We decided to spend all of our Maui time based out of a two bedroom condo in Napili/Kahana (point “A”). We stayed at Kahana Sunset where they rent these condos out, which are filled with amenities and a great deal for your money. We had two balconies, two bedrooms, and an ocean view. The property had a pool and private beach front. We were able to do laundry (in our unit) as well as cook meals. It cost the same price as a hotel but gave us so much more. Plus we were able to save money and meals and laundry access meant we could wash our beach towels and pack fewer clothes (saving on luggage checking fees). We were less than a mile from the gorgeous Napali Bay and a 15 minute drive north of Lahaina (a cute downtown area). I would gladly do this again.
Our first day in Maui was spent sleeping in, shopping for food and supplies for the rest of our trip, and lounging on the beach. After such a busy time on the Big Island it was nice to relax and enjoy paradise. That night we watched the sunset from our balcony.
Then we drove down to Lahaina to experience the “nightlife” (aka get dessert). Everything in Hawaii closes early, but at least this strip of shops and galleries stayed open a little later. Almost every night we would end up walking the streets here enjoying ourselves.
There are so many art galleries here that it was fun to window shop.
We HAD to get shaved ice and according to Yelp, we had to do it at Ululani’s Hawaiian Shaved Ice. This is a Hawaii must-do. They take a scoop of mac nut ice cream and pile shaved ice on top. You pick 3 flavors from a massive list, and they add the syrup on top. Once you eat through the ice, the ice cream takes on hints of flavor from the syrup. It’s awesome. Go here!
From there we went home because the next morning we had to get down to Maalaea Harbor Road where our Trilogy Boating Excursion would begin at 8am. If you come to Maui you have to do one of these scuba/boating adventures. It’s one of the highlights of our trip and Trilogy treated us like kings. We underestimated the time it takes to get to the harbor so we were a few minutes late and FRANTIC that they left without us. Instead of being fussy with us for holding up the boat they were extremely nice and casual about it. They took time to get to know everyone on the boat. They referred to us as the “LA Girls”. The group wasn’t that big, so it felt more intimate.
They fed us so much food. Fresh fruit and coffee and then the hot cinnamon rolls came around! After we did some snorkeling off of Molokini (which was so cool because the water was crystal clear) they fed us a fruit salsa with chips. The next diving spot was on the Kihei coast where I swam with a sea turtle! The waves were large which meant visibility wasn’t the best and it also made it easy to get off course but it was worth it to sea the turtles.
After the turtle spot they served up lunch, which for me (a pescetarian- a vegetarian that eats fish) was a veggie burger patty with rice and salad. It was very filling and they came around with seconds for everyone. And I stress that they came to us. They were so accommodating and worked hard to give us an awesome boating experience. The Captain of the boat was Brett (hilarious), and Mark (?) and his son Logan (super hot) where in charge of keeping us happy and helping the guests who were new to snorkeling. Dave (?) ran the Snooba program (which cost more so we didn’t do it). If I go back and do it again, I would request these guys, they were so amazing.
After lunch we took a sailing ride along the west edge of Maalaea Bay and relaxed. The suns heat dried us off and we got to talk to the crew about how they ended up in Hawaii and what they recommend we do on our trip. They also passed out vanilla ice cream with chocolate sauce and offered beer for an extra couple bucks.
At 2/2:30p we docked in the harbor and our cruise had come to an end. Me made the drive back to our condo where we washed up and laid out on the deck.
That night we got dolled up and went to Mala (a mile north of downtown Lahaina). We all ordered fancy drinks and watched the sunset. This restaurant is right on the water (as you can see in my photos) and we got a table right out on the deck. We indulged in a tuna poke appetizer (a must for Hawaii) and I ordered a fish burger a my meal. We all loved the food and the view. This was a splurge night for us, as it is pricier than the places we had been going to, but when you’re on vacation sometimes it’s fun to get dressed up and have a fancy night.