We are not morning people, but our first morning in Hawaii we were up and out the door by 10:00. I’d found the latest snorkeling tour on the island, and we had to be there by 11:15 (most depart around 7:15). I spotted an adorable local restaurant called the 808 Bistro and we enjoyed omelets before heading to the boat ramp and dousing ourselves in SPF 50.
It had been a calm and peaceful morning but as soon as we got to the boat ramp (where to tour left from), the wind kicked up fiercely. I’m not much of a sailor, but I could tell by the tour guide’s comments to the captain that this was not in our favor.
We ended up being the only two on the tour, so we boarded the boat, got the safety run-down, and headed out to Molokini. Molokini is a partially sunken volcanic crater located about 2.5 miles off the coast of Maui. People aren’t allowed on the land (it’s a bird sanctuary) but it’s a beautiful location to dive and snorkel.
Unfortunately, when we got there, the water was a bit rough for snorkeling. We did a lap around it in our boat and headed off to find somewhere else less treacherous.
Even above water, Molokini is interesting to look at. It’s made of volcanic ash (not rock) and similar “rocks” can only be found a few other places in the world (including Santorini, Greece).
Jason, a land-lover if I’ve ever seen one, was starting to get sea sick so by the time we found somewhere snorkel-worthy, so I was the only one to hit the water. I floated around for a few minutes before re-boarding the boat so we could get my darling green fiance back to dry land.
After heading back for quick showers, we went back to Kihei for some lunch at Jaws food truck. I ordered fish tacos and Jason got fish and chicken. We were a little disappointed by them- they were mostly rice and cabbage without much protein, but at least we got to look out at the beautiful ocean while we ate them.
Most of the afternoon was spent back at our condo relaxing and watching the final table of the World Series of Poker Main Event. I was actually a little surprised that I was able to pry J away from the TV for a dinner date!
Dining options are fairly limited in Wailea, so we headed to Ferraro’s at the Four Seasons. As one would expect, the Four Seasons is nothing short of gorgeous. I was especially impressed by the pool area which is lined with cabanas. Most noticeable is the large fountain in the middle of the pool. Even in the dark it was beautiful and luxurious.
We eventually found Ferraro’s, which is a gorgeous open-air rustic Italian restaurant with subtle Hawaiian influences. We sat right on the edge of the beach and enjoyed the musicians who played tropical melodies throughout the course of our meal.
At the beginning of the meal, they brought two little tablets to our table and placed them in a small glass bowl. They looked like Tums or white Sweet Tarts until he poured hibiscus-infused water over them and they grew into fragrant moist towelettes. Five star dining and magic tricks!? I was in love!
Prior to our meal, they brought us crusty Tuscan bread with olive oil and local Hawaiian sea salts- a nice local touch. I started with their Signature Salad, which featured macadamia nuts, grapes, and gorgonzola on a bed of arugula and endives. It disappeared quite quickly! My entree was Eggplant Parmagana and Jason had the catch of the day, which was a swordfish. We both loved our choices, I think Jason would have licked his plate in a more casual atmosphere.
To top it all off, the service was impeccable. The staff was friendly, knowledgeable, and accommodating. I’d highly recommend it for a honeymooning couple or anyone in search of some oceanside romance.
Update/Edit: I was having some technical difficulties posting pictures, but they’ve been remedied 🙂