An August 2003 trip
to Maui by sc2318
Quote: My boyfriend and I were invited to Maui to share a timeshare suite with 2 friends.
My boyfriend and I were invited to Maui by friends who graciously shared their timeshare with us. The flight from New York to Maui is quite long and, to my knowledge, there is not a direct flight from NYC. The total flight time was approximately 11 hours, not including the transfer time between flights.
This was my third trip to Hawaii, but my first time in Maui. I prefer Maui to Oahu and Hawaii, the Big Island. Our Maui trip was one of those vacations where you feel more tired when you get back and need another vacation because it was so jam-packed with activities. I’m glad that we were able to take advantage of most of the activities that Maui had to offer.
We stayed at the Embassy Suites in Ka'anapali Beach, which is an all-suite beach front resort featuring apartment-style 2-room suites complete with living room and private bedroom. My friends traded their timeshare for a unit in Maui and kindly offered us the use of their living room. The Embassy grounds boasted striking native flowers. There was a beautiful flower arrangement and hula girl statue in the lobby. The Embassy is within driving distance to the Whaler’s Village, where our group ate dinner the first night.
The Embassy beach front was decent, but at the north end of Ka'anapali Beach was Black Rock (Pu'u Keka'a), by the gorgeous Sheraton Maui hotel. I loved the crystal clear waters at the Black Rock. I saw about 20 different fish swimming near the shore, which is a great snorkeling area that is shallow enough for children. There were people on top of the black rock who were jumping into the water. I might have tried if it weren't our last day…and maybe if it weren’t so high.
The most memorable activities of our trip included the Haleakala bike ride down the volcano, the winding Road to Hana, Outrageous Adventure Surfing School, snorkeling at the Molokini crater, ocean kayaking, Iao Needle, and downtown Lahaina. We certainly did not shy away from physical activity throughout the "vacation." Some other notable sights included the majestic birds of paradise and other exotic flowers, interesting species of cactus, a view of smoke from burning sugar cane fields as we drove along the highway, and the image of a rainbow from our car after a fleeting sun shower.
Attraction | "Haleakala Bike Co."
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Haleakala Mountain-Biking Downhill
Haleakala National Park
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Road to Hana
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Attraction | "Downtown Lahaina"
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