Thanks to the time change, both T and I were up early. We decided to go for a walk on the beach while Erin & David were still sleeping. It was a beautiful morning and there weren’t a ton of folks on the beach. We saw a stand-up paddle board yoga class and some runners, but it was mostly other folks strolling along.
We ended up walking for quite a while, all the way to the swanky Wailea section. As we headed into their beaches, I saw this sign. I like the implications of it – if you’re rich enough, you need to be told that the ocean is still dangerous. Plus, you might encounter the poor people. 😉
Alas, there was nothing cool enough to venture further onto the lava barefoot. But it was very pretty. We got back to the condo just as Erin & David were waking up. We whipped up some breakfast and planned our activities for the day. First on the agenda, a shore dive for Erin & David while T and I did our first attempt at snorkeling. Unfortunately, while we were securing tanks for their dive, the wind really picked up. Which made my initial foray into snorkeling a little more stressful than I would have liked. At one point, I found myself much further out in the ocean than I expected and I had a full scale panic attack where my brain basically started having a conversation with itself:
Brain half 1: OMG! I’m going to drown!!!
Brain half 2: Dude, you can swim. If you drown right now, you’re a freaking moron.
BH1: But I’m SCARED!!! And I can’t breathe in this snorkel!!
BH2: Just take the stupid thing off and swim back to shore.
BH1: TOO SCARED!!!
BH2: I’m outta here…
***random doggy paddle/whimpering
BH2: Hey, genius. Why don’t you flip on your back and just kick (with those giant fins) for a while? Do you think you can manage that?
BH1: That’s a great idea. (does)
BH1: So much better! I can breathe and I’m making progress!
I did manage to see some fish and coral, but on the whole, I can’t say it was super fun. Hopefully, the trip we’d already booked (and paid for) to Molokini tomorrow would be better.
After the great snorkeling fail, T and I got ourselves cleaned up and headed out to Mama’s Fish House (the other place on my list to go in Maui.) I’ve heard a lot about how great this place is, and I must say it did not disappoint. Everything about it was amazing, starting with the view from the parking lot:
Before we knew it, we were being seated. Our waiter was fantastic, the perfect blend of competent and personality. We were in the bar area, but he made it feel just as special as the tables with the better view. T ordered a mai tai at his recommendation:
(And the waiter was right, it was the best mai tai I’ve ever had… Delicious!) We had plenty of time to contemplate our selections without feeling like we were being ignored. I also enjoyed the ambience:
We started with a delicious ahi poke dish:
It’s hard to tell from the picture, but there are propellers on the ceiling and on the columns. It was impressive that they could have so much personality in the decor and still maintain an elegant dining experience. Even the parking lot had a nice quirky tiki:
Afterward, we headed back to the condo and chilled out for a while. As the sun started to set, we decided to watch the show from the downstairs lanai, since the view from our condo wasn’t that great 😉
A drunk couple from Calgary came and sat near us, which sort of killed the romance. Then the sun disappeared behind a weird stripe of clouds, so we didn’t get the full sunset experience, but it was still pretty nice.