Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Under the Sea, Day 5

The morning of our 5th day in Hawaii was one of the best, at least I think! We started our morning with a drive down Alii Road and ended up at our meeting point for our snorkel adventure with Sea Quest. I was really scared to go because I have silly fear of the water (and not knowing what is in the deep blue) and sharks! When we got to our first snorkel spot at Honaunau Bay or Place of Refuge I told my husband to hold my hand and don’t let go! The tour director said, "you say that now but in 5 minutes you'll be off doing your own thing!" She was right! It was so awesome to see all these crazy cool colorful fish! Including the humuhumunukunukuapua'a, Hawaii's state fish! After only about 30 minutes in the water our waterproof camera broke!!! Thank goodness we had some waterproof disposable cameras with us! We spent about an hour here before we headed for Kealakekua Bay and Capitan Cook memorial. This area was very unique; the reef comes out about 50 feet from the shore (about 6-10 feet deep) before dropping off to 100 feet deep!!! Man I was kind of nervous! I felt like Bruce from Finding Nemo was going to just pop out and say, "hello!" All along the coast they showed us the old lava tubes and lava flows from over the years which was really neat. Apparently some you can even dive into! We got back to the dock but not before seeing a pod of dolphins that seemed to be sleeping (based on what our Capitan said).
"Hello, names Bruce!"
After this we drove into Kona and parked and went to the little farmers market and bought some homemade and home grown jelly and some local art. There were tons of tropical flowers there for sale too! Some I had never seen before! Check out our video on youtube you'll see the humuhumunukunukuapua'a!
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