We were picked up at Sheraton Waikiki Aloha Landing at 06:10 AM! Sunrise was after 7AM. When we arrived at Waianae Boat Harbor after 07:30, the sun was just rising over the horizon. The outside temperature was a chilly 60°F (15°C). Most of us were wearing jackets, long pants, and towels over our swimsuits to keep us warm while we listened to the briefing by the guide. Wetsuits were available for $10 for adults and $5 for children. Almost all of the customers rented wetsuits.
The name of the catamaran is the Island Princess. We were lucky to have beautiful weather as well as calm seas although the wind was a little chilly.
There were a total of 30 customers on this day. We all boarded the catamaran and stored our personal belongings under our seats as the boat crew began to distribute the life jackets, snorkel gear and fins.
We head out on our search for dolphins. The captain of our boat keeps in touch by radio with other boats in the area who notify us of nearby dolphins. We also see many whales.
When the crew spots large pods of dolphins swimming in a certain direction, the captain maneuvers the boat and positions the back of the boat in an area where the dolphins will swim past. All the snorkelers jump out of the back of the boat at once. While they snorkel, the dolphins swim past (underneath) the snorkelers. Most of the dolphins we saw were “bottle-nosed dolphins” which were about 1.5 to 2 meters in length.
After the pod of dolphins swim past the snorkelers, they remove their snorkeling gear, board the boat and the search continues for more dolphins. Depending on the ocean conditions and the time it takes to locate more dolphins, the snorkelers jump into the ocean 3 or 4 times looking for dolphins. The water temperature was warm (even without a wetsuit). But the wind was cold after we got out of the water. It is a physically demanding tour.
Our last snorkel stop was a dive spot off of what is known as “electric beach”. It is an area located in front of the Kahe Point Power Plant. The power plant shoots warm water into the ocean and many different kinds of fish gather there. We saw turtles, many varieties of tropical fish, and even one white tipped reef shark.
そしてなんとwhite tipped reef shark（ネヌリブカ）にも会えました