Maui Revealed – Snorkeling

Chris goes Snorkeling

Chris goes Snorkeling

By far the most popular activity for those who travel to Maui is snorkeling. Yet, it was only on our third trip there that Marnie and I ventured into the water to see what was actually underneath.

When we ventured into the water, we chose to keep things simple and head in at Kamaole Beach III (just across the street from Kamaole Sands). Sure we’d been in the water at the beach, but never before had we thought to look under the waves. Suffice to say, we were blown away at how many fish were likely swimming all around us the whole time that we’d been oblivious to.

So now you’re interested, right?

While nearly every beach has solid snorkeling opportunities, we’ve been told that taking a snorkel tour out to the Molokini Crater is all that and a bag of chips. There are options a plenty if such a trip suits your fancy, though we’d recommend taking a sail on the Ali’i Nui – we haven’t made a snorkel trip on this charter, but just loved the trade winds sail we took a few years back.

And if you’re in need of gear, pretty much every block has a snorkel or dive shop on the corner. We’ve heard good things about the Maui Dive Shop, while Marnie and I used Snorkel Bob’s when we last went. The great thing about both is that you can get full kits for an affordable price that you don’t need to truck back home when you leave. And if you’re in need of optical lenses (like Marnie), both outfits can hook you up so you can actually see what you’ll be looking at.

But instead of taking my advice, what tips do you have for us and our guests? Please share below in the comments.

This post is part of our Maui Revealed series to help our wedding guests and others explore the island. Feel free to share your thoughts and experiences in the comments.

Maui Revealed – Haleakala

In the three trips that Marnie and I have made to Maui together, we’ve never gone up to the top of Haleakala. We plan on remedying this in March.

Sunrise on Haleakala

Sunrise on Haleakala – courtesy of Miss604

Standing at just over 10000 feet above sea level, Haleakala towers over the Valley Isle. And having such a height advantage, those who make the trip up to the top are treated to some fantastic sunrises (and sunsets on a good day)! In fact, if the skies are clear you’ll have a great vantage point to see five other Hawaiian islands.

While not entirely tough, getting up to the summit is not the easiest of tasks. With no public transportation, most people tend to get up early and drive up to the summit by car. This route isn’t too challenging as the highway to the top is paved, though you will find a number of switchbacks. Oh… and cattle apparently. Watch out for the cows.

Another option is to book one of the many tours that head up for sunrise. Sure you’ll spend a few bucks to do so, but most tour outfits will pick you up at your condo/hotel and also usually provide a continental breakfast. And for those looking for an exciting way to get back down, some tours provide bikes – you just pedal once or twice and then coast all the way down. That’s right… all the way down.

If you’re interested in going up to the top, let us know as we plan on going up ourselves and it would be cool to share the experience with you! And don’t sweat the volcano part – the last time Haleakala “belched” was approximately 1790. We should be good.

This post is part of our Maui Revealed series to help our wedding guests and others explore the island. Feel free to share your thoughts and experiences in the comments.

Maui Revealed

When Marnie and I travel to Maui for our wedding, I will be on journey number four to the Valley Isle, while Marnie will be on her fifth. You would think we’ve got the island memorized by now. There’s just so much to do and see that it’s really hard to get everything done without a little planning.

So that’s where a solid guidebook can come into play.

WestJet Winglet

Sky-high with WestJet – courtesy of Miss604

Looking for a guidebook to help us out, I settled on Maui Revealed: The Ultimate Guidebook.

Sure it claims to be the “ultimate” guidebook, which the skeptic in me scoffed at. Yet, it’s by far one of the best Maui guidebooks on Amazon (solid ratings), and the series itself gets accolades across the board.

Written in plain English and in a humourous tone, you get insight on what you can do while on the island, whether it be an adventurous hike through the West Maui mountains or a relaxing nap on the beaches in Makenna. You also get tips on what restaurants are good for your budget, tips on how to stay safe while visiting, and all around ways to save a few bucks where possible. How much more could you want?

The one thing I do recommend you keeping in mind is that anytime the books talks about a beach being a hidden gem or secluded, thousands of copies have sold so there’s a good chance the hidden gem is not so hidden anymore. That all said, in our experience you’re still led to the best of the best if you use it as a guide.

To further help you out, I’ll look to post a couple of activity ideas over the next couple of weeks for those so interested. Or better yet, if there’s an activity you’re interested in doing or quite possibly wanting to share with others, please leave a comment!

Maui Revealed Series

  • Haleakala – climb this dormant shield volcano on Maui to play with the Gods.

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