At present I’m sharing the second a part of our Hawaii cruise on NCL, with stops in Maui and Hilo. I hope you’ve loved our trip with us as we glance again in any respect we noticed and did on this 16 day NCL cruise from Hawaii to Alaska. I’ve bought heaps extra to share, however at present we’ll end up Hawaii. I needed to doc this journey for us, in addition to share with you all too. We had by no means been to Hawaii or Alaska, so it’s good that we are able to examine these 2 states off our journey bucket listing. We now have determined that we’re extra Hawaii folks than Alaska peope and would positively like to return to Hawaii sooner or later and see extra of the islands.
Our subsequent cease in Hawaii was the island of Maui. I had heard a number of good about Maui and it was stunning, though I’m certain we solely scratched the floor of what there may be to see on the island. Once more, a cruise simply lets you see only a tip of the iceberg so to talk on what a vacation spot presents. Then you may determine the place to return and spend extra time exploring.
As with Kauai, we didn’t have excursions booked with the cruise ship or in any other case, so we determined to wing this cease as properly and determine what we might do after we bought off the ship. This plan didn’t work fairly in addition to Kauai, after we discovered a pair to share the prices with. This cease, in Maui, we did the identical factor and went off the ship and listened to conversations round us as folks have been making an attempt to find out what to do. We ended up with a pair from MS and a mom/daughter duo (mother had a walker) who have been seeking to share a taxi for a take a look at Maui, so all of us bought in a shared taxi for a go searching. It was slightly tougher pleasing everybody with 6 folks as a substitute of solely 4, so whereas it wasn’t unhealthy, it wasn’t as best as our first tour with strangers.
We advised our taxi driver what we needed to see, simply highlights of Maui in a couple of 3 to 4 hour window, so he proceeded to take us to the new spots as he knew them. We stopped first on the Maui Tropical Plantation and Mill Home, a plantation fruit tour and a restaurant on web site. After trying round a bit, all of us determined that taking the tour would take a giant chew out of our time on the taxi trip, so we made the choice to move on with the taxi and see as a lot as we may within the time allotted.
The plantation appeared stunning, despite the fact that the climate was slightly misty that day.
There’s a tram tour and likewise a restaurant to attempt on web site, the Mill Home.
It was fairly to stroll round and take a look at the gorgeous vegetation and mountains within the background.
It was a quintessential Hawaii view, simply what I imagined the islands to appear to be.
It’s wonderful all of the birds across the islands, they’re in all places!
Our subsequent cease on the taxi tour was the lovable and quaint city of Lahaina. We solely had about half-hour right here, but it surely was such a cute city.
It was good to see the native artwork and crafts featured right here.
The spotlight of Lahaina was the enormous banyan bushes in the course of city, what an attractive view it was.
I used to be so fascinated by these bushes everywhere in the islands. The banyans are gorgeous bushes!
We had enjoyable strolling round this cute city for a bit, taking all of it in.
The gelato appeared so good, ought to have tried it!
We made one other cease on the best way again to our ship, all concerning the humpback whales. We might see the humpback whale on our go to to Alaska.
Extra gorgeous views in Hawaii.
We ended our day in Maui at an area seaside the place sea turtles have been resting within the sand. They have been stunning to see.
One other night time on the ship and time for dinner.
The following day we pulled into the port of Hilo and that is the place Mark’s daughter Lyndsey lives along with her household. She’s tremendous near the cruise port so we met up along with her as quickly as we may get off the ship.
It was one other stunning day in Hawaii and we had our personal private tour information on this cease.
We bought to see the place they’re residing and she or he packed up the automobile for our outing that day, getting all 4 children able to go. She additionally stopped by her favourite comfort retailer to get snacks and likewise the Hawaiian delicacy generally known as Musubi (pronounced musa-bee). Have you ever heard of that? This was a brand new one on me, however apparently Hawaii’s love of Spam goes again to World Warfare II, after they fed the troopers that potted meat and the Hawaiians adopted it. A great identify appears to be redneck sushi, it’s merely rice and spam wrapped in seaweed wrappers and formed right into a small loaf. As you may see, the boys adore it! That is Jaxton on the left and JJ on the appropriate, the oldest grandchildren of 9.
I had by no means heard of musubi earlier than, however Lyndsey had advised us about it and that she and the youngsters prefer it. I used to be sport to attempt a chew, so I did. It was OK, however not one thing I’d love. Mark ate a complete one and preferred it quite a bit. Even the 2 youthful ones adore it.
Our first cease of the day was up the mountains to Kilauea volcano. It’s a nationwide park and I had no thought what to anticipate, but it surely’s actually attention-grabbing. They monitor the volcano every day for harmful eruptions. A search exhibits that the volcano final erupted right into a lava lake September 2021 to December 2022. They don’t really feel an excessive amount of hazard from residing under the volcano as it’s monitored on a regular basis. I feel I’d be slightly nervous about that. Simply driving into the park, there was smoke popping out of holes within the floor in all places, which was very surreal to see in individual.
This gap off the car parking zone was surrounded by fencing to maintain folks from falling in.
And it’s wonderful how large the crater of the volcano actually is.
All of the smoke popping out of the bottom was utterly fascinating to see.
Our first time being this near a volcano, it was very enlightening.
My footage don’t even do it justice as to how deep and extensive the crater of the volcano actually is.
Lyndsey advised us at night time it glows pink from all the warmth and that might be neat to see. Possibly subsequent journey!
Subsequent on our cease was Rainbow Falls proper there in Hilo. It’s an attractive waterfall and we bought out and walked nearer.
There’s a walkway to get to a great viewing platform. That is what I imagined Hawaii to appear to be, waterfalls and luxurious greenery in all places.
It was attractive!
Onekahakaha Seashore Park
We additionally went to a pleasant seaside space that she takes the youngsters too and so they name it a swimming pool. It does type of really feel like a swimming pool with clear water and rocks surrounding making it an awesome place to swim.
There have been even rock steps constructed all the way down to the water.
You possibly can see the steps right here to the appropriate and so they have been on each side of the rock wall.
All of the black rock is lava.
The water was so clear and never too chilly.
I took water sneakers simply for that reason and so they got here in helpful right here in Hilo.
We had a pleasant time for over an hour right here on the seaside park and Mark performed soccer with the boys within the water.
All of them love the water.
Pop and his boys.
This little cutie is Ryanne, she’s 3.
And the youngest is Justice Jr., 2 years outdated. They’re so cute and all 4 of them love the water.
Kealoha Seashore Park
We needed to get going to get again to our ship, so earlier than we headed again Lyndsey took us to at least one extra seaside park which was very near the primary one. She advised me for those who suppose the primary one’s fairly, wait til you see this one! She was proper! It’s completely gorgeous.
We solely had time to drive there, get out of the automobile and stroll round for about quarter-hour. I snapped as many footage as I may and it was stunning from each angle.
It was a Friday, however not very crowded in any respect. Some folks have been there, with chairs, blankets and picnics and what a spot to spend the day.
Actually a tropical Hawaiian paradise.
I’m certain if we had extra time, we might see loads of sealife right here. We did see a turtle. I simply seen the thong within the pic above, I ought to have cropped that out! Ha! That’s not anybody we all know.
A lot magnificence and I couldn’t recover from the water colours.
I’d positively come again to this spot once more.
Everybody was pointing on the sea turtle.
There was loads of shade bushes to get out of the solar.
There have been inbuilt rails and steps right here too.
And that’s a take a look at a number of the seashores we visited. We needed to say our farewells to Hawaii, but it surely certain was a enjoyable go to!
We will certainly wish to return to Hawaii sooner or later. There’s so many locations I do wish to see and so now we have to funds and plan for extra travels.
I’m so glad we bought to do that journey, it was actually the journey of a lifetime, seeing Hawaii and Alaska in a single lengthy journey.
We had the most effective time on all of the excursions in Hawaii, particularly the 2 days with household. That was actually particular for Mark, to have the ability to see his daughter and the grandkids too. Made my coronary heart glad for him!
That’s a wrap on Hawaii, however I’ll be again with at the very least 2 extra posts breaking down what we noticed and did in Alaska. I took lots of pics there too! Speak about variety in surroundings, Hawaii and Alaska couldn’t be extra completely different!
In case you missed my first posts, catch up right here:
Packing for a 16 Day Cruise
Cruising on the NCL Spirit
Kona and Kauai ports
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