|Kay and I waiting to board Trilogy II|
While we waited to board we met Eve, a woman from Tracy, California, who told us that it was not only her first trip to Maui, but that it also would be her first time snorkeling.
Captain Chris checked us in and we knew right away by his friendly and fun repartee, that this was to be an adventure to remember. Crew members Cynthia, Frank, Rebecca and second Captain Brett greeted us warmly as we boarded Trilogy II, a 55' sloop rigged Sailing Catamaran, custom built in 2010, especially for Molokini Tours.
|A warm welcome from Marine Biologist Cynthia Matzke|
The seating on the catamaran, was very thoughtfully designed so that everyone could face the water and experience the day's events in comfort. No sooner had Kay, Eve and I settled on a bench, when Brett offered us yummy warm home made cinnamon buns, followed closely behind by Rebecca, who offered us a wonderful assortment of tropical fruit. We were intermittently distracted from eating by many excited calls that whales had been sighted close by.
Captain Chris would stop the ship, the required 100 yards away, and we were treated with displays of breaching, fin slapping and awesome flukes disappearing below the surface of the water. Dec to April is the season for whale watching in Maui, because the humpbacks have made the 1500 mile journey down from Alaska to mate and have their babies.
|Captain Chris at the helm|
|A whale breaching|
On board was a microphone system that was playing back the whales' songs from the ocean around us. Cynthia told us researchers have discovered that each song goes on for about 20 minutes, and the male singer is always close by to a mother and calf. The amazing thing is that whales do not have vocal chords so it is still a mystery as to just how they produce their plaintiff melodies.
On the way out to Molokini, Frank invited anyone who wanted to try "snuba" to go to the aft of the ship for a lesson. The crew made sure that everyone had snorkels, masks, fins and wet suits and before long we were approaching Molokini, our first snorkel site.
|Rebecca handing out wet suits|
|Captain Chris demonstrates how to put on your mask|
|Kay and Eve set to snorkel|
|Cynthia gives us a talk about the marine life we were seeing|
We were soon underway again to the second snorkeling site which was at Turtle Town just off from Makena Beach on Maui's south side.
|Turtle Town - Our second snorkeling site|
While we were swimming with the turtles, Captain Chris had been busy preparing BBQ'd teriyaki chicken for our lunch. It was served with rice, salad and a bun, along with a varity of choices of soft drinks, and juice, followed by delicious icecream and topping.
|Captain Chris preparing lunch|
|Service with a smile from Captain Brett|
On the way back to Maalaea harbor, the captain stopped the boat so that they could hoist the sails.
|Hoisting the sails|
|Me at the wheel|
|Back in Maalaea Harbor|
It was a perfect Maui experience and we recommend the Trilogy II, Discover Molokini Tour for the following reasons.
1. The staff was fun, friendly and extremely knowledgeable.
2. Because numbers are limited we received personal attention both in the water and out.
3. A delicious breakfast and lunch was served to us by the staff.
4. The catamaran was comfortable and the seating gave everyone a great view of the ocean.
5. The snorkeling was amazing, and the two sites offered a variety of marine life.
6. A portion of your ticket goes to non profit programs such as the Blue Aina Reef Cleanup Program.
7. It was a whale watch, sailing and snorkeling trip rolled into one.
Many Mahalos to the captain and crew of Trilogy II for giving us an unforttable Maui memory!!!!! Visit the website of Trilogy for more information on Maui Snorkeling Tours
We found out that Trilogy has a fleet of 8 catamarans offering many different tours that leave from both Maalaea Harbor, and the beach at Kaanapali.