Six days in Hawaii! I was in need of a break from the daily grind and Ken had 5 days of vacation to use or lose. I told him to book something that wouldn’t break the bank and to somewhere warm that only required me to pack a bathing suit. Stress free was the key. He picked a last minute deal to Maui. It was a great choice as I’d never been but I was a bit hesitant it would not live up to all the hype. It did!
The challenge is that there is no real challenge!
There are lots of things to do, don’t get me wrong, but when you ‘relax’ like we normally do there is usually some physical or mental challenge that goes hand in hand. I’d forgotten what a beach vacation is all about. After a couple of days of psyching myself up to deal with normal travel issues (sorting out language barriers, figuring out currencies and new and different bathroom facilities) and getting edgy because there weren’t any, Ken reminded me I’d asked for stress free. It became clear that the challenge of Maui for me was that there was no challenge. Once I realized that I really started to enjoy the beautiful island.
Possible! And easier than you’d think. Thought those days were long gone, but hiking Haleakalā Crater is a trek that requires hitching up to the top and hiking your way back to your car unless you want to do some back country camping. Don and Jackie, a lovely couple from Minnesota, were the kind souls that picked us up so thanks to both of them for getting us to the trailhead! The trail was amazing – we’ll will be posting our Haleakalā Crater Loop Guide soon.
There is always a “hood” even if you are in paradise
We found it. We stayed in it. I’ve learned that if you are going to fork out for Hawaii – even last minute deals can be a bit pricey – just pay the extra couple hundred bucks and find better digs. We were just at the hotel to sleep so sucked it up, but it is worth it to stay somewhere clean and away from all the police sirens. Having said that…
There is not a bad beach in Maui
Even in the ‘hood’. Our hotel was right on the beach … And the beach was beautiful. The only unpleasant thing was finding sand in weird places when we returned home to -15° celsius and snow a week later. Every beach we stopped at, and there were many, was crowd free, and the feeling of warm sand – white, black or red – between the toes as you walk to play in the ocean was fabulous!
It’s not just the British who can’t apply sunblock!
I have read that it is a common truth that Brits are easily spotted in sunny vacation destinations by the strange sunburn patterns they display (living where they do it stands to reason they might not quite get how to apply it). Canadians can now be added to that list. I purchased factor 30 block that must have been close to expiring. Don’t cheap out and buy stuff on sale, the glorious sun makes its presence known even on those rare overcast days! My feet, knees, and calves – nowhere else – got very burnt in a patchwork quilt type way, and were decidedly the most British part of me.
Humpback whales are awesome
Could, and did, watch them for hours. Nuff said!
The importance of wardrobe testing
If you lose weight since your last beach vacation (6 years ago for me) it is a good idea to try on your bathing suit PRIOR to your next one. Much to Ken’s enjoyment I did not do this and my first dash into the ocean (on a breezy day!) to play was cut short when I came out of the waves suddenly realizing that the bottom of my bathing suit was literally flapping in the wind and really showing that baby don’t got back. I believe the words “windsock” and “granny pants” were heard from Ken when he finally stopped laughing.
Always tastes better by or on the beach. The Maui Brewing Co had some fantastic brews to choose from and we sampled quite a few. We were lucky to find Bikini Blonde Lager in Alberta when we got home. It tastes wonderful however loses some of the magic when looking out to snow instead of the beach… but it brings back memories of the waves crashing on the shore.
If it’s on you bucket list just do it. Six days is not enough but if it’s all you’ve got it’s still worth it! Sunsets that set the skies on fire, beautiful beaches, tons of waterfalls if you are willing to find them, perfect temperatures, and nice cold beer to cool off if it does get too hot. Easy to enjoy!