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Maui Boat Tours: The Perfect Way To Experience The Islands

Maui has been voted the Best island in the world by the readers of the Travel & Leisure magazine for five years and Worlds best Island by the readers of Conde Nast Traveler magazine for the last ten consecutive years. The second largest of the 8 islands that make up Hawaii, it offers a relaxed sunset feel with just the right balance between a tropical getaway and resort convenience. Your trip to Maui will be one against which all others will be measured.

But tourists arent the only ones who are attracted to Mauis great weather; out of the approximately 7, 500 humpback whales alive today, around 3, 000 spend their winter in Mauis waters. With 120 miles of coastline and more than 30 miles of beaches, Maui is the perfect whale watching and snorkeling destination for families.

The best tours for Maui Snorkeling are located in the south and west parts of Maui. Most shores on these sides of Maui are protected from trade winds by the Maui mountains which means the water is always calm and clear. There is a variety of Maui boat tours to choose from depending on the type of excursion you are after.

All are unique and guaranteed to leave you with wonderful memories of these beautiful islands. Apart from snorkeling and whale watching you could also hire a boat for sailing, rafting, dinners cruises, dolphin adventures and sunset cruises with live music and dancing.  Some snorkeling tours will let you choose between 2 or 5-hour tours while most humpback whale watching tours only run between 1 and 2 hours. It is important that you check your schedule and ask the right questions before booking any of the Maui boat tours.

The best snorkeling location in Maui are Molokini and turtle town. Molokini is a small islet located around 3 miles off the southern coast of Maui. It as a marine sanctuary that is home to a wide variety of fish. On the other hand, Turtle Town is where you need to be if you are in need of viewing sea turtles - there are about 3000 of these in this sanctuary. You can also get on excursions to Lanai for dolphin sightings and snorkeling, Kanaio, La Perouse and Honolua Bay.

While Maui captains have the experience to provide the smoothest rides possible, larger boats are more stable. On the other hand, smaller boats can give you a more personalized experience with the crew paying special attention to your needs. Zodiac boats are the best for whale watching since they are lower on the water and can take you to that hard-to-reach exotic location. Other remarkable options are glass bottom boats and submarines.

About The Mexican Parrotlet

The Mexican Parrotlet is commonly known as a Mexican Blue Rumped Parrotlet or a Turquoise Rumped Parrotlet, it is a small parrot that is relatively common to spot in the area that they habitat, this is in the northwestern area of Mexico, specifically western Sinaloa or Durango and all the way up to Southern California. Unfortunately there have been recent declines in the amount of Mexican Parrotlets that are being seen, it is believed that they may be very endangered.

Open country as well as forest areas prone to light deciduous is what they favor, they enjoy arid tropical zones, especially near to the water. When it is not breeding season. They are generally spotted in flocks consisting of ten to forty birds, however, small groups or solitary pairs are spotted as well. There are times in which they are seen gathered with Half-moon Conures.

These hanging parrots have a green plumage that provides them with the perfect camouflage in the trees foliage where they spend the greater part of their days. The times in which they are generally most observed is when they are calling, when they fly to and from feeding and drinking sites, this is generally in the early mornings as well as in the evenings, and when they are foraging on the ground.

Juveniles or immatures look just identical to the adults, they are however not as brightly colored. The blue markings which are observed in adult male are mixed together with greens. The greenish suffusion that can be seen in the turquoise color of their rumps as well as under the wings is how young males are identified, there is only a trace of blue found in their primary coverts as well.

The male's plumage is mainly green, the sides of the head, forehead, abdomen and breast areas are paler and have a greenish-yellowish hue. There can sometimes be a slight bluish tinge on the abdomen. The upper tail feathers, lower back, shoulder feathers and under wing coverts are turquoise-blue. There is a pale blue hue to their primary wing feathers, their secondaries as well as their greater wing coverts. There is a pale horn colored mixed with a grey tinge on their bill. They have great eye rings that are narrow, their feet are great and their irises are dark brown.

Being as females do not have the blue markings that can be observed on a male, they are quite easy to identify. They also have a brighter shade of yellow in their underparts and these is no evident blue suffusion either. The underside of their tail or their flight also have no blue. The breast and abdomen plumage is more yellowish as well.

Their contact calls are very high pitched, their vocalizations are often described as screeches that are not too loud and rolling, ther are able to be heard at distances that are quite far. While they eat, they emit shrill monosyllabic calls. In nature, their diet consists of various seeds, ripe and half ripe fruits, berries and grass seeds.