While I’ve travelled around the US, I’ve never really done a real deal tropical vacation and I’ve always wanted to. My girlfriend has vacation time that goes away if she doesn’t use it in the next month, and we’re both fully vaccinated. Travel is picking up again, but other than rental car prices (because companies downsized their fleets last year) everything is still relatively cheap. So it seemed like the perfect opportunity to afford a vacation I might not otherwise be able to. We’re going at the end of the month.
We will be staying in a condo we rented in mid-north Kihei for 8 days. We’ve got a rental car locked up, which is rather important because there are literally no rental cars available in Maui - when they pop up, it’s for like $700/day. People are renting u-haul vans just to get around, no joke. I really wanted to get a convertible because Maui seems like the best place on Earth to have one, but prices made that impractical - I was lucky to get a compact car at a reasonable price.
I am very excited about the amazing road trips in Maui. We plan on doing the road to Hana, obviously, down past Hana into the bamboo forests and freshwater pools, then we’ll turn around and go the other way. We’ll probably make it an all day thing and see some of the waterfalls, black and beaches, etc. I personally would rather take the long way around the south end of the island, completing the loop - the very questionable death road rock slide no guard rail blind turn way - but that’s probably a violation of the rental car agremeent and no go with the girlfriend.
We’ll be going up the road to Haleakala, although we’re undecided about doing it in the morning (limited reservatons, leaving at like 4am, driving up the mountain in darkness, but supposed to amazing) or later in the day.
There’s also the far less mentioned northwest road (routes 30 and 340) that actually looks better than the road to Hana to me, even though the latter is way more famous. There’s a lot more coast on that road, and open sweeping views - Hana is mostly jungle. There’s a section of 340 that is one lane with only occasional spaces to pull over to allow someone to pass, and places with no guard rails where the edge of the road is about a foot away from a steep cliff. That is also probably a no go with the girlfriend. But I plan on driving most of it, probably to the Olivine pools, and turning around.
Other than those things, we have few plans. I plan to just sort of explore and see what we like. Visit dozens of beaches, snorkel in places that are good for snorkeling, maybe hike a bit, cliff dive, walk around the towns. We’re leaning towards taking some sort of snorkel boat tour, probably one of the ones that visits the molokini crater and whatever else the captain thinks will be good that day. Maybe a sunset dinner cruise sort of thing, too.
I’m leaning towards getting a good photography drone and I’ll have a camera too, so these will be a part of the activities. I won’t bother other people with the drone - it’s a pretty quiet drone and I’ll fly it high enough that no one really notices.
So I’m looking for ideas, experiences, advice. Best places to snorkel, hidden things off the beaten path, advice for road trips, anything you want to share.