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From the Deck – 8/6/15

Good Morning from the deck of the beautiful Kai Kanani II in Makena, Maui, Hawai’i.

It’s 9 a.m. and we have just finished check-in and loaded our guests for a fun day of snorkeling around the south side of Maui.  Captain Cary & our crew Diana, Mandy, Tim & Sarah greet us with smiles and breakfast.

Captain Cary finding Kai Kanani snorkelers the best location

Captain Cary getting the latest condition updates and best snorkel spots over the marine radio

9:20 a.m. After a quick talk with other boats we head over to Makena Landing which will be our first stop to snorkel with Hawaiian Green Sea Turtles.  Mandy and Diana expertly secure the Kai Kanani 2 to a mooring while the crew gets the snorkel gear ready.

Diana & Mandy ready to secure the Kai Kanani in Makena

Diana & Mandy ready to secure the Kai Kanani in Makena

9:30  Diana & Tim hop in the water on surfboards to lifeguard and soon all our guests are looking at fish and beautiful coral.  A large school of goatfish rests on the bottom.

Goatfish resting in Makena

Goatfish resting in Makena

Another school of goatfish rest nearby, while a small purple and yellow hawaiian cleaner wrasse cleans them off.

Goatfish being cleaned by a Hawaiian Cleaner Wrasse

Goatfish being cleaned by a Hawaiian Cleaner Wrasse

As we swim slowly around the beautiful bay in Makena, we see a variety of sea life including multiple types of sea stars.

Purple Linckia Star and Cushion Sea Star

Purple Linckia Star and Cushion Sea Star

Suddenly we see a green sea turtle come to the surface for air and then swim back down to look for food in the sand. Everybody takes photos.

Kai Kanani Snorkelers saw this turtle in Makena

Kai Kanani Snorkelers watch this turtle feed in Makena

10:30 a.m. We are on our way to Molokini Crater, but once we get there the winds have picked up and as we circumnavigate the islet, Captain Cary gives everyone the option to snorkel in this very bumpy location or to head down to a calmer bay just a little south.

Circumnavigating Molokini on the Kai Kanani

Circumnavigating Molokini on the Kai Kanani

 

It’s unanimous. We are headed to La Perouse Bay.  On our way down, Captain Cary throws out the fishing lines in hopes of catching lunch.

Fishing on the Kai Kanani

Fishing on the Kai Kanani

Some of our younger passengers join Captain Cary up at the helm to help him navigate down towards our next snorkel location and watch as a lonely Iwa bird circles above the boat.

 

Capt Cary and his helpers watch the weather

Capt Cary and his helpers watch the weather

On the way down to La Perouse Bay we pass by Cape Kinau, which is the most recent lava flow in Maui, from over 220 years ago.

Sailing by Cape Kinau on the way to La Perouse Bay

Sailing by Cape Kinau on the way to La Perouse Bay

We arrive at La Perouse Bay. Sarah and Melissa jump in the water to point out fish.  Sarah finds an octopus hiding in a crevice and Melissa spots a spiny lobster hiding under a ledge.

Spiny Lobster in Maui

Spiny Lobster in Maui

As we swim over the area called the “pinnacle” we are surrounded by a huge school of Hawaiian Sergeant Major fish.  There must be thousands of these little yellow, black and white striped fish and it’s like swimming in an aquarium.

An enormous school of Hawaiian Sergeant

An enormous school of Hawaiian Sergeant

After swimming through these fish, we continue to watch a school of Triggerfish, Butterflyfish and Hawaiian Sergeant Major fish feeding off the algae on the coral.

Triggerfish, Sergeant and Butterflyfish

Triggerfish, Sergeant and Butterflyfish

12 p.m. The crew has a bountiful buffet lunch set up and the bar is open.  First mate Tim is behind the bar pouring Mai Tais and local Kona Brewing Company beer on tap.

First mate Tim serves Mai Tais during lunch

First mate Tim serves Mai Tais during lunch

12:30 p.m. We slowly head along the coast of South Maui as we make our way back to Makena.  The dramatic lava coastline makes picture perfect scenery while we watch the showers come down miles away up Haleakala.

Rain coming down Haleakala

Rain coming down Haleakala

For an exciting and wet ride, many of our passengers take advantage of the netting on the bow.   The net riders are thoroughly  enjoying themselves while we cruise by Big Beach, part of Makena State Park.

Kai Kanani Sailing by Big Beach in Makena

Kai Kanani Sailing by Big Beach in Makena

1 p.m. Back to shore Captain Cary wishes everyone a fond Aloha and our crew assists everyone getting off the boat and back on shore.

Kai Kanani Beach Loading

Wading up the beach at the end of the day

It’s been a beautiful day out on the water and we are looking forward to our next Kai Kanani Sailing Charters snorkel adventure.

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