Day 13 was a relaxing day with some morning kayaking and an afternoon of playing in the ocean.
First up – the dolphins
While it is a bit early in the season for whales to be in Hawaii we did spot one who gave us a glimpse of his/her tail.
As we made our way along the Lahania Roads area between Maui, Lanai and Molokai, we passed an island/rock known as Kaho’olawe. The small round cave like openings are really pock marks where the US military used i to practice bombing.
Fortunately this practice ended years ago.
The rocky surface provides great contrast with the green landscape of Maui.
The afternoon was spent playing in the ocean,
including the crew providing wake board rides with the skiff.
Notice the giant cruise ship in the distance. No wake boards rides off the back of it.
As with the trip to Alaska, the crew and fellow guests are the best part of the ”Uncruise’ Experience. While the guests come from various backgrounds and are various ages (mostly 50+, but not all), they seem to have a sense of adventure and respect of nature in common, which makes the trip more fun.
Both trips we have had have featured great crews who know a lot about nature, and their jobs, and strive to do their jobs with a great approach, and always a focus on safety (but not so much you don’t have fun).
Here’s to my fellow travelers and the Safari Explorer crew!
Tomorrow is our final day already.
Our trip brought us to Lahaina, on Maui. One of the oldest settlements in Hawaii, it was once the royal capital of Maui Loa.
Today it is a center of tourism (as is most of Hawaii).
We were anchored just off shore where we had great views of the houses and boats along the coast.
Another day – another great Hawaiian rainbow.
Meanwhile the first mate casually monitored the situation.
While the crew readied the skiffs.
Once on the skiff, we headed towards shore.
But first, a dolphin show (not planned, just lucky).
Once on ground, we made our way to the famed Banyan tree of Lahaina. Planted in 1873, it is the largest banyan tree in America, covering almost 2 acres.
We took a walk around town…
To check out some of the historic buildings…
Including the former prison.
Some colorful houses.
And a great mailbox.
Eventually it was time to leave Lahaina.
With one last look…
We sailed off into the sunset.
Day 10 started out with a Zodiac Boat tour down the coast to another snorkel location. A Zodiac boat is a rigid hull, inflatable boat that can go very fast across the water, as Captain Bill demonstrated.
Assisted by Chris, the first mate.
As we made our way down the coast we stopped by some sea caves.
Despite being formed by lava, they were very colorful.
We arrived at the bay where the snorkeling occurred. It is the bay where Captain Cook met his demise.
The snorkeling was great.
On our return trip we passed more sea cliffs
Along the way we encountered a group of ‘Spinning’ Dolphins, as this series of photos illustrate.
After returning to the boat, we made our way back to Kona one more time for a historic tour.
We toured the Queens summer palace.
Finally it was time to return to our home for the week.
Day 9 was somewhat uneventful, with a cruise up and down the Kona coast.
The trip took us past a number of interesting looking hotels and other buildings
A local parasail company had a steady business.
There has been significant growth along the Kona coast over the last 20 years.
All of the coast is built up with hotels, condos, and multi million dollar houses.
On our return we came across a group of small whales.
We were close enough to hear their exhales.
They tracked south along the coast for a few miles before we lost sight of them.
As we returned a group of dolphins came along side the boat, but all I had was the zoom lens, so close ups it is.