Friday, April 22, 2011

Captain Dave of Safari Boat Excursions

What an adventure! Captain Dave of Safari Boat Excursions ( took us on an exciting adventure as he circumnavigated Lanai. The journey began at 7:00 AM at the Lahaina harbor in Maui and finished back there at 2:30 PM. Breakfast was served on board, and also a delicious lunch.

Captain Dave’s boat (Lanakila) was built to his own specification. It is fast, comfortable, strong and designed for easy access to the water – which turned out to be very important to the snorkelers and free divers on board. It gives a much better ride than the alternative raft boats.
Our first stop as we went around the island was the wreck of a concrete Liberty boat scuttled by its captain after WWII. This was just the first of many special sites Captain Dave shared with those in the boat and that few other visitors to Maui experience.

At another location Captain Dave expertly maneuvered the boat into a cave opening and then throttled back just as the swell crashed onto the surrounding rocks and showering everybody sitting on the bow of the boat. The ensuing screams of delight from the women and girls, and whoops and whistles from the men on board delighted Captain Dave and all aboard.