Travel. Travel. Travel.
My heart seems to beat that word.
This summer me and two of my best girlfriends decided to hop on a plane and explore the beautiful island of Maui in Hawaii! Warm water, fresh fruit and tan lines are what I see when I close my eyes and think about the memories we created.
We went up to San Francisco the night before our flight. I discovered my favorite new nail salon, and we grabbed a quick bite at Tacolicious before crashing so we could wake up early for our flight the next morning.
We landed! We left at 10:30a.m. from SFO, flew for 5 hours and landed at noon in Hawaii! Figure that one out jet lagged mind.
Our hotel is GORGEOUS! Check out the view from our balcony in this first photo!
First up on the agenda: Spa Grande's Hawaiian Salt Baths
We went to sleep listening to the waves crashing against the shore. Woke up bright and early the next morning to go Snuba diving!! Snuba is a cross between snorkeling and scuba diving. Meaning you can go under the water but your air supply is not strapped to you.
This was NOT my cup of tea.
They want you to sink...in the ocean. I am fully okay in being a land mammal and never trying to breathe underwater again.
That being said, it was a beautiful day, and after I resigned to floating on top of a boogie board I was able to get little glimpses of the stunning ocean life all around me.
Tuesday we went to the Old Lahaina Luau which was a huge highlight of our week. We got to try authentic Hawaiian food including pork steamed underground...delicious...and poi, which is basically fish paste...disgusting. I wish it was appropriate in California to wear a lei every day of the week, because I probably would.
Paia. Paia was my VERY favorite part. The shops, the atmosphere, the duck quesadilla.....all to die for. We got there early and took a food tour which was a blast. We learned about the history of Paia, tried local coffee, apple bananas (I wanted to sneak a whole tree of those back home with me on the airplane), and had a scrumptious breakfast at Charlys, we also had the opportunity to meet some locals and get to hear their stories! How they ended up on the island, what they used to do back on the mainland and where their favorite places to go where.
Our last day on the island we drove the road to Hana to twin falls...the first stop...and swam in a muddy waterfall! I'm not sure what I was picturing, but it definitely wasn't bug bites and murky water. The greenery was INCREDIBLE though. I have never in my life seen that much color packed into one place. We spent the rest of the day eating shave ice and boogie boarding in the warm ocean waves until sunset. A complete dream.
Our last dinner was at Mama's Fish House. It was the perfect way to finish things off... Also, they had the most superb deserts ever, just sayin.
We feel so blessed, happy and tan. Thanks Maui for the memories :) Mahalo