Hawaii – Day 4, Maui and Laundry

We were in Maui for two days.  We didn’t book an excursion on the second day, but I haven’t finished telling you about the excursion we did book.  The second part of that was “On Your Own in Lahaina.”  After the whale watching we went to get a bite to eat right across from the beach/pier/dock.  Lahaina is very reminiscent of Key West in Florida.  And it is an older town, so everything has that wonderful sense of age to it.  Again, with the birds.  Our table was right next to an open (as in no glass) window and the dove were having a great time napping in the sun and browsing through the crumbs in the restaurant.

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The people there must be extra diligent about this sort of thing because I never saw one dropping.  Or the birds know that if they want a free breakfast/lunch/dinner they better behave while inside.  At any rate, they provided a lot of just plain delight for me.

The one thing that stood out the most and was mentioned by almost every tour bus driver was the HUGE banyan tree that is in Lahaina.  It takes up a full city block.  It is truly amazing and I’m glad I got to marvel at it.

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But we had chosen this day to do our laundry since we pack light so we can carry on.  Well, that wasn’t a good idea.  Not this time anyway.  Norwegian, or at least Pride of America, does not offer a self-serve laundry like Carnival does.  Ooops.  Our helpful steward gave us a bag to use for getting our laundry done, but after we read through the prices and figured out it would cost us about $100 to have our laundry done we decided to take the free shuttle to KMart and buy soap.  Our wonderful balcony had to serve the dual purpose of being a clothes line for our wet clothes.  However, if you travel enough with Norwegian you can get this service free with your Latitudes membership.  I don’t know that that alone would keep me booking with Norwegian, but good to know.

Just in case you missed it, there is a free shuttle to KMart.  There are free shuttles in most of the ports that take you to various shopping sites.  I saw one for Walmart at a later stop and one that took you to a mall and one that just took you into town.  Most of the ports are not right at the town, you have to get there somehow and so they provide you with these shuttles.  So, if you don’t want to book excursions at every stop you’ve got the option of just going into town and exploring on your own.  You’ll have to book an excursion to go to Lahaina and shop though because ships don’t dock at Lahaina, it’s on the other side of the island.  And we got the best information from the shuttle drivers who appear to be mostly retired people that just want something to do.  Ours had lived on the islands for years if not decades and were quite informative.

So, just in case you like to research before you go, here’s a link to Go Hawaii – Maui.