Welcome to paradise :) We spent two weeks in Maui before heading to Cuba and, oh my, I fell in love with this island. The nature is so stunning (by now you should know that I generally prefer pretty nature to cities) and the beaches are amazing – perfect for beach bums. For mountain lovers there is the middle of the island with its volcano (photo below). Also there are lots of resort hotels and it’s safe go to the beach at night. What more can you want :)
What makes the Hawaiian beach life perfect is that Maui is amazing for surfing, scuba diving and snorkeling! The climate is perfect and the water super beautiful. We even saw three reef sharks during one of the underwater trips and lots of huge turtles :) I love places where you can explore marine life as well as enjoy some nice waves for surfing! You usually have to pick the beaches according to which water sports you fancy but Maui has it all :)
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Maui has so many beautiful beaches apart from the typical popular ones. One day we were driving from Kaanapali to Kihei and found this absolutely gorgeous beach between Lahaina and South Maui. We had to stop the car to take some photos! The beach was super remote with only a handful of other people there – a perfect beach wedding location! I got talking to some of them and apparently you can get a private boat charter to tour you around the area – when we come back here we’re definitely looking into that!
Maui ist einfach wunderschoen mit zahlreichen Straenden. Zwischen all den beliebten und bekannten Straenden mit weissem Sand, Felsen oder auch Lava gibt es superviele kleinere und weniger bekannte Straende. An einem Tag sind wir von Kaanapali nach Kihei gefahren und kamen an einer ganzen Menge von solchen Straenden vorbei. Es waren nur wenig andere Leute mit uns am Strand – wie im Paradies! Auch eine gute Wahl fuer eine Strandhochzeit in Maui. Ich habe mit einigen von ihnen gesprochen und anscheinend können Sie einen privaten Bootscharter bekommen, um Sie durch die Gegend zu bereisen – wenn wir hierher zurückkommen, prüfen wir das definitiv!
This morning we got up at 5.30am to join the snorkel tour Molekini island. The tour is organised by the Pacific Whale Foundation and starts at 7am – yes soooo early. But then everything kinda starts early here. We also went scubadiving super early cause else currents are too strong. Well and surfing starts early too of course :)
The snorkel tour started from the little harbour just off the Aquarium in Maui and then heads over to Molekini which takes around 45min.
At Molekini island everyone got into their snorkel gear and jumped into the water. It is quite a funny picture looking at all the people in the water… Like we had stranded somewhere..
Had my first coffee after the first snorkel site – finally waking up :)
The Molekini snorkel site was pretty but things are happening like 5-8m below you and if you are up for relaxed snorkeling only you might not see as much as in snorkel sites where you are closer to the reef. I would my recommend this either as scubadiving site as there are lots of better spots. On Monday we went scubadiving close to Lahaina which was one if the best and most chilled out dives I ever had with sooooooo much to see:)
After Molekini we made our way to Turtle Town. On the circa 20min a guy from the Pacific Whale Foundation team held a little presentation about marine life which was nice.
Turtle Town was soooo amazing! The coral reefs are super pretty and there is so much variety down there. Some parts are quite shallow while other parts are as deep as at the Molekini diving site.
There was one huge turtle exactly below us. It just lied down in the middle of the water and didn’t move for like 2min. Then it slowly dove away from us. What a beautiful creature!
After the second snorkel site, the crew made lunch for us and we headed back to Maui.
The snorkel trip was really cool. While I wasn’t a big fan of the first snorkel site, Turtle Town was definitely worth getting up so early :)