On Tuesday morning, we were up and at it early again, this time heading out on the same boat we went snorkelling on, this time to go whale watching. It had been a highlight of the trip last year, and we were hoping to top that experience.
We had not been out to sea much more than five or ten minutes when the captain got word of a pod of dolphins quite close to us. We headed down to the beaches near Wailea, and sure enough there was a big pod of spinner dolphins, playing in the shallow water right near the beach. We kept our distance, but the snorkelers, kayakers and stand up paddle boarders were having a blast. I was definitely jealous.
After the initial excitement of the dolphins, the whale watching started a bit slowly. We had a couple of views of some whales at a bit of a distance, but it was mainly blow spots and a few backs. After a little while, we had good close encounter with a mother/young pair that stayed near our boat for quite some time.
Not long after that encounter, we had a single, big male come quite close to the boat.
The highlight of the trip happened a little while later, as two smaller groups of whales came together for an impressive display. Initially, we had a mother with a calf, and what we thought was an escort male. Two other males came along, and there was much trashing, tale slapping and partial breaches, as they all vied for the females attention. It was quite the spectacular sight!