Our last trip before we had kids was to Hawaii, in March 2010. We wanted to get away and relax for a week before the baby came and the craziness of having an infant began.
We were very excited because we only heard good things about Hawaii, and especially Maui. My husband had accumulated Marriott points by traveling often on business trips, so we decided to use those points to stay at Marriott’s Maui Ocean Club resort. Of all the Marriott hotels and resorts we have stayed at (except for Ritz Carlton, NYC…but about that later) this was the nicest one. The rooms were very spacious, and the staff had accommodated us with all of our room-specific requests (which are often dismissed or forgotten).
Before we even booked the trip, we knew we wanted to experience a Luau party, as it was recommended to us by many of our friends. The picture below shows what the set up looks like:
We had to wait in line for about 30 minutes to be seated, then another 15-20 minutes for the party to start. It felt like we were at a concert, featuring Hawaiian (as well as Tahitian) songs, dances and food. It lasted for about 2.5 hours, and we definitely enjoyed all of it.
Another fun activity we did while in Maui was Whale Watching. Since we went in March, it turned out to be during the whales’ migration through Hawaiian waters, so we took an excursion to check them out. I never realized how big whales are, until I saw one nearby the boat we were on. It was amazing and frightening at the same time to see a whale. Even the smaller ones looked like they could overturn our boat in one try. You can see the back of one of the whales, in the picture below.
And, my third most memorable excursion in Hawaii was the helicopter ride we took from Maui to the surrounding islands. Apparently there are hundreds of small islands that nobody lives on, and it was awesome to see the natural beauty of Hawaii. Unfortunately we didn’t get to land on any of the islands, but seeing them from the helicopter was enough to realize how beautiful nature is.