I'll finish up with a Hawaii trip wrap up tomorrow, but I can't do that without sharing about our absolute most favorite spot on Maui. Lahaina, Hawaii is the sweetest little town I have ever seen, bonus that it is right on the ocean!
It boasts the cutest little shops with unique art, fabrics, and paintings, yummy restaurants with views to die for, and history galore, including a thriving banyan tree planted in 1873! This was hands down our favorite area on Maui. We frequented here nearly everyday during our 10 day stay on the island. Whether for tours, eating, shopping, sight seeing, or just relaxing watching the boats go by between islands, it's an amazing, quaint spot for just about anyone.
The famous Front Street in Lahaina, Hawaii on the island of Maui.
The 140+ year old Banyan Tree in Lahaina Banyan Court Park.
Note: That is only ONE tree! It takes up nearly an entire block.
There is tons of historical artifacts located near and in the park.
Cheeseburger in Paradise & it's AMAZING views!
Cute little shops are all over Lahaina.
The Pioneer Inn where we enjoyed breakfast over looking Lahaina Harbor.
I LOVED their eggs Benedict.
We enjoyed just about every ice cream parlor in Lahaina! :)
Lahaina Pizza Company had amazing deep dish pizza, not to mention killer views!
The sunsets over Lahaina Harbor were the icing on the cake for this little town!
Lahaina made a lasting impression on both of our hearts. We speak of and long for it often. I imagine it to be the perfect place to raise a family. I think my heart will always long for Lahaina, Maui, Hawaii. I don't think we've ever loved a place or felt more at home anywhere other than Lahaina. We have it in our hearts and minds to head back there someday. And I HIGHLY recommend a visit to this sweet little town to anyone heading Maui's way.
So I've saved some of the best for last to share from our Hawaiian Holiday! I'm so excited to share our adventures whale watching off the coast of Maui. November through March Humpback Whales migrate to the Hawaiian islands to breed. We were there right for the beginning of the peak of the season. Unfortunately, our first charter out to whale watch didn't bring us much luck in the whale department. However, we did see a pod of native Hawaiian Spinner Dolphins, which their name eludes only live in the Hawaiian islands. It was SO fascinating to me to see animals in Hawaii that you can only see there. It made these adventures that much more special! Anyway, even though we didn't see whales the first go round we loved seeing the friendly dolphins play & follow our boat. The sunset & views of the islands, well they weren't so bad either!
We were in a small raft, pontoon style boat so we felt SO close to the ocean, which I loved. Even though we didn't see whales, I'd say it was a successful boat ride! Our second chance at seeing whales was on our snorkel/snuba trip. We weren't out to see whales, but we saw several during the span of the morning. At the time, it was fairly overcast so the photos aren't that great, but it was the most AMAZING sight and experience of my life! It literally brought tears to my eyes. To see a creature in person with your own eyes that you have only dreamed of seeing, read about in books, or seen in photos was the most magical I've ever had!
Can you believe how close they are to the boats! Pretty spectacular! We also had the pleasure of seeing this majestic whales during a sunset dinner cruise. I didn't worry with photos then, and it was worth it to just take them in. Now I've become completely entranced by whales, and went out of the way to see killer whales during a visit to Seattle (more on that another day). Every time I plan a trip for myself or someone else now, I always check to see if it's whale season! I wouldn't want anyone to miss out on such an amazing adventure.