This was our view as we were sailing away from Oahu. We were on Norwegian; Pride of American ship. We got a balcony room as I really enjoy ordering my breakfast and eating it out on the balcony. Funny story about our rooms though. We all had rooms in a row with the first one starting at the end of the hallway. Every night it sounded as if we were in a bowling alley. I am guessing we were just below one of the restaurants and that they were preparing for the next day, but boy was it loud for some of us.
Our first port of call was Maui. We had two days there and we made the most of it.
The first day in Maui we split up in two groups. One group went to the Molokini Crater to snorkel and the other went to a lavender farm. Molokini is a crescent-shaped, partially submerged volcanic crater which forms a small, uninhabited islet located in ʻAlalākeiki Channel between the islands of Maui and Kahoolawe, within Maui County in Hawaii. Here are some pictures that were taken at both spots.
I was fascinated by the green lizard that we saw at the lavender farm. We all enjoyed our trips and met back up at the ship and drove together to the Maui Brewing Company.
I think we had worn out my sister and my niece as they look very tired in the picture above.
The next day we again split up in two groups; one went on the bicycle ride down Haleakala. Depending where you get started from on Maui, it can take you up to two hours to drive the Haleakala Highway and then up the winding Haleakala Crater Road leading to the summit of Haleakala. It’s an early wake-up call, but the reward is well worth it. Drive past the Park Visitors Center at 7,000 feet to get to the Haleakala Visitors Center at 9,740 feet. Try to arrive at the Haleakala Visitor Center no later than a half hour before the sun rises — earlier for a good spot. In the summer the sun rises as early as 5:38 AM, in the winter as late as 6:55 AM. The color of the sky and clouds before daybreak are stunning. Here’s a picture that they took from the top.
The rest of the group went to see the Ioa Needle. Iao Valley is a lush, stream-cut valley in West Maui. Because of its natural environment and history, it has become a tourist location. We had bought a pineapple and used the Mr. Potato Head pieces to make him Mr. Pineapple Man and he ended up being our Hawaiian mascot so he went along with the group going to the Ioa Valley.
From there, we decided to start the road to Hana. I’ve been told that the Road to Hana is more than just a great drive through a beautiful area of Maui. Most visitors tend to zip to and from Hana with a checklist of sights to photograph. This is the wrong way to do it. Do your due diligence beforehand, decide on a few locations that look the most intriguing, and take your time at each location. We just wanted to take the road to a winery we read about, but sadly it was closed.
We met up with the other group and went to lunch at Mama’s Fish House. Mama’s Fish House is a world famous restaurant on Maui’s North Shore, featuring Hawaiian fish brought daily by fishermen. This is a must to eat at if you can get reservations. We made them weeks in advance and while it is pricey; it is so worth it.
The food was awesome and we even tried poi. I’m not exactly sure what poi is, but it’s not something I would try again. We were all so tired from our bike ride and exploration of Maui that after lunch, we all decided to go back to the ship and rest.
Please join me next week as we travel to our next port of call.