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Waimea Bay to Mokuleia - Shark cages !!! Aug. 17

Waimea Bay To Mokuleia & Shark Cage Paddle 9.5 miles

Aloha Paddlers!!

We’ll be doing our next Circle Island paddle on Saturday, Aug. 17, going from Waimea Bay(actually Three tables) to Mokuleia - 9.5 miles. Because of the distance and open ocean environment, we're also scheduling a shorter route - from Three Tables to Haleiwa Bay Beach Park.

If you’re up for a longer paddle, the nine and one half mile route to Mokuleia Beach Park is it. It's straight down wind across Haleiwa Bay, so will take approx. 3 to 3.5 hours depending on wind conditions, wave direction and enthusiasm of our paddlers.

One of the real attractions of this route is that it can take us close to the Shark Cage operations. Those that want to, can paddle out about 15 minutes off our straight line course and get right up next to the shark cages. This provides a good bit of excitement when the sharks are in the area just a short distance from our kayaks. It’s a sight you rarely get to see……….and what we've learned when we've done this in the past is that the sharks pay little attention to the kayaks as they’re eagerly looking for anything that’s might be thrown off the shark cage boat. In the past, we’ve had one of our paddlers, Rich Conolly, get off his kayak and snorkel in the area so he could get some good pics of the sharks, and he got back to his kayak with nearly all of his body parts intact………….Nah, just kidding, they pretty much ignored him…..Lucky for him! You can see the results of our last paddle out to the shark cages by clicking on the photos section of the web site and clicking on “Bob's video” which will take you to YouTube and a video of the sharks in the water around us. Bring an underwater camera (and a long handle) and make your own video. The species of shark in the are are generally Galapagos and Reef Sharks, both pretty non-aggressive types.

Soooooo, here’s the plan…….
Meet at Three Tables (about 1/2 mile to the Turtle Bay side of Waimea Bay) at 7:45 AM. (We're meeting here because the parking is much easier).Off-load boats and equipment. The shuttle cars will leave the Bay at 8:00 AM. We’ll use the same system this week as we have in the past, wherein the LAST cars to arrive at Mokuleia Beach Park, after off-loading boats will get the privilege of being the shuttle cars to bring paddlers back to Waimea Bay.
We’ll plan on putting in at Three tables at 9:00 AM. We should finish up between noon and 1:00PM. Be sure to check the weather forecast before you leave home in the morning and we'll hope for great down-wind conditions! ALSO, WE HAVE KAYAK SAILS AVAILABLE AT Twogood Kayaks and this is a perfect route to use one if it's a windy day. See ya all there!!

As always: know your capabilities, limits, and the expected conditions and check your equipment before you go. Sun Screen, hat and water are a must. Sun glasses, gloves and dry bag are a good idea. Remember to stay in sight of the group and tell others if you are leaving. You alone are responsible for your health and safety. To check conditions, go to:http://www.surfnewsnetwork.com/ and check the surf and wind forecast to see what it’s saying at that time. Then, knowing the latest forecast, we can all make the decision about whether to come out for this paddle or to go for a paddle somewhere else, or stay home and clean the yard. Be sure to check the Meetup – Hua Iki web site for any changes and updates and to change your RSVP if you change your mind. You can reach Bob at the shop at[masked]

If you need to rent a kayak –Twogood Kayaks gives Meetup members a 15% discount off the Kamiana rate. We also have car top pads, straps, dry bags, etc. If you want to pick up your kayak on Friday afternoon after 3 pm so you can drive straight to Three tables on Saturday morning, let us know and we’ll be happy to accommodate your request. See ya there!!

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  • Bob

    Really good downwind conditions made it much easier to do the 9 1/2 miles. Unfortunately, when we got to the shark cage boat mooring area, the boats were'nt out yesterday, so no cages or sharks!! Bummer, most of us were looking forward to seeing them again!! Even though the sharks were'nt around, it was a fun downwind paddle. Around Kaena Point on our next outing!!

    August 18, 2013

  • Veronique

    No sharks, but that's more of a plus for me!
    Nice bunch of people and great paddle led by Bob

    August 17, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Unfortunately it seems like this was really not supposed to happen for me. I have been up half the night with some tendonitis that hasn't bothered me in months (too much snorkelling, maybe?) Anyhow, don't want to hold up the group and make my elbow worse. It's too bad. I was really looking forward to this. Guess I will have to go back home, get to the physio, and come another time.

    August 17, 2013

  • Ken M.

    See you there!

    August 16, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I rented an inflatable kayak and didn't realized until I picked it up that it was for two people. If anyone wants to help me paddle, let me know.

    August 16, 2013

  • Steve

    This will be my first event with this group. How does the shuttle work?

    August 16, 2013

  • Douglas & Sandra K.

    Mark, My wife & I are going. Do you think a third kayak can be tied on top of our two? We live up in Keolu Hills. Call me Friday if you want to discus it[masked]

    August 15, 2013

  • Mark

    Anyone want to carpool from Kailua?

    August 15, 2013

  • Douglas & Sandra K.

    Poes anyone know the driving time from Kailua to Waimea Bay?

    August 13, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi, I am visiting from Vancouver, BC and would love to do the Saturday paddle, but have no boat or car or way of getting there from the Hanauma Bay area where I will be staying to the paddle site. I would be eternally grateful to anyone who could help me out with transportation and or boat rental.

    August 12, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Yes, I got your email if you are talking about the one mentioning a ride. I responded to your gmail acct. If you could reserve a kayak for me it would be great.

      August 13, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    If I can work out a boat loan or rental.

    August 12, 2013

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