Saturday we arrived in Hawaii
time afternoon, we checked in to our condo which happened to have boogie boards already in there. Probably someone else's purchase they couldn't take home.
Our condo is conveniently located right across the street from a beautiful beach. So
right away Todd was ready to experience sand between his toes, so to the beach we went!
Sunday was pretty laid back, being the sabbath and all. We rented our snorkel gear and hit a nearby beach. Todd loved it from the start, and was diving down right away... a natural
fish! In the afternoon/evening we drove around trying to find surfers (Todd's desire). We saw a beautiful rainbow, complete and breathtaking! When we found the surfers we watched from an overlook. It was amazing because it started to rain on us... but it shouldn't be called rain, because it's more of a mist!
Monday we headed to Lahaina, after more snorkeling (where Dad, Linda, and Todd found the first turtle of our trip), to do some shopping before a Luau. We had to wait two hours before
the Luau so we could get a good spot , and then an hour later until food was set up and ready for eating. But it was worth the wait because during it was another gorgeous sunset! We were accompanied by a newlywed couple that had eloped from Holland to get married in Hawaii, it added to the experience incredibly!
Tuesday morning we took a boat ride to Molikini where the water was so clear... the most amazing color of blue! Then we head to Turtle Town, which was funny cause we later read "Where is Turtle Town? Anywhere they say it is" meaning they take tourists wherever the turtles are. Right away Todd and I found one & swam a ways with it. In just about the same area we found three more resting on the bottom. I was there when one finally came up for air, they are amazing! On the way back, after a yummy barbecued lunch, we saw four more swimming along the boat just before the harbor! It was awesome!
Wednesday we took The Road to Hana! I still love the drive, but I definitely had allowed myself to forget the windy roads! But the stops are beautiful! I would definitely suggest Dramamine (sp?) if you ever go!
Thursday we actually slept in for a bit (meaning 8am) and snorkeled. That afternoon we went to the top of the volcano, Haleakala. I loved the cool mountain air, made me feel like I was
back in the Rocky Mountains. And there's this amazing plant called Silver Sword... it can live for 50 years, but only blossoms once & then dies, so sad.
Friday was our last day to play in the water, so we started with snorkeling at the first beach where turtles were seen. It was awesome... it's a bit of a swim out but then we found two turtles, one soon came up for air & I got a lot of the pictures I posted previously. Todd and I
swam further and found three more and watched as another came up... it was the perfect last snorkel trip! That afternoon we went to Iao needle, pretty enough. Then came back to experience Big Beach... that was so fun for the guys! Plus, to watch the locals with their boogie boards was very entertaining! The guys got beat into the shore a lot, but caught enough waves to keep playing until the sun set!
Saturday we had to check out by 9am, so we had the day to kill. That's when we went to the Maui Ocean Center... that's the best time to go, morning, because they're feeding all the creatures so they're very active! Then we did more shopping in Lahaina to make sure we bought all we wanted and ended the trip watching the sunset from the restaurant Bubba Gump... it was the best ending to our great trip!