Kona/Maui Travel + Packing List

Aloha Friends!

This letter is to help you with your travel arrangements for our upcoming Hawaii adventures. Soon we’ll be swimming with the dolphins in the beautiful oceans surrounding Hawaii!

For Maui trips, unless otherwise noted in advance, we’ll meet at the Kahului airport (airport code ‘OGG‘) on the island of Maui at 3 pm on the first day of our trip, just outside the Hawaiian Airlines baggage claim.

For Kona (Big Island of Hawaii) trips, unless otherwise noted in advance, we’ll meet at the Kona airport (airport code ‘KOA‘) on the Big Island of Hawaii at 3 pm on the first day of our trip, just outside the Hawaiian Airlines baggage claim. (This is a small airport!)

Please be sure to arrive by 3 pm, a late arrival means hiring your own shuttle to meet us. Should there be any delay in your flight, please call me on my cell, 954-242-5830, and give me all the details, along w/a number to contact you. In any case, please be sure to bring my cellphone number with you.

From the airport we’ll make a quick stop where you can rent snorkel gear/wetsuits if need it, and then on to our home for the week.

Some people choose to arrive a day or two early, to give themselves a chance to relax and acclimate to the time change. If you arrive early and don’t want to meet us at the airport, please plan to meet us at Snorkel Bob’s in Kailua at 4 pm for Kona trips and Down to Earth Natural Foods for Maui trips.

Our trip ends the early afternoon of our last day. We will be making one shuttle trip to the airport around 1 pm that afternoon (after a last swim on the beach!), with a stop on the way to return any rented snorkel gear. If you are extending your stay or have a late afternoon/evening flight and don’t want to ride in the late morning shuttle, you are free to arrange your own transportation to the airport. There are several shuttles that can take you to and from the airport. One of them is www.speedishuttle.com ; their number is (877) 242-5777.

Packing List for Camping:

Aloha Ohana! We’re in for an AMAZING adventure! Here’s a list of what to bring for camping. To find out the monthly air and water temperature in Hawaii, visit here. Remember, please pack simple and keep your luggage light! Bring:

  • 1 or 2 swimsuits, a small beach towel
  • A pack towel
  • 2 pair shorts
  • 1 pair long pants
  • 2 – 3  t-shirts
  • A warm sweater, preferably fleece (doubles as a great pillow)
  • A raincoat/poncho  (just in case)
  • 1 pair sneakers and 1 pair sandals / flip flops
  • Simple toiletries (toothbrush, toothpaste, soap, shampoo)
  • Waterproof sunscreen and hat for sun protection
  • Water bottle & flashlight (highly recommend a headlamp, they work great for camping!)
  • Extra cash (for a couple of our meals in town, and for those great Hawaiian gifts!)
  • A small backpack for day hikes
  • Tent, sleeping bag, sleeping pad (You can bring them or call me)
  • Mask, snorkel, fins & optional wetsuit. You can rent them for the week fairly economically once you arrive. We make a stop at a rental shop at the start and finish of the trip. Mask/snorkel/fin rentals cost from $9, $25, $35 or $44 a week. You can rent a shorty wetsuit for $20 a week.
  • Optional items include your favorite snack foods (chocolate, granola, power bars, etc).

Great opportunity to live simply for a week:

Part of the trip intent is to live simply. The less you bring, the simpler your experience. Please pack light and bring your gear in soft luggage. This is an excellent opportunity for you to go offline for a week, to completely relax and unwind and give yourself fully to the magic of nature. Give yourself the gift of a week free of phone calls, texts, or emails; i dare you!

See you in Hawaii!

Please send me an email with your flight arrival time and details. My cellphone number is 954-242-5830, please bring it with you. Until we meet in beautiful Hawaii, may the Dolphins and Devas dance in your dreams!



© Joebaby