Traveling has always been something I loved to do. Whether it’s going out of the country or traveling to nearby locales, it’s healthy for the soul to see new places, explore different cultures, and try local foods. It helps us appreciate what we have, as well as admire all the beauty that surrounds us. And, it’s a great way to recharge our batteries and relieve stress!
We recently went on a trip to Maui with friends during peak whale watching season. We stayed on the west coast of Maui at the Aston Kaanapali Shores and had the chance to see a lot of whales, snorkel, hike, paddle board, eat fresh local food/seafood and just relax on the beach.
1) Da Kitchen (Kahului) – Great local eats like spam masubi, Kalua pork plates, and loco moco
2) Shark Pit Food Truck (Lahaina) – Food truck that boasts a variety of tacos and burgers, all made with fresh ingredients
3) Mama’s Fish House (Paia) – One of our pricier meals, but by far the best fresh seafood on Maui
1) Twin Falls Hike – This is a great beginner level hike (1 1/2 mile) on the Road to Hana that leads to an oasis of water under a waterfall.
2) Paddle Boarding at Napili Beach – There are paddle board and snorkel rental shops right by the beach. Paddle boarding is best in the morning and early afternoon before the trade winds kick in. We liked the beach because it was fairly private and secluded.
3) Snorkeling Molokini – If you like to snorkel, this is something that you have to try at least once. I would recommend doing a tour where you can also swim with the sea turtles. Seeing them in the water is surreal.
4) Whale Watching – I would only go during peak season, which is around February to March. We were lucky enough to see a whale breach and our photographer friend was able to get it in action.
In health and wellness,
Photography : Steven Hahn Photo