Hawaii could not be more different than Iceland, from the weather to the food and its people. Yet both places have such rich culture and they both operate on ‘island time’. Although Hawaii is a more common travel destination than Iceland, there are parts of Hawaii that still remain relatively untarnished by tourism with its natural beauty in tact. I guess what I’m trying to say is, Hawaii isn’t just some aloha-la-la-land but an extremely special place.
We were planning on doing a ‘staycation’ this year for summer hols, but I somehow managed to convince the hubs to go on an aloha adventure! So come September, we’ll be sipping Mai Tais and swimming with turtles! Can you tell that I’m super excited?! We’re hoping to avoid the summer crowds by booking a mid-September visit, which is considered low season, so we’ll see how that works out.
It’s been nine years since I’ve been to Hawaii and even longer to Maui specifically so I’m sure a lot has changed. We were trying to decide between Kauai and Maui. And being that it’s the hubs’ first aloha adventure we chose Maui as it has the best of both worlds–beautiful hikes and places to swim, not overly populated like Oahu, yet still have the option of mixing with locals and other adventurers. That said, I reckon Maui will definitely feel more ‘packed’ than New Zealand’s South Island even though the population of South Island is over one million.
As always, if you have any tips on what to do and where to eat on Maui, do let us know!