This was my first time in Maui. Pretty much anyone I know who has been to all the Hawaiian Islands, says Maui is their absolute favorite so I was really excited about this one. I’ve got to be honest, my first few days I didn’t see why so many people were in love with Maui. I mean yes it was beautiful, but most beautiful of all the islands? Well after spending two weeks there, you certainly get to know the island a little more intimately and start to see why this is. Maui is like the perfect mix of city and uninhabited. I would describe it as a mix of the Big Island and Oahu. I think this balance is what attracts so many people. When you vacation in Maui, its truly inevitable to relax.
Our first stop was Kapalua Bay.
I loved this place particularly because it’s a great beach for lounging, the waters are so calm and there are a ton of fish . Maui really has magical beaches, and this is just one of them.
To watch the sunset, we went to Makena Beach.
After doing a ton of research on the web before the trip, this was one of the most popular beaches on the list. I had some very interesting experiences with Makena beach. This picture is of the first time I visited the beach. The water was still so warm from the sun and the tide was so calm. The sand here is also so silky and soft, it just seemed like the most relaxing beach.
Fast forward to a week later. I come back to Makena Beach with a boogie board ready to play with the waves. The water was nothing like what I experienced during that sunset. The waves were huge, great for boogie boarding. We had such a great time, we came back the next day. This time though, the waves were even bigger.
Unfortunately I did not take a picture of the water that day, so I googled this image of Makena Beach to give you an idea of what we experienced that day. This picture is not even the worse Makena’s got. I am talking about a wall of water, way taller than me, coming crashing down on the shore and making a loud crashing sound. Naturally, I thought I could conquer this water. No biggie.
Big mistake. I made it into the water and realized these waves were way too big for me. So I swam inward trying to avoid the water breaking on the beach. There I was, floating in the water, waiting for a wave small enough that I could escape without being tumbled over by the water like a little pebble.
I was so deep in the ocean that the waters were calm and the waves would only break ahead of me, or so I thought. I guess the ocean did not like my plan because all of a sudden, I felt the water rise and rise and rise. This is bad. This is a sign that I am on the crest of the wave and I am about to come crashing down. This is extremely bad though because if the waves that were crashing ahead of me were big, this means this is a massive one.
So do I try to ride the wave or escape it by swimming further into the water?
The fear in me told me to swim! Desperately I swim inward with all my might! I did not swim fast enough though. Before I knew it, the wave had me at its fingertip and squash me it did. I close my eyes and brace for impact. My boogie board was ripped out of my grasp, the wrist strap comes loose, I feel the weight of the water come crashing down on my body and the sand suddenly feels rougher than ever. Before I can make sense of anything, I can feel the water disappear again. Hurry! I tell myself. Get up and run before the next wave come! I get up as fast as I can, I’m not even sure my bathing suit is still on the right way, and run towards the shore. I made it. I survived!
That was enough boogie boarding for me. I got a pounding headache after that so we decided to search for a spot where the water was somewhat calmer. So I look on Google Maps to see if there is a small bay nearby we can go swimming in. I find Makena Little Beach! Sounds small and friendly, and its nearby so we decide to go. We climb up a some rocks and at first sight notice that the beach is crowded. So many bodies, and so little bathing suits! I was so confused at first, and then it finally hit me. This is a nudist beach! Oh my goodness.. I do not belong here, I think to myself. I turn around quickly and head back to the parking lot.
Besides my interesting experience with Makena, we also drove the road to Hana twice! The road to Hana is about 64 miles, but takes about 6 hours to drive. Along the long windy (extremely windy) road, there are several stops. Some of which are historical and others which are scenic. The town of Hana and the road leading to it are rich in history. Hana is a town favored by the old Hawaiian royalty. It became a place that held much of the power in Maui at the time. Hana became a busy town at the peak of its sugar production. The road was mainly used for transportation of the sugar. However after World War II, many of the sugar mills were shut down and the road to Hana slowly became a scenic route tourists frequent.
All in all, Maui was absolutely great. Two weeks in Maui may seem like a long time. I can promise you though, it is just simply not enough time to even begin to get to know the island.