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Uncovering the Hidden Paradise of Makena Cove

Travel Tips - Ross French - May 1, 2023

Makena Cove

Maui is known for its beaches, but Makena Cove is a hidden gem you need to see. Makena Cove is one of the prettiest places on Maui and it’s not even located on the main island! This gorgeous beach is located along Maui’s southern coast, offering visitors a chance to escape the hustle and bustle of modern life. The crystal clear water reflects an endless blue sky filled with white clouds that look like cotton balls floating above your head.

The sand here is soft and golden brown; you’ll feel like you’re walking on top of warm caramel candy when you step onto it! There are plenty of activities available at this beach including snorkeling tours where guests can explore underwater caves filled with colorful fish or kayaking trips where they can paddle around while enjoying views from above water level too – both options will give them memories they won’t soon forget! Continue Reading

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Traveling To Hawaii For Your Next Vacation

Travel Tips - Ross French - May 13, 2021

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Hawaii is a popular travel destination for couples and families all across the world. No matter where you go in Hawaii, you will be met with beautiful beaches, amazing hikes, and stunning scenery. Whatever the reason may be that you are traveling to this beautiful island, it can be a challenge to decide what you’d like to make a priority on your trip. Maybe, you’re not one for hikes and would rather hang out by the beach with a drink in hand. Or, you’re the type who loves hikes, waterfalls, and all things adventure. Look no further, because we’re here to help you prioritize and plan your trip to Hawaii this year.

Destination Wedding Or Honeymoon

If you are planning a destination wedding in Hawaii or you are planning your honeymoon– you may want to consider a different type of itinerary than other travelers!

Finally, the wedding invites are all sent out, and the wedding date is approaching quickly. With so much to think about, you haven’t had much time to plan your trip in Hawaii. Many couples create a combination wedding/ honeymoon trip in Hawaii. Because let’s face it, you’re already in paradise. Why leave early?

If this is your primary purpose of travel, we suggest a sailing excursion. This is a great pre wedding activity but is also spectacular for a honeymoon or post wedding. The best part about sailing is you get to relax and unwind. You won’t have to worry about getting dirty before your wedding and you can relieve some of that added stress. You can plan a sunset sail, perhaps whale watch, and explore the colorful reefs. You and your fiance can bump your favorite music and enjoy the ride! No matter what island of Hawaii you decide on, there are always boating offers.

The Adventurer

Are you someone who has always identified as being adventurous? Well, Hawaii could be the perfect vacation for you too! Kauai is said to be the “garden island” because of its waterfalls, cliffs, and tropical rainforests. The island also has a variety of outdoor activities you can be a part of. Some adventurous activities include kayaking, hiking, snorkeling, and ziplining. Although, you don’t have to pick Kaui to adventure, because of its landscape, it hosts a lot of outdoor activity.

In fact, ziplines are something that Hawaii is known for, because it has some of the longest ziplines in the US. If you are a thrill seeker, you can zipline to get the perfect view of the lush canopies while you get your adrenaline rush. Otherwise, you can find plenty of gorgeous hikes throughout the landscape that feature ocean views or waterfall access.

Family Fun

Family vacations are magical in Hawaii! The warm ocean water and sandy beaches are enough on their own to capture the wonder of your children. Hawaii’s big island has so much to offer. There is so much culture and fascinating attractions to see here. You can hike mountains, surf, or wander in the towns. Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is a great place to take your family for an experience they’ve never had before. At night, you can attend a Luau where your kids can dance and enjoy the scene along with some Hawaiian food. Overall, there are also great family-friendly resorts that offer fun pools and waterslides for the kids! They’ll return wishing they never left!

The Surfer

It’s not a surprise that Hawaiit is well known for its epic surf. If you are a surfer searching for the next big wave, Hawaii is definitely a good move. Oahu is the proverbial heartbeat of surfing in Hawaii. The island’s north Shore is the perfect place to catch your dream wave. If you are an advanced surfer, the winter waves can actually get massive so you’ll want to be prepared. Otherwise, in the summer the waves are manageable for an intermediate or even beginner level surfer.

Some of the biggest surfing competitions in the world are held on Ohaui’s North Shore from the months of November to December. If you are more of a surf follower and watcher this is the place to be! Otherwise try to decipher your skill level and pick the right season to go out and surf yourself! You can spend all day on the sandy beaches of Oahu while also squeezing in some hiking, dining, and relaxation time.

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5 of the Most Gnarly Surfing Spots in the World

Travel Blog - Ross French - September 22, 2017

Surfing Spots

You’ve probably heard the saying, “A bad day in the water is better than a good day working,” but what if days filled with bad surfing conditions were few and far between? You need to find a beach with an amazing surf, and it might be easier than you think. Stop randomly chasing the waves, and check out some of the most gnarly surfing destinations in the world.

1. Oahu, Hawaii

There’s a reason that Hawaii’s Banzai Pipeline is a fixture on the surf tour circuit — it’s one of the heaviest waves in the world. The flawless water tube hovers more than 19 feet over the shallow base of the reef that lines the shores of Ehukai Beach on Oahu’s north shore. Unfortunately, most surfers will never be good enough to surf the Pipeline. The granddaddy of all waves is also one of the most dangerous. If you need more practice, Honolua Bay in Maui. If you’re lucky, you might see a whale or two from your board.

2. La Jolla, California

Southern California has several excellent surfing spots, but La Jolla, CA is one of the best because it’s home to several surfing spots with varied wave levels. If you’re a beginner, check out La Jolla Shores. It’s a pretty basic beach, but its reliable, predictable waves make it a favorite among local surfers. To find the gnarliest waves in the area, head to La Jolla Cove. Some of the largest waves in the area break just outside the protected part of the cove.

3. Eastern Cape, South Africa

When traveling to South Africa consider staying in Jeffrey’s Bay in the Eastern Cape province. The laid-back beach town is about an hour’s drive from Port Elizabeth — one of the largest cities in South Africa. Jeffrey’s Bay has some of the best waves in the world, according to Surfer Today, and it’s known for its long, fast barrels and intense breaks. The bay itself is divided into sections, making it easy to choose a wave that matches your skill level. Find Magna Tubes, Kitchen Windows, Boneyards, and the craziest of them all, Supertubes.

4. Raglan, New Zealand

Raglan, New Zealand burst onto the surf scene in the 1960s when it was used as a filming location for the surf classic, “The Endless Summer.” The sleepy surf town is filled with cafes and bars that have surfing videos on continuous play. Manu Bay is the most popular surf spot in the area. It’s a long, left-hand point break along a boulder beach that has waves that start as a hollow drop before going into a barrel, and finally into a long walled section. On epic days, surfers can surf from Indicators straight through Whale Bay to Manu Bay.

5. Gold Coast, Australia

Gold Coast, a coastal city in Queensland, is a well-known surfing mecca. The surfer’s paradise is home to over 40 miles of pristine beaches and four epic point breaks, including the Superbreak. Generally considered one of the best surfing spots on the Gold Coast, the Superbreak, is a right-hand wave that barrels regularly — it’s known for producing heavy, hollow barrels only suitable for experienced surfers. Surfers also flock to Currumbin Alley. Known simply as the Alley, the popular surf spot produces consistent, world-class waves that advanced surfers love, as well as whitewash waves ideal for beginners.

The key to finding an amazing surf spot is finding beaches that produce surf-worthy waves on a regular basis. This way, when you’re ready to hang ten, the waves are ready for you.

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