It's been 7 years since I spent 2 awesome weeks vacation here touring the island and it is a total different approach arriving in a sailboat. From the water perspective it's just another beautiful island, but with two high volcano mountains and, like all Hawaiian islands, is not cruiser friendly. There is hardly a place to anchor or go in a little harbour. The harbours with their few spaces are full, the managers and harbours don't answer the phone. We got a mooring just off of Lahaina which belongs to Lahaina Yacht Club but it's unbearably rolly. So if that does not change until tomorrow we're off again right away, without ever seeing anything here other than the Yacht Club to pay for our night at the mooring. But where to go to? Lana'i has the same situation and Molokai has two unprotected bays and one little harbour but you can't get anywhere because there is hardly anyone living there. By mid January we want to be in Honolulu to make sure we find a place for Alita before I leave. It's not easy. No one takes reservations, you just have to show up and pray.
Ah, yes, and if you want a rental car you need to go to the airport- which takes 1,5hrs by bus. Also we're missing protecting reefs and good snorkel places at anchorage. But, you can find some places out there. However according to our information it's nothing like what we've seen in the South Pacific. And it's expensive here. But we knew all that before, you just don't want to believe it.
So, that's Hawaii from a cruiser's perspective. All of this is limiting the island experience but it does not take away the beauty of nature of these islands. It's already beautiful to just see it from the water, like the amazing sunset today. And hey, I've seen everything on Maui already :-)
What I love is that some sealife is here. My friends. In Hawaii we saw spinner dolphins perform a couple of times and here in Maui there are a bunch of humpback whales playing and splashing. Yes, it's whale season. Again. I just love these guys. And after all it was here, in Maui, it was the first time ever that I saw a whale breach (jump) and actually took a picture of it. 7 years ago.
Ok, here are: sunrise this morning with Mauna Kea in the center background
One of the bigger waves today who wanted to see what's inside the cockpit
My little monkey friend that my Stepmom gave me 7 yrs ago as a travel companion to Maui- so now he has trevelled with me for 7 years and actually came back here today. His battery is still working, so he still makes his monkey noise...
Molokini (left) and the second part of Maui (don't know the name, but in that mountain there is a beautiful green valley - see next picture)
Sunset over Lana'i from out mooring position
We made new friends (Bob and Carol, an ex-sailing couple with a botanical garden and photographer Harry), we met our Penrhyn sailing friends, we enjoyed fresh garden veggies, sun& rain & white christmas, watched lava come out of the earth and so much more. We just left out beaches, lately because of my wound.
We're sailing over night and hope to see some whales out there as they are already here. Yes, it's whale season again :-) And we'll pass by the lava flow in the dark, that will be exciting. Too bad there is no flow going into the water right now.
So long, happy new year
I had a little fun with this shot....I didn't realize how many of my photoshop skills went to shit until I decided what I wanted to do to this image!!
Quoting Micha <firstname.lastname@example.org>:
Boy today we went to the lava flow. Take the car as far as possible, then rent a bike to ride 2,5 miles and then hike up to the lava field hoping you don't step in fresh fresh lava. That place is crazy and dangerous. No security. But lots of people go and find their way, about 50% take a guided tour which is smart. And most people go in the dark. There is no path, you find you way over cold lava which gets warmer and warmer until you reach the fresh flow. Amazing! But starting the descent I was gazing at this lava flow instead of looking where I go. So I fell holding on to my tripod where my camera was still mounted on. Thank god a lady had her first aid kit with her, roughly cleaned the wound and gave me band aid. 2 later at home (over 1 hr hike down, 15 min bike ride to car, 45min drive home) I cleaned the wound. It took me about 1 hr to get all the little lava pieces out of the wound. It's like glass. Ouch. Hope it heals well without infection. So no swimming for me in the next many weeks!