Go Beyond Hana
wet during an adrenaline-fueled jaunt in an aerodynamic craft that the U.S. Coast Guard uses as its rescue vehicle of choice.
While out on the open ocean on one of these 30-foot rigid-hulled inflatable crafts, climbing swells, bouncing off crests, windswept, wet and happy, you’re likely to see pods of SPINNER DOLPHINS. Known for their aquatic antics, these friendly marine mammals are sure to put on a show. Ocean rafts offer a more
INTIMATE TOUR than larger catamarans. They’re fast, safe and cause minimal disturbance. Many companies limit their load to no more than 20 passengers, and first-time SNORKELERS receive personal attention.
Centuries ago, fiery eruptions poured molten lava into the sea, forming enchanting arches, grottos and sea caves on a coast once home to ancient Hawaiian settlers. Fortified by the towering slopes of Haleakala and inaccessible by car, the
KANAIO COAST remained virtually unknown to visitors for years. Now, this coastline can be explored with BLUE WATER RAFTING, CAPTAIN STEVE’S RAFTING and MAUI ADVENTURE CRUISES and other Maui rafting companies. Tours take people to view the rugged
Ocean rafts offer a more intimate tour than larger catamarans. They’re fast, safe and cause minimal disturbance.
beauty of this otherwise-hidden VOLCANIC SHORELINE. Some rafting tours include snorkeling options in nearby bays that are havens for a vast variety of aquatic creatures. Others offer the opportunity to snorkel or dive LANA‘I’S reefs and caves, which are teeming with TROPICAL FISH, 200-POUND GREEN SEA TURTLES, WHALES, MANTA RAYS, UNDERWATER CAVERNS and ANCIENT HAWAIIAN BURIAL CAVES. Most rafts have sun canopies and easy-access boarding ladders to make getting into and out of the boat easy. BLUE WATER RAFTING (808) 879-7238 CAPTAIN STEVE’S RAFTING (808) 667-5565
42. WALK ON WATER
You’ve no doubt seen standup paddle surfing, or SUP—it looks like a hybrid of outrigger paddling and surfing, and everybody’s doing it. Requiring a lightweight paddle, an extra-wide, aerodynamic surfboard and just a bit of balance, this sport makes for a good workout and plenty of fun.
The concept isn’t new—beach boy surfing, as it was first known, originated in Waikiki about 60 years ago as a way to get around on the occasional flat-water day. Today, the SUP trend has been revived in around the islands, and some of Hawai‘i’s surfing greats have latched onto the sport, taking the idea to a new, morerigorous level worldwide.
Once you get the hang of SUP, remember to watch where you’re going. Keep an eye out for sea turtles, fish and the occasional monk seal. EQUIPMENT AND LESSONS are available at outlets throughout Maui. Providers include PADDLE
ON! MAUI (paddleonmaui.com), STAND-UP PADDLE BOARDING SCHOOL (standuppaddlesurfschool.com) and MAUI STANDUP PADDLEBOARDING (mauistanduppaddleboarding. com). Ask your concierge for suggestions.
43. HELP PROTECT MAUI’S MAGNIFICENT MARINE ANIMALS
The gentle waters that lap upon Maui’s shores are alive with wildlife like humpback whales, Hawaiian monk seals and sea turtles. They are considered endangered species and are protected by federal laws. Dolphins and other whales— though not endangered—also are protected by the MARINE MAMMAL PROTECTION ACT. Hawai‘i’s MARINE ANIMALS are fascinating and easily observed creatures. During the winter humpback season, it’s common to see 40-TON WHALES with 15-foot pectoral fins breaching offshore, and resident SPINNER DOLPHINS can be spotted flashing through the surf any day. GIANT GREEN SEA TURTLES make a habit of feeding near shore, and occasionally, an ENDANGERED HAWAIIAN MONK SEAL, sometimes with a pup, will lounge on the beach, basking in the sun much like you. check with the HAWAIIAN ISLANDS HUMPBACK WHALE NATIONAL MARINE SANCTUARY in Kihei (808-2922372), the NOAA/National Marine Fisheries Service in Honolulu (808-944-2200), the DEPARTMENT OF LAND AND NATURAL RESOURCES in Honolulu (808-587-0100) or hawaiibeachsafety.com.
Local author and proprietor Robert Wintner, also known as
SNORKEL BOB, has several books available that dive deeper into the topic of Hawai‘i’s protected reefs and the marine animals that call them home. Neptune Speaks chronicles the perils of trafficking in wildlife for pet trading, and asks questions like, “Why are colorful reef fish still taken in Hawai‘i with no limit on the catch and no constraint on rare, endemic or vanishing species?” The book includes 540 photos by Wintner from Hawai‘i, Palau, Fiji and St. Croix, as well as 50 minutes of U/W footage on DVD. Wintner’s other novel, , is Reefdog a tale of exotic characters from Hawai‘i, Tahiti and L.A., as one man reconciles livelihood and a
RIDE THE SWELLS ON AN OCEAN RAFT
HELP PROTECT MAUI'S MAGNIFICENT MARINE ANIMALS