Whale Watching!

Guess what? Sunday was my sister’s 28th birthday!

That, in itself, was really bizarre for me. I remember when I was 28, and now my “little” sister is that age. Weird. Are you allowed to say those kind of things when you are almost 30, I wonder?!

Anyway, in honor of her birthday, my parents, my sis, her boyfriend, Sang, and I all went on a whale watching tour!

The crew, sans myself. I have to be the paparazzi.

I’m not typically big on the tour thing, but I was truly excited for this tour. It is mating season here in Hawaii and I have seen quite a few whales breaching off the coast. In fact, we saw one going breach crazy while riding our bikes last Friday in Kauai–he must have jumped out of the water 6 or 7 times while we watched from the bluffs above!

Our big ol’ whale watching boat!

We headed out of the harbor and immediately saw a whale! Literally, I couldn’t believe how close we were to shore when my mom saw the water spout from his blowhole. I’ve done a lot of scuba diving in various oceans, and I’ve never seen a whale…. but seeing this happy guy so close to shore made me realize that during mating season, the humpbacks are truly everywhere!

Sadly for me, I suck at taking pictures and my camera was nowhere near good enough to zoom in close enough to make my pics worthwhile. Luckily, my dad is better than I am, so he managed to get a few videos. Sorry in advances for the blurriness and shakiness, but hey– I think they’re cool!

How awesome is that?! Not to be a total dork, but I was seriously enthralled with these whales. Watching their humpbacks slither through the water made me understand how sailors of past days may have thought they spotted the Loch Ness Monster!

You know what was even cooler? The captain had turned the boat around by Diamond Head and we were heading back to the harbor. We had already seen 5 or 6 whales, includes a mama with her calf, when we happened to come across a MASSIVE sea turtle! It was just swimming alongside of the boat, and when we got close, it popped its little head out of the water like it wanted to say hello! Of course, when it realized how large the boat was, it quickly dove into the depths of the ocean, but not before my dad managed to capture another video!

If only I could be as cool as my dad and manage to grab awesome videos at the drop of the hat. Sigh. Maybe one day! In the meantime, I have this glorious pic of my sis and I. You know, because I am sure you’re dying to see our two faces mashed together! What do you think, do we look alike?!

For the record, I know my commenting system is completely whacked out, and I apologize. I previously used Intense Debate and they recently made me switch from using a Widget to some type of installed program. Unfortunately, the installed program made everything go crazy, and I haven’t been the best about dealing with is since I’m on vacation and, well….. don’t really want to! I did delete Intense Debate and am hoping that my “regular” blogger comments show up tomorrow. If they don’t, please bear with me. I will get it to work eventually!
Have you ever been whale watching? How do you feel about the ocean– love it or does it scare you? 
I used to be kind of creeped out by it since I am such a mountain girl and let’s face it– there isn’t really a lot of water in Colorado! However, after I got my Open Water and Advanced certs for scuba diving, I got the opportunity to do a lot of diving around the world and I grew to love it. Now I think it’s tied with the mountains 🙂
Anyone else having major Intense Debate problems??

Do you think my sis and I look alike?


  • Reply Jamie February 29, 2012 at 2:21 pm

    I’ve been whale watching before! I’m from Maine and we would go when my brother and I were younger. I also went in high school as part of my Marine Biology class but we didn’t see any whales and I was thrown up on!

  • Reply Taryn February 29, 2012 at 2:45 pm

    That sounds incredible!! What an awesome thing to see!

  • Reply Christi February 29, 2012 at 2:45 pm

    I see whales each time we go to Cabo. Of course, not this year but my friends are surely enjoy them as we speak! I was no good at grabbing pics either. I finally gave up!

  • Reply run303 February 29, 2012 at 3:12 pm

    Nice post! Was out on Maui 2 years ago and we went snorkeling and our boat had to keep stopping to let the whales do their thing. Super fun and an experience everyone should enjoy! Was fun watching them spout off from the shore and also putting your head under water when you’re out past the break point to listen to them all. Enjoy!

  • Reply Kayla Carruth @ kpLoving It February 29, 2012 at 4:35 pm

    Very cool! I like how you two wore your bright Hawaii colors!

    What the heck is up with Intense Debate??? Why do you have to install a program??? I haven’t had a single issue with them so far…..but today my blogger told me I wasn’t following ANY blogs, and asked me to please add some………WEIRD. Still no blogs on my roll.

    • Reply Heather @ Just a Colorado Gal March 1, 2012 at 2:15 am

      I don’t know, but I’m DONE with it! I’m sticking to Blogger’s commenting system since they have a reply feature now. That was the only reason I switched to begin with!

  • Reply Julia February 29, 2012 at 5:21 pm

    that looks like so much fun!!!! eeek! i would love to see all those amazing creatures!

  • Reply Beth @ RUNNING around my kitchen February 29, 2012 at 8:07 pm

    Looks like you are having an amazing trip, I’m going to Hawaii in June and can’t wait 🙂 I love, love, love the ocean!

  • Reply Tara February 29, 2012 at 9:57 pm

    Happy Birthday to your sister! I went whale watching while we were in Kauai two years ago…absolutely one of the most amazing things I’ve seen. I would SO love to get back to Hawaii someday soon, maybe the Big Island next.

    I love the ocean. It is so vast and so powerful, you just have to respect it. Which is why I hate to swim in it! I will snorkel, but I won’t go out very far, and if I see the ocean floor dip to deeper, I’m outta there!

  • Reply Lauren @ Oatmeal after Spinning February 29, 2012 at 11:17 pm

    I have never been- but probably should up in New England since I’m up there all the time!
    The videos were so cool- I had to wait to get home to watch them since YouTube is blocked at my work- but I’m with you! Totally exciting!
    Hope you get the comment thing figured out soon! I do have to say- I think it’s funny when I get an email notification that you replied to a comment from “Intense Debate.” It’s just so… intense.

  • Reply Tara Burner February 29, 2012 at 11:19 pm

    i’m soooooooooooo jealous!!!! love the video’s!

  • Reply Madeline @ Food Fitness and Family March 1, 2012 at 1:45 am

    Amazing!! I actually went whale watching in Alaska to see the humpbacks. They are so beautiful!

    • Reply Heather @ Just a Colorado Gal March 1, 2012 at 2:17 am

      I had a friend that went sea kayaking in Alaska and a whale surfaced to blow through his spout like 100 yards away from him! He said he freaked and took of kayaking as fast as he could in case the whale decided to surface again and accidentally clipped his kayak 🙂 Ever since that story, I’ve always wanted to go kayaking up there to see the whales!

  • Reply Emz March 1, 2012 at 2:25 am

    Yay whale watching.
    What a blast!!!!

  • Reply Lena @Fit on the Rocks March 1, 2012 at 5:44 am

    What an awesome experience. I love the ocean, and I wish we could magically have on in Colorado lol.

  • Reply Suz and Allan March 3, 2012 at 10:21 pm

    Whale watching looks like an incredible experience!

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