March 6, 2006 – Twelve
years ago Conde Nast Traveller magazine began polling its readers annually
to select the "Best Island in the World." Maui has won
the Readers' Choice every year, out-scoring other vacation islands
such as Bali, Barbados, Majorca, the Maldives, Sicily, and
the Greek isles. Last year Maui also out-polled
every other vacation destination in the world, beating San Francisco
(Top US City), Florence (Top European City),
Bangkok (Top Asian City) and Sydney (Top Pacific Rim City).
It's no wonder — I've traveled all over the world and I've never been
anywhere more lushly scenic
and welcoming than Maui.
We were in Hawaii for 12 days.
The first half of our trip was spent in Honolulu on business, the second
half was in Maui. The entire time we never swam or walked on a beach.
As luck would have it, every day was cloudy with intermittent rain
The weather was
no good for getting a tan but it was perfect for shooting botanicals,
which is the main reason we transferred to Maui. We vacationed at a
wonderful cottage on the north shore, near Heulo, right in the middle
tropical jungle. The Blue
Bamboo Hideaway (not specifically shown on the web site) was exactly
what we were looking for in a vacation rental. We had complete privacy,
views, a nice kitchen, a wonderfully comfy bed, a well-appointed bathroom
(whirlpool tub), an open-air garden shower, and a large screened
porch. The porch is where we spent most of our evenings. Outside, there
were three lily ponds full of colorful koi, which I loved feeding.
Here are a few of my favorite
photographs from Maui:
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