Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Maui, Hawaii- Paradise on Earth

Maui is the second largest of the Hawaiian Islands and is the third most populous after Oahu and Hawaii. It is called the Valley Island for the large isthmus between its northwestern and southeastern volcanoes and the numerous large valleys carved into both mountains.

It was our favorite because it is so beautiful and is a great combination of the perfect size with plenty to do and see, but not so large that it is overcrowded and too commercial.

We were lucky to stay at the Napili Kai Beach Hotel right on the Napili Bay on the northwestern coast. The accommodations are wonderful and the staff is extremely helpful and friendly. There is a coastal walk that we took for several miles from bay to bay. I think Napili Bay was the most beautiful. We were a mile away from the Ritz Carlton Hotel. This area was so beautiful as you can see from the photographs above.

The day we arrived there was a storm that beat a 19 year record of 6" of rainfall so many roads and beaches were closed. We did not care. We had landed in Paradise! Just looking at the gorgeous scenery and walking between the drops in 70 degree weather when it was 20 degrees at home made us happy!! We stay around the hotel for 2 days before we could explore more of the island which I will tell you about in the next post.