It’s been more than a month since we have been back and I’ve been trying to think of ways of how to just start fresh and live on the island. This year, our trip to Hawaii was at Maui. It was our first time there, so everything was brand new and we weren’t sure what to expect. We were there for seven days, so we had plenty of time to explore the island. I brought my go pro with me, expecting to vlog the whole trip. I wasn’t able to vlog because I was having too much fun (and I guess my hands were full with the little one). Props to those people who vlog because it’s definitely not easy! Instead, enjoy these photos taken all on my sisters phone.
Vancouver International Airport (YVR): * PRO TIP: Tire out the toddler by letting them play / run right before the flight . Not being biased but Vancouver International Airport is the best airport I’ve been to so far. Especially when it comes to travelling with a toddler. They’ve got a few play areas in the airport, both in and out of the check-in areas. I’d recommend you let them play hard and use up their energy before take off.
The area where we were most comfortable because we had our AirBNB here. We were so familiar with everything right away, felt like home. This area had the best spots to eat (in our opinion).
Lahaina was a favourite area for Baby Maui and my mom. They’ve got a baby beach where Baby Maui could run freely. The waves were very soft and the water was shallow. Paul and my sister also went surfing while the rest of us walked the Lahaina strip.
Hit this spot if if you really want to see Sea Turtles. There’s a place called Ho’okipa Beach Park. There’s a resting spot for sea turtles. As we walked towards the beach, the turtles looked like big rocks. When we got closer, we realized it was a bunch of them together resting. The little guy definitely enjoyed! I
The “rich” side of the island. When we first entered the area, we visited The Shops Of Wailea. Spent a little shopping here and watched a few hula performances. They’ve got weekly events going on.
As we explored more of this area, we passed by huge resorts after one another. We drove deeper and saw beautiful homes with private entryways. Eventually, we hit Makena Beach. This beach was a favourite for my sister, husband and I. The sand was so soft and the water was very blue. However, I wouldn’t say it was a favourite for my mom and Jermaine as the waves were very strong. They spent most of their time in the sand.
Kahului was our spot to shop! The shopping mall of the island was here, it’s called Queen Ka’ahumanu Center. Also, the one Target and Walmart of the island was nearby. There is also a Swap Meet that happens once a week, a great place to buy souvenirs.
PLACES WE WISHED WE WENT TO
Road to Hana: We attempted to do drive the “Road to Hana” but 20 minutes in, we had to turn back. We felt carsick from all the swerving and realized that we wouldn’t be able to handle another 1 hour and 20 minutes to get to the end with a toddler in the car. I’ve heard great stories about the drive and will definitely attempt pushing through the next time we go.
Waianapanapa State Park (Black Sand Beach): At the end of the Road to Hana there is Waianapanapa State Park, which is also known as the Black Sand Beach.
Kaihalulu (Red Sand Beach): From what I’ve read, it’s a beautiful hidden cove. A beach with blue water and red sand!
Haleakalā: The best spot to watch the sunrise! Make sure you don’t make the same mistake we did and book for reservations ahead of time.
So far, we’ve only been to Oahu and Maui. I’d say I prefer Maui because it’s less crowded. It’s different for everyone of course. If you are looking for a place to relax and lay back, I’d say go to Maui. If you are looking to have fun or shop, I’d say Oahu. We are definitely going back to Maui but will probably check out the rest of the Islands first. Overall, Maui was a great experience!