is making do with what you have right in front of you. While vacationing in Maui, we were a bit limited for places we could go. My friend got vertigo which made her quite sick with dizziness.
Riding in vehicles, on planes, going in the water for snorkeling, riding on boats – just about everything was limited or out of consideration. The water was very rough during our stay which limited where boats could sail too.
I was tempted to take a snorkeling cruise and helicopter ride by myself, but thought it better to stay with her and only do what she could handle. Plus, the snorkeling destination would have been changed had I taken the cruise. I really wanted to see crescent-shaped Molokini, a partially submerged volcanic crater/island marine sanctuary for birds. It has the best snorkeling on Maui too. Unfortunately, waters were too rough for the boats to get to that island.
On the final flight from Detroit, I was the one that got really dizzy and nauseous, so I had a taste of what she was suffering for the whole week. The plane ride was so turbulent which was highly unanticipated. Detroit was in the midst of their worst snowstorm of the season with all the planes lined up for de-icing. I get motion sickness and should have had my seasick medicine handy, but never thought the weather was to be so disagreeable. You live and learn…
When we first got to Maui, we went into town on the resort shuttles for an easy day getting acclimated to the area. Lahaina is such a cool ocean-side town filled with creative artists. The next day, we went whale watching and this is likely what set the illness into overdrive for my friend.
But not being able to go many places kept us at the resort for a few days, and what a beautiful place to be “stuck”. We also had to stay an extra day and a half because our flight was delayed repeatedly. You can only imagine how busy I was with my cameras around the resort. In this post, I used the P510. That is me below photographing me in a huge lobby mirror. The D750 was used at Haleakalã for grand landscape shots and earlier for whale images.
We did get a limo tour to the summit of Haleakalã where I will show you stunning views of cinder cones from repeated eruptions in another post. A limited number of plants, birds and insects call this area home.
My photos in this post show you where we were staying. I would highly recommend booking a stay at The Westin Ka’anapali Ocean Resort Villas. You also get access to some of the amenities at the nearby Westin Hotel and Sheraton properties in the Starwood family of vacation hotel chains.
The Resort Villas have beautiful ocean front of 26 acres. Many activities including golf, scuba diving, snorkeling, sport fishing, kayaking, helicopter rides, whale watching and surfing, are available for family enjoyment. The spas, outdoor hot Jacuzzi pools and lagoon pools are beautiful as well (shown in the photo galleries).
Walking the beaches gave me a great view of the resorts in this area, with miles of sapphire-blue water lapping the shores of this island paradise. The hotels have pretty spectacular accommodations with fancy amenities and a bevy of helpful concierge. Do you think you would like 5 star accommodations? I did.