Today I'm out on the Quicksilver Charters out of Ma'alaea Harbor for a whale watch.The harbor is situated in the crux of the valley that gives Maui it's "Valley Isle" designation. It's the peak of whale season and as soon as we leave the harbor, Captain Nate has to slow down to a standstill as a mother with calf and escort pop up about 30 feet from the boat!
One of the things I love about this boat is there are railings all around the bottom and the top of the boat, giving everyone enough elbow room that there's a minimum of pushing to get the closest to the water. Their captains have been with the company for a long while and they know these waters and their vessel inside and out. In fact, Captain Nate helped bring the boat over after it was built, and I was on the very first commercial snorkel trip the boat operated. It's got generous seating space, with wide aisles, and plenty of places to grab hold quickly
if you need to.
On this particular day, there was a small and boisterous birthday party going on at the very back of the boat, yet up at the top we could not hear the carrying ons, and you could clearly hear the whales breath as they slid by. Then, we were being used as a shield for a few minutes. Adult males and teenage humpbacks chasing each other and showing their strength with foaming bubbles each time there was a break in the surface. Meanwhile, in the distance were white splashes every direction you looked!
There were times during the next two hours that we couldn't move, as a couple of mother cows and their calves nudged close enough to the boat that we were in the 'no motor' zone. The children on the boat were squealing as the loud exhale of these majestic mammals echoed in waves of sound. It was difficult to not call out to them, as if they could hear us clambering for them to come closer. It's easy to stroll around this vessel, the stairs are just like regular stairs but they're double wide with railings. The exceptional crew is more than helpful and the narration by Katie was exceptional. Last time I heard her narrate was about 4 years ago and she has really developed into a riveting speaker with a wealth of little known facts. She even know some of the whales by NAME!
Cruising up towards McGregor Point Lighthouse the entire boat was transfixed in what seemed like a whack-a-mole of whale breaches. During the storm of activity, there was at one point THREE full breaches together, all side by side. THAT was one of the most memorable whale breaching displays I've seen.
Mendes Ranch is a beautiful cattle ranch located near the historic Kahakuloa point. As soon as you walk into the ranch you see first hand that it is still a working cattle ranch.
During our trip today we went out going to Molokini aboard the beautiful Ali'i Nui Catamaran. We arrived to the Maalaea Harbor and quickly found slip #56.
Being a Maui resident for over 25 years and never going on the Altantis Submarine out of Lahaina should be a crime. Please don't send me to jail! I finally made it, and yes, it was a crime, but only to myself for missing this totally fun and cool adventure all of those years.
There was a gentle rain falling as we parked the car at Piilholo Ranch that morning. I knew we could be in for a good soaking but I was still excited to see what the day was going to bring.
Enjoy live entertainment, sunset views of 5 islands, great food, great service and great fun. There is covered seating on the upper and lower deck of this smooth and stable high tech catamaran, excellent music by local musicians, and a floating dance floor and table seating.
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