Friday, June 20, 2008

Hawaii - Day 3

We started out the day on the Maui Classic Charters Four Winds II boat for a snorkel trip to Molokini crater. The trip started with them serving bagels with cream cheese and fruit spread with coffee and drinks on the boat. We motored out to the crater while the staff explained all the things that will be going on during the trip. The have a photographer on board that creates a video during the trip which is for sale afterward. They also offer Snuba, scuba diving without the tank.

Once at the crater Beth and I went snorkeling. I wasn’t that impressed with the coral or fish here. The only coral was right up against the shore of the crater and there were very few fish. Maybe I was spoiled in Cozumel Mexico but that was 100 times better than this. We got back on the boat after about 45 minutes. The crew had hamburgers, hot dogs, and chicken all cooked up on the grill and ready for lunch. It started to get windy and rough at the crater so the captain took us back to the Maui coast to a place call coral garden. This is just West of Maalaea right of the shore. This spot had better coral and more fish but the water visibility wasn’t as good as at the crater. After about another 45 minutes there it was time to head back to the marina. The boat itself was nice. It has an enclosed lower deck so you can get out of the sun and a glass bottom for kids to see the view under the water if they don’t want to get in. I’m not sure how many people were on it but it didn’t feel crowded. The captain is from Chicago and a Bears fan so it has to be good.

After the snorkel trip we hung out at the beach by the condo. Then after showers Beth did some more shopping. We had dinner at Fred’s Mexican Cafe in Kihei. This was a good open air casual restaurant. I don’t go for the swank places so this was good for me.

Speaking of swank we walked the boardwalk in Wailea after dinner. This runs along the beach past the Grand Wailea Resort, Four Seasons, and others. There were a few Hawaiian weddings going on at these resorts. I took a bunch of pictures of the lava rock shoreline and some of the native plants. I also took some sunset pictures using my new split Neutral Density filter. I’ll probably still have to do some PP on them.

Tomorrow we head to Kauai.

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