Maui - Makena Beach Golf Resort

I've been a little tardy with getting posts about our trip to Maui up on the web site. It's been busy since we've been back, and it takes me a long time to get through the pictures I take. I shot over 1,300 images, 500+ underwater, and some will need additional processing. I'm trying to do it in batches, so I can write posts in between the processing.

We were a little late in planning this trip. Originally we had wanted to rent a condo, be able to do our own cooking and such. Try and keep the costs down. After weeks of searching (and much frustration with VRBO.com - I do not suggest using that site), we ended up picking the Makena Beach and Golf Resort, at the south end of the island, south of Kehei. It looked nice, was priced reasonably, and we were told that that part of the island gets the best weather. Which turned out to be true - there were torrential downpours on our first couple of days that we never saw where we were. So the hotel ended up being a good choice.

The view from our lanai (patio), looking out over the blue waters of Maui, towards the north end of the island.

The view from our lanai (patio), looking out over the blue waters of Maui, towards the north end of the island.

Now our vacation didn't end up getting off to the best of starts. To try and save some money, we decided to fly with Allegiant Airlines out of Bellingham Washington, just south of the boarder. We've flow with them a bunch of times to Las Vegas, and never had any issues. Sadly, this was not the case this time. We ended up with a 7 hour delay before we finally got on our way to Maui. Needless to say, we were not very impressed. By the time we got into Maui, picked up our rental car and got to the hotel it was 3:00 in the morning. We were supposed to have arrived closer to 8:00 p.m., so we missed out on our first evening in Maui.

After a few hours of sleep, we got up and checked out our home for the next week. Breakfast was OK - I expected a bit more from the food, but as it was included in the room rate, it was pretty good. The grounds were very nice, with a nice pool (which I never used), a cool croquet lawn, real grass mini golf (nine holes), and access to one of the best beaches. It was pretty sweet.

After exploring for a bit, we grabbed the Jeep and headed back into the main commercial part of Maui to do a Costco run for beverages and some other essentials. On the way back, we grabbed some snorkel gear for the week, and then headed to the hotel. The first priority was to enjoy the sun and get in the water!

Once the sun came up, we could see that we had a pretty nice view from our lanai. We could even see Molokini, the volcanic crater about 3 miles offshore.

Once the sun came up, we could see that we had a pretty nice view from our lanai. We could even see Molokini, the volcanic crater about 3 miles offshore.

Makena Beach is one of the nicest beaches (in my opinion) on Maui. Great sunsets, nice sand and as it turned out, probably the best snorkelling we had. After getting set-up on the beach, we headed into the water to explore the reefs. One of the great things about Maui is that the reefs start in some case almost directly off the beach. For us, it was a couple hundred yards at the most, and we were into some great snorkelling. 

Clear, blue water and colourful sea urchins make for great snorkelling just steps off our beach.

We ended up doing a lot of snorkelling on this trip, and as the beach was so good, much of it right at "home". After hanging out in the water for a while (the waves always picked up in the afternoon, making for some fun body surfing and generally playing in the waves), we headed back into Kehei for dinner. We headed over to Coconuts Fish Cafe for fish tacos. Seriously, the best fish tacos I've ever had. If you're in Maui, you have to check them out - it was one of the reasons I wanted to go back to Maui, they're that good. 

After out late night and reasonably early start, we were beat and headed to bed fairly early.

I'll try and get more posts up in the coming days, focused on specific activities that we did during the trip. There are lots of underwater pictures, and we did some pretty cool stuff.