Arrived at Kona early, breakfasted and relaxed until time to catch the tender to shore for the 12:15 departure of the Historical Tour which we had booked on a large catamaran. Before we left the ship, Reg spotted a mother Humpback Whale that had just given birth in the warm, shallow waters of
, 200 feet from our
vantage point on the ship. We watched
in awe as the mother taught the calf to rise to the surface to breathe and how
to broach as the duo made their way to deeper water. Spectacular.
The tender to port was surrounded by a group of Spinner dolphins who
frolicked gleefully around the us. We
boarded the catamaran and headed off
down the coast to Cook’s Monument, passing several historical Hawaiian sites on
the way, and not a few whales. Kona
Once there, Captain Cook’s Monument having been duly admired (it's really only meant to be seen from the sea), we turned about for the trip back, in the face of thirty knot winds and 6 foot rollers that had come a looooong way to torment us. The one-hour trip downwind took two hours going back, with not a few Mal-de-Mer cases and a lot of spray.
Mama Humpback jumping for joy
Broaching in the bay
Just after breathing
I almost caught her that time
Baby copying Mama's leap
Shiny new baby jumping
Dolphins escorting our tender
They always seem to be having so much fun!
Cliff near Cook's monument at site of his last battle
First sighting of Cook Monument
Captain Cook's lonely Monument
Only visible from sea