Another day at the beach. Another Hawaiian Monk Seal to be spotted. Life is hard 😉
It’s been quite an amazing seal spotting vacation this time. We’ve seen 6 seals this year. Which is quite a few considering there are only about a 1,000 left in the world of the the Hawaiian Monk Seal.
Spent an hour or so at Kiahuna Beach before it started to rain. The sky looked dark everywhere so we decided to leave and go shopping instead. Before we left though we could watch 3 Hawaiian Monk seals playing in the water. Lovely.
On Friday we made an impulsive decision to take a boat trip to the Na Pali coast. We picked the Blue Dolphins cruisers since we’ve been in contact with Naiya and Roy before, and they helped us get booked for a morning trip were Roy was captain.
So today we woke up early, got to. Port Allen and got on the boat. First we made a brief stop to snorkel. The water was clear and I did some dives to the bottom 6-10 meters below but had really big problems with my ears. Very painful. So I got out of the water and rested on the boat. Unfortunately for me was that as soon as I was out of the water a big sea turtle showed up. Chie could have a close look but I saw just a bunch of snorkelers from the boat 🙁
Halfway to the Na Pali coast we were joined by a large pod of spinner dolphins. The cruised along in front of the boat for a while and then left us. We all enjoyed their company a lot.
On our way back from the Na Pali coast we saw something rare. A Hawaiian Monk Seal at the surface, eating an octopus. It is rare because there are only 1100 of them (one of the most endangered species on earth) and only about 35 of them around Kauai. And they are nocturnal. But not this one, or at least not today. We spent around 10 minutes watching him eat, and then we had to continue our trip back to Port Allen.
Afterwards we went back to Kiahuna where we ended the day by relaxing on the beach and playing in the waves.