It was shortly after 3:00pm when we loaded all of the groceries into the back of our dark-grey Jeep convertible and then started our adventure along the Road to Hana. For most travelers, starting the Road to Hana at 3:00 in the afternoon would be a no-go; it’s a long, curvy, and adventure packed road-trip and you typically need the entire day to explore. For us, we only had three hours left until sundown, yet we weren’t concerned as the Road to Hana was just a small piece of our adventure–We were spending the weekend in the middle of the jungle.
I have wanted to stay on the remote Eastern side of Maui ever since we first explored Hana back in 2011, and during our visit last Christmas, I vowed to my husband that on our next vacation we would stay near Hana at some point during the trip. So naturally, as I began to plan our itinerary, I started by researching rental properties near Hana.
While searching on VRBO.com I found a beautifully updated one bedroom cottage, with very reasonable rates, and best of all, it was located in my FAVORITE location on Maui: Nahiku Village. SIGN ME UP!
The two-hour drive along the beautiful north coast of Maui was the perfect way to kick off our trip. We laughed, we stopped for pictures,
we sang our hearts out (who needs those singing competitions on TV?), and we enjoyed all of the natural beauty that Maui offers. The Road to Hana is known for its lushness; thick, bright green, expansive jungle surrounds the roadway and covers the hillsides, and as we took a left turn off the Hana highway towards the small village of Nahiku, that jungle became thicker and even greener (which is almost an impossible feat).
As we pulled into our rental property, I smiled. The small green house with white trim was surrounded by jungle. The yard was beautifully landscaped and had a wonderful patio where you could sit and stare at the ocean as you listened to the orchestra of the jungle (and by orchestra, I mean all the birds, crickets, frogs, and of course the wind blowing through the palm trees). 🙂 The sound was mesmerizing.
Our host, Maria, was incredible! Maria owns the house on the other side of the property so once we got settled she came over to help us get acquainted with the cottage. When I tell you that she has thought of everything for this rental, I literally mean EVERYTHING.
The updated kitchen was fully equipped, and the fridge was stocked with many different spices, butter, and the most amazing coffee. As we roamed through the condo we saw that there were beach towels, snorkel gear (although snorkeling on the East side isn’t the best), coolers, beach chairs, flashlights, candles, travel maps, a sewing kit, bug spray, sunscreen, and when we saw the boogie boards we knew that Maria did indeed, have it all.
And even after being blown away by this neat little cottage and all of its thoughtful amenities, we had one more surprise as we laid down for the night. The bed! It was so soft yet provided the perfect amount of support. It has to be one of the best beds that I’ve ever slept in.
That first day of travel is always a long one, and by the time we laid our heads down to sleep, we had been awake for almost 23 hours. That night, as we drifted off to sleep, we listened to the roar of the jungle.
And can we talk about that roar for just a moment? It is insane how loud the jungle is at night. It seems as if all the little critters are in a competition to be the loudest, and it’s absolutely hypnotizing. What’s even more mind-blowing is the next morning when you wake up–you wake up to complete silence–aside from the husband opening a bag of licorice. 😉 Not a bird chirping or frog croaking. It’s almost as if all the jungle critters wore themselves out from making so much noise the night before. I loved that experience!
If you go to Maui and are looking for an adventure off the beaten path, book this cottage. It’s one of those places that is SO good and SO special that I almost want to keep this secret to myself… but this wouldn’t be a very good travel blog if I didn’t share the hidden gems that I find. I can honestly tell you that it’s one of my favorite rental properties that we’ve ever had the pleasure of staying in. Fair warning: once you stay here, everywhere else won’t hold a candle to such an amazing host and a truly wonderful cottage. 🙂
Would you spend the night in the jungle?