We slept in the morning of Day 8, had a late breakfast, and trekked out to Black Rock for more snorkeling. The fish were abundant and similar to what we'd seen the day before at Honolua Bay. We'd been snorkeling for nearly an hour when we had our second sea turtle sighting. They're so much bigger than everything else in the water that it's always such a surprise when come out of nowhere and are suddenly mere feet away. We saw another turtle after that, and then a HUGE ray! Turns out it was a spotted eagle ray, like this:
It set my nerves off a bit (I'll admit, I had brief flashes of getting Steve Irwined), but it was so beautiful and graceful I couldn't help wanting it to swim back toward us so we could get another look.
After snorkeling we set up by the pool for a few hours of sunbathing and swimming - a combination that never seems to get old. Another late afternoon nap, followed by the sunset cliff dive on Black Rock, and we headed out to Lahaina to do a bit of shopping and to get some dinner.
We grabbed some beers and burgers at Cool Cats (voted the "best" burgers in Maui.) The service was a tad slow, but nothing like what people griped about on Yelp. The burgers were delish, as were the fries and onion rings. They had a guy playing classic rock tunes, who was a delightful change of pace from the island music we'd been hearing for the past week. He played The Weight for us, which was excellent.
After dinner we stopped for our 3rd and final shave ice of the trip. This one was BY FAR the best. The girls at Ululani's were chatty, but it didn't detract from their ability to make some damn good shave ice. First they shave the block of ice like snow then they pack it down and aerate it with a straw before pouring on the syrup. We got 1/2 pineapple 1/2 strawberry (hey, we know what we like when it comes to sweet treats and we stick to it) and the taste and texture were far superior to any of the other shave ices we'd had so far... each spoonful melted instantly in our mouths. Mmmmm, it was so good.
Next up for Day 9... our last day in Maui. :-(