Maui whale watching
Yes, I was in Maui earlier this month. My Alaska family and I gathered in Maui to enjoy the sun and sand. I couldn’t resist buying this postcard in Maui… AFTER I purchased the postcard my sister pointed out this refers to marijuana… all I saw was the BUS! LOL :-0
Little 18-month old Norah, my grand niece, seemed to definitely enjoy the sand; a taste of Hawaii!
Now, about the public transit service in Maui. Roberts of Hawaii is a big tour company that has a huge presence in the private tour business, but they also operate the public transit service as well as school bus service.
We were staying in the little town on Paia, about 15 minutes east of the airport and on the road to Hana.
The connections to the major towns in Maui are excellent. I caught Bus 35 (Haiku Islander) just before 11 am at the Kuau Mart, which was a block from the house we rented. That bus took me to the Kaahumanu Shopping Center in Kahului, arriving just before 11:30. The next bus (Route 20) left just a few minutes after 11:30. That bus stops at the Maalaea Harbor, which is one of the locations for whale watch and fishing boats. The bus drives alongside the ocean for most of the rest of this leg. A great place to catch views of whales spy hopping and/or venting. And, as you well know, when you’re NOT driving and up high in a bus, you can see a lot more than riding in a car! The bus arrived in Lahania, behind the Wharf Cinema building and a block from Front Street and the Banyan Tree, at 12:30.
I enjoyed a cheeseburger at “Cheeseburgers in Paradise”, and strolled Front Street to browse the many art galleries and little shops. The HUGE banyan tree (really multiple trees), taking up a whole block next to the boat harbor and the infamous Pioneer Inn, is a good place for sit and enjoy the shade for a bit.
Returning home was just as easy and with the same great connections.
A day pass is only $4.00. The buses were clean and air conditioned. I estimate that about 1/3 of the passengers were tourists. I heard a couple talking about taking a whale watch tour (they got off the bus at the Maalaea harbor).
I could have continued my trip beyond Lahania to Kaanapali and the Whaler’s Village. I’m sorry I didn’t take the time to do so… NEXT time!