Next stop after Big Island was Maui. A name that is in line with destinations like Aruba, Fiji, Maledives, Seychelles, etc.. We experienced very fast what the result of such a name is – higher prices and a bigger, really busy airport.
Lucky us that we arrived in the off-season. So we received also a bigger car than the one we booked. It was bigger, but I think it I´ve never drove a car that was ugglier. But it was good to handle and we managed somehow to drive 500 miles on this small Island. The reason for this was that we did a lot of activities this time which were located everywhere on the Island. And also our accomodation wasn´t that great that we felt a need to stay longer there than necessary.
So, what did we do:
– we drove the legendary road to Hana – in high season this road must be a completely jammed with tourists in their rental cars. The road is on the rainy side of Maui, so there is a rainforest. Here and there are nice waterfalls with pools that the People found amazing, specially for swimming. But honestly, after the waterfalls and pools in the Karijini National Park this was a bit lame. I mean water in the rainforest is not that miracle – in a dry prairie it is.
– we drove also to Lahaina, located on the dry side of Maui
– we did some whalewatching; it was quite the end of the season for that, but we were lucky. In the high-season for whale watching it is more like that the ships have troubles to stick to the guidelines to be 100 yards away of a whale because there are so many.
– we did a snorkling trip by ship
– we drove up to Haleakala twice. Once for sunset and once for sunrise.