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Travel Blog #160 - Snorkeling Oahu with Hawaii Nautical


When most people get off the plane on Oahu I don't think they have any idea that you can have the sort of experiences that we had today. Today we took a trip with Hawaii Nautical that took us snorkeling on the Western coastline of the island. The boat they took us on was a large sailing catamaran that was extremely stable on the water. The group that we had on the boat was fairly small which was nice because it gave everyone plenty of room to spread out.

As our Captain pulled the vessel out of the Ko'olina Harbor we could see the beautiful hills of the Waianae Coast extending out towards Kaena Point off in the distance. The ocean that was extending out from the coastline was as calm as the surface of a lake, which made the dolphins very easy to see.

Hawaii Nautical Dolphin Snorkel

It only took about fifteen minutes from when we left the harbor before we spotted our first dolphins off in the distance. They curiously approached our boat until they got about 100 feet away and then they continued on down the coast. Within the next half an hour while we were traveling to our snorkel location we had had a similar experience with three other groups of dolphins.

When we pulled up to our snorkel site the first mate of the boat briefed us on the location for a few minutes before we got into the water. She pointed out a few zones that we could find some interesting sea creatures and she also informed us that she was going to be in the water with us, to point things out and assist with any problems or issues that arise.

The location that we were at was an interesting place. There was a large power plant on the shore that circulated ocean water through it to keep it cool. After cooling the power plant, the water (which at this point has been warmed significantly) is then expelled back into the ocean. This warm water stimulates the growth of certain types of algae which has significantly increased the fish populations in the reefs surrounding the end of the pipe.

After spending a good amount of time snorkeling around and exploring the area I eventually made my way back to the boat to eat lunch and have a drink. As I was relaxing on the boat and eating my lunch I looked around and thought about how nice it was that we had been able to get away from the crowds of Waikiki to get to experience a morning enjoying the uncrowded side of Oahu.

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Travel Blog - Articles #160 to #169

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Snorkeling is the most popular vacation activity in Hawaii. We offer snorkel trips from sailboats, large powerboats and even small zodiac rafts. We've got blog articles about our trips aboard all types of boats on all the major islands and if you're thinking about doing a snorkeling excursion during your stay we encourage you to check out our blog articles and videos to get a better idea of what our trips are like.

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