Hey Loves! F & J here!
One of our favorite things to do before we go on vacation is to scour the web and find anything to do with where we are going to help us get excited and plan out what we want to do. We particularly like reading blog posts by other bloggers so we’ve decided to put out a list of our favorite things we did (our Kaanapali Food post is here).
Peak whale watching season in Maui is January-March and is a definite must! We went with Pacific Whale Watching Foundation (website here). They were a good price, we had an amazing time on board and ” all profits support Pacific Whale Foundation’s research, education and conservation programs to save whales, dolphins and our oceans”. Which we feel is one of the most important things we can do. It’s very important to us that we were supporting a group that is all about protecting such amazing creatures and their habitats.
Snorkeling is definitely something to put on your to-do list. Getting your own gear is financially more reasonable than booking a snorkel tour, and there are plenty of snorkel opportunities right in Kaanapali. We rented snorkels and masks from Snorkel Bob’s but there are many options to choose from. First we went to Black Rock. We went late morning, the beach was full, and though we did get to see fish and a couple of turtles it wasn’t the best time to go. We also went to Kapalua which was a short drive north. We woke up early, as that is the best time to see the turtles, and were in the water by 7. It was AMAZING! We had the whole beach to ourselves and were snorkeling with a turtle within minutes of getting in the water.
We spent a lot of time in Lahina on Old Front Street. This was one of our favorite things to do. The street is lined with shop after shop full of both unique finds to Maui and also plenty of your favorite brands. You can spend the whole day shopping, taking lunch and dinner breaks at all the different restaurants you can find intertwined with shops.
At the end of Old Front Street there is an outlet shopping center with all the big names and the best deals!
Whalers Village was just a short walk from where we were staying and it was another fun place to shop. It was filled with many different surf shops, which we loved. It was right on the beach and had a splash pad play area for kids. It has lots of places to rest and take everything all in. There is also a cafe section with different food options and coffee, that don’t break the bank! They are also home to the Honolulu Cookie Company which has THE WORLDS BEST PINEAPPLE SHORTBREAD COOKIES! We definitely mean the best and though it gets pricey when things start adding up they are worth it. We brought them home as gifts and everybody loved them.
We also did a lot of walking on the path by the beach. You can walk on a clean and easy path right on the beach and it goes by all the major resorts in Kaanapali. Some days there were vendors selling on the side and we enjoyed walking around the other resorts. The beach is gorgeous the whole way down and we could see the whales breaching. It is worth the walk.
Kaanapali Beach and Kapalua were by far the best beaches we went to. They had much more sand, since the tide was so far in some beaches hardly had any. They were both kept clean and were a great place to just chill on the beach from sunrise to sunset.
We managed to do a lot of things while we were in Kaanapali and yet there is still so much more that we didn’t get a chance to do, we had to save that for next time!
Have you been before? What is your favorite thing to do? If you haven’t been what sounds best on our list?
F & J