We Found So Much Variety To Enjoy In Maui
We found a lot of variety to enjoy in Maui after our relaxing stay on the Big Island in Hawaii. Our stay at the luxury Maui Ritz-Carlton Kapalua resort offered us great opportunities to relax and enjoy the pampering environment. The resort offered us many things to do and some amazing food experiences.
But there were many great things around Maui that drew us off the resort. Short drives along the coast took us to Lahaina and Kaapalani. We drove the twisty roads for great coast views on the Kahekili Highway and to explore the lava fields at La Perouse Bay (or Keone’O’Io Bay). One day we drove the iconic Road to Hana. And one evening we enjoyed the stunning sunset and night skies at the Haleakala Summit.
It was great to have a great luxury base for exploring all the variety in the sights and experiences that Maui offered.
We were lucky to visit Maui before the fires hit in the late summer of 2023. Much of the west coast we visited was damaged. The Lahaina town centre was severely damaged. And even the Maui Ritz-Carlton Kapalua was impacted by power outages and road closures. A very sad time for residents of Maui. It was a reminder to us that we should not put off our travel plans. You never know what might change!
A Great Luxury Stay At The Maui Ritz-Carlton Kapalua
We were so glad we booked an 8 day stay at the Maui Ritz-Carlton Kapalua resort. Our Marriott Bonvoy Ambassador Elite status got us a great upgrade to a suite with lots of room to spread out. The suite had a full kitchen if we wanted to cook for ourselves and save some money. The view over the resort was stunning day and night.
We were delighted with the massive amenity we received. There was a wide selection of cheese and charcuterie with a large collection of fresh fruits. A cake welcomed us. And the fresh orange juice with champagne was a bubbly treat. Even though there was no free breakfast with Marriott Bonvoy Elite Status at Ritz-Carlton resorts, our welcome amenity ensured we ate well every day. And when we wanted a bigger breakfast, the restaurant had a great morning selection.
The tasty amenity was a nice surprise. But we were even more surprised when we got another amenity that helped us enjoy the resort even more. The baseball caps, beach bag and thermal water cups were a welcome addition to what we packed.
A great luxury stay at the Maui Ritz-Carlton Kapalua resort ensured we found so much to do right on the resort. But it was a great base to return to after a long day touring.
Enjoy The Water In Maui
We were delighted when we found there were several different pools at the Maui Ritz-Carlton Kapalua resort. And one of the pools was a much quieter adult pool. We often headed out to the pool and just enjoyed a relaxing break.
We found lots of paths to walk around the resort or to wander along the coast. The beach area at the hotel was a rougher shoreline. And for many days, we watched mesmerized as the waves crashed up on shore. Some people even tried to surf the waves!
As we drove along the roads in Maui, we often saw beaches on the side of the road with parking spots. And when we took the twisty roads heading to La Perouse Bay (Keone’O’Io Bay) in South Maui, we saw swimming and snorkelling spots on lava beaches.
We found so much variety to enjoy in Maui when we headed for the water.
Visit The Small Town Of Lahaina
One day we took an afternoon trip to the small town of Lahaina. We visited Lahaina before the fire damaged much of what we saw on our visit.
We parked in the port area and soon discovered we were not alone. A Viking Cruises ship was in this cruise port for the day. When we wandered down along the beach, we watched people enjoying water sports with the big cruise ship in the distance.
All along the port we found things to book out on the water. We saw fishing boats, the Atlantis tour boat, Reef Dancer semi-submersible and parasailing out in the bay. Across the water we saw the small island of Lanai and passed the ferry to this island.
When we headed back to the resort, we stopped to check out the resorts along the coast at Kaapalani and parked at the Whalers Village. We found lots of shops and when we headed to the water got a great beach view. The Shaka sculpture showed the common hand gesture we found in Maui that expressed friendship, gratitude, goodwill, encouragement and unity.
We found lot of variety to enjoy in Maui along the coast from Kapalua when we headed out and explored.
Drive The Kahekili Highway And Visit The Nakalele Blowhole
It was an easy afternoon trip to travel on the first but not last of the twisty roads of Maui. We headed north along the Kahekili Highway and found so many great places to stop for views. Our first planned stop was the Nakalele Blowhole. We parked and walked to the viewpoint. We looked up along the coast and then down as the blowhole water exploded out. The rough path took us partway down for an even closer look.
When we kept going along the Kahekili Highway the road deteriorated to a narrow, twisty route with many single lane bridges. We kept going to the viewpoint over the Kahakuloa Bay.
After we enjoyed the view we turned back around and headed back to the resort. With the sun getting lower in the sky, the crazy twisty road forward was not one we wanted to do in the dark. The Kahekili Highway provided amazing view and some of the variety to enjoy in Maui.
Walk The Lava Fields At La Perouse Bay (Keone’O’Io)
For another fun day driving the twisty roads of Maui, we headed to Wailai for lunch and then out along the Makana Road. As we went along the coast the shoreline turned to lava. Even the bays were snorkelers gathered.
We crossed into the Ahihi-Kina’u Natural Area Reserve and the road went through the lava field below Haleakala. At La Perouse Bay (or Keone’O’Io Bay) we parked and walked over the lava to the shore. When we looked back, we saw the vast lava field under Haleakala.
We were so glad we took the twisty road into the lava fields. Lava was definitely part of the variety to enjoy in Maui.
Experience The Road To Hana
One of the top day trips we wanted to experience on our stay in Maui was to drive the Road To Hana. We set an early alarm and headed off the the famed 52 mile road with 56 bridges and 617 curves. The early part of the drive was quite calm and we found some nice viewpoints over the water. A longer stop at the Garden of Eden gave us a break and stunning coastal views within the rainforest.
The narrow, twisty roads led us down into valleys and past great sights. We stopped at Pua A Kaa and wandered around for close-up views of the waterfalls on both sides of the road.
The rain arrived as predicted just as we headed into the small town of Hana. But when it quickly cleared, we enjoyed a few stops along the coast. We kept going on the Road to Hana until our final stop at Wailua Falls. It was time to turn around before the return trip was a crazy drive on the Road to Hana in the dark.
We sure found so much variety to enjoy in Maui when we drove the Road to Hana. An amazing experience we won’t quickly forget.
Head Up To The Haleakala Summit For Sunset And The Night Sky
We had one more day trip planned took us away from the Maui Ritz-Carlton Kapalua resort. We wanted to enjoy the sunset and night views at the Haleakala Summit. After a lazy day on the resort and we left well in advance of sunset to ensure we would get a perfect spot at the summit.
We were early enough and got amazing views out over the coast. And down into the Haleakala crater. But we did not leave enough time to hike around the crater on this visit.
As the sun started to go down we joined the crowd for the amazing sight over the coast. The sunset views were stunning. And while many people left when the sun was down, we stayed and watched the night colours as they emerged in the sky. And when the colour was gone, the night sky was magical.
The views from the Haleakala summit offered so much variety to enjoy in Maui. This was one of the final images left imprinted on our memories. And was well worth leaving our luxury stay to enjoy.
Taste Your Way Around Maui
When we stayed at Ritz-Carlton resorts around the world, we always ate well at the restaurants on the resort. Early on our stay we planned a great dinner at the Banyon Tree Restaurant. We enjoyed a great meal. When we chatted with the Food and Beverages Manager Michelle, she said that a new menu would be released during our stay. So we booked a second dinner. We were delighted with the new menu offerings and told Executive Chef George Vanyi when we met him. And of course, we had chocolate on both nights!
Lunch was offered at different spots around the Maui Ritz-Carlton Kapalua resort. But our favourite spot was the Burger Shack by the beach. With great views of the crashing waves, we shared a massive burger that was too big for one person and needed two hands. And demonstrating the hallmark of Ritz-Carlton customer service, they split our meal fully onto two plates when we said we were sharing.
When we visited the port town of Lahaina, we found a lot of options for lunch. But with a Viking Cruises ship in port, there were long line ups at most places. It reminded us that we forgot to check what cruise ships were visiting Maui when we were there. When we wandered to the far end of town, we got lucky at the Tommy Bahama Restaurant. A healthy salad with chicken meant we could split the key lime pie!
We made sure we did not miss out on a Hawaiian treat. We found a good selection of fresh Malasadas Hawaiian-style donuts at food truck one day and just had to sample a few.
On our day trips from the resort, we never had a problem finding great variety to enjoy in Maui.
Such Variety To Enjoy In Maui
We found so much variety to enjoy in Maui. We never really wanted to leave the luxury environment at the Maui Ritz-Carlton Kapalua resort. But there was so much to see and do in Maui on this first visit to Hawaii.
The twisty roads of Maui did not deter us from heading out on day trips. We did not want to miss iconic experiences like driving the Road to Hana. Or not catch the stunning vistas at sunset at the Haleakala Summit.
We enjoyed a perfect mix of relaxation and exciting day trips on our stay in Maui. We were sad when we left to finish our Fall visit to the west coast in Vancouver. But we knew we would be back to Hawaii one day. It was an easy trip from the west coast of Canada for us.
Did you find a lot of variety to enjoy in Maui? What did we miss on this first trip?
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