Friday, May 15, 2015

Maui beaches, hotel and restaurants

I'm almost done with the Hawaii posts. I want to still do a post to cover Iao Valley, and possibly a little video, but after this one, and those, I'm done. Blogging epic weeks like our week in Hawaii is a daunting task, but so worth it. We love looking back on old travel blog posts.

This post is mostly a miss mash of iPhone photos that didn't fit into a post of its own. We spent as least some part of each day on the beach, and woke every morning to this view from our balcony.
Our hotel's landscaping was incredible, and there were waterfalls everywhere. The open air lobby had three waterfalls and these waterfalls were spilling from the rivers above. This guy was in LOVE.
Pool side drinks. Nothing better. This particular drink was called the lava flow, it was like a piƱa colada with strawberries. And notice the pool and the ocean directly behind? Heaven.
James tried snorkeling for the first time at Baby Beach. There were no waves there due to the coral reef breaking them farther out. The water was crystal clear, shallow and there were fish everywhere. I even saw a sea turtle the first morning we were there!
He loved snorkeling with daddy.
Telescopes were all over the beaches, apparently you can see humpback whales breeching from shore in the winter. 
Our favorite beach was called Black Rock. It had deep crystal clear water and the rock beyond was full of all sorts of coral and sea life. E and I took turns snorkeling there and we saw urchins, anemones, tons of varieties of colorful fish and some really big schools of fish. And even sea turtles! You could jump off areas of the rocks to the sea below and of course I did that. It was fantastic.
Paradise, truly. 
The kids loved swimming out past the waves, where the water was around eight feet deep. They wore their lifejackets and E and I got quite a work out treading water.
Lots of beach pictures look like this, my boy's back as he plays in the waves.

We ate almost every meal next to the beach and the views were so spectacular each time.
Dinner with a view.
Never did we feel over crowded or lost in a sea of people, instead almost everywhere we went it felt like we had the place to ourselves.

The view from our hotel's lawn. The land mass across the water in most of my pictures is another island, Lanai.
In addition to the beach, we spent a lot of time in the pools at our hotel. 

 Waterfalls, hottubs, slides and drinks. All anyone could need.
 Really, our resort was so pretty.
 See what I mean about never a crowd? Every chair was usually open!
And they had this soft two story play structure for kids. My kids spent hours playing on this.
Dinner our last night before heading to the airport was a bittersweet affair. We can not wait to come back.

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