Hawaii, Maui Island

Trip Start Sep 25, 2012
Trip End Mar 01, 2013

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Thursday, October 4, 2012

Summary: We stayed here 4 nights and although the camping facilities were grim we enjoyed surrounding beaches and the famous 3 hour drive on a very windy road through the rainforest to Hana.

Shrnutí v češtině: Na ostrově Maui jsme strávili 4 noci. Celou dobu jsme stanovali. Kempy tam jsou absolutně strašné a relativně drahé. Ten, ve kterém jsme přespávali, byl plný lidí, kteří tam evidentně bydleli a spíš připomínal nějaký utčenecký tábor. Jinak je ale ostrov hezký, užili jsme si spoustu koupání a šnorchlování. Jeden den jsme si udělali výlet do Hany, kam se jede 3 hodiny klikatou silničkou, a kde jsme se koupali na pláži z černého písku a kamínků.

We decided to hire a small car for our 4 days on Maui and when we went to collect it they were out of economy cars and gave us one 2 classes above. The camping on Maui wasn’t good. We had an option of camping in a state camp site at the side of a busy road or book into a private campsite that looked nothing like the photos on the website. The facilities were terrible (portaloos beyond words and dirty, cold outdoor showers, no grass- just dirt) and it seemed there were lots of people actually living there (M thought it was like a refugee camp). It was grim but getting dark so we pitched and tried to get some sleep. Due to lack of options we ended up camping there 3 nights in a row. It felt safe enough but we didn’t hang about and only used it for sleeping.

We spent our time in Maui mainly visiting different beaches along the west shore. One spot we loved was called Kahekili Beach Park. When we first drove in after our night in the camp we thought it must be a private park for resort guests - lovely green lawns leading to the beautiful beach, pristine toilets and clean picnic tables and grills. The snorkeling was great too - the reef was colourful with lots of fish (M even saw a giant sea turtle).

On our last full day on Maui we also drove the popular Road to Hana, which is a 40 mile drive from north to east along the coast. It is claimed to one of the most beautiful drives in the world. The drive takes around 3 hours due to the hairpin loops and bends along the cliffs, across narrow one-way bridges, through exotic rainforest, bamboo forest and past waterfalls. At the end of the road we stopped for lunch and a swim on an unusual black lava sand beach.

We camped that night in a park next to the airport for our morning flight to Kauai. Planes were landing over our heads from 3am and there were weird guys sleeping in trucks all around us – so let’s say not the best night’s sleep.
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