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From the Deck – 6/6/15

It’s a beautiful Saturday day here in Maui and summer is definitely here.  Today we are headed out on the Kai Kanani 2 for the Molokini Deluxe snorkel trip on a day that promises perfect weather.

8:30 – Our small and lively group checks in at the beach activity center at the Makena Beach & Golf Resort and heads down to the beach for a quick briefing.  Once we’ve gone over boarding procedures the boat pulls in and our crew members help us through the water and up the stairs of our big blue catamaran.

Ready to board the Kai Kanani

Ready to board the Kai Kanani

9:00 – Captain Cary greets us in the cabin with a light breakfast and a big smile.  He introduces our crew of Dan, Diana, Fred & Sarah and then, shows us where all the important things on the boat are. Then the boat is ours.  We are off to Molokini Crater, our first snorkeling destination. Molokini Crater lays about 3 miles from Makena and it’s going to be a short trip of 15-20 minutes, even at a relaxed pace.

Sarah gives a snorkel class on the Kai Kanani

Sarah gives a snorkel class on the Kai Kanani

9:15  Our crew members help pass out snorkel gear and first time snorkelers take advantage of the “snorkel 101” class offered by Sarah.

Molokini, Maui, Hawaii

Molokini, Maui, Hawaii

9:30 – The water is flat and calm and as we pull into Molokini, we can see that most of the other boats are getting ready to leave to their second snorkel destination. This is great to have the crescent shaped island almost all to ourselves.

Yellow Trumpet Fish

Yellow Trumpet Fish

Once in the crystal clear water we immediately see a beautiful yellow trumpet fish swim past us and hide under a ledge.  As we swim further along the wall we spot a bright blue omilu hunting with a goatfish, while a yellow tang and triggerfish feed nearby.   We spend about an hour snorkeling at Molokini. Back aboard Captain Cary has veggies, chips and fruit for us to munch on.

Omilu and tropical fish at Molokini

Omilu and tropical fish at Molokini

10:35 – We are off to our second location – Turtle Town.  On the short trip there, Diana tells us all about the Green Sea Turtles we are likely to encounter. She takes special care to orient us on how give turtles the space they need.  She promises to be in the water to help spot the turtles.

Capt Cary adjusts snorkel gear at Turtle Town

Capt Cary adjusts snorkel gear at Turtle Town

11:00 Once we arrive at Turtle Town, Diana hops in the water with us and as soon as she hits the water we here her yell “TURTLE!”  There is a big green sea turtle just 15 feet away from the boat. We all get in the water and snap photos of this beautiful creature. Once the turtle swims away, we continue around the area known as Nahuna Point and we are lucky to see several more turtles and numerous fish.  The coral here forms valleys and ridges giving lots of places for the turtles and fish to hide, but we see plenty of both.

Green Sea Turtle at Makena, Maui, Hawaii

Green Sea Turtle at Makena, Maui, Hawaii

12:00 – We ask Diana how much time we have left to swim and she says we can stay out longer or head back because lunch is ready…our growling stomachs send us in the direction of the boat. A BBQ of burgers, chicken and hot dogs is ready for us. We help ourselves. Some passengers have a mai tai or local draft beer.

Kai Kanani lunch salads

Kai Kanani lunch salads

BBQ lunch on the Kai Kanani

BBQ lunch on the Kai Kanani

Captain Cary starts the boat and we go for a cruise while everyone enjoys lunch. The breeze is light and the sun is bright and warm, so once we are through with lunch, Captain Cary shuts off the engine and asks if anyone wants to jump in the water for a blue water swim.  Passengers enjoy doing cannonballs, diving and tossing footballs to each other.  It’s a great way to cool off on a hot summer day.

Football on the Kai Kanani

Football on the Kai Kanani

1:00 Once everyone is back on board, Captain Cary slowly pulls the boat into shore and we say Aloha to each other.  It’s been a great day of fish, turtles, beautiful weather and all around fun!

Blue water swim from the Kai Kanani

Blue water swim from the Kai Kanani

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