JOSH & JESYKA'S MAUI BABYMOON
This year for Christmas we took ourselves to Maui for an early Babymoon! We stayed at two Resorts: the Honua Kai Resort and the Hyatt Maui in Ka'anapali Beach. I cannot say enough good things about both! All of our day trips and activities were booked through the Honua Kai Resort and since it rained the first day we were there it was tricky rearranging all the tours. I seriously appreciate the resort staff for going above and beyond to make everything happen for us!
The Road to Hana
By far, the most enchanting experience we had in Maui was taking a road trip along the Road to Hana. The Mahalo Tours private car picked us up at 6 AM and we were joined by a in intimate group just 3 other couples. For the next 14 hours we marveled at the lush rain forests, black sand and white sand beaches, endless waterfalls and even desert landscapes on the other side of the island. I'm a science nerd and I was blown away by how many different types of flowers and tress grow in this small part of the island. I love the bamboo forests and the painted or rainbow Eucalyptus trees. We saw all kinds of brightly colored, cool spiders and insects too.
Starting the tour we drove through the old Sugar Mill town of Pa`ia and stopped at the Ho`okipa Surfing lookout for lunch. The Keanae Valley Peninsula is full of lava tubes and black rocks, black sand beaches and blow holes. Honestly, there was so much to see an each stop was more magical than the next - we were ready to move to Maui by lunch!
We spent an afternoon Whale Watching with the Pacific Whale Foundation boat tour. I love that the PWF uses it's proceeds to protect these incredible creatures. The whales came so close to us that we had to turn off the boat (by law, boats can't have their motors on within 500 feet of a whale). Also, December is mating and birthing season so we saw tons of whales, many of them breached! It was incredible. We were also visited by many dolphin friends, some of whom were riding on the backs of the whales.
Drums of the Pacific Luau
One evening we were treated to a traditional imu ceremony and Luau with the Drums of the Pacific at the Hyatt. The night was full of music and dancing, fire-knife dancing included! The food was to die for, the views were unparalleled and I enjoyed shopping for locally made jewelry. It's a romantic night for couples and family-friendly if you have kids. Definitely a must have experience.