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... had no problems getting on. So we eventually arrived in our island paradise, and were transported by a hilarious taxi driver to our hostel.
We spent the first afternoon there mostly chilling out and dozing - having crossed the international date line, it felt a little like groundhog day - we actually lived through 9th February for 47 hours in total!
On Monday we headed down to the beach at Pai'ia - a stunning beach where we could enjoy the sunshine, watch the surfers ...
... It was at 3.45, so after asking at concierge, we left the hotel in time to board at 3.15. The taxi driver was very good and when we got there said I don't think there are any helicopters leaving from this airport, so after several phone calls, we found it left from Kahului airport not Kapalua airport and was an hour away. So very disappointed we returned to the hotel where luckily we got a lady named Kai who was excellent ...
... the room.
IAO VALLEY INN very recommendable
What we saw:
Lots of great beaches ( although we were a bit worried: 2 shark attacks in one week!)
The road to Hana
Kanaapali Beach, Fleming Beach (good for body surfing), Napili Beach (Difficult to find, but nice and quiet), Kahekili Beach ( good for snorkeling),
Baby Beach in Paia
... br> On Sunday we flew to Kahalui. We went to the Banana Bungalow and then to
the city, where we made our plans for the next couple of days. We also went to
the cinema to see Runner Runner.
On Monday we
went to Paia, where we actually wanted to see the big waves in Jaws. A woman in
a shop told us, that the last big waves appeared in 2010 and that the sea is
very calm at the moment. We enjoyed a good meal at a Mexican restaurant and went to the closest
... were breathtaking, but so was the altitude so we decided against doing any of the hikes at the top as they were all quite long (5 miles plus) and didn't offer much more than the road accessible viewpoints. The summit was really interesting, offering a good contrast to Big Islands newer and much more active volcano, with gently sloping walls and a covering of foliage, compared to the moonscapes we'd seen before.
Back at sea ...