It was a typical bright sunny day in South Maui as we headed down to Makena to go for a sunset sail with Kai Kanani Catamaran. As we walked along the grassy path to the beach we saw the beautiful catamaran coming towards the shore. It gently glided up on the sand and we were welcomed aboard by the crew. This was my first time on this boat and I was quite amazed by its size and roominess. There were only about 20 people on board today so there was plenty of room to walk around and take in the sights.
The wind was very calm today so we motored along the coast admiring the green mountains of upcountry maui and the sandy Makena beaches. It was not long before the bar opened up so I went down to grab a drink. They have four different micro brews on tap, mix drinks made to order as well as juices and smoothies for the family. As we headed west towards the setting sun the wind picked up a bit so the captain cut the motors and brought up the sail. The sail was huge and with no motor noise all you could hear was the waves splashing along the side of the catamaran and the sail flapping in the wind, it was very tranquil.
As we stood on the bow of the boat enjoying the views they brought out the food platters filled with fresh fruit, meat balls, vegetables, and cheeses. I grabbed a plate and headed to the back to talk with the captain. A group of kids came back and the captain let them steer the boat and he even had a pirate outfit for one of them to wear. The kids were having a blast and everyone was laughing. We then headed out toward the setting sun I spotted a pod of dolphins playing about 200 yards off the boat. As we got closer the captain noticed that they were bottle nose dolphins which are rare to see off Maui. They jumped and swam around the boat for a while until finally taking off into the distance. As I watched the sun set one of them did a huge arching jump right through the sun on the horizon, it was like something out of a movie, I unfortunately did not get my camera out in time.
The sunset tonight was beautiful and a great way to end the day. The time had flown by so fast and it was time to start heading back to the beach. With the vibrant purple and red sunset as our backdrop I enjoyed another cocktail and talked to some of the other passengers on board, everyone was showing each other their dolphin pictures and sharing stories of their adventures thus far in Maui. We pulled up to the beach just as the colors in the sky started to fade.
The Royal Kona Resort Luau is located in the heart of Kona town in-between Ali'i Drive and the ocean. When we pulled up to the check in I could hear the waves crashing against the rocks at the edge of the luau grounds, we were given leis and made our way to the bar to sample their specialty drinks.
Sailing is something that has always interested me. It's ability to tap into a renewable energy resource that has the ability to take you around the world brings with it a certain allure.
I was standing on the porch of our vacation rental watching the sunset when I reached into my pocket for my schedule so I could check and see what I had planned for the following day.
Sharks are one of nature's most revered predators. Since the beginning of time man has waged a battle with these creatures for undisputed rights to the top slot at the summit of the food chain.
The Waipio Valley on the Big Island is estimated to have once been the home to a city of over 50,000 Hawaiians. The amount of history and beauty that exists in this place is unbelievable and if you have enough time to make it up here on your visit to the Big Island, you should.
Kualoa Ranch is one of the premiere attractions on the island of Oahu. It is a 4000 acre working cattle ranch that was established in 1850. Stretching from the mouth of Kaneohe Bay to the adjacent Kaaawa Valley, its' beauty has not gone unnoticed.
We showed up to our pickup location about a ten minutes earlier then they requested just in case we ran into any issues finding the pickup area. We were to meet a bus that was going to take us to the Aloha Tower Marketplace where we were to meet the Star of Honolulu.
The Twogood Kayaks van pulled up to pick us up in front of our hotel in Waikiki. The van driver go out of the van, introduced himself, then opened the door and invited us in.
Swimming with the dolphins in the wild is something that can be easily arranged by Tom Barefoot's Tours for anyone vacationing on the Big Island.
Enjoy a two hour sunset sail departing from a beautiful white sand beach in South Maui. Sample pupu's (appetizers) and sip on cocktails from the bar as you take in the sights and colors of the picturesque South Maui skyline from the vantage point of the ocean.
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