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Kaunolu and the Shark Fin


By Jill Bidoczka, Expedition Guide, Safari Explorer

Where: Kaunolu, Lanai’s Southwest Coastline

After an early morning crossing to Lana’i, the guests of the Safari Explorer were treated to amazingly calm and beautiful conditions for snorkeling and kayaking at the base of the island’s towering sea cliffs.

Sea Cliffs

Captain Winston anchored the Safari Explorer off of Kaunolu, Lana’i, or an area commonly referred to as Shark Fin. No worries about shark encounters here, as the area is named after a large rock pinnacle that resembles a shark’s dorsal fin.

Shark Fin

This area is also known as home to some of the tallest sea cliffs in the world. A group of us kayaked along the base of these majestic sea cliffs, then around the “fin” itself, and into a nearby protected cove. Our Expedition Guide Jill B. explained how each visible layer in the cliffs represents one individual lava flow, and how the Hawaiian Islands are all slowly sinking and continuously eroding. The ongoing formation of sea caves at the base of the cliffs eventually leads to landslides, therefore slowly etching away at the island over time.

Sea Cliff

The red volcanic rock seen in the cliffs are areas of high iron content, which has oxidized and literally formed rust with exposure to oxygen. Expedition Leader Jill Q. led another group of passengers snorkeling in a reef tour around the “fin” where large schools of Pennant and Millet Butterfly fish can often be found. A great day for all!

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