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Hoku Nai'a Dolphin watch and snorkle

A sunny day to dolphin watch and snorkle

sunny 30 °C

Slept in until 6:19 today. We walked down to Waianae Harbour and picked up our free Dolphin Watch from the Marriott. The boat is a bigger one than we have been on before. It ends up being mostly Japanese tourist and a handful of others. The Hoku Nai'i is a new 65 foot catamaran that carry 149 passengers. We are no where near full. We upgrade our free trip to include the afternoon snorkle. Def a good deal. We sit up too as we sail North past our condo and settle in a ways from some dolphins. There are many and some wander over to visit or breach to show off for us. We keep our distance but they are very active and keep people exclaiming in delight. The BBQ is ready. The taro buns, burgers etc are very very tasty. No one seems to be feeling I'll and the waves are fairly calm. 
We cruise back to the harbor and leave behind those who are not snorkeling and head south this time. We anchor near to the treatment plant. Robin does the English instructions and Aisha takes the Japanese and we are soon ready to hit the water. Again we are required to wear the Mae wests, but we are pretty used to them by now. We have two choices. Stay be the boat or follow our guide as we work our way across the reef. We have lots of time in the water and see more than before. We spot a zebra eel and what might be a brown or green moray which us what I saw the other day. one of the staff brought up an octopus. That was cool! There was also a scorpion fish, but I could not make it out. After an hour we headed a little further down the coast and explored some more. the waves have come up and a few people are rather green. 
They serve us pineapple brownies, fresh pineapple, taro chips and a 'blue dolphin'. I checked that out online and there are numerous recipes.. This one had pineapple juice, curaçao and grenadine. It was a nice touch.
Back to port and we started our walk home. I had dropped off a book at one of the beaches for book crossing and it was gone. Good! Now we are just sitting back and Roger must be hungry because he is starting the spaghetti sauce.
We move tomorrow so I will take time now to make a few notes about our home in Makaha. This part of the Island has a lot of poverty. the tourists are few and far between, one couple on the boat were told in Waikiki that tourists were not wanted here. While like any where you need to be aware of yiur surroundings we found people generally friendly. Just north of us the bus runs no further up the Island, but beyond there you find numerous camps along the beach.  They are obviously semi permanent. Some have quite nice cars outside them. There is work to be had here. the high school is a good size and it's on the beach...sigh. We got groceries in the market. the prices were not great, but not out of this world. there are a fair number of fast food places and a few others but not a lot of choices otherwise. 
Units in this building sell for under $200,000 and just down the beaches there are apartments for $60,000. The monthly fees here are about $500 including taxes. Not cheap, but what a great beach to live on. The units run the width of the building taking advantage of the ocean bepreezes. In the winter the surf is too strong generally for swimming. 
As an extra thought we put the Honolulu news on this am to check out the weather etc and all this is being covered in Michael Jackson's doctor's trial. We never Isis get any other news. I guess we are going to hear this stuff for weeks now.

Posted by Mari Anne 20:04 Archived in USA Tagged dolphin oahu snorkle hoku nai'a

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