Monday, August 20, 2012

Hawaii Vacation - Maui

Where: Maui, Hawaii
When: January 19-21, 2012
1. Hotel
We stayed at Hyatt Regency Maui Resort & Spa. It is a luxury hotel with its own beach. Thanks to a special rate applied to federal government employees, we were able to stay at 'good' rates. This hotel is very ideal for families like us. From  parrots and flamingos to swans and penguins, there is an abundance of wildlife inside the resort. Our favorite kiddie pool, 'Keiki Lagoon', was relaxing and fun for both adults and kids. Also, there are many free classes and activities throughout each day for both adults and children.

2. Restaurants
There are several restaurants and bars within the resort, but it was quite pricey. Again, for breakfast, we had bagels, juice, and milk which we purchased from Safeway in Maui.
(1) CJ's Deli & Diner
We had two meals at this restaurant. They have non-greasy food such as salads, sandwiches, fish, etc. Also, as it's a self-serviced restaurant, we didn't have to give tips.
(2) Safeway
Safeway is the major grocery store in Maui, and there are meals-to-go such as rotisserie chicken, cold sandwiches, sushi, etc. We tried rotisserie chicken and sushi, and both meals were very good. If you have a little one like mine who's got too many ants in her pants to allow the grown-ups to enjoy a long, sit-down meals at a nice restaurant, to-go-meals from Safeway is a great way to enjoy your meal while watching your little one(s) roaming around.

3. Grocery shopping
We didn't see any Walmart in Maui. Safeway seemed to be the major grocery store in Maui. Of all three islands we've been to during this trip, food cost was the most expensive in Maui.

4. Laundry
There is a small coin laundry room inside the resort and it worked out great for us.

5. Sightseeing
Maui has lots of things to see, and we wished we could stay one more day in Maui. Here are the things we did during our two day stay in Maui.
(1) Sugar Cain Train Ride
After late lunch, CJ and Elisha hopped on this train. Around that time before we left for Hawaii, Elisha was introduced to Thomas trains, so this train ride was very special to her. We paid $23.91 for CJ & Elisha. Click here for more information.
(2) Road to Hana
The most unforgettable ride ever! Turns are so sharp that we couldn't see what's coming 5 feet ahead. You have to plan to spend a whole day to make this round trip. If you are not up for spending several hours in a car, this is not for you. Leave early morning to avoid a bumper-to-bumper rental car parade. If we had one more day to spend in Maui, we would have stayed overnight at Hana.
(3) Whale Watching
You will see so many advertisement about whale watching and there are many companies that offer whale watching boat ride. We picked Pacific Whale Foundation, because it was cheaper than others and the organization carries a important mission - educating people about marine environment and supporting important conservation programs.

Important tip! Inter-island flights are the cheapest when purchased from Hawaiian Airlines. When I was planning this trip, inter-island tickets were about $100 more expensive per tickets at than at Hawaiian Airlines website.