Exploring north of Napili
Today we drive north from Napili explore the more rugged coastline of Maui. As always our tour guide (Saira) - Maui Revealed in her hand, had a jam packed itinerary in store for us.
The day began with some stellar snorkeling in Honolua Bay. It's a rocky, pebbly beach, but comes highly recommended for its clear waters and abundant fish; definitely recommended.
At one point the boys and I were confronted with 3 large fish and much discussion ensued afterwards as to their nature. Possibilities ranged from small sharks to Barracuda to a pod of sperm whales, but really we didn't have a clue.
A quick bite from a roadside food truck, and we were off up the road to The Nakalele Blow Hole. The crashing waves have eroded a small hole up through the sea cliffs, and this has created a geyser-like effect when a large wave comes in. Water spurts 60-70 feet in the air, much like a smaller, less spectacular Old Faithful. It was a short, but marginally technical and rocky hike down to the blowhole. Many of our fellow tourists were quite out of shape, out of breath and in danger of snapping their ankles on this short hike, but the Canmorites were nimble and precise. After sprinting back to the car, George was very happy in the knowledge that he almost certainly had the fastest Strava time of the day, and likely holds the CR for this segment. The blow hole is certainly worth a look if you're nearby.
From Nakalele we continued north. I understand it's rarely driven and as the condition and width of the road diminished, so did my sense of humor. After half an hour of trying to squeeze by oversized rental vehicles, driven by drivers more used to a 6 lane freeway than a British country lane, in precipitously positioned passing spots, and after numerous well executed (the family may agree to differ on this) reversing maneuvers around blind bends close to dizzying cliff drops, I threw in the towel, and admitted defeat. This was a shame as it was a first class schedule. We turned around and a hasty revision to the day's itinerary was pencilled in.
Back to Kapalua beach we travelled. More body boarding ensued for several hours. It's a running blog, so I went for a quick run after this. A pretty awesome 12km along the coastal road!
Dinner then bed!