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Sea kayaking
Snorkeling with a sea turtle  
Windsurfing by the beach  
  Maui -- Water Fun
  Another part of our view that gives endless hours of free entertainment is the marina. Such a variety of boats sail in and out morning, noon and evening that we feel part of a maritime community, just by the looking at it all. When we go over to have a walk around the marina we check out some of the catches coming in from the sport fishing boats.

Kayaking in the ocean is one of the things I always want to do more of when I am on Maui. We've had some great fun at it. A kayak tour in La Perouse Bay had us right in the middle of a pod of Spinner dolphins. We slipped into our snorkel gear and eased over the side of the kayak for some really awesome underwater views of these mammals in their own habitat. What graceful swimmers, what nuzzling and rubbing and clicking at each other, and on the surface the thrill was when one would jump out of the water and spin around before landing. Kayaking out from the South Maui hotels into the deeper ocean is a good way to find whales from December through April. Some hotels have rentals. Just be sure to check your landmark after you paddle out for a little ways, so you'll know where to head when it's time to paddle in. Those hotels can all start to look alike when you are a mile or so offshore! Also, be careful of the winds, and do not go out too far if it is windy.

Snorkeling is the gold for me when I am in warm tropical waters. Getting to observe a whole other kind of world and be in it in a small way is just such a treasure. There are lovely snorkel places on Maui. What's there to be seen can vary, but the Fish Bowl and the Aquarium in the Ahihi-Kina'u Natural Area Reserve on the southern part of the island are worth the half hour hikes through the lava to get there. The water entry is much easier from the sandy beach at the Fish Bowl than the lava edges of the Aquarium, but they both have a wonderful variety of fish, sometimes in whole schools, and you can feel a part of the aquatic environment. If you don't want to combine hiking with snorkeling and want an easy entry, the cove at the beginning of Ahihi Reserve is good. We usually see big, as well as small, fish there and sometimes an eel or a turtle. (Lecture alert: Please don't feed the fish. When people give them food their natural behavior is changed; they stop doing their job of getting their own food, which creates an imbalance in thier habitat; and more aggressive fish 'muscle out' other fish, so that the area starts being habitat to fewer species of fish. Lecture Number Two: Don't stand on the coral!! That pretty rock-looking stuff is alive and it takes a longggggg time to get to be the size you see. They don't recover well from foot/flipper bashing or the touch of exploring hands/gloves. If you have a problem with your mask or flippers, get to a sandy bottom area to take care of it, if you can't get onshore to make adjustments.)

The closest area to snorkel from the condo is a 10 minute drive toward Lahaina to mile post 14. You can see lots of pretty coral and fish here if the water is clear. If the winds have been kona (means "wrong way") rather than the normal tradewinds, the water may be churned up and murky. In any case, be sure to kick out well offshore for the clear water and good snorkeling. You'll probably see snorkel boats anchored further out with their paying snorkelers in similar waters. But a better idea is to head west to Honolua Bay if the water is murky along here from south winds or waves. There is lots more snorkel info in the condo.

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