This was my first time snorkeling and I was nervous because I tend to get sea sick. Last time I was on a snorkeling boat, only my husband went in and I stayed onboard with our toddler and I was miserable with nausea. My husband talked me into it this time and so he and I went on the Queen's Treasure tour. Although we went just the two of us, there were families that went with young children as well as teenagers.
We boarded bright and early in the morning at Whalers Village on the beach. Once the boat departed from shore, we were given an introduction and safety brief and then had a light breakfast. We were supposed to go to Honolua Bay, however due to the winds and rain, Honolua Bay would have been too murky so they took us to Olowalu. Apparently even Molokini was not a desirable destination for snorkeling that day and so there were a lot of boats out in Olowalu.
We anchored ship and given another safety brief and then let loose into the water. Being a first time snorkeler, I got a float belt and loved it. The water was nice and warm and in no time, we saw fish everywhere and turtles as well. Even one turtle came up for air and hung out at the surface of the water as if to mock us snorkelers. We were given over an hour in the water and it was only after lying still and floating in the water did I start to get quesy when I got onto the boat. After some fresh air and lunch, I felt fine again.
The boat was only a couple of months old so very new and in great condition. The bathrooms were clean and spacious as well, but not the place to go if you're seasick. :)
After snorkeling, we were taken out in search of whales and we did see what we think was a group of 3 whales, one baby whale and 2 adults. They didn't surface very much but we would see them come up for air. Then were taken back to Whalers Village. The whole trip took about 4.5 hours.
The captain, Captain Brad, and the crew were all very friendly and helpful and knowledgeable as we learned some facts about whales when we went looking for them.
I'd definitely recommend this activity and would do it again.
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