From the Deck 5/7/15
Aloha Kai Kanani followers! We are about to embark on another epic day of snorkeling on the Kai Kanani 2.
Kai Kanani loading in Makena, Maui, Hawaii
9:00 – After a quick briefing on the beach by our fearless crew members, Captain Cary greets us with muffins and fruit and our general plan for the day. Once we are under way, Captain Cary throws out a few fishing lines and we hope to catch a nice big Mahi Mahi.
Capt Cary fishing from the Kai Kanani
On our way we take in the beautiful views and the nice clear air. When we look south Captain Cary points out the most recent lava flow in Maui, Cape Kinau. Just above the cape we can barely make out the outline of the Big Island of Hawaii which is about 70 miles away.
Clear Maui day with a view of Big Island
9:30 We arrive at Molokini and the crew has already passed out gear and given a snorkel lesson on the way out to optimize snorkeling time. Mandy hops in the water as one of our lifeguards and helps us to find fish and other marine life.
Almost immediately we see a small school of various fish and they are definitely looking for something to eat.
Fish on the prowl at Molokini, Maui, Hawaii
After a few moments of watching these fish, a small Whitemouth Moray Eel pops out of the coral.
Eel & fish on the prowl at Molokini
The fish and eel swim around together on the hunt for something to eat, but it isn’t long until they follow the eel to his new hiding spot under a ledge not far from where he was.
White Mouth Moray Eel at Molokini, Maui, Hawaii
We swim around for a little while longer and then Captain Cary signals that it’s time to return to the boat and head to our next snorkel location at Turtle Town.
10:45: We are back on the boat munching on chips and veggies which is perfect after swimming when all of a sudden Captain Cary yells “DOLPHINS”! We see two bottlenose dolphins swim right up and ride on the bow of the Kai Kanani. After a few minutes they are on their merry way and so are we. Seeing dolphins is always such a treat.
A Bottlenose dolphin surfs on the bow of the Kai Kanani.
11:00 Once we arrive to Turtle Town, we have Gunnar & Diana in the water with us to help find marine life. Gunnar points out turtles every couple minutes and I think we see about 8 different turtles.
Green Sea Turtle swims by the Kai Kanani in Makena, Maui, Hawaii
12:00 We have plenty of time to snorkel at Turtle Town, but after we have our turtle photos most of us head back to the boat and lunch is ready. After Captain Cary does a quick roll call to make sure everyone is on board we helps ourselves to lunch and the multi-tasking crew is now pouring and serving cocktails. These guys rock!
Kai Kanani Mai Tai
12:30 Captain Cary takes us down south and we get to sail past Big Beach (Makena State Park) The crew explains that we have a big South Swell hitting the beaches so we can check out the large waves on the shoreline from the safety of the Kai Kanani.
Makena Big Beach, Maui, Hawaii
1:00 Our day on the Kai Kanani unfortunately ends as we pull up to beautiful Maluaka Beach in front of the Makena Beach & Golf Resort. Our crew helps us off the boat and we make our way to shore, I think it’s now time to book a sunset cruise.