat' tour. After some searching, we found the Trilogy. This is a nice Catamaran that will take you out morning or afternoon. Morning is recommended for the best snorkeling, but you have to be at the small boat harbor at 6:30am. This is what we did. And the snorkeling was magnificent. First off, the crew of Trilogy is the most hospitable I have ever encountered. (I work in the industry in a large hotel, so I know what it takes to take care of your guests). Captain Brett, Danielle, Mike & Jacob were all fantastic. Captain Brett keeps it light & funny, but goes over the important rules you need to know before setting sail. Once under sail, the crew starts service which includes juice, coffee or tea, fresh fruit and straight out of the oven cinnamon rolls! Yummy! Once reaching Molikini we had an hour to snorkel. The Catamaran has stairs in the center, it is very easy to get in and out of the water. They have a crew member on a surf board at all times keeping an eye on everyone. Here we saw tons of sea life, including Yellow Tang, Moorish Idols, Angelfish, Trumpet Fish, Trigger fish & more. The hour went by too fast. After we set sail for our next stop, lunch was served. Salad, chicken, rice, rolls - simple but fresh and more than we could possible eat. Next stop, Turtle Town, snorkeling along the 3 fingers of lava. Lots of sea life and yes, I swam right next to a Turtle! Again, the hour passed too quickly. We set sail back to the harbor and dessert of ice cream and chocolate sauce was served. We had a lovely sail back but eventually they had to pull in the main and then the jib because it got so windy. I can not say enough about the wonderful, hospitable crew of the Trilogy. Special shout out to Danielle, who I think had a big part in running the ship (LOL).
After we returned to port, we still had our car, so we took a drive out to Kaanapali where all the big resorts are. It was a whole different side to Maui than what we had seen so far. We both agreed we enjoyed the old Maui of Hana & the snorkeling better. Read Less