Wednesday, April 2 – Beaches and Whale Watch
Our plan for this morning was to explore the south beaches for some snorkeling and relaxing, but the Earthquake in Chili delayed our plans a bit. Although no damage was expected on Maui, for safety reasons they issued a Tsunami advisory last night as a large wave was expected to hit at 3am, and they closed the beaches on Maui until noon.
We got up early and drove by a couple of snorkel sites as the waters looked fine to us but did not see anyone out so decided it was best to head to breakfast first.
We had breakfast at the Kihei Caffe again – this is our 2nd time this week eating here and we’ve decided it really is one of the best breakfast places around!
We wandered around an open air shopping market to kill some time, and decided to try to hit “The Dumps” for snorkeling. The view here is gorgeous!
The water was not real clear and not a lot of fish so we did not stay long.
We headed back to hotel and swam there (at Maluaka Beach) for awhile. Tried to snorkel and saw quite a few fish, but the water was a bit choppy so we did not snorkel much today here either. The water was much clearer here!
I did see what I believe is a trumpetfish which was pretty cool.
We relaxed a bit at the resort. I enjoyed the beautiful views from our lanai again.
And then I took Carter mini-golfing at the resort. It was really more of a 9-hole putting course than a typical mini-golf course but it was still fun! Carter said we tied 🙂
After getting our fill of beaches and relaxation, we headed to Lahaina for our sunset whale watch with Ultimate Whale Watch. Although we did not see as many whales as others have reported (it is late in the whale season) we saw a variety of wildlife.
On the way to the whales we saw a large pod (hundreds?) of spinner dolphins. Joe got some awesome pictures of them and I think we enjoyed these almost more than the whales!
After watching the dolphins play, we headed out and found a mama whale and her calf. According to others on the raft with us, they were not extremely active, but we did get some partial breaches.
And lots of tail slapping and waves
While watching the dolphins a bottlenose dolphin came over and tried to play with the calf. Mamma didn’t like that and she stopped the playing and we did not see them again for awhile.
On the way back to Lahaina we saw a flying fish that went about 100 yards! I have never seen one of these before and it was really cool! Unfortunately that happened very fast so no pictures.
The sunset coming into the harbor at the end of the tour was very nice as well.
After the whale watch we headed to Cheeseburger and Paradise for dinner. I love the location and building they are in. It looks really cool next to the water.
The maitai was great as well!
The food was okay – atmosphere was better. While waiting for our food we had fun listening to live music which was decent and reading all of the license plates on the wall.
Another fun day on Maui. No specific plans except lots of beach time our last couple of days!