Nothing like Island hopping in Hawaii …. As we left Honolulu all the captain had to do was point us in the right direction, put us in drive and we were bound to hit another Hawaiian Island…
And we did, Maui in fact. Lahaina was the port and wanting to mix things up a little bit we did a Princess tour. We literally boat hopped today.
Off the Sun Princess, onto a tender then straight onto Lahaina Princess…. No, Princess has not increased its fleet, just a local boat with an appropriate name.
We couldn’t have picked a more glorious day, sitting out on deck cruising pass our ship, following the Maui coastline. The landscape looked so barren, so mountainous so uninhabitable and yet it is the third most populated island in the Hawaiian group.
Our first stop was Molokini crater. What looks like a crescent shape island in the middle of nowhere, is actually an ancient volcanic caldera offering some of the clearest waters in Maui to snorkel in. After a quick instruction from a young Owen Wilson look alike, it was not long before we were all paddling around in our fins, snorkel and for some of us chickens, noodles to keep us afloat. They said it was a quiet day, but we were surrounded by several boats filled with tourists just as excited as we were. Their only stipulations were don’t climb on the crater and don’t climb back on to the wrong boat.
From there we retraced our steps and headed back stopping at Olowalu’s Turtle Reef, renowned for the endangered green sea turtles that frequent the area. But alas today they were a little infrequent and although there was a shout of “OVER THERE” we all seemed to miss them.
For a princess tour, I would have to say we were quite impressed and after all that strenuous snorkelling we refuelled on a sumptuous deli style sandwich buffet, complete with unlimited chips, cookies and soft drink.
After arriving back in Lahaina, we still had some time to kill so we walked along the main street lined with tourist shops as far as the eye could see and if you made it all the way to the end you were rewarded with an outlet centre!!
Being so efficient we even had enough time to sit back and enjoy a cocktail or three before climbing back into those steamy tenders for our ride back home.