Maui to Kauai - The Best Flight of All

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Thursday, January 3, 2008

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Blog Written: Sept. 7, 2008 in Montreal, QC


Date of Trip: January 3, 2008

The Best Flight of All: Maui to Kauai

On January 3rd we were on the verge of completing three quarters of our Hawaiian holiday based on having now visited three of the four islands. Since I have not blogged for a while due to my present trip, it is worth repeating that we had made in depth visits to Oahu, Big Island (Hawaii) and Maui. The best was yet to come and that would be the island of Kauai.

I could not resist using the expression "the best is yet to come" but using it and having it represent the truth may be two different things.

Kauai indeed turned out to be beautiful but whether it was the best of the islands shall forever remain open to debate since it is a very personal thing. We firmly believe that each island is "beautiful in its own way" to revert to another cliché.

On the morning of our departure from Lahaina we were not about to pass up the opportunity to do some more sightseeing close to the Lahaina area. It was thus that we came upon the beautiful scenery of Kaanapali Beach located only minutes north of the town of Lahaina.

The area is known for its spectacular mile-long beach, resort hotels, snorkeling, sailing, boat excursions, luaus, surfing lessons and water equipment rentals. Come to think of it, this does not make it that different from other areas of Hawaii. Nevertheless, this was the here and now, and we were about to enjoy the beauty around us as the photos will show.

Our departure in the afternoon from Hawaii was from Kapalua Airport (JHM) located between Lahaina and the town of Kapalua near the northern tip of Maui.

One more time our reservations were with "go Express" (iflygo.com). At this point we were well versed, or should I say, I was well versed in the art of paying attention and not missing my flight as I did on our previous flight to Maui. Ironically the pilot that "left me behind" in Maui was also the pilot of this flight. He is pictured in the photo that shows Barbara about to get into the plane.

Again it was on a very small plane and the loading process may have taken all of five minutes.

From there on it was pure bliss and I can truly say that "the best was yet to come". The scenery from the air to Honolulu was breathtaking. I say "to Honolulu" because all "go Express" inter-island flights are routed through the hub airport of Honolulu.

Firstly there was the lush sight of West Maui from the air. "Lush" is the appropriate word since above all, Maui is a green island with splendid golf courses, plantations, manicured real estate developments and gorgeous resorts. Seen from the air, it is a text book example of what one expects to find in Hawaii.

Just when the deep green colours loose some of their appeal, the page is turned and a penetrating azure blue bursts onto the scene. We are now over the Pacific and out here it is a stunning beautiful blue colour disturbed only by tantalizing white caps that could be signs of marine life.

The blue not only abounds in the Pacific Ocean below but also in a different shade in the crystal clear sky above the smattering of clouds that mark our flight.

If the foregoing scenery was not sufficiently beautiful enough, rapture is elicited by the south coast of the island of Molokai. Its mountainous coast is draped by what in Hawaii is described as "folded" mountains. These appear to be geological formations which seem to have been laterally squeezed to produce the beautiful green folds that characterize mountains in the South Pacific.

Beauty not only punctuates the land but also the shallow sea as the sight of coral reefs abound. Molokai must be a diving and snorkeling paradise on this coast for sure. Nevertheless, Molokai is the fifth island of Hawaii and as such has a small population and is not on the main tourist itinerary. From what was visible in the air it would be worth a visit if the goal was to escape the Hawaii of tourism that is so well known.

Also of interest at certain points in time was the shadow of our airplane reflected on the Pacific Ocean intermingling with rainbow coloured circles forming a most fascinating combination of visual delights.

Combine all that and I can easily say that this was "the best flight in the Hawaiian Islands" as seen from our perspective.

The flight from Honolulu to Lihue on the south-east corner of Kauai was relatively uneventful in terms of scenery since it was mostly over the Pacific Ocean.

Our hotel in Kauai, for the entire stay, was the Kauai Sands on 420 Papaloa Road in Kapaa, just north of Lihue.

It was the cheapest we could find on the internet at the time for about $120 a night. It proved to be adequate with roomy accommodations, lovely swimming pool and a nearby sandy beach.

We explored the whole island from here which meant full days of travel with a return to the hotel usually around 21:00.

Coming Soon:

Waimea Canyon - A Breath Taking Sight
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