I want to tell you about one of the most spectacular vacations I have ever been on, probably the best one of my life. It happened last year when my wife and I went to the Hawaiian Island of Maui. I had often heard about Hawaii and thought it would be somewhere I would like to visit. However, it was not until I got into a conversation with my lawn guy, that convinced me to go. His name is Doug and he owns Katy Lawn Service, a local landscaping company in my area. He told me of the great adventures he and his wife had and all the fun activities. I love a vacation where there are lots of activities and adventures, so I made some reservations and we were on our way!
Doug had given me a few suggestions on where to stay and some tips to save money. He told me to rent a place on Airbnb and stay in the Kihei area. Kihei is a less expensive area and staying at an Airbnb allowed us to cook our own breakfast and we made lunches to take with us on our adventures. Another great tip he gave me was to stop at the Costco near the airport and stock up on food. We wanted to taste the local cuisine but only in the evening for dinner. That is exactly what we did and following this plan saved us a pretty penny.
The first day we drove to the north tip of the island and visited the Olivine Pools. The pools were magnificent but the drive to the pools was scary! We were given directions to the pools from a local and I am sure he chuckled knowing where he was sending me. On the drive there were parts where the road went to just one lane and there was a 1000 ft drop off on the outer edge. We had to stop a few times and wait for cars to pass on the one lane road. I am glad I experienced this but I never want to do that again! On the way back, we found a much better alternative without the danger, this made the wife very happy. The Olivine Pools are beautiful and there are spots where waves crash in and spew water hundreds of feet in the air. For us, it was a must see.
There are many beaches to go to and snorkeling and see the spectacular sea life. At Kapalua Bay Beach, we swam with sea turtles which was amazing. The water is crystal clear and very refreshing. One of the most interesting things about Hawaii is that all the beaches are public areas and open to everyone. So anywhere we went, we could stop at any beach.
The high point of our trip was the road to Hana. The road to Hana is a 64 mile stretch of road that starts at the town of Paia and ends past Hana in the town of Kaupo. This is something you want to plan out and spend all day doing. There are 617 hairpin curves, 59 one way bridges and so many places to stop and see. I would recommend starting early and getting ahead of the crowds. One of the best things we did was purchase the Gypsy Guide Road To Hana App. This app was amazing and guided us to stop at all the interesting places. It was like having our own personal tour guide. Make sure you go all the way to the end of the road and hike the scenic Pipiwai Trail. You will not be disappointed.
Our trip to Hawaii was a vacation we will never forget and we are making plans to go next year. It really is paradise. Follow my tips and you will have the time of your life!…