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MAUI TRAVEL DIARY PART 1!

Hawaii is the MOST beautiful place I have been to so far. Not only because this was our top pick for our honeymoon destination, but because it really is paradise right in front of your eyes. The greenery, the wildlife, the fruits, the beaches, the jungle… it was all just like I imagined.

The fact that it was the first time in Hawaii for both of us made it even more special. When booking our trip we decided to go with Kaanapali on the west side of Maui. Little did we know that we would be very close to Lahaina where the wild fires occurred last year. The locals have had a hard time, many are still displaced, and we did our best to support local businesses and tip as much as possible. You can donate here. The Hawaii economy thrives on tourism and it’s certainly picked up again on Maui.

MAHALO for joining me here today! Let’s jump into my recommendations, tips and fun activities as a first- time visitor of Maui. I hope you find this post useful!

Where to stay in Kaanapali?

Our oasis vacation began the second we stepped into our condo at Aston Kaanapali Shores. The beach was just steps away, the resort had lots of fun activities like live music, ukulele lessons, making flower leis and so much more. Their Beach Club restaurant has lots of delicious options, and if you want to enjoy a nice sunset dinner with the ocean view right in front of you it is perfect! I love that our condo had a kitchen, as we could cook up our own creations. Words do not do justice to the balcony view. Every lunch time, we were joined by chirping birds looking for a crumb or two!

The close proximity to the local supermarket is another great reason to book your stay at Aston Kaanapali Shores. It is a short walk across the street, alongside a selection of restaurants, bars and shops. We went there often to stock up on food, drinks and things like sunscreen, even souvenirs. And to our surprise, right next to the hotel, there was a big space full of food trucks, one next to another offering food from different cultures. Everything we had was so YUMMY!

You won’t regret choosing this resort if you’re someone who craves a bit of quiet. The beach was nice and peaceful, whereas it’s more action packed with lots of more tourists a mile or two to the south. Keep in mind we visited Maui at the start of May.

Places to Explore:

The “BLACK ROCK” Keka’a Landing Pier

Since we didn’t rent a car this time around, we walked a ton and occasionally got Uber. However, we still explored a lot up and down that side of the island. One of the historic landmarks we walked to from our hotel was the “black rock” pier or what’s left of it. It’s really unique to the eyes because big black lava rocks make up the pier. There you can see people fishing and even cliff jumping.

Right across from “black rock” there is a grand golf course. Beyond it you can spot endless green hills – one morning we were eager to walk all the way up there, until google maps fooled us into choosing paths and roads that weren’t actually open to the public. It’s okay! We’ll be back and next time around we’ll definitely be renting a car, so we can do and see more of Maui. I know the “Road to Hana” (on the opposite side of where we were) is super popular, so that’s something I look forward to exploring.

Nakalele Blowhole

Imagine waves crashing furiously, each one stronger than the last with rugged coastal cliffs and a hole in the ground that connects to an underground lava tube. That’s what you’ll witness when visiting this landmark. The power and beauty felt out of this world! It was extremely windy on the day we went, so we really had to keep our balance when joining the short hike to get a glimpse of the blowhole. Don’t get too close because there is a chance you can fall.

We decided to walk from a few miles up North and then grab an Uber to the blowhole. Our only concern was that up there we might not have internet to get an Uber back. Yes, WIFI was very minimum, so keep that in mind if you really want to go, but don’t have a car. Somehow on the 20th try we got lucky. hahaha!

The drive to the Nakalele Blowhole is incredible. I’m sure you’ll want to make a pit stop at every viewpoint. Also, it’s very narrow and green. It feels like you’re winding through the jungle. On our way up there it rained a bit and then stopped. Yes, the rainbows in Hawaii are unlike any other I’ve seen. A full arch of a multi-colored rainbow, so BIG you feel so tiny. It’s MAGICAL!

There are some more Maui adventures to share with you. I CAN’T WAIT! I’ll see you in part two of this post because I don’t want this one to turn out too long. How does that sound?

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21 Comments

  1. Such beautiful photos. And this looks like an excellent place to visit. I love traveling and this is the season to escape and recharge. https://www.bauchlefashion.com/2024/06/the-beauty-industrys-best-kept-secret.html

  2. Maui looks amazing and I hope you’re having the best time away! x

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  3. My sister went to Maui too for her honeymoon though this was years ago. They loved. I bet this is a paradise. LOVE your photos, you are living your best life!

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  4. OMG Hawaii sounds like an absolute dream!! I can almost feel the island breeze. You’re living the best life! xx

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  6. You really encouraged me to visit this place! It’s really beautiful! <3

  7. Hawaii looks incredible! Your honeymoon at Aston Kaanapali Shores must have been unforgettable. It’s wonderful that you supported local businesses too. Thanks for sharing your memorable experience!

  8. Stunning photos :D

  9. Maui is such a magical place! I would love to go back one day. Your photos are beautiful!

    Jill – Doused in Pink

  10. Maui looks like an absolute dream. We visited Honolulu in 2019 and loved it.

  11. Hawaii is such a dreamy destination. I went about 2 years ago and your beautiful photos are really making me want to go back!
    Julia x

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    Amazing! I need to visit! xx

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  13. Have a great weekend :D

  14. What gorgeous photos, Radi! It would be a dream to visit Maui!!

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  15. Wow, thanks for sharing dear. I love these photos so much! It looks divine!
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  16. Wow, how amazing to spend your honeymoon in Hawaii!
    It must have been a dream and a wonderful experience for both of you ♥
    Ah, it’s cool that we’re the same age, 33. I’m just not married yet, I don’t have a girlfriend or a stable life… but… I’m still going!

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  17. Hawaii looks absolutely stunning- as do you! I can’t wait to see more from your honeymoon!

    -Ashley
    Le Stylo Rouge

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