During Spring Break of my senior year in high school, my parents decided to take us on a family vacation to Hawaii, which also turned into a graduation trip as well. We went to two islands on our trip, Maui (the first stop on mine and Chris’ trip) and the Big Island. We had quite an adventure on our trip and I thought that I’d do a quick recap to help get me into the Hawaii set of mind for our trip (like I really need the help). Plus I’m linking up with Bonnie from A Compass Rose and Christine from A Keane Sense of Adventure for the Travel Tuesday link up.
The first island we visited was Maui, and we were blown away by the island and everything we did. We stayed at the Westin, which is where Chris and I will be staying, and I remember being blown away with how beautiful the resort was. You literally walk in the doors to the hotel, and you’re back outside because the lobby is an open air lobby complete with a lagoon with flamingos.
Our first full day on Maui we woke up bright and early, like 2 AM early, and had a tour guide pick us up from the hotel. The tour guide then drove us to the top of Haleakala, a huge crater on Maui, where we watched the sunrise. It was one of the most beautiful things I’ve ever seen, and the pictures we took don’t do it justice at all!
After we watched the sunrise, we hopped on some bikes and literally rode down Haleakala with our tour guides to a town below. Now I’m not known for being very hand eye coordinated or for having the best balance (I’m not very graceful and have been known to run into walls in my own house for crying out loud!), so I was a little worried about biking down a volcano. But I actually had no issues riding down Haleakala. The mountain is so steep that you really don’t need to peddle at all. It’s literally a piece of cake compared to the bike ride we did in San Francisco. Plus we got to stop along the way and take some pretty awesome pictures.
One of the other big activities we did on Maui was a guided tour of the Road to Hana. The highlights for me on our Road to Hana trip included swimming in a waterfall and trying some amazing Hawaiian fruit, right off the tree. We only managed to have one car sick incident during the trip, and luckily that wasn’t me, sorry Courtney!
During our last few days on Maui, we mainly relaxed on the beach, and enjoyed time with the family. We also did some whale watching from the shore while we there, since March is the perfect time of the year to watch the Humpback Whales.
Check back later for my recap of our time on the Big Island.