This last trip to Maui was a weird one where the waves were concerned. We normally have surf that is one, maybe two feet tall in front of our condo but for about half of this trip we had waves that were reaching 6-8 feet. It was great for the surfers but made it hard to find clear water to snorkel in.
This first shot was taken in front of our condo with the Nikon P7700.
This was taken at Kalahu Point near Hana.
And this of course is what lurks below the waves.
As a side note, if you ever find yourself on Maui during a "big wave" day you might want to stay in your condo. The surf report (an app I have on my phone) was forecasting 30-50 foot waves on the windward side of the island one Wednesday. I was told by one of the local photographers that if the waves were breaking right the pro surfers would be out in force and it would be a great opportunity to get some good photos. I took that as a sign and loaded up the 600mm lens and headed to the other side of the island.
Little did I know that most of the people on the island had the very same idea. We got about half way to the windward side of the island when we hit the traffic. After that we were literally traveling two miles an hour and we had about six more miles to go. My Aloha spirit was really tested that day!
I did find a shortcut on our way back so next time I will know how to bypass the majority of the traffic. By the time we got back to our condo the news stations were calling it "Big Wave Wednesday".
Of course after we got where we wanted to be it was apparent the waves weren't cooperating. They were definitely big but they were breaking too close to each other for it to be safe so the surfers just sat on the shore waiting to see if it would change.
Just another day in paradise!