Maui! Just the sound of it sounds like paradise! I know many people love this island for a number of different reasons, but I have to be honest and tell you we really didn’t see much of this island. I know, pretty sad considering we were there. When you cruise on a ship, you usually have just so many hours to enjoy wherever the ship has stopped; and then if you choose to go on an excursion, you usually have a number of places to choose from, but their times may overlap other excursions you’d like to go on. And this latter is what happened to us.
“When we return animals to nature, we merely return them to what is already theirs. Man cannot give wild animals freedom, they can only take it away.” ~Jacques Cousteau
I really wanted to go whale watching, but there were so many other things I also wanted to see. Especially the other side of Maui and riding on the road to Hana, which I had heard about. Unfortunately the way everything was scheduled, we couldn’t do both. I decided to contact my friend, Janet, who spends a month on Maui every year, and see what she would recommend. Because the whales were still in Maui and hadn’t migrated back to Alaska yet, she recommended we stay with the whale watching and to spend the extra time exploring the lovely town of Lahaina. She also highly recommended a place to go for the best gelato and another for the best Mai Tai; and she warned us not to rent a car to drive around. There’s only the one main road from Lahaina and she knows from experience that if there’s an accident, the road can be tied up for hours, possibly preventing us from arriving to the ship before it leaves. Not a good thing!
The Town of Lahaina
There’s no dock for a ship in the town of Lahaina, so the ships have to anchor and passengers have to use the tenders to reach shore. This is a view of the town from where we were anchored.
And this is the Grand Princess we sailed on, now anchored in Maui.
The harbor in Lahaina that we tendered into. It reminds me of some of the ports we sailed to in Michigan when we had a sailboat.
We weren’t going out whale watching until later, so we started exploring the town. The above is the largest banyan tree in the United States and it’s here in Lahaina at Banyan Tree Park. It covers just under 2 acres and was a gift from India. It was only 8 feet high when planted in 1873.
It provides much needed shade for those who want to rest and enjoy the park.
After we strolled the town, I left Mr. Cottage sitting on one of the many benches while I went back and bought a couple of dresses.
So we started strolling through the town looking for the places my friend had told me about. We started to pass a narrow little shop that sold just hats when I spotted one in the window that drew me into the store. Long story short, I spotted another one that I liked better and fit perfectly. No bag was needed because I had them cut the tag off and I decided to wear it right away!
Of course Mr. Cottage asked how I was going to get it home and I told him I’ll be wearing it. Ha! Ha!
Just a couple shops down from the hat shop was Ono Gelato Co. that my friend told me about. Their gelato is the best!
After getting our gelato, we walked through their shop to sit out on their back deck and enjoy the view and beautiful weather. Before leaving, we purchased a small sample package of Kona coffee, which I’ve never had. Let’s just say it’s delicious!
The blue building is Ono Gelato’s with the covered deck facing the water.
After the gelato we continued strolling and looking for Longhi’s for the best Mai Tai! I’ll just say it was really great!
Now that gelato and drinks were had, I was on the lookout for items to bring back for the grandkids and the girls in the family. Look what we found along the way!
After boarding the whale watching boat, we passed by the Grand Princess with one of it’s tenders next to it. We were heading out to deeper water.
We saw numerous whales and I got great photos and not so great photos. Can you see the blowhole above where I have it circled?
And there she blows!
This is the mother’s tail and her calf is next to her.
We saw a lot of calves with their mother’s.
Our captain saw two males and he was telling us they will sometimes fight for the female. They were in bodily contact with each other.
The town of Lahaina from the ocean.
Coming back into port.
Time to head back to the ship!
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