We are back from out Babymoon in Hawaii! Gosh, it felt so great to get away for a bit. Pete and I had such a magically time in Maui. Over a decade ago, I had been to Maui with my family but this was Pete’s first time on island. The plane ride and time change can be brutal but Hawaii truly feels like paradise.
For this trip, I planned it totally different than our usual vacations. Typically, I plan out all of our meals, make reservations everywhere, and have a planned event or destination each day like I did for our time in Europe last summer. That felt too exhausting for a trip that suppose to be relaxing. This time, I only made dinner reservations and booked two tickets ahead of time.
Where we stayed
We booked our entire stay at The Westin Maui Resort & Spa, Ka’anapali and it was one of the most wonderful resorts we have ever stayed. It was located conviently close to Lahaina and seated right on the beach. We spent a lot of our time enjoying the cabanas and taking a dip in the pool.
What We Did
Before I get into it, I want to warn you that this post will be a hodgepodge. There isnt a whole lot of real rhyme or reasons with the photos below. I had way too many shots of the sunset, food, and selfies. So, I’ll spare you those and just include the highlights. This won’t be an “explain” every picture or a “Part 1 of 1,000” post. Few! Here is one big post of our time in Maui…
Beaching, Swimming, and Cabana Time
We beached it up more than we ever have as a married couple. Seriously, we have never taken a proper beach vacation toegther. Just about every day, you could find us either swimming in the beach, taking a dip in one of the many resort pools, or reading under the cabana.
I’m going to sound like a broken record, but I LOVE our family beach bag!
Snorkel + Whale Tour
This was a big one on my bucket list and was one of the biggest highlights of our trip! We got to spend the day on a catarman snorkeling with sea turtles and boating with whales. It was towards the end of the whale season so I was worried we may have missed them all but we got lucky and was able to follow a mom and a baby.
On Pete’s bucket list, he wanted to take a helicopter ride. So, I mostly shallowed my fear and agreed to join him. Truly a once in a lifetime experience. Our pilot gave us a spectacular tour. We saw the beautiful coastline, waterfalls that can only be accessed by helicopter, whales and dolphins from above, and then went through the mountains. And yes, the Jurassic Park theme song played in my head the entire time. We had such a great ride, but I was terrified the whole time! Ha! If you can’t tell, I am holding onto Pete’s arm with all my might…
Road to Hana
This morning, we set out early to drive the road to Hana. Now this adventure was a bit of a bust for us. I think it’s because we did it completely wrong. We did zero research ahead of time and did not realize how long the entire trip would take. The drive was stressful but beautiful. We were happy to be back at the resort once we returned. 🙂
Where We Ate
Mahele Market & Eatery
We were OBSESSED with these acai bowls!!! They were so delicious we enjoyed one just about every day of our trip. I have all these ambitions to recreate these once we get home.
Fleetwood’s on Front Street
This restaruant was so cool! Pete and I are both fans of Fleetwood Mac and this spot did not disappoint. The food was amazing, the service was great, and the music was even better.
The Plantation House
Pete planned a breakfast at this beautiful golf course. They gave us the best view of the house as we enjoyed our wonderful meal.
Have you heard about Hula Pie? Well we never had until our night at Kimo’s and it was amazing!