When: January 2018 Weather : Hot
Leica M240/35mmsummilux Nikon P900
Stayed at the Grand Wailea Hotel in Maui on the second leg of our Hawaiian sojourn and whilst the beach and sunsets were pleasant enough, the local fauna were of greater interest to us. We had intended to do the road to Hana which everyone seems to do but problems with our guide meant that we just hired a car and did some local touring instead. We were actually not too disappointed about missing out on the looooong drive to Hana as it gave us time to do some other things which didn’t involve such a long journey…
On the way to the coastal town of Lahaina was a bird sanctuary called Kealia Bird Sanctuary and Pond Boardwalk which are two separate areas separated by the main road. We drove beyond the boardwalk about half a mile and turned right into a side road to turn around and approach the boardwalk from the other direction to access the car park…which was full so we had to park on the grass verge….
We had been told that this was whale season and although we were both not very good on the water, we elected to join one of the whaling boat trips. The morning dawned with extremely gusty winds and choppy seas..not a good omen…
The boat ride was turbulent with spray drenching us often….and the humpback whales were elusive….
The boat journey was rough but sighting the humpback whale frolicking made it all worthwhile. Recommended