We took the advice to leave out of the North Shore and we went with Na Pali Seabreeze and wow were we happy we did. They ran a great operation and had great communication. Definitely do the morning tour, the afternoon gets really rough and canceled a lot.
We had an amazing trip up the coast, and Captain Chris was very good. Mike was also very helpful and knowledgeable, not to mention providing amazing homegrown pineapple and apple bananas for lunch.
They spent a great deal of time (we were even passed by boats that left after us) explaining the coast, entering a sea cave, pointing out wild goats, etc. The views were amazing. We stopped for lunch and snorkeling in a very calm spot. The snorkeling was decent, but not the best. Lunch was good sandwiches, chips, amazing fruit (mentioned above), and drinks. Snorkel gear was good.
The trip back was rocking, definitely take dramanine if you have any chance of getting sea sick. Be prepared to get wet if you sit on the ends. We saw a pod of spinner dolphins and they stopped for a while for us to see the show they put on. All in all, an amazing trip and well worth it, maybe the highlight of the vacation. Again, be prepared for rough waters on the smaller boat, but that made it more fun in my view.
Also, in my opinion, pay no attention to the few previous negative feedbacks. We were very safe the whole time, they canceled the afternoon tour even though they could have gone (and it meant less money for them), and what they said about being safe at Queens Pond made perfect sense to us. Didn't come close to scaring us, just pointing out to be careful in rough waters like they are having. Guess you have to be careful who you say what to!
All in all, excellent trip and highly recommended. Thanks Chris, Mike, Bob, and Janet!
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