Friday, March 28 – Wonderful first full day on Maui – some relaxation and fun!
We knew we would be up early due to the time change so booked a snorkel tour to Molokini with Redline Rafting for our first full day. I was awake at 4 and out of bed at 4:30 – sat on the lanai in the dark and listened to the waves waiting for Joe and Carter to get up – so peaceful!
We checked in for the tour at 6:30 at the Kihei Boat Ramp. Carter was excited and ready to go!
Before the 1st stop we saw our first whales of the trip. They were pretty far away but I was proud of myself for getting at least a partial picture of a tail before he/she went down!
It was a nice tour and our guides (Sean and Kiki) were really good. The snorkeling was not the best but it was good. There were 4 stops which actually got to be a little much maybe because it was a bit cloudy so it got chilly. Most of my pictures did not turn out too well – not sure if it’s me, the camera, or the fact that it was a bit rocky – probably all of the above. Here are a few from the front side of Molokini, which is where most tours go.
We also went to the backside of Molokini which was unique with a few different fish and a large drop off into the deeper sea.
There was then another stop near La Perouse Bay. Much of the same we saw at Molokini and then “Turtle Town” which was actually right out in front of the Makena Beach and Golf Resort where we are staying. Got a nice shot of our resort from the boat.
There were quite a few turtles at this site. Not sure if we will be able to snorkel out this far from our beach but we may try that another day!
Our tour guide Sean blew some “dolphin circles” for us (and then he swam through it!). I guess the dolphins actually do this when they are playing so he must be part dolphin!
When at La Perouse Bay they took us to see the lava rock area which was pretty cool!
Then we got a real special treat – we saw a monk seal in the water! He peaked his head up a couple of times to say hi to us – he was adorable!
After the tour we went back to the hotel, relaxed a bit with a short nap, and checked out the beach at our resort (I’ve learned the name of our beach is NOT Makena Beach – it’s called “Maluaka Beach”. It’s really a gorgeous beach and nice for relaxing, playing in the waves, and has a snorkeling area as well which we will try out at some point when we are around in the mornings (too many waves in the afternoon).
After swimming we headed into Kihei as we wanted to check out the the Kihei Fourth Friday Town Party. They have these in different towns around Maui on different Fridays. They have local vendors, food trucks/vendors, and music later on.
We shopped at the local vendor booths for a bit, and bought some macaroons (3 different flavors – they were yummy!), banana bread for me to eat for breakfast the next day (Joe and Carter can’t have it since it has gluten – more for me!), and I got a cute little piece of inexpensive sea glass jewelry. Love the little whale tail on it!
We decided not to wait around for the music so found dinner at Maui Brick Oven. This is a dedicated gluten-free restaurant. This was a great find and not only was the pizza good (crust did not taste gluten-free at all and I’m picky about that!), but we ordered beer battered mushrooms which were AMAZING! Carter is one of the pickiest kid in the world but for some strange reason unlike most kids he likes mushrooms and he said these were better than the pizza!
We missed the Maui sunset today – I think we were inside at dinner – but I’m sure we will have many more to enjoy.
After dinner we headed back to the hotel and were in bed before 10. Tomorrow is a beach and explore day – can’t wait to see where that takes us!