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Maui, my favourite of the Hawaiian Islands, Maui is where I completely relaxed. When I was sitting at the airport waiting for my husband to return the rental car, I was thinking how nice it would be to stay and never go home.
However, before I leave, let me tell you about my stay. We stayed in Lahaina, a quaint little fishing village on the west coast of Maui. The Plantation Inn was the gorgeous bed and breakfast where we stayed, and enjoyed breakfast out by the pool each morning before deciding what we would like to do for the day. Most of the time we decided not to do much, maybe wander into the village and have a look around, send a post card or two, stop for lunch or dinner in one of the restaurants, but most of the time just chill.
We only arranged one tour while we were here, and it is still one of the best experiences of my life.
Early one morning we were picked up from our hotel - the comfortable and warm Plantation Inn in Lahaina, Maui - way before the sun was even thinking of coming up (approx 2.30am) and taken to a depot to be fitted out in a glamorous (but warm) blue jump suit reminiscent of a bad parachuting suit. There we met our tour guide who gave us tips on how to ride a bike (something I have been doing for a reeeaaaly looong time), we were then bundled into a mini bus and taken to the summit of the Haleakala (House of the Sun) Volcano. We arrived before the sun and enjoyed the view of the sparkling star-filled sky then watched the sunrise as I was standing above the clouds. Magnificent! Those who say it is coldest just before the dawn are 100% correct. My fellow riders and I jumped on our bikes and headed on down the mountain at a leisurely pace while enjoying the fantastic view. Our ride took us through the stunning countryside of Maui and on to the coast and the vast Pacific Ocean. Definitely worth it and I would do it again in a heartbeat.
The staff at the Plantation Inn spoilt us rotten with baskets of fruit, bottles of champagne and all manner of treats to delight us. The Plantation Inn is home to Gerard’s Restaurant, one of the finest French restaurants in North America - so claims their website, although I agree it is a very fine restaurant. I cannot remember what I ate, but I do remember we had a wonderful evening sitting on the balcony on a beautiful balmy evening and thinking, “This is heaven.”
Maui is heaven, and I would love to go back again one day. I only spent three days here, which is nowhere near long enough, and when I got to the island all I wanted to do was chill out, so I didn’t do any exploring of the rest of the island. Therefore, there is a definite need for me to go back.