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December 29th 2018
Published: December 29th 2018
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Makena Beach


Hawaii has always been on top of my list of places to visit. While our final destination was going to be New Zealand it only made sense to stop off in Hawaii on our way over. Maui seemed to be the perfect place and I found fairly cheap tickets on skyscanner.com from San Diego. In Maui we stayed in a small town called Kahului and while there was not much to do in the immediate area, we got to stay in the most amazing hostel. A friend of mine who used to live in Hawaii recommended the Banana Bungalow hostel https://www.mauihostel.com/.

At the hostel we met a lot really nice people, some passing through, some working there. The place had a little back yard were everyone met in the evening to catch up over a beer or some food. But the best part of staying at the banana bungalow was their free tours they offered every day. The second day at the hostel we decided to join one of the tours to go snorkeling at Makena Beach on the South of the island. Two white mini vans would leave early in the morning to take us to the beach, but not before stopping at the supermarket to pick some snacks and beers.

On the way to the beach we picked up some snorkeling gear, which we got for a discount price. I had never been snorkeling before so I was quiet excited to try it. Makena beach was part of a hotel complex, but we were able to excess the beach part and got to enjoy some beautiful views. While everyone strapped on their snorkeling gear I was struggling a little bit with putting on my fins and it was even more difficult to get into the water wearing them. It must have looked so funny watching me struggling and falling over more than once.

Using the fins wasn't my only struggle though. I also had a really hard time using the snorkel and panicked every time I went under water. After a while when everybody else was already exploring the underwater world I still had issues using me gear. Suddenly one of they guys shouted over to me that a turtle was swimming by right underneath me. I put on my googles and put my head under water. Finally I got to see my first turtle. She was huge but so beautiful in the way she move through the blue water. Also other people had seen manta rays and more turtles I was happy to have seen this one.

The rest of the afternoon I spent on the beach relaxing and hanging out with the rest of our hostel crew, before it was time to head back. On the way back to the hostel we stopped in a small town called Kihei. This little seaside town had lots of cute little bars and restaurant and since we were quite hungry after a long day at the beach we made a stop at the South Shore Tiki Lounge. They had the best Mai Tais which came in a vase shaped glass.

It was an absolute gorgeous evening, so after a few drinks some of us decided to go down to the beach to watch the sunset. I didn't realize that the sun at this part of the world would set so quickly. The colors changed from a bright yellow to a darker red and after about 20 minutes the sun diapered into the water on the horizon. It was a beautiful end to an amazing day.

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