|Hawaii Diary 2001|
Photo by John Fischer
Our group's last day on Maui featured a morning whale watching sail on the Teralani 2. While many whale watches depart from Lahaina or Ma'alaea Harbor, the Teralani 2 departs right from Ka'anapali Beach making several stops along the beach to pick up passengers.
The Teralani 2 is a 53 foot sailing catamaran. A catamaran is a direct descendant of the outrigger canoes in which the Polynesian people sailed the Pacific Ocean. They have unique ability to surf over the waves. This offers a smoother and faster ride than you will normally find on a standard boat.
Teralini Sailing Excursions offers not only whale watches (in season) but also snorkeling sails, sunset sails and several monthly specialty sails such as a Vintner Sail for the wine enthusiast. The boat is also available for private charters.
This is a better than average year for whale watching in Hawaii. The population of humpback whales that have migrated to Hawaii to bear their young is at a very high level.
The waters between Maui, Lanai and Molokai were full of whales. The operators of the Teralani are diligent in obeying the law which requires that they maintain a 100 yard distance from the whales. If at that point a whale wants to approach they boat, he or she may do so. However, it is the whale's choice.
The morning whale watch features a continental breakfast and a wide choice of beverages including alcoholic beverages should you so choose a morning cocktail.
Here a few of our photos from our morning whale watch on the Teralani 2.
It's back home for the rest of our group. I'll be staying over on O'ahu for a few days. Once again, the folks with Pleasant Hawaiian Holidays and the Sheraton Hotels of Hawaii were wonderful hosts for our 2001 visit to Hawaii. Join us for Part 7 of our Hawaii Diary 2001 as we drive to southeast O'ahu, visit the Honolulu Zoo and settle in for a concert by the Royal Hawaiian Band at the new Kapiolani Park Bandstand.