Inspired in-part by the urging of friend and fellow blogger, Jeanette Jobson, Sunday, March 23rd, we finally went swimming with wild dolphins. In case you might be interested in the specifics of the trip, click on this link to the Best of the West tour.
You could say we were a bit excited, making the drive to Waianae Boat Harbor, located on the west side of the island, in only forty-five minutes instead of the expected hour. We arrived a full hour prior to check-in time of eight AM! About a half-hour later we saw crew members, Malori and her sister Loren arrive to prep the Alaka'i for today's trip.
Captain Tori Cullins came aboard last and after a brief about the boat, the rules to be observed with respect to the sea life and signing waivers, we got underway. We were barely out of the berth when a large green sea turtle popped its head up for a look around! It was a good omen of what was to come. I took 168-photos today, though none were underwater. :( Happily, many previous adventurers had underwater cameras and they have generously shared their photos on the Internet. I've labeled the underwater images taken from the Internet and have only used those which show exactly, or very closely, what we saw today. :) Let's go!
The experience we enjoyed today was exciting, educational and fun. To be so close to these wonderful creatures, in their environment, is something we'll never forget. We'd like to express our appreciation and thanks to Captain Cullins and her crew for their professionalism and doing their utmost to ensure we all had a wonderful time.