We are in Maui! I love it here. This morning I woke at dawn and went out on the lanai to find the full moon setting over the ocean.
Every day we go snorkeling. I would tell you my favorite spots, but there are so many: on the west shore – between Kapalua and Kaanapali – or the south shore where we are. If you come here, to the Kihei-Wailea area, head south and first there is Ulua and then almost any ocean access south of Paluaea (White Rock) offers coral reefs to swim out to.
When we first came here, over twenty years ago, there were not as many tourists – nor lodgings- in the south and the people who did snorkel did not venture out very far. Sadly the near shore reefs are not as healthy as they were back then – probably from people standing on the coral, but also warming oceans and acidity play a part. At any rate we started swimming out farther and farther and surprisingly more people are doing the same – even older women in flotation devices!
Yesterday we swam a good ten or 15 minutes offshore and along a rocky (inaccessible) coast. For awhile we had an area all to ourselves, save a kayak or two, and spotted turtles, many colorful fish and beautiful coral formations.
It’s another world – an ethereal, blue, quiet one. (Then alas two – and eventually four boats came and out came with loads of other snorkelers. One ran into me and I had two other near collisions before decided to heading out further along the coast! But enough complaining – it’s still an incredible experience!) You get out of the water having had a wonderful encounter with nature and feeling great from a good workout!
It is also whale season and every day we see them spouting and breaching in the distance; you can see the splashes far out to sea. If we are lucky, they will put on a show closer to shore where you can even discern a mere fin or tail wag.
It’s raining today so we will walk the beaches, maybe body surf (we’ll be wet any way right?), write this blog or find other activities. I love the tropical plants. Out driving around in the countryside, we spied flowers for sale at a little house with an honesty box. Tom brought me a whole bouquet of proteas for just $5.
I never get bored and would spend the winter here if I could. Do you have a favorite place in the world?