We are now in Hanalei Bay, rolling gently. Only one problem with this beautiful place-- there is no good place to leave the dinghy
ashore. Otherwise, its one of the nicest anchorages
we have ever been in. Kayaked up the river yesterday--gorgeous-- and there are good places to kayak
in the surf.
The Aloha dock at the Hawaii YC is back in operation, but we stayed at the Waikiki YC--they have better docks, a pool, parking, and cheaper drinks in the bar.
We stayed on a YC mooring
in Lahaina--it can get quite rolly, but you can leave your dink safely in the harbor. Tried to go to Lanai one day, but Menele is to shallow for us, and Kaumalapau harbor was so small that we didn't feel comfortable anchoring
there with another boat.
We stayed a couple of nights at Honolua Bay on Maui--very nice anchorage, but crowded with snorkel boats during the day. Also a couple of days in Kaunakakai harbor on Molokai--protected with good holding, but very windy and not much to do ashore or in the water
Molokini is worth a day stop--there are moorings balls under the water
, and you have to swim down and pull up the pennants. The coral
is overrated, but the crater usually has calm water (not always). The tour boats go there early in the morning, but usually depart by 1 pm, because they have to work their way back upwind to Maalea Harbor, where it is typically blowing over 30 knots in the afternoons
We also spent one night at Pokai Bay on the west side of Ohau--it looked like a nice place, but we left at 0430 to sail to Kauai
, partly because they were predicting high surf advisories for a SW swell.
plan is to bash our way back to Oahu
in July for the Transpac parties--will probably leave the boat in Kaneohe Bay because there will be no room in the Alawai. Then go back to Kauai to jump off for the mainland.