My beautiful wife and I just returned from our 8 day long vacation to Maui, Hawaii. We had an outstanding time, the perfect combination of exciting activities (such as zip-lining and body boarding) and relaxation (days at the Westin Maui pool and beach). Each year, we try to visit Hawaii as it’s one of our favorite places in the world. Just last year, I blogged about our Maui 2010 vacation. Today, I’m thrilled to share some pictures and experiences from our Maui 2011 vacation.
We Visited Maui Thanks To Online Marketing
Before doing so, however, I wanted to make sure to tie this post back to online marketing. It’s really because of online marketing (the corporate route and also my affiliate marketing activities) that make these types of vacations possible. If you’re a smart, hard working individual you can make it big in online marketing. Moreover, online marketing can be your road to a more mobile lifestyle which makes these types of vacations possible. While I didn’t do a ton of work from Maui, I was able to monitor my stats and also publish a blog post about PPC checks (all from my iPad). Now, without further ado, let’s get into the specifics of our vacation!
PPC Ian’s 2011 Maui Vacation Details
This year, we really had some major fun times! Following is a day-by-day outline of our trip.
Day 1: We arrive at our hotel, the Westin Maui on beautiful Kaanapali beach. We’re absolutely thrilled with the hotel, and especially our ocean front room. The reason we originally picked this hotel is its proximity to the ocean (the beach is literally steps from the hotel), the amenities (it’s quite the nice place), and also the proximity to shopping (the Westin Maui is right next to Whalers Village, some of the best shopping around). On our first day, we decide to take it easy and eat lunch at Westin poolside. We also enjoy the flamingos at the hotel, it’s really amazing that that they have a lagoon when you walk in filled with tropical birds such as flamingos.
Day 2: After we’re all caught up on sleep, we start day two with a workout at the Westin gym and then the amazing Westin Maui breakfast buffet. This buffet is no joke, we’re talking about waffles, grilled mahi mahi, pancakes, papaya, pineapple, and basically any kind of breakfast food you’d want to enjoy ocean side in Hawaii. In an effort to eat healthy, get up early, and enjoy the hotel, we actually had the breakfast buffet each day of our vacation. Later in the day, we hang out at the Westin pool, work on our tans, and enjoy the water slide at the hotel. For dinner, we head over to the town of Lahaina, enjoy some shopping, and eat dinner at the Lahaina Prime Rib and Fish Company.
Day 3: After starting out the day with a nice run along the Kaanapali beach, we want to experience some sea life and do just that at the Maui Ocean Center. We really enjoy the fish, sea turtles, octopus, and sharks at this aquarium. Also, their gift shop is simply divine, voted the best in Maui. Later, we head over to Buzz’s Warf for lunch (highly recommended, great fish sandwiches), followed by some amazing shaved ice at a local place. After our big day at the aquarium, we go back to the hotel, enjoy the beach, and then head over to the Hula Grill for dinner.
Day 4: On our fourth day, we want to seek some adventure and did just that with Maui Zipline at the Maui Tropical Plantation. After ziplining, we head over to “Beach Bums” for lunch, a really great Hawaiian BBQ (but can’t find their website). Later, we hike at Iao Valley, go miniature golfing, and end the day with an Italian dinner at Pulehu. This was quite the busy day, but I was also amazed at how much energy Hawaii brought to us. For some reason, we had more energy than ever on this trip. I think it’s the relaxing environment, great weather, unparalleled food, and overall lifestyle. Definitely want to find ways to spend even more time in Hawaii over the coming years!
Day 5: Continuing our adventure, we snorkel at black rock after breakfast. The waves at Kannapali start getting a little bigger so I also enjoy some body boarding. Day five ends with an amazing dinner at Sea House restaurant on Napili beach. This is our favorite restaurant in Hawaii, a restaurant we first discovered in our prior trip. The Fisherman’s Stew is incredible if you like seafood. Napili is very quiet and relaxing area, the perfect setting for a Hawaiian dinner.
Day 6: The diverse nature of Maui’s landscape is really evident when you start going to Maui’s upcountry. On Day six, we venture to Alii Kula Lavender Farm for a tour, then to Ulupalakulu Ranch for lunch (the elk burger was among the best I have had), and then onto Maui Winery at Tedeschi Vineyards for wine tasting. The Maui Splash wine was so good that we had some shipped home!
Day 7: We were ready for a bit of relaxation again on day seven so we start the day off with a gym workout, but then take it easy. We do some serious shopping at Whalers Village and purchase a variety of great souvenirs (my favorites being ceramic koi fish, Hawaiian angels, and of course clothes). Later in the day, the waves are picking up so I enjoy a bit more body boarding. We eat lunch at Leilanis, enjoy the Ulalena show in Lahaina, and have a wonderful dinner at the Hard Rock Cafe Maui.
Day 8: Our final day is all about enjoying one last breakfast at the enjoyable Westin breakfast buffet, followed by a little relaxation, and then the plane flight back home. Overall, we couldn’t have asked for a better vacation and have memories that will last a lifetime. Until next time, Hawaii. PPC Ian readers, remember online marketing is lucrative and enjoyable but it’s important to take a break. It’s all about the work hard, play hard way of life!
More Pictures From Our Maui Vacation
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Great pictures and diary of your activities….living the good life
Virtual Tour says
Looks like you had a great time, I’m jealous!
Thanks so much, Marilyn, for the comment! Very much appreciate it! 🙂 Living the good life for sure.
All the best,
Thanks so much, John/Virtual Tour. I appreciate the comment!
All the best,
Chris Guthrie says
Sounds like you prefer Maui over the other islands? I did Oahu twice last year once for a vacation on our first time to Hawaii and then later for my brothers wedding.
I loved my time there and want to go back again. Have you been to the other islands?
Social Bookmarking Service says
I am sure you are now more fresh and generated some great ideas while you were relaxing at there.
Nice pics … and thanks for sharing with us.
Thanks for the comment! How’s it going? It has been a while since we caught up in Seattle. Maui is truly great. Nicole and I visited Maui the last two years, and we visited the Big Island in 2009 for our honeymoon. Also, I have been to Kauai and Lanai. Oahu is still on the list. Honestly, it’s hard to pick a favorite. All of the islands are so beautiful and great in their own way. One thing is for sure – I can’t get enough of the Hawaiian Islands!
All the best,
Thanks so much, Social Bookmarking Service. Very much appreciate the positive feedback!
This is very inspirational Ian. Wish I could be there living it up in Hawaii like you are, but like you said it takes hard work and dedication to get there. I know I’ll get there one day, and be able to live it up like you. I just have to stay hungry and keep the goals in front of me, and fight the good fight to get to where I want to be.
Erwin Miradi says
You captured those with the right camera! It looks great, really. It’s always nice to see such ultimate vacation, even only from the pics.
Virtual Tour says
Anytime man! Thanks for the awesome posts. Wish you’d post more…
Thanks so much, Jean, for the kind words! I am very confident that if you focus on your goals you will get there and further. Online marketing is a great industry for success.
All the best,
Thanks so much, Erwin. I very much appreciate the comment!
Virtual Tour/John, thanks again. I am hoping to post more. My pace has been a little slow at 1 post per week lately and hoping to ramp that up at some point, although I must say it’s difficult given all of my responsibilities! 🙂
Thanks for the extra boost of confidence Ian! Going to dig hard in the upcoming months, thats for sure!
just found your blog and appreciate you sharing your vacation with us. I look forward to learning more from you as I read your other posts.
Thanks so much, Kim. I really appreciate the comment.
All the best,