Monday, June 8, 2015

Hawaii ::: Rainy Day Market and Maui Aquarium

On our fourth day in Maui, we woke up to grey skies that look as if they promised a day of rain.

We really couldn't complain because the weather had been amazing our entire trip, but it was a little disappointing that we couldn't follow through with our plan to travel The Road to Hana (our rental car wouldn't make it through the wet terrain) but we were still in Hawaii so we made the best of it!


A few of my favorite souvenirs.


How cute is this Hawaiian Hello Kitty? 

I saw this at a store and just had to have it. That rainbow tutu...I mean.

Also, maybe 3 mai-tai's later....


Fiji Instamax! 

We decided to take a ride into town and visit the Market.


Coffee and shaved ice? 

Yes please!


The market was filled with the most colorful and beautiful treasures.

From beach cover ups to tiki masks, you name it, you'll find it here.



We walked away with a few gifts for friends and family and an authentic Hawaiian shirt for Sean from Maui.


Some delicious Coconut Porter Beer from the Maui Brewing Company.


My beautiful leis that I couldn't resist wearing throughout the rest of our trip before they dried up. 
(I loved them so much I wore them on the flight home. Crazy I know)

After lunch, we decided to try out the Maui Aquarium for a dry activity. 


The amount of exotic fish was spectacular!

I apologize for the million pictures but they're too awesome not to share!







Angel Fish!


Shark!


Turtle!

The funniest thing happened while we were observing the starfish, sea turtles and sharks.

A real life whale started flapping his tail up and down in the water almost being like, "hey over here, this is where the real show happens!"


Our third whale siting without getting on a boat!



Jellyfish!

 

We admired the shark tank probably for the longest time.

The tank itself was filled with a handful of different kinds of sea life. 

The sting rays are my favorite to admire because their flat bodies look like lurking shadows swimming through the blue water.




This little educational show about sharks was quite insightful.

The Hawaiian's praise the shark one of their gods.

Did you also know that there are more than 350 different kinds of sharks? Or that you're 1,000 times more likely to drown in the sea than you are to be bitten by a shark?


The tunnel through the middle of the tank was definitely the coolest exhibit of the entire aquarium.


How can people not believe in aliens when there is sea life that live in very low oxygen levels and extremely unique environments from what we're use to.

I digress ha




Shark Live Maui!



The neon fish were my favorite!






This guy made me laugh.


Something about seahorses are so magically. 

These seahorse males were pregnant. 

Oh what a wonder if would be if human men carried our children.


After we made a round throughout the entire aquarium, we decided to take another before the placed closed for the day, and what a good idea it was! We basically got a private tour of the place and plenty of space to get personal with a macro lens. 

This octopus put on a show for us as his only audience. 



So cool!!!! Look at how far those tentacles reach!

He was a pretty handsome fella.



It's all in the details!




Oh! I didn't see you there!


Loving those polka dots.


High-traffic area!




The aquarium was a great way to see Maui's sea life up close and personal. 

And a definite if you're stuck with a rainy day on vacation!

-Stephanie

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