Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Maui, Staying There

I ended my last post with our first night in our rented condo, so, I thought I would go into more detail about the condo in today's post; in case you are interested in hearing about our first experience with VRBO.

I'm not going to lie; I was nervous about spending a good chunk of our vacation change on accommodations, sight, unseen. But, the reviews on the condo were all positive, and, it actually ended up being more economical than paying for adjoining hotel rooms or a suite at a resort, so; I pulled the trigger on the reservation. All I can say is: thank goodness I did!

Our condo was amazing!

The location, just outside of Lahaina, was perfect and, with two bedrooms, two bathrooms, and a full-sized pull-out sleeper, the size was just right, especially for the price (about $240 a night).

The oceanfront views, beach access, resident turtle population, friendly neighbors, and nearby dining establishments only sweetened the deal.


In addition to all the usual kitchen and bathroom necessities, the condo was also well stocked with everything we could possibly need for a day on the beach or a hike in the rain forest, including, beach towels, beach chairs, boogie boards, and a cooler.

The lanai off the living room provided the perfect setting for breakfast, including morning mimosas, which we enjoyed while watching humpback whales breaching the surface of the water in the distance.

The lanai was also great for the nightly viewing of the local turtles; they swam in shortly before sunset to eat the algae growing on the volcanic rock shelf below the seawall.

And, speaking of sunset, there is a local tradition wherein one wishes the sun a speedy return by blowing a conch shell to each of the four winds-west, north, east, and south-just as the sun sinks into the sea. The condo came equipped with three conch shells, and, a group of regular Kulakane renters invited the kids to join in the fun one night.

It was one of my favorite moments of the trip and will be a memory that I cherish.

The condo had a swimming pool and a full outdoor kitchen, which Hugh utilized one night to grill BBQ chicken legs. There was also an outside shower, to rinse the salt and sand from your body prior to going inside.

The beach area was perfect for shell gathering...

... and, for turtles to sun themselves...

...can it get any better than that?

I don't think so.

Anyhoodle, it's probably well past time for Aunt Bertha to wrap up today's post, but, if you hung in this far, I hope you will agree that, for a first time VRBOer, I did pretty well.

Or, it could have been beginner's luck.

Either way, success!

So, if you are planning a trip to Maui, and are planning to use VRBO, make sure you enter Kulakane into the search engine; I promise you won't be disappointed.

Tune in tomorrow, when I finally get around to posting about our first full day on Maui!

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