Just came back from our first trip to MAUI and I am already thinking about our next trip there. This trip exceeded all my expectations - that were high, by the way. I recently posted a MAUI - 7 night itinerary and this is the trip report that goes with it.
We arrived in the Island at 9:00 pm on the 11th, one day before planned. As you know, we were going to stay at Maui Beach hotel given its proximity to the airport because we didn't want to drive all the way to Kaanapali at night after 3 long flights. Thanks to the tips from TA folks, I cancelled that booking and headed to Days INN Oceanfront in Kihei, which was a short drive. It was the best thing. We woke up jet legged at 2, 3, 4 and finally a little before 5:00 decided to go for a walk on the beach to watch the sunrise ( not really, because the sun rises behind Haleakala), but it was definitely better than waking up in front of a harbor. After that, we had breakfast at 5 Palms, just because it was the closest to the hotel. Food was ok. We headed to La Perouse Bay ( unfortunately no dolphins) and to The Dumps at Ahihi Bay for our first snorkeling. We were amazed by the amount of marine life we saw. Trip was off to a great start. We had lunch at a Food truck on our way back to the hotel. We checked out at 1:00 pm and spared some time at the shops at Wailea. Went to our hotel for check in after that. We stayed at the Hyatt Regency Resort and Spa. I was reluctant at first to spend that much money on a hotel because I knew we were going to be out the whole day everyday. But it was worth it. Our stay there was amazing. We booked the oceanfront king and the view was phenomenal. We had dinner at Umalu at the hotel. This was the end of day 1. This is going to be a very long post so I will probably post each day separately.Edited: 21 September 2021, 05:40