This post covers Saturday and Sunday.
James, Uncle Rick and I saw Maui from above on Saturday morning. We did a helicopter ride with Blue Hawaiian Helicopters. This was the first time I've been in a helicopter and a definite highlight of the trip! We did the 45 minute West Maui and Molokai tour.
There were five of us in the helicopter with the pilot, Glenda. Uncle Rick and I sat in the front and James was in the back with a kissy French couple. The sights were outstanding! It was like being in an IMAX movie when we flew over the sea cliffs on Molokai. The waterfalls were stunning and the shades of blue in the ocean spectacular. We were told if you come in February you will see all the whales with their babies before they head to Alaska. I highly recommend a helicopter tour.
What I don't recommend is going to Walmart on the Saturday before back to school. It was a zoo but the guys were low on beer.
We went to the beach in the afternoon. After getting tossed around by the waves, we headed to the pool. We heard Coconuts had good fish tacos so we went to try them out. They were good but I'm surewe can find better.
Sunday morning we were up early to go snorkelling and boogie boarding in Wailea. We saw lots of fish and the turtles were swimming around us. It's good to get out early before the trade winds arrive. The morning was capped off with a visit to the Cinnamon Roll Place for a fresh box of right out of the oven cinnamon buns. Yum!
We went back to the condo to clean off the sand from every crevice and headed to the Maui Ocean Center. It's an amazing aquarium. We had fun learning about the coral, the fish (many that we've seen snorkelling) and the turtles. The highlight was the sharks and rays swimming above us.
It's tradition (according to Alana and Erin) to get ice cream at Hula Ice Cream and Hula Cookies after visiting the aquarium. I'm not going to mess with tradition. We had a cookie ice cream sandwich. D'lish!
Next we ventured down the road to Lahaina. We saw the big banyan tree and looked at some shops. We will be back later this week for a different snorkelling tour so we will poke around more then.
The past two days have been fabulous!