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Boating: First Time Snorkeling around the Underwater Pipe at Electric Beach

January 3, 2017 |

Having a cousin who grew up in Oahu but currently lives in Washington, he showed us one of his favorite places to snorkel in West Oahu. Jumping aboard our 20-foot motorized Mako 204cc, we head out exploring for spinner dolphins and humpback whales to allow the sun comes up and warm us all up. We arrived where the local power plant was visible about 100 yards from the beach area. But what lies beneath… underneath the water are two giant cooling pipes that pump warm water out. The flowing water is more than strong enough send you doing underwater cartwheels but I called it the “Underwater Pipe Elevator.” Enjoy the video.

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Boating: Life in Oahu – Magical Days with Wild Locals

October 6, 2016 |

My best experience with Oahu’s Spinner Dolphins was just my Christmas Eve Snorkel with Spinner Dolphins in the warm waters of Hawaii. But no complaining here. I always feel blessed to see them wild and free in the ocean. Enjoy the video. Read More

Boating: Fresh Catch – Papio (Bluefin Trevally)

January 22, 2016 |

First Time: We’ve gone bottom-fishing before on our 13th voyage aboard the Swell Life, but this our first catch trolling using rapala lures recommended by the many locals who fish in these waters. We were stoked!

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Boating: Christmas Eve Snorkel with Spinner Dolphins

December 24, 2015 |

Fortunate to be living in the resting grounds of Hawaii’s spinner dolphins, they touch on our hearts! We’re in their natural environment and the dolphins choose when and how long they want to share their turf with you. So fascinating to observe their behaviors in the ocean but also have the ability to listen to them vocalizing with their squeaks, whistles, and echolocation clicks.

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Boating: Fresh Catch – Leatherback (lai) and Manybar Goatfish (moano)

November 18, 2015 |

New to the boating community, this was only our 4th voyage out on the Swell Life. We would’ve typically waiting for a glassy morning to jump aboard "The Swell Life" and go fishing but with gusting winds for days lifting we went out of our comfort zone. Light winds and a few bumps in the ocean from an incoming swell, we head out… not too far from shore… with our fishing gear – Penn fishing poles and squid bait. Here’s a video summarizing 4 hours of our adventure catching Lai and Moano for the first time. Read More

Boating: Our Eco-Tour to See Spinner Dolphins in their Natural Habitat

November 3, 2015 |

Our 3rd voyage aboard the Swell Life only joining the boating community this past October. One of the main reasons we bought the boat is to enjoy meeting more dolphins (nai’a in Hawaiian) in our Hawaiian waters. The most common dolphins found here are the Hawaiian spinner, spotted (kiko), bottlenose and rough-toothed dolphins. Here’s a short video of how amazing our dolphin tour went this day. Enjoy! Read More

Boating: Benefits of Boat Ownership in Hawaii

October 9, 2015 | 2

We’ve joined the boat community from our recent 1992 Four Winns 207 Quest CC purchase. Looking forward to cruising the Oahu coastline for Dolphins (Nai’a), Whales (Kohola), Green Sea Turtles (Honu), & Flying Fish (Malolo). Plus, the simple enjoyment of a sunset cruise, checking out local snorkeling spots, fishing and taking friends out. Here’s a glimpse from our 2nd voyage on the Swell Life Read More

Porta Bote Adventure at Canyon Lake (Tonto National Forest, Arizona)

November 19, 2013 |

This is our first adventure on our Porta Bote (Portable Folding Boat). Excited! We had passed by Canyon Lake just yesterday driving through the Apache Trail Scenic Byway. We’re so happy that this 12-ft folding boat fit on our Thule SUP racks, plus the accessories and a 6-hp motor fit in the back of the Mini Cooper. Amazing! Read More