Hawaii – Day 3, Maui Wow-wee

Day three found us docked in Maui.  Somewhere in the recesses of my mind I remember this as a surfers paradise, but that is beyond what I could do with it.  We wanted to watch the whales.  And this is the place to do it.

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See our lovely view of the dock.  What did I tell you?  Port side, dock.  Starboard side, island.  We booked the Maui Whale Watch and Lahaina On Your Own excursion.  This is only available December through April because that’s the only time the whales are there.  But it is fantastic.  And the biggest reason I wanted to go to Hawaii was to see the whales.  This adventure leaves out of Lahaina.  You go out with marine naturalists that are working with a non-profit organization to save the whales.  They do a marvelous job of giving you all kinds of information on whales.  The whales come to Hawaii and mostly Maui to have their calves.  We saw two mothers and two babies.  And several male escorts.  According to the guide on the boat the females come here to get away from the Orca found in Alaskan waters and to have their calves in safety and the males come here because the females came here.

The tour guides are going out almost every hour so they know where the whale are.  I’m assuming the whales are pretty much in the same area all the time they are there anyway.  They don’t promise you will see them, but the chances are very good you will.  There is nothing quite like seeing that first spout.  As you get closer you begin to see the familiar black hump going up and then down and all of a sudden you might see a smaller (there’s nothing really small about a whale ever) tail fin pop up.  Baby whale!  It’s so exciting.  The whole boat comes alive and cameras are clicking all around you.  However, I am going to suggest that if you want to photograph the whales get a camera with the ability to shoot rapidly and fire off several shots every time.  I just have a little Cannon and by the time I pressed the button to take the shot the whale had gone back down.  I have a lot of pictures of foam though if you want one.  I did capture one fin wave from a calf.

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We were out there for quite a while.  I don’t know how long they stay out, but I was very satisfied by the time we headed back and felt like I had definitely gotten my money’s worth.