Are you looking for a relaxing vacation, “away from it all”? Is your dream view one of pristine, sandy beaches with iconic Hawaiian palm-trees silhouetted in the sunset?
Is the idea of snorkeling, paddle-boarding, swimming and surfing all day just enough action without being too much, as long as the water is beautifully blue and green? Would turtles which swim past or actually swim up to greet you be that added bonus? Check out this amazing underwater video below shot by Jeff Greenwood:
How about the sound of gentle breezes and the feel of warm, soft, air on the skin as one relaxes?
If your answer is yes (!) to any or all of the questions above, Maui’s north beach might be just the ticket for you!
Our trip just concluded this 3rd week in May, and the weather was wonderful. Since it was my first trip to Maui I can’t independently confirm this, but I have been assured that wonderful weather is available year round!
My second time snorkeling was at the beach above. As soon as I stepped into the water, a turtle swam right by me! Later he put his head out of the water and opened his mouth right at me! Apparently he was looking for some of the soft, vibrantly green moss that grows on the rocks near the shore. Touching the turtles is not allowed, but I did see a woman feeding the green moss to my new friend a few minutes later!
Once I got used to only breathing through my mouth, I was able to relax and enjoy the snorkeling! It seems like everyone at the beach has popped down to Boss Frog’s to rent the gear. It’s a great deal at $15 for a week!
And lastly, there are many hotels and resorts to choose from. We stayed at the Westin Ka’anapali, and it had every amenity! However, we did ask around and found that other hotels also offer ocean view rooms and etc. for quite reasonable rates, so research is always key!
There is also camping available on the island; the spots we found at the Wai’anapanapa State Park looked awesome. We stopped there to experience the famous “black sand” beach on the “Road to Hana”. More about that later. Until then, “aloha” as you plan your island adventure!
Photos/Videos by Jeff Greenwood & Georgia Sanders