Day 5 - Maui
Wow what a fabulous day in what can only be described as paradise, albeit a rather expensive paradise. Apparently Maui is the most expensive of the Hawaiian islands with the property being the 2nd most expensive in the world - more than Sandbanks!
The Sheraton hotel here has it's own golf course with mountains on one side and the sea on the other and is huge, but all very open and airy, something to do with the temperature being around the 25deg mark all the year round I guess. We spent most of today around the pool and had a massive treat of seeing several Pacific Humpback whales just off the beach. They come to these waters from the Arctic for the winter every year to mate and to give birth. We saw several females teaching their young to breech, i.e. jump out of the water, flip onto their side and flop back down with their fin upwards; an absolutely awesome sight! Seemingly we have been lucky weather wise again; we heard that the rain on Wednesday was of monsoon proportions and the worse the island has had in 30 yrs. The road to the resort was closed for most of the day with mud slides and the like; you really wouldn't have known it by the hot and sunny day we have had today. We walked along the beach to the Whalers Trading Village which is around 1/2 mile away to a recommended restaurant for dinner and decided that we would share a steak and just as well that we did as we were presented with a rib eye joint that would have done us several meals back home! The portion sizes here are enormous as they tend to be all over the US.