Thursday, May 12, 2011
This day was probably Chris's favorite day because it involved golfing! A lot of people could not believe I "let" him golf on our honeymoon. But for me, I did not mind at all...the course was AMAZING, the views were so pretty, I got to drive the cart and I read an entire book during those 4 hours. Plus, he got to do something he loves and that makes me happy.
The course is The Plantation Course in Kapalua ( on the west side of Maui ). This is where the Hyundai PGA tournament is played in January. He was paired with 2 other guys...one from LA and one from Canada. They had a great time playing and experiencing such a famous and beautiful golf course. I took A LOT of pictures and read an entire book. I never knew golfing for 4 hours could be so much fun!
Now, to play this course be prepared to pay an arm and a leg...it is NOT cheap ( this is becoming the theme of our honeymoon ). But, just a tip- If you play before a certain time (1:00 I think?? ) you get a discount. So, when booking, try to get a morning tee time.
After we finished at the course we showered and got ready in their locker rooms and headed to Merriman's for dinner. We had reservations around sunset (highly recommended) but we got there a little early. This restaurant is right on the water next to the Ritz Carlton in Kapalua. We came here thanks to a friend in The Woodlands who ate here on her Honeymoon several months ago. She blogged about it and said it was a must do, so we did it! And we do not regret it. It was one of the best meals either of us have ever had and one of the prettiest views. Look at my pictures and you will understand :)
Friday, May 13, 2011
Today we had snorkeling and a Luau booked! It was our last full day in Maui and the last day we had actual plans. We booked a catamaran tour for the snorkeling and headed out early that morning. Honestly, we were pretty disappointed in the catamaran AND the snorkeling. We have both snorkeled and scuba dived many, many times all over Mexico and the Caribbean and this was just boring for lack of a better word. The catamaran we went on had SO many people on it. There were not a lot of places to sit out in the sun because there were so many people. The actual snorkeling- we did not see any cool fish or pretty coral. It was just very average and not impressive. We were under the impression that it is some of the best snorkeling in the US but it definitely was not. Don't get me wrong- we had a lot of fun and it is still fun to snorkel...but just don't have a lot of expectations for seeing much. We went to Molokini first then to a Turtle area. We were pretty much guaranteed to see turtles. Well, we didn't. =(
We got back to our resort and had a few hours to lay out and swim at our pool before we had to get ready for the Luau! The Luau was just down the road from our resort, at the Wailea Marriott. We had heard it was one of the best on the island and I don't have anything to compare it to, but it was awesome and so fun! I can't imagine there being one better than that. You pay approximately $100 per person and that includes a huuuuge buffet, open bar and the show. The food was delicious...a pig, tons of sides and desserts. The pina colada's were kinda watered down but still cool and refreshing. We were given beautiful lei's, shopped at some of the little huts set up, had our picture taken, learned how to make coconut milk, played some Hawaiian games and more. The show was incredible...those dancers are really talented and they have the skinniest, most toned bodies ever. This was one of my favorite parts of our honeymoon!! We were seated at a table with a few other couples...one odd couple from Denmark and one from Maine. This is a fun experience if you are visiting Hawaii...you really get a good taste of the Hawaiian culture. I definitely recommend this to anyone taking a vacation to Hawaii!