Our daughter Amy and two of her friends were able to go with us. Amy is 23 and was 22 at the time of the trip. We did not see much of the three younger women during our stay. They did go on a few outings with us though. They spent most of their time at the condo hanging out at the pool or on the beach.
We rented three convertibles to ride in style. I was the driver for the white Mustang. The other two cars were Chryslers. The Mustang had a lot more trunk room than the Chryslers.
We had some rainy days while we were there. We spent our rainy days shopping farmer's markets and local flea markets. The fresh produce grown there was delicious. There are a lot of organic farms on Maui. They provide produce to several of the restaurants.
On our first day there we encountered a large turtle enjoying the sun on the beach. Hawaii is the only place in the world where the turtles sunbathe on the beaches. They are not afraid of people either. They just lay there and enjoy the sun even on a busy beach full of human sunbathers.
Amy and her friends joined us for a whale watch tour. We decided to take a tour that took you out on a raft. There were a lot of whales out there. We stayed close to a Momma and her baby for a while. They had a male protector staying by their side. I did manage to get a few good pictures. Most mornings we could whale watch from our lanai with our binoculars.
Our condo was on the west side of Maui. The sunsets were absolutely gorgeous. We would go down to the restaurant/bar at happy hour and watch the sun set while enjoying our drinks.
We were adventurous and went zip lining. The zip line tour had several lines. We had a beautiful view of the west coast of Maui. I have included a picture of our awesome zip line harness. LOL!
You should not go to Maui without taking the Road to Hana. It has over 600 curves and 58 one lane bridges within 60 miles. The road is narrow with barely room to pass. You have to stop before going around curves and honk your horn to let others know you are coming. We decided we did not want to drive this road and hired a tour guide to take us around the Road to Hana. The scenery was beautiful.
I love the islands and plan to return again. I have been twice now. I have stayed on the Big Island and Maui. I want to return and stay on one to the other islands. If you travel with a group and share condo expense it is very affordable. It ended up costing me around $300 for the entire 8 night stay. The most expensive part of my trip was the airline tickets.