April 26, 2013 by Terumi
I don’t know how I missed updating about this one. I was going through our photos from our Maui trip and I found this dolphin picture.
This wasn’t even one of those things they advertised that we were going to see on this snorkel trip we booked when we went to Maui but on the way home a school of about 50 dolphins followed our boat and we could see them all around us and under us. It was totally magical.
We booked a tour because the boys had so much fun whale-watching in Kihei that we decided they could do a snorkeling trek to Molokini which just sounded absolutely beautiful. It was supposed to be around a 4 hour tour and we booked our trip with Maui Charters on the Four Winds II because it had a glass bottom and things to help the kids snorkel. We were still a little nervous because taking kids anywhere in a trapped environment for that period of time can get a little dicey.
This turned out to be an awesome tour. We saw whales all the way to Molokini (We went in February which is definitely a great time to see humpback whales) and we ate a light breakfast of bagels and fruit.
We had about an hour to snorkel when we got to Molokini and there was a lovely barbeque lunch.
We paid an extra 5 dollars for the wetsuits for the boys and they loved their snorkel boats.
They also enjoyed the undersea window.
The only downside was the amount of selling. There was a guy trying to take pictures/video and it was a little weird to get followed when you were snorkeling around. But it was fun watching the video on the way back though so I kind of understand and I saw people buying it (not us) so obviously there is some kind of demand. We brought our own little underwater camera and the pics turned out fine. (And I really don’t want underwater bathing suit pictures of myself, thank you very much.)
We stopped in a turtle area where we saw a few turtles swimming about. And then we saw the dolphins and I think I was 5 all over again. (Didn’t we all want to be marine biologists when we were 5?)
I’m glad we did this tour. It’s good if your kids don’t mind sitting for a while. We brought a range of clothing options and I’m glad I brought some windbreaker jackets for the ride home because it got a little windy and cold.
(PS. this is part of my post for photofriday on Delciousbaby. You can catch up on other people’s trips here too!
PPS. We bought a Go-Pro because we saw it used on this tour and it took amazing photos and video but we’ve since returned it because it had software problems, overheated and was a little difficult to use with kids in tow. Anyone know of another all-weather easy to use camera that you love?)
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