Sunday, February 27, 2011
Yesterday we spent much of the day aboard a 60-foot Catamaran, the Lucky Lady, exploring the Na Pali coast. We booked our tour through Kauai Sea Tours and were quite impressed with the whole adventure. You can imagine how excited Howard was to be on a boat whipping along the Kauai coastline.
Captain Brian said that there are about 10-11,000 humpback whales in Hawaii right now and we saw dozens during our multi-hour cruise. These photos don't do justice to what we witnessed, partially because I just had my little point and shoot camera and partially because the whales were so quick to be out of the water and then back in. We were able to see a mother and her baby, we saw lots of water spouting through blow holes, we saw one whale on her back playing, and we even saw one breech the water. It was amazing. And if all of that weren't enough, we also saw about a dozen spinner dolphins, sea turtles, and flying fish.
We cruised the Na Pali coast, most of it completely inaccessible except by boat.
After seeing so many whales and dolphins, Captain Brian found a quiet cove for us to snorkel. The number of fish was amazing. I hadn't been snorkeling in such a long time, it felt great to jump in and peer under the water. Here's Howard waving his approval.
Howard and I had fun bonding with Julie, one of the four crew members. We chatted and talked about some pretty important stuff - she was a bright shining star of a woman and even before we left port, we knew we would connect. We did.