Aloha! I have finally narrowed down the many photos I took while on our Hawaii trip and I’ve turned them into a two-part travel guide! I’m blessed to say I’ve been to Maui a handful of times and so I’m excited to compile some of my favorite things about the island here for y’all!
There are so many amazing sights to see, things to do, places to eat… that I think one could easily spend a month on the island of Maui working through a to-do/see list! However, my most favorite activities of all on tropical vacations? Relaxing. Laying in the sun. Reading. Swimming in the ocean. Taking a dip in the pool. Eating as much Hawaiian food as I can get my hands on. Going to bed early. Ha! So just be aware that there are probably many other and better travel guides out there of things to do and see for the more adventurous types! So with that said, let me start breaking it down about our trip and what I love about Maui!
Where to Stay
Honestly, I’m not sure if there is even a bad spot to stay on the island! I think it really just depends on what accommodations you’re looking for. If you’re hoping for a very luxurious with stunning amenities resort, look in Wailea. If you’re a fan of a high-rise hotel close to lots of great shops, restaurants, and great tourist attractions, I’d say look into Kaanapali. And if you’re like me and my family and love to go the condo-route… I can’t recommend Napili enough! Napili Bay is so beautiful, has great snorkeling (with turtles!), has a very laid back feel, and is great for families.
We stayed in a condo at Napili Point and it was fabulous! It looks right out on a bay where you can see at least a dozen sea turtles swimming daily, you can walk less than five minutes down to the beach around the cove, and you’re right next to a local market up the road where you can find plenty of fresh poke, POG (Passion Orange Guava juice – a MUST while in Hawaii!), and anything else your little Hawaiian-lovin’ heart desires! My family loves to load up at Costco right after we fly in and stock up for the week and BBQ fresh fish and easy meals throughout the week.
For the first few days of our vacation, I just couldn’t help but bring my camera everywhere around the condos and Napili Bay and explore, sniff (if only this post could be scratch n’ sniff!), and snap photos of every little piece of paradise I could! Maui is so beautiful, it always takes me those first few days of vacation to even really believe I’m there! So below are just photos of sights around our tropical home for the week!
An Easy Afternoon Trip Idea to Get Out of the Sun
Usually by day 3 of vacation, my skin needs a little break from all the sun… especially mid day! So after lunch one day, Sam and I went on a little afternoon exploring! I’m not even sure how, but somehow I saw a snap on Instagram of the Olowalu Plantation House – a stunning wedding and event venue that is worthy of all of the heart eye emojis. So we went! The property is absolutely stunning. I brought my camera, of course, and we walked around the property and the beach! There wasn’t anything to ‘do’ per se, except for just walk around and see the pretty sights. But honestly, that is one of my favorite things to do!
I couldn’t get enough of the stunning porch (I dream of a big plantation style porch on my own home someday!) and the property in itself would make for the most incredible spot for a wedding. In fact, there must have been a wedding just a day or so before we were on the property as there were still the most lovely flower arrangements left out! We also loved walking along the beach and searching for the perfect pieces of coral! And we also made a new friend – see if you can spot her before her close up! Enjoy all my shots of my new-found happy place!
Across the street…
Olowalu Juice Stand (but really only go for the photo and get shaved ice instead!)
After thoroughly (perhaps a little too thorough for my patient husband’s liking 😉 ) exploring the plantation property, we were hungry for a snack! I’ve seen the Olowalu Juice Stand on many travel guides, must I think its mostly popular for it’s brightly painted roadside truck. We didn’t actually end up getting anything as to be honest… it was just too pricey for our liking! We ended up deciding on shaved ice instead and stopped at Ululani’s Hawaiian Shaved Ice in Lahaina on our way back to our condo. Shaved ice spots are a dime a dozen on Maui, but this one was particularly amazing! The staff was so cheerful, friendly, and helpful which is great because there are far too many options to choose from! I wish I had snagged a photo of our shaved ice selections, but it was so good we ate it before I could! Haha! So below are just a few shots from the roadside fruit and juice stand which is just fun to see!
And that’s the end of Part 1! So many photos, I know! But quite honestly… the beauty and inspiration is everywhere… I just couldn’t help but try to capture it as best I could!
I’ll give you a mid-week break of Hawaii for Wednesday’s post as it is a very important day! 😉 And then I’ll have Part 2 of the travel guide up for y’all on Friday! That one will have many more food recommendations and a few more spots to see!
Until then, fix yourself a homemade tropical drink and enjoy these pictures of paradise!