The family and I took a boat ride on the Maui Magic to do some snorkeling and sight seeing . And, man, was it ever magical! We saw dolphins, turtles, beautiful fish, the newest lava rock flow on the island, remote areas of the island, and a hump back whale (even though it was a bit early for whale watching season). One of the coolest parts was snorkeling the Molokini crater. The sunken volcanic crater of Molokini is located 3 miles from Maui. The water at the crater was the bluest and clearest I’d ever seen in my entire life; it almost looked fake. Molokini is world renowned for the water clarity with visibility up to 150 feet. We also snorkeled coral gardens on the west side of Maui. I have never seen coral blooms that large. I felt like I was in a movie. After all the snorkeling, they grilled burgers on the back of the boat and we ate lunch. It was one amazing day!
In Hawaii, you can typically drive your car right on the beach and straight to the ocean. How amazing! This concept is so foreign to me, being from Florida. In Florida we have off-site parking that you have to pay for and tons of rules as to where you can go, when you can go and what you can bring. We backed the jeep onto the beach, unloaded our stuff and spent nearly 6 hours relaxing. We went paddleboarding and found out quickly that this particular beach was solid reef. It was probably the most beautiful paddle I’d ever done. Apparently, this beach was also known for shark bites. Yikes! We didn’t even notice the sign until after we’d been there a while. Oh, well. We totally ignored it and went snorkeling anyway. The reef was way too pretty not to. Other than that, it was a lot of hammock time, naps, a picnic lunch and, of course, a couple of Mai Tai’s (Hawaiian Mai Tai’s are my new favorite).
The beach is relaxing and Hawaii is relaxing, but the two together, whew! I don’t know that I’ve ever been more relaxed than I was on this day. I was truly living aloha!