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From the Deck 3/11/15

Our From the Deck Series Continues! Join Melissa as she chronicles another great trip on Kai Kanani.

8:30 AM – The Deluxe Snorkel Trip Begins

Capt Cary guides the Kai Kanani to Molokini

Capt Cary guides the Kai Kanani to Molokini

Our journey begins at check in for the Molokini Deluxe snorkel trip. A few minutes ago we parked in complimentary parking at the Makena Beach and Golf Resort and made the short walk to the beach.  Now there’s a lot of excitement and a little anxiety –  the sky is a little gray and there seems to be a bit of wind. The crew ensures us that we will find a nice calm place to snorkel.

Snorkeling the backside of Molokini with Kai Kanani in Maui, Hawaii

Snorkeling the backside of Molokini with Kai Kanani in Maui, Hawaii

9 AM – All  Aboard Kai Kanani!

After a short briefing on boarding Kai Kanani II, we board the boat and Captain Cary takes us to our first stop of Turtle Town.  As the crew ties up the boat, we can see the water is calm and clear.  Terrin fits us with snorkel gear while Dan tells us all about the turtles and the best snorkel practices to experience turtles without scaring or harming them.

9:15 – Time to Get Down in Turtle Town

Snorkeling with Green Sea Turtles on the Kai Kanani in Makena, Maui, Hawaii

Snorkeling with Green Sea Turtles on the Kai Kanani in Makena, Maui, Hawaii

We hop in the water and Dan paddles over on a surfboard and immediately finds a turtle.  We swim over to Dan and he points out 3 different turtles laying in the sand below us.  Suddenly one turtle starts to stir and slowly swims to the surface, taking a few big breaths of air. The other two slowly surface next to it. Everybody takes lots pictures of these graceful reptiles.  Swimming back to the boat we encounter two more turtles!

Snorkeling with Green Sea Turtles on the Kai Kanani in Makena, Maui, Hawaii

Snorkeling with Green Sea Turtles on the Kai Kanani in Makena, Maui, Hawaii

10:30 – Delicious Snacks and On the Way to Molokini Crater

We have some snacks and drinks and Captain Cary lets everybody know the time is right to head over to Molokini.   Once underway Captain Cary puts out the sails and we have a nice leisurely sail over to the small island.  We see whales breaching in the distance and observe a couple of mighty tail slaps, too.

Butterflyfish on the backside of Molokini, Maui, Hawaii

Butterflyfish on the backside of Molokini, Maui, Hawaii

11:00 – Blue Water Snorkeling on the Back of Molokini & Manta Ray Sighting

We arrive at Molokini Crater and after circumnavigating it, Captain Cary decides that the best snorkeling is going to be on the outside of the crater.  A lot of people are excited because even though they’ve been to Molokini before, they’ve never experienced this epic spot.  The back side of Molokini has a 200 foot drop off and is rated as one of the top wall dives in the world.  The water is calm like a lake back here which we are told is not usual for this time of day. We hop in the water and the color blue is deep and radiant, like nothing else in the world.  We approach the wall with Terrin and she points out many types of butterflyfish, including the Pyramid Butterflyfish which isn’t seen in shallower water. Suddenly a Giant Manta Ray swims by to the joy and excitement of all.

Manta Ray seen by Kai Kanani snorkelers

Manta Ray seen by Kai Kanani snorkelers

12:00 – Lunch & Mai Tais on the Deck

Lunch is served and Mai Tais, beer and sodas are being tipped back all around. Captain Cary turns on some mellow island tunes and we sit back and relax as we make our way back towards Maui.  On the way we see more whales splashing and everyone has their cameras out.

Whale watching on the Kai Kanani in Maui, Hawaii

Whale watching on the Kai Kanani in Maui, Hawaii

1:00 – Back on the Beach with Half a Day to Spare!

1:00 We pull back into Maluaka Beach. The crew expertly helps us off the boat.  It’s been a beautiful day on the Kai Kanani with amazing snorkel locations and so much marine life to see.

Kai Kanani crew helps our passengers of the boat in Makena, Maui, Hawaii

Kai Kanani crew helps our passengers of the boat in Makena, Maui, Hawaii

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