We went snorkeling at Molokini (a partially-submerged volcanic crater three miles off the coast of Maui) and got to hang out on a 54-foot catamaran — not a bad way to spend a Tuesday.
Here’s what it looked like on the boat:
According to one of the crew members, there are currently 10,000 to 15,000 whales swimming around Hawaii, so not surprisingly, we saw a whole bunch. Here’s the best photo I got . . .
. . . and here’s a closer look:
C’mon, admit it — even if you hate whales, that’s pretty damn cool.
Here’s Molokini in the distance:
Ready to see pics of us in our wetsuits? Here’s Martha (my half-sister):
Here’s my mom . . .
. . . and here’s a photo of me:
Oh yeah, baby!
Martha has a waterproof camera, and in a moment, I’ll show you a(nother) great underwater shot, but first, here’s a photo that I took as we were leaving Molokini:
Half an hour later, we stopped at another snorkeling spot. Here’s a turtle that Martha photographed (that I saw from a distance):
Random side note: my first word ever was “turtle.” As the story goes, my mom often showed me a picture book of animals. She usually identified them, but occasionally she asked me what they were. The first time I answered her happened to be when she was pointing at a turtle. (What was your first word? “Dada”? Your parents must’ve been so proud.)
Anyway, the crew kept giving us food all day. First there were cinnamon buns. Then there was fruit. Then chips and pineapple salsa. Then chicken and salad, which you can see here being prepared . . .
. . . and eventually ice cream sundaes.
On the way back to Maui, the crew put the sails up:
We’d been motoring the rest of the time.
Here’s a ridiculous photo of me that Martha insisted I post on my blog. She says I look like a pirate:
In case you can’t tell, the wind was pushing back the brim of my hat.
Here I am with Martha laying on the “hammock”:
After the snorkeling trip, we’d kinda been planning to drive to the top of a 10,000-foot mountain and watch the sunset, but we ran out of time. Instead, we lay low at the condo, headed into Lahaina in the evening, and had dinner at a nice place called Kimo’s.