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We spend the morning on Dan McSweeney


There are two thinkgs I regret from my Kauai trip - our diving trip was canceled by high surf, and I didn't take an ultralight ride around the napali coast.  The Big Island and Maui are known for the Humpback Whale migrations and I was going to miss it.  After some "comparison shopping" in the travel brochures, I decided on Dan McSweeney's whale watching tour.

Fish Packed on the BoatLeaving Harbour

I wasn't particularly impressed when I got there.  The clientele was mostly senior (as are most tourists this time of the year) and the boat was fully booked - limited places to take photos from.  There seemed to be a cult like respect for the captain.

Fin in the AirWaving Fin

After perhaps half an hour of travel and we spotted a whale a few km off shore.  We came in close and followed the whales around for more than an hour.

Light Fins Under WaterHumpback Whale

We did see one breach - an amazing jump.   My camera was only manually focusing and with 50 speed film shutter time was a little slow for 200 mm.  Anyways, I need to go see the whales again.

Breaching HumpbackSplash From Breach

Two Whales on the Surface

The ship was on a time table - we had to be back at 11:30.  So after the prescribed period of time, we turned ship and returned back to the harbour.


 

Sailboat

On the way back we passed a few other boats.  The sail boat looks like a great way to get around (given you are rich) and the Body Glove boat looked like a mad house, a reminder of a day off cruise we took in Mexico.

Body Glove Trimaran

I'm glad I went - Seeing whales in Hawaii was a definite high point.  It's not like national geographic - it's not even as good as BC whales.  But it is cool.

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Sailboat
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Waving Fin
Species: Megaptera novaeangliae (Humpback Whale)
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Humpback Whale
Species: Megaptera novaeangliae (Humpback Whale)
Tags: Hawaii, marine mammal, whale
Fish Packed on the Boat
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Body Glove Trimaran
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Two Whales on the Surface
Species: Megaptera novaeangliae (Humpback Whale)
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Splash From Breach
Species: Megaptera novaeangliae (Humpback Whale)
Light Fins Under Water
Species: Megaptera novaeangliae (Humpback Whale)
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Fin in the Air
Species: Megaptera novaeangliae (Humpback Whale)
Tags: Hawaii, marine mammal, whale
Leaving Harbour
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Breaching Humpback
Species: Megaptera novaeangliae (Humpback Whale)
Tags: Hawaii, marine mammal, whale
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