Twenty-six never looked so good.
Every year my fiance asks me, “what do you want for your birthday?” And I tell him, “let’s go somewhere!” So this year I decided that I wanted to go back to Hawaii for a second time before we move back to Texas because traveling to Hawaii wouldn’t be as easy from Texas.
We decided to hop islands this year, 2 nights in Maui & 3 nights in Oahu.
This year’s trip to Hawaii was definitely a success compared to last year! No delay in flights, and sunshine all week! AND the weather forecast said it was going to rain all week too. So happy it didn’t!
We were starving when we landed, so our first stop was to get some food in our belly. We went to Star Noodles because it was recommended to me by a co-worker & yelp reviews didn’t look bad (4 stars).
Unfortunately, I was a bit disappointed. Their pork bao buns were good, but there could be more meat in it. Their ramen was just not for me.
After late lunch, we checked into the Royal Lahaina Resort. I booked an ocean view room but got upgraded to a deluxe ocean view room, which was on the very top floor. WOOHOO! The room decor was not modern, but it was perfect for that tropical vibe vacation stay. The ocean view was the best part of this room.
Day one of this trip was more of a chill day. We just settled in and hung out by the beach near our resort.
[Swim from Adore Me]
Of course we’re always eating. Because why not? We’re on vacation.
We headed to Sansei’s Seafood for dinner and it was delicious!! I recommend making reservations here because the wait could be 45 mins to an hour. If you’re hungry late at night, this is the place to be on thursday and friday nights because appetizers and sushi are 50% off, but walk-ins only. They also have an early bird dinner special from 5:15-6PM everyday for 25% off.
We called it a night after dinner & slept early because we had an early morning start for snorkeling the next day at 7AM.
Snorkeling at Molokini Crater & Turtle Town with Maui Reef Adventures.
I got a 2 for 1 deal off GROUPON. Maui Reef Adventures is a fairly new company, and their service was exceptional. If you’re going to Maui in the next few months, I recommend booking with them. This was only my second time going snorkeling, but this was probably the best experience I could ask for.
Our first stop was turtle town, where we got to see so many turtles up close, but the second stop was even better! Here at the Molokini Crater, we saw a vast variety of fishes. I even saw a shark! Thank goodness it was far away and swimming in the opposite direction.
On the way back to shore on our pontoon boat, our trip ran overtime because our hosts stopped to let us whale watch and see dolphins because they happen to appear out of no where near us! We didn’t get to see much of the whales and dolphins, just their back humps above the water. The whales were so close to our boat too, there was even a baby whale that was following our boat & we led him/her back to the momma whale. WHAT A GREAT DAY!
[Swim from Forever 21]
After snorkeling, we grabbed lunch at Mama’s Fishhouse. It was soooo good. Even though it was pricey, it was totally worth it! I recommend making reservations on their website.
Everything we ordered was amazing. Even the service and ocean view was spectacular.
After all that food, we decided to work off our food babies on a hike to summit of Haleakala. There are tours available to see the sunrise and sunset from Haleakala. We didn’t get to do this because none were available, but we decided to do a mid-day hike, which wasn’t so bad. I didn’t get much of an island view from up top, but I felt like I was floating in heaven. The view of the clouds was amazing.
For our last night in Maui, we just walked around the shopping and restaurant area near Lahaina Front Street. This street was pretty lively, even at night.
Today we leave for Oahu at 3PM. We woke up early and hung out by the beach in our resort. By “hung out,” I mean…made my fiance take my instagram pictures. lol
[Swim from Adore Me]
Before we headed out to Oahu, we had to stop by the sunflower field in central Maui that we saw on the way from the Kahului Airport (OGG) to Lahaina.
The sunflower field was beautiful, but there were so many bees! I’m so happy we stopped by before the sunflowers started to wilt away. According to another article I read online, these sunflowers only last about a month, so definitely hit them up if you happen to be there!
[Dress from Charlotte Russe]
Day 3 continue…
When we landed in Oahu, by the time we got our checked luggage and the car rental, it was already 5PM.
First thing we did was check into the Pacific Beach Hotel. The hotel is currently going under major constructions to re-emerge as “Alohilani Resort Waikiki Beach” coming this fall 2017. I was fortunate enough to book one of their ocean front renovated rooms for a great deal off of Hotels.com. Although the rest of the hotel sections were under construction during my stay, such as the pool area, fitness center, and breakfast buffets/restaurants – I did not mind at all, since I was going to be out for majority of the day.
Pacific beach also gave us a small cooler bag and 2 portable refillable water pouches upon check-in, which came in very handy for our beach days. They also provide beach lounge chairs for hotel guests to borrow during their stay. The room renovations were modern and beautiful! And the ocean front view was lovely. We also had a bidet in our bathroom! My only complaint would be that there were only 2 working elevators due to the construction. Overall, my stay was great! I would definitely book here again once renovations are fully completed!
We spent the rest of day walking Kalalaua Avenue. Kalahaua Ave is full of shopping stores and restaurants, and of course filled with tourists. If you’re ever in Hawaii, go shopping! Sales tax is so cheap compared to the rest of USA.
For dinner, we hit up the #1 spot in Waikiki on yelp – Marukame Udon. This place was probably the best place we ate at for how cheap it was. Biggest bang for our buck indeed. There was a super long line, but it went by super fast and was worth the wait.
Day 4 was a dedicated beach/chill day. We decided to hit up Lanikai Beach because it was recommended to me by another fellow blogger @Closet_Luxe. Lanikai beach is usually where the locals hang out. It’s small and definitely less crowded compared to Waikiki beach. There is no dedicated parking for this beach. People usually park in the residential neighborhoods, but the day we went they had some road work going on and towing was enforced til 4PM along the residential areas. We parked near Kailua Beach Park and walked about 10 minutes to Lanikai. The short walk was definitely worth it. The water was so blue, sand so soft, area less crowded, and calm. When you want to relax at the beach, this is the place to be. Just beware, there are no public restrooms or showers to rinse off sand. All in all, for all that trouble – worth it! I will return!
[Swim from Forever 21]
This pretty much concludes my Hawaii trip. For our last day we just hung out by Waikiki beach and did last minute shopping. Mostly, going to Honolulu Cookies and eating a bunch of samples – lol.
Until next time Hawaii! (:
& hope you enjoyed my post!
XOXO – Thy