This is my fourth time being in Hawaii. I can’t say I remember them all though. This time we stayed on the island of Maui.
How I Got There
I actually paid this time not using points, but I recommend booking as far in advance as possible. I paid ~$500 on American from PHX to OGG. My siblings booked the same flight a few weeks later and paid over $600.
What We Did
1. The Road to Hana
The road consists of over a 64 mile drive of beautiful waterfalls and nature. Before you go consider brining: a fully charged camera, water shoes, sunscreen and bug repellant. Also, check the weather because since it is a rainforest there can be road closings.
Within the Road to Hana we hiked in the bamboo forest
It took about 1.5 hours from the spot my Dad dropped us off. The beginning of the trail looked like this…
Then you’ll cross this wooden plank…
Then you’ll see a 3 waterfalls and have to climb up this ladder. Don’t worry there is rope! But I wouldn’t do this hike with my parents…
At the end of the Road to Hana you’ll arrive at the black sand beach.
2. Spa Day at the Sheraton Black Rock Spa.
My dad rented snorkel rentals for $10 a day which was way cheaper than getting them from our resort at The Snorkel Store.
4. Haleakala National Park
Haleakala is known as the volcano that formed most of Maui. We drove up this over 10,000 feet above sea level. Apparently, the thing to do is watch the sunrise here which we didn’t do. I saw you had to make reservations. If you are an early riser, I would do this because I saw awesome pictures on Yelp. Overall, it took about a half day.
5. Massages at the Spa at Black Rock
Where We Stayed
We stayed at the Westin in Ka’anapali. I would highly recommend. It’s very family friendly with a few kid pools. In addition, theres a lot of amenities on site. We went to breakfast and dinner to two of the restaurants. The rooms even have a kitchen. The only thing we wished it had was an oven. In the end, this hotel has everything you need including the beach.
Where We Ate
Breakfast: go to the Gazebo. We got there right at 7:30am. There was already a line. We probably waited about a hour, but it was worth it for the beach view. They are known for the fried rice.
Lunch: Paia Fish Market in Lahaina
Cool Cat Cafe
Dinner: Seafood try Merrimans
Italian: Pulehu (in our resort)