We decided to do an “early babymoon” in Maui with Zach and Tori! Zach and Tori had been planning their trip for a while now, and when w e found out we were pregnant too we couldn’t help but think how fun it would be to do a little pregnant vacay together! So we booked out trip to Maui! Thank you Alaska Airlines for companion fares.
We took this trip about a month and a half ago (I was 14 weeks pregnant and now I am almost 21) so my belly is a little bigger now…
Here’s a highlight video from our trip! Details and photos of our favorite places below:)
Jeremy getting some drone shots for the video at the top of this blog:) Subscribe to our YouTube channel >>here<< if you haven’t already!
I thought I’d share a few of the highlights from our trip and how much we fell in LOVE with Maui… And I’m talking full on head over heels. We are already dreaming about how we can go there for a long term sabbath or writing retreat someday…. big dreams, but hey, why not right?!
The Grand Wailea
We stayed at the Grand Wailea and it was beyond beautiful. Even though it
rained down poured the first 4 days we were there, we had so much floating in all the different pools, and swimming in the ocean. Plus, we had both to ourselves when we did;)
We had breakfast on our balcony many days (especially the rainy ones) with lotssssss of papaya which is pretty much all I wanted to eat for every meal while we were there. Why can’t Oregon have fresh papaya?!
Tori and I also drank lots of VIRGIN lava flows;)
Gotta get my #barre3anywhere photo in of course;)
The Grand Wailea is right next to the Four Seasons and a few other resorts and there is this really long pathway that you can walk/run on that runs along the beach past all the resorts!
The Road to Hana
When you land in Maui, rent a convertible Jeep. You’ll love having it on the Road to Hana. This day long road trip was the highlight of our vacation. We wish we would have rented an Airbnb somewhere along the way so we could have spent more time exploring this side of the island. There is so much to see – waterfalls, hikes, swimming holes, beaches, caves, wildlife, local food spots, and so many breathtaking viewpoints.
Our first stop on the road to Hana was in Paia. We stopped at a cute little outdoor breakfast/coffee shop in town for some delicious gourmet bagels! Then we headed just a mile outside of town to a beach called Ho’okipa Beach. We laid in the sun for a while before beginning our day long road trip! This beach has a ton of sea turtles! I didn’t notice them at first because they look like rocks when they are washed up on the sand… but then we saw a few swimming (more like floating) in with the waves and docking themselves on the shore.
We also made friends with this little guy!!!! Sea lions are seriously one of my favorite animals. I could stare at them for hours and not stop smiling and laughing… they are so pathetically cute!
Bamboo Forest – hike to waterfalls
Our next stop was the bamboo forest which has a hiking trail (about a mile) down to a couple beautiful waterfalls! We wouldn’t have known there were hiking trails in these dense forest if it weren’t for the audio guide that we listened to in our car during the whole trip! Some friends of ours that live in Maui gave it to us to and we were SOOO thankful to have it. It tracks with you through every mile marker and tells you all the places where you can stop! There were so many beautiful viewpoints, waterfalls, and hikes that we would have just driven past if it weren’t for our audio guide. I can’t remember the name of it, but the guy who talks in it is HILARIOUS!!! I’t snot just one of those boring museum audio tracks. I highly recommend getting one of these if you’re considering doing the road to Hana while you’re in Maui. There are a lot of points along the drive where you won’t have cell service, so we also relied on the audio for navigation!
If you’re gonna do any of the hikes, be sure to wear shoes (and clothing) that can get wet!
Black Sand Beach
The ocean is even warmer here because of the black sand!!! Such a fun swimming spot with lots of little hikes around it to caves, viewpoints etc.
There are tons of fruit stands that you can stop at along the road to Hana. We stopped for smoothies and fresh banana bread!
This ice cream is made purely from coconuts! The coconut flavor has fresh coconut chunks in it. I highly recommend the coconut and banana flavors!
Secret swimming hole – cliff jumping
We had some friends recommend this hidden gem that became our favorite stop on the whole trip! To get there, you have to climb through this fence (you feel like your trespassing until you see signs that say ‘no littering.'” Then you fall this tiny dirt trail through a field and a forest and then pop out on top of these huge rocks with the swimming hole below. It was near the end of the road to Hana where most people either turn around or decide to do the whole trip around the island through what countryside that makes you feel like you’re in Ireland. Wish we would have gotten there earlier in the day so we could have spent more time at this beautiful oasis. Don’t worry… pregnant Auj didn’t cliff jump, just Jer;)
Don’t turn around!
After the 7 pools (which we did not go to because it was getting dark already when we got there), most people turn around. DON’T DO IT!!! Keep going the long way back! It will make you feel like you’re in Ireland and you’ll also have a great view of the backside of the volcano! Yes it’s a drive, but totally worth it – as long as you don’t get car sick. Thank goodness Jeremy and I don’t get carsick or have allergies. And thank goodness my first trimester of pregnancy was not making me constantly sick!!
Take me back…
Toni Christine Photography (a fellow PNW photographer) was on Maui while we were there too and snapped some beautiful photos of us to remember our babymoon:) Thanks Toni!!!
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