Sail Sailor Dale’s Whale Tail Sailboat Tour!

With apologies to Dr. Seuss.

Our first planned activity of the trip was a whale-watching tour of the waters off the southern coast of Maui. It was maybe a happy accident that this time of year is prime whale-watching season; we were in fact guaranteed to see a whale.

We booked our trip on one of the local boats out of Lahaina. We were on America II, a former America’s Cup sailboat that now hauls tourists around for a living. I was a little disappointed that we wouldn’t be under sail for the tour, until I realized that with all the guests on board, there was no room for the crew. I would be totally up for crewing a sailboat, but I think I was maybe one of… one that was excited about that.

Instead, our crew motored us out into the channel without a care in the world.

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The girls went up to the front of the boat, and I made myself busy with the camera.

We saw whales coming up for air…

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…whales flapping their tails…

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…whales waving hello…

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…whales kicking back and relaxing…

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… and whales clapping their fins on the surface.

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When the whole boat was looking off to one side looking at spouts off in the distance, another one surfaced just off the other side of the boat. I had a feeling those tricksy whaleses would try something like that, and spun my camera around quickly to take a pic.  I didn’t have a lot of time to focus though, sorry 🙁

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I was hoping for the epic Pacific-Life-Whale-Flopping-Into-The-Ocean picture, but I was always too late. Clearly I don’t have a future as a wildlife photographer.

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