For the first part of our trip we traveled to Maui and stayed in this adorable condo right on the ocean. The beaches were gorgeous and we went on the most amazing snorkeling excursion with a company called Trilogy. During our excursion we saw humpback whales breeching, tropical fish, and five, yes FIVE, sea turtles! I almost died right then and there as soon as I spotted them snorkeling. In addition to the amazing sites, the staff and crew members were phenomenal, as was the food. It is definitely an excursion we recommend if you ever find yourself in Maui! We also enjoyed visiting the massive shield volcano Mount Haleakala ("House of the Sun"), where Hawaiians believes that Maui the demigod, lassoed the sun to slow its progression through the sky. Finally, we ended our stay at Maui traveling the Road to Hana where we stopped at several beautiful sites including waterfalls, roadside markets, gardens, and ended at Wai'anapanapa State Park where we saw the black sand beach and Wai'anapanapa cave. One of my all time favorite parts on the Road to Hana was seeing the Rainbow Eucalyptus trees. I've never seen anything like them! Also, if you travel this road, the banana bread is to die for, but so are the curves. So if you tend to get carsick, make sure to take Dramamine!
|Headed to the airport|
|Wall just outside the condo where sea turtles swim up during the morning and afternoon hours|
|Sunset from the condo|
|Trilogy snorkeling excursion-a flower goes above the left ear if you're married or taken|
|We saw several humpback whales breeching on our snorkeling excursion|
|Hike on our way up to see the volcanic crater-Haleakala|
|Restaurant Fleetwood's on Front St.-owned by drummer Mick Fleetwood|
|Road to Hana|
|In my element|
|Rainbow Eucalyptus trees-one of my favorite things we saw along this drive|
|Hawaiian shaved ice|
|Black sand beach|
As much as we loved Maui, we LOVED Kauai. The Marriott Beach Club Resort we stayed at was amazing and the pool was spectacular! I've never stayed at a resort, and having shopping, dining, a pool, etc. all in one place was amazing. It was also incredible to simply walk a few yards from the pool to the beach in a matter of seconds. We also loved exploring Kauai and the views are unlike anything you've ever seen. We went on a snorkeling excursion, took a helicopter ride, went golfing, visited a local farmers market, and hiked the Na' Pali Coast. Our excursion was on a small Zodiac boat and we were fortunate to see almost every animal imaginable! We saw manta rays, whales, a pod of over 100 dolphins, a mountain goat, fish, and a sea turtle. We even got to swim with the dolphins although it's technically illegal. Our guide had us jump out of the boat, then spun the boat around in huge circles to create a wake that the dolphins loved to jump in. It was unforgettable!