Our first trip to the West Coast of Maui was on a snorkeling trip with the Banana Bungalow. It was still overcast, but the rain seemed to have stopped. We went to a beach just near Kihei where we got geared up to snorkel and headed into the water. It was COLD! Nevertheless, we did swim out and observed the colorful fish for about half an hour. We dried off on the beach and then were driven into town.

In Kihei, we window shopped and walked around a small market. We then went to the shore to watch the sunset. We weren’t expecting much since it was a grey day, but the clouds parted and gave way to a beautiful sunset! We also saw a whale jump out of the water toward the horizon.

After a few days spent at the Banana Bungalow in Kahalui, we picked up a rental car and drove to Lahaina which would be our base for our remaining days on Maui.

Katie had very fond memories of Lahaina, which is a sweet, picturesque town on the West Coast looking out onto Lanai. The main street is lined with restaurants, shops and galleries. We spent our first afternoon walking along the beach from our hostel to town, browsing an artisan market in the park, lunching at a seaside restaurant and finishing off with a delicious ice cream and sunset back at the beach.

The following day we drove North-West where most of the hotel complexes are. We drove as far as Lipoa Point where we had a stunning view over Punalau Beach and then headed back, making a stop at at Kahanaiki Gulch where we saw an enormous turtle swimming near the shoreline and at Kahekili Beach Park located in front of the Kaanapali hotel complex. To finish off the day, we went to the Four Seasons Resort where we tried to track down the daughter of a gentlemen we met in Coiba, Panama. She was unfortunately off that day, but we stayed to enjoy an aperitif overlooking the beautiful setting.

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