Maui, a Tropical Paradise

I just returned from Maui 2 days ago and I am ready to go back!  Ok, that might not be very realistic at this time but I can assure you that you will have a hard time going back home! 🙂 We had a wonderful vacation and I am excited to share some of the highlights of our trip!  If you are considering to visit Honolulu, don’t miss my earlier post on this Hawaiian island by clicking here. Now let’s

Getting there & accommodations:

  • Maui’s International Airport (OGG) is named Kahului Airport.  This is the island’s main airport that can also connect you to other Hawaiian islands.
  • A direct flight from Phoenix is 6 hours.
  • The North and South side of the island are the most popular for lodging due to the nearby attractions.
  • We stayed at Sugar Beach Resort and could have not been happier with our choice.  Not only we had a great deal through our friends at Agoda, but the accommodations were also fantastic.  Condo was right by the beach, and offered a pool, spa, and a tour agency at the site with friendly staff.  The condominium is  located in a city named Kihei about 45 minute South from the airport (with an Uber / Taxi). Click HERE if you want to learn more about the latest  DEALS, they run daily!

Tours & Excursions:

While there is an unlimited number of excursions that you can select from, we chose these 4 because it exposed us to a variety of different experiences while enjoying the island.

Helicopter Excursion:

Did you know that 80% of Hawaii is inaccessible? The only way to take a peek is by taking a helicopter tour.  We decided to go with Maverick Helicopters since we loved their “Molokai Voyage” option.

Dana and I about to take off on the Maverick Helicopter.

We were amazed by the incredible views from our helicopter adventure!  We were treated with majestic waterfalls and beautiful weather!



Another fun adventure.  This time, we were recommended to Pi’iholo Ranch Adventures and we were treated to another unforgettable day.  Our package included 5 ziplines through the mountains and the crew is incredible friendly.  Check them out at

Zipline Fun in Maui!

Snorkel & Sailing:

If you just want to spend a good part of your day sailing the Pacific waters of Hawaii and be treated to first class service all the way, you will want to check out Alii Nui. Personally, I wanted to snorkel with sea turtles and visit the Molokini island so this tour allowed me to do both.  You will also have the option to scuba dive if you are certified.

Sailing with Alii Nui

Turtle watch:

Ho’okipa Beach is known for great surfing AND for guaranteed turtle sighting!  Every sunset, dozens of huge sea turtles come to shore to rest and many spectators line up to watch.  Make sure you don’t miss it, all you have to do is show up!  Just don’t get too close to them, rumor has it that there is a hefty fine if you touch one.

Sea turtles at Ho’Okipa Beach.  Maui, Hawaii.

That’s all I have for now.  The one activity that I wish I could have done is the Road to Hana but we ran out of time.  Hope you liked the post.  I am looking forward to your comments and suggestions as I am definitely planning to go back.   Be sure to check my instagram account for more pictures!

Have a sensational day!


Oahu, a Hawaiian Paradise!

If you have never visited Hawaii before, I really think that you need to re-assess your bucket list and add this heavenly place to your must go places to visit! The island of Oahu is one of the many islands that you could visit in Hawaii and the one that I’m covering today; however, I am planning to go to Maui soon (next month 😉 )and I am planning to blog about it as well so make your you don’t miss that.  For now, let’s talk about Oahu!

“E mahalo kakou I ka mea loa’a”

“Let us be thankful for what we have”

Hawaiian Proverb

Getting there: 

Honolulu (airport code is HNL) offers a very easy to navigate international airport with 3 main terminals.  If you are planning to visit a neighbor islands, you have the option to take a a domestic flight from this airport.  I flew from Phoenix, AZ and went with American Airlines with a direct flight.  It was about a 6 hour flight and cost me $650 although a friend of mine was able to secure a great deal for $351 so make sure you shop around.

By the way, many get confused between Oahu and Honolulu.  In a nutshell, Oahu is one of the main 8 Hawaiian islands, while Honolulu is a city located in the island of Oahu.  Most of Hawaii’s population live in Oahu.


There is a hotel for every type of person in this island which adds to its already established reputation of being a paradise destination.  We chose to stay at a budget friendly hotel located within a quick walk to Waikiki Beach on the island of Oahu.  Best decision ever for those that mainly want to relax by the beach, on a budget, while also enjoying the variety of restaurtans the are nearby.

Things to do:


Seriously…find the nearest beach (not too difficult to do while vacationing on an island), order your favorite drink, and breathe in…YOU ARE IN HAWAII!

Please…if you are a sensational chick, a nice pedicure will make you feel like a $100 bucks!


While many might prefer to spend most of their time by the water scuba diving, snorkeling, kayaking, etc…you might want to consider joining a hike through one of the tours to enjoy the beautiful mountain views along with some impressive city views…so don’t leave your tennis shoes at home!


We chose to give the Pali Lookout a try and we were pleasantly surprised with the experience.  Not only it is within 10 minutes of downtown but you will be treated to some of the the most beautiful panoramic views.  It does get a a little windy and some don’t like that but I personally had the best time!

Pali Lookout Views

3- Maita’i Catamaran

This is the best way to enjoy a scenic lazy day with a group of friends and family.  Just take a spot in the boat, grab your favorite drink and get ready to enjoy the ocean breeze, and the views of the most iconic places of this island, including Waikiki beach.  I just threw on a very comfortable French Connection cotton dress that was perfect for the day.

Maita’ Catamaran in Oahu, Hawaii

4- Pearl Harbor Memorial

This is a must do ESPECIALLY if you love history.  While security is tight and you will not be allowed to bring in certain things such as back packs, and cameras bags, (which you will be able to leave in a locker) the experience is amazing.   You will have the option to do a half or full day tour which makes planning for other activities really flexible.


5- Byodo-In Temple

Last but not least, I do want to highlight this incredible Buddhist temple.  I am so grateful for the friends that highly recommended this often overlooked Hawaiian landmark.  Click HERE for the link to their website so you can get admission details.  If you are looking for a quiet and peaceful experience in a traditional Buddhist temple, this is the place to go.


What to Bring

So you made up your mind and you are ready to go? Below is a list of things that I would highly recommend that you don’t forget:

  1. Bathing suit…of course!
  2. Sun glasses
  3. Sunscreen
  4. Comfortable shoes: I wore flip flops while on the beach but also brought my tennis shoes for the hike
  5. Camera
  6. A small bag to take to the beach or on tours to carry a towel, etc.  (I highly recommend bags that you won’t worry about if it gets wet)
  7. Light dresses, comfortable jeans, tank tops

That’s all I have for now.  I hope this post inspire you to think or plan your next vacation.  I would love to hear your comments below on whether you are planning to go or have been to Hawaii before.  As I said earlier, I am planning another trip to Maui next month and would love to hear your recommendations.

Hope you are having a sensational day!