Friday, January 24, 2020

Hawaii 2nd Visit: Part 4

Dec 13th 2019:
We woke up in the morning, refreshed and then tried to finish all the food that we had bought + water as these could not be taken on the flight. We then bid adieu to the valet drivers at the resort, clicked few pics and headed off to drop our Rental.
After a quick 30 min flight we were at Maui by 12:30. By the time we got our rental at Maui we were starving and hopped on to a nearby Panda Express for Lunch.
Our check-in time to the hotel was 4pm so we drove by stopping at various lookout places and finally reached our Honua Kai resort & Spa by 5pm.
On the way we topped at Walmart and got some grocery stuff.
It was a beautiful mini apartment like with a master bedroom, kitchen, living room, 2 additional rooms and a huge balcony.
After getting refreshed and sipping some coffee we decided to check-out the pool swimming pool. By this time it was 6pm and a cool breeze had started flowing about.
The kids jumped in an out of the hot-tub and swimming pool, we then went to a nearby strip and bought some fresh fish which I decided to fry and the hubby ad kids got Subway.
We returned back, fried some fish, eat it out in the balcony and then relaxed for the night.

The next day the daughter had a slight cold  and I wanted to avoid having her go in the beach, so we went to the resort and decided to book a Submarine tour. We drove to Lahaina harbor, there was a small boat which took us in the middle of the ocean where the submarine emerged and we all were oooh and aah about it. Finally we boarded the submarine and went nearly 300 ft under water, it was not all that bad as I expected, we did see a Tiger shark and we also saw a diver(which was a bonus).
After we docked back to the harbor we took some pictures under the huge Banyan tree which is the largest banyan tree in USA.
We then went to a nearby Indian restaurant and had some fish fry and tomato rice which was super good.
We then decided to go to the Nakalele blowhole, by the time we reached and parked the daughter was asleep, so me and Rivi decided to trek down. It was good exercise and the view was breath-taking. Blue skies and green oceans, it was picturesque.
We had promised the boy he could do some surf boarding and so we rented a surf board from near our resort and then went to a nearby beach. The father-son tried a lot but could not get the hang of it but the sunset view was beautiful.
After a lot of wave crashing, we returned back to the resort, got ready and went to a nearby place for some Mexican food.

This day we woke up early in the morning as we had booked a Snorkeling tour to Molokai Crater. Our reporting time was 6:30 , we drove to Maalalea harbor and boarded our sail ship--the Four Winds. They had complimentary breakfast and then we set sail, on the way over we saw some huge whales an the humpback whale season had just began. this is when whales from Alaska migrate to the warm waters of the Pacific Ocean to mate and give birth.
Finally after an hours drive we reached the Molokolai Crater where we got ready with our vests and fins. The boy and hubby jumped down, the daughter not so keen, though she did pad up in her vest, finally after much cajoling, she got into a see through boat and went with Dad for some coral viewing.  I too got comfortable after some time and we spent the 1 hr in the water. Finally it was time to get back on the boat- we all did do the water slide, which was fun except that the water was too salty. They had some good burgers out for lunch and then started our return journey to the shore.
Once we were back we returned the surf board and then decided to go a Falls which the hubby saw in TV. It was a long drive but when we neared the location it was just a view to the water fall and we really could not go near it. We decided to return back and on the way stopped at a much smaller, much more scenic waterfall. At one place we saw many cars parked and without knowing what it is we too stopped, turned out to be a bamboo forest. We took some pictures and then headed home.
Once back the rest of the family went to the ocean while I rested out in the bath-tub. For dinner we went to the famous Duke's Beach House and had some yummy seafood. We were so full we did not order dessert. Returned and slept peacefully the last nite at Hawaii.


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