The Maui tan is fading fast and Melbourne’s winter is setting in so I really ought to do a bit of Hawaii-showing-off before the holiday is a distant memory.
Let me start by saying this: ACE. Brilliant place to take the family, so much to do and see, spectacular natural scenery and not eleventy-hundred hours of flying time from Australia.
We started with five nights on Maui (stayed at Ka’anapali) where the focus was on beaches and snorkeling. We then went to O’ahu, where we spent three nights at Waikiki. It was the surfing lessons and shopping phase of the trip. We finished with six nights on the Big Island, staying at Volcano and clocking over a thousand miles in the car – it’s not called the Big Island for nothing. And there was lots to see.
So now to my favourite bits. If I was considerate I would have done a neat top five or maybe even ten. Instead, it’s an indulgent 18.
1. Snorkeling at Kapalua. (Shout out to Allen at Snorkel Bob’s Honokowai who kitted us out with the best snorkeling gear I’ve ever owned. Not a drop of water in my mask for 16 days. Seriously, not a drop.)
5. Our hotel where we discovered that the view from the 22nd floor doesn’t suck.
BIG ISLAND HIGHLIGHTS
8. Turtles! Turtles nesting! All on soft black sand (Punalu’u beach).
10. All the waterfalls I’ve ever seen were just a teaser to Akaka Falls.
11. A holiday is not complete without a view and the one at Waipi’o has probably ruined me for all future views.
12. Merrie Monarch – it’s like the Eurovision of Hula – people plan their trip a year in advance and we just happened to be in HiLo on the night and just happened to get seats at the one free concert. I know, #ALLTHELUCK
15. Did I mention zip-lining over ninety hundred waterfalls, rainforest and guava orchards? With ocean views? No, well I must admit I did have a moment of ‘What the actual hell?’ but then I got over it.
17. I need to talk about scale again because really, my photos of the Kilauea Iki crater walk do nothing to show the massive proportions. There are people in these pictures.
18. The Chain of Craters road is a visual, in-your-face geology and physical geography lesson. You can see exactly how lava shaped the Big Island. And the light reflecting off the black rocks was breathtaking.