We decided to play golf on the Makena South course that Sunday, which was the day of the Rose Bowl competition, so the course was quiet. Both the South and North courses are beautiful, but the South is the more interesting of the two. We managed another game on the Dunes at Maui Lani course, which also has some stunning holes and isn't quite so expensive as the Makena courses.
During the week, while my husband attended the conference (dawn till dusk in a room with no windows) I took the opportunity to learn how to dive. I really enjoyed this and it's opened up a whole new world for me. By the end of the week I had become an SDI certified scuba diver. I loved it so much that I persuaded Neil that we should go diving in the Red Sea a few months later and hopefully we'll go again before the end of the year.
I took another boat trip to Lanai with Trilogy (www.sailtrilogy.com), like I do most times I visit Maui. A humpback whale mother and calf came very close to the boat. It was a fantastic experience. I also took time to go to my favourite beach, Little Beach further along the coast from Makena, in the direction of La Perouse Bay.
It was the first trip that we didn't manage to make our usual trek to the top of Haleakala to see the sunrise over Hawaii, the Big Island. Last year we cycled down the volcano from 10,000 feet to sea level with the company Maui Downhill, based in Kahului (www.mauidownhill.com). It was fantastic, there is a 300m stretch you have to pedal, apart from that it's freewheeling all 30 miles to the sea at Paia.
We took a trip with Blue Water Rafting (www.bluewaterrafting.com) along the Kaniola Coast, to do some snorkelling and to photograph the fantastic lava formations. This is the second year we've done this and it really is fun.
Neil refused to let me near the Elan Vital gallery in the Shops At Wailea (www.elanvitalgalleries) so I opted for an evening at the Maui Theatre in Lahaina watching "Ulalena" (www.ulalena.com), the best show in Maui, followed by dinner.
I bought a really good book from Armin called "Maui Revealed" by Andrew Doughty & Harriett Friedman, ISBN 0-9717279-0-2. See their web-site at www.wizardpub.com/ for this book and others dedicated to the other main Hawaiian Islands. You can either search www.amazon.com for these books, or buy this one from Armin when you're there.
We spent an easy afternoon at the Black Sand beach, between the airport and Hana town, before making the return trip along the Hana Highway. On the way back we stopped off at the fantastic Mama's Fish Restaurant in Kuau cove near Paia (www.mamsfishhouse.com) for a meal that was expensive, but out of this world.
After that it was on to Kahului airport, back to San Francisco, on to New York, where I had an incident with security. We had a 1-hour wait for the connection, so I asked one of the airport security people if it was OK to go outside the terminal for some fresh air. He said "yes" so off I went. I didn't realise that I needed my passport to get back to the departure lounge. Neil was panicking, getting them to page me on the tannoy system. Eventually after 2 or 3 (almost full) body searches I was escorted to the plane. After that bit of excitement it was a 6-hour flight back to London Heathrow and the gloomy winter weather of England.
|Date||Depth (m)||Time (min)||EANx||Maui Dive|
|1 Jan||8.0||46||-||Maui Prince - First ever dive, turtles, frogfish, pencil urchins|
|1 Jan||6.5||24||-||Maui Prince - working on my skills|
|1 Jan||6.5||19||-||Maui Prince - working on my skills|
|1 Jan||7.0||24||-||Maui Prince - turtles, but mainly concentrating on tests|
|1 Jan||12.3||40||-||Turtle Town (Maui Prince) - zipped around using an underwater scooter, loads of turtles|