This past Tuesday I spent the day in the East Bay and wow was it such an change from the cold chill of San Francisco. It was warm by noon, and unlike the city the sun rose and stayed well into the afternoon and into the sunset--fog free. By the time I was finished enjoying my lunch outside, I couldn't help but get excited for spring. I've always been that way, yearning for warmth and I must get it from my mother, who recently relocated to Florida to chase the sun and high temperatures. The other day I was remembering my time spent in Maui with her a few January's back. After we spent a week in Kauai, we island hopped to Maui to complete the Road To Hana, snorkel, standup paddle board and kayak the warm ocean waters. Despite it being January when we visited the Hawaiian Islands, the air was as warm as ever and I couldn't help but daydream of renting a tiny beach house and callin' it a day. I'm not one to throw it back on Thursdays, but on this Thursday- I'm am! Here is my photographic diary of The Road To Hana, Whale Watching and Maui Bliss...
The Road To Hana is an absolute must do while visiting Maui. It's twists and turns will guide you through lush rainforest, a small but memorable black sand beach (Wai‘anapanapa State Park), the amazing opportunity to swim under waterfalls (although it's not for everyone...the water is very cold) and ending in Hana at the Seven Sacred Pools. With close to 700 curves and 79 Bridges, this wonderful adventure will leave you yearning for more. This trip definitely takes all day because of the many stops along the drive, but is is absolutely worth every minute. We purchased a Road To Hana CD to play in the car that acted as our personal tour guide as we learned about the history of all the spots along The Road to Hana. Some may recommend staying overnight and conquering this trip over two days, but most of the lodging is quite expensive. As long as you do your research before hand and figure out what your must-see spots are, you can certainly see a great deal in one day. There are many roadside stands for food, fruit, and shaved ice which I recommend spontaneously stopping at to add to the adventurous vibe you are bound to feel running through your body.
This trip was my first time to Maui and I finally understood why it is one of the more popular islands of Hawaii. Growing up, we always called The Big Island vacation, particularly because my grandparents retired there and for the remarkable volcanic landscape meeting the Pacific, lava tubes and all. And although the snorkeling on The Big Island surpassed Maui, the soft beaches definitely triumphed. We took a whale watching and snorkeling day cruise through Pacific Whale Foundation and it was exceptional. Because we were visiting the islands in January, whale sightings were plentiful. I highly recommended booking through this company for any type of day excursion because of their non-profit values that strive to save these whales since 1980, plus the staff was exceptional!
What are you looking forward to most about spring? Have you ever been to Maui, completed the Road To Hana or island hopped in Hawaii? Please do share your thoughts below get connected through Facebook!