Excitement Off The Waters Of Kauai

Excitement Off The Waters Of Kauai

By Delphine Berbigier

I thought it was a good sign that we started the day with a sighting of a small reef shark right in the harbor, just at sunrise. From the dock, Millie jokingly warned Daniel, who was driving the boat, to not fall in the water. Brenda was getting ready to tie up the Zodiac while Elisa was hosing the trailer. Like a well-oiled machine, everyone knew what they had to do, did it fast, and in no time we were speeding off to the deep waters off of Kauai’s west coast, Dr. Robin Baird behind the wheel. I was invited for two days to join Cascadia Research Collective’s 2014 10-day field project off Kauai, as an extra pair of eyes scanning the water looking for whales and dolphins, and taking notes and photos to document the efforts.

The project is commissioned by the US Navy, which operates the nearby Pacific Missile Range Facility (PMRF) at Barking Sands, “the world’s largest instrumented multi-environmental range capable of supported surface, subsurface, air, and space operations simultaneously.” This means the Navy uses the area for a wide range of different operations and trainings, including the Submarine Commander Course, scheduled for late February. One of the main purposes of the field project is to obtain information on the movements of several species of toothed whales thanks to satellite tags before, during and after that training course.

So we’re out on our little RIB, looking for whales. Clouds melt into pelting rain, and we’re forced to head back to the harbor for lunch without any sighting, apart from a Laysan albatross and a petrel. The weather seems to clear up, and we go out again, northbound. Humpback whales are abundant at this time of the year, and they often give us a false alarm: they are not the whales we’re looking for. Fortunately, we get some help. M3R, part of the Navy’s monitoring program, calls Robin on the radio “We have a pod of beaked whales feeding off of hydrophone 4-5.” The PMRF features 1,100 square miles of instrumented range, which includes over 200 hydrophones. These pick up on the clicks and whistles toothed whales emit to echo-locate and find their prey. Through a process of triangulation, the Navy can obtain a pretty accurate location of a pod, and they send us there. Excitement is in the air . . .

Stay tuned for more in our next installment of the Hawaii Ocean Project Blog!

Sharing Your Maui Whale Watching Experiences

Sharing Your Maui Whale Watching Experiences

Have you enjoyed one of our many Maui whale watching tours and cruises? Would you like to get involved in the Hawaii Ocean Projects’ marine life conservation efforts but are unsure of where to start? Here’s some options:

  1. First and foremost, consider becoming a member of the Hawaii Ocean Project. Members enjoy special discounts, exclusives, and other benefits! Sign up today!
  2. Regardless of your membership status, you can also help increase awareness of the Hawaii Ocean Projects’ educational and conservation efforts by joining the discussion on Twitter, Facebook, Youtube or any of your favorite social networks by using the hashtag #HOPMaui in your tweets, posts, and comments. We highly encourage those wishing to join the conversation, share their favorite experience, or display their best whale watching and ocean themed photos from aboard any of our vessels via their preferred social media accounts with #HOPMaui.

Ready to get in on the action? Explore Maui’s marine life in person or online with the Hawaii Ocean Project today, Mahalo!

Fun In A Private Setting On The High Seas

Fun In A Private Setting On The High Seas

By Captain Dave

Looking for a unique experience on your next Maui vacation? Have you considered chartering your own private tour?

With more than thirty five years worth of experience in chartering boat tours of a wide variety, the Lahaina Cruise Company is well equipped to help you charter the perfect tour for you and your friends and family. With a large fleet to choose from, including the Island Princess, the Maui Princess, the Kaulana, the Lahaina Princess, and The Molokai Princes, our boats can accommodate your chartering needs regardless of your party’s size. Morning snorkel adventures, sunsets off the coast of Maui, wedding receptions, private whale watch cruises, or corporate parties, our experienced staff can help you put together a perfect get together atop the deep blue seas of Maui’s coast.

Ready to get your (private) cruise on? Contact us today to book your private charter with the Lahaina Cruise Company!

An Enchanting Evening Along The Maui Coastline

An Enchanting Evening Along The Maui Coastline

By Captain Dave

Looking for the perfect way to end a perfect day in paradise? Look no further than our Maui Princess Sunset Dinner Cruise.

Departing directly from Lahaina, you and your guest will enjoy a memorable evening of delicious dining and fantastic dancing aboard the Maui Princess: Maui’s largest and most stable 120 foot yacht. With a departure time of 5:30 in the evening, you will glide along Maui calming Western shore just in time to experience the always breathtaking Maui sunset, along with captivating 360 degree panoramic views of the amazing West Maui Mountains. Keep your eyes peeled an you may even catch a very special Hawaiian rainbow streaking across the mountain range.

As afternoon gives way to the night, enjoy the serene sight of twinkling lights from the coastlines of Maui, Molokai, and Lanai, or gaze skyward and discover the starry Hawaiian night sky from atop our All Premium upper deck seating. As dinner is served, enjoy live, local music, followed dancing in the Maui Princess main cabin, or simply relax atop the deck and enjoy yourself as you cruise along the beautiful nighttime Maui coastline.

An enchanting cruise you will want to experience on your every trip to Maui, click here to book your seats on the Maui Princess today!