R&R in Hawaii | Snorkeling


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hawaii big island, kona, fair wind morning snorkel & bbq cruise, snorkeling, Kealakekua BayIt’s always hard to pick favorites when it comes to vacations. But I can say that one of the highlights from our trip to Hawaii was snorkeling for the first — and second! — times.hawaii big island, kona, fair wind morning snorkel & bbq cruise, snorkeling, Kealakekua BayCaptain Cook Monument.Our first snorkeling excursion was with an organized tour, the Fair Wind Morning Snorkel Cruise & BBQ at Kealakekua Bay, also known as Captain Cook’s Cove. The cruise departed at 9 a.m. and returned around 1:30 p.m. and included breakfast, lunch and equipment (snorkeling mask and fins).hawaii big island, kona, fair wind morning snorkel & bbq cruise, snorkeling, Kealakekua BayOutfitted with fins.I was a little bit nervous as I had never snorkeled before and wasn’t sure how easily I would be able to pick up on the whole breathing-under-water thing. But it wasn’t that difficult once I got over my initial anxiety. The water was really clear and we saw all kinds of cool fish that didn’t seem to mind a bunch of humans following them around and staring.hawaii big island, kona, fair wind morning snorkel & bbq cruise, snorkeling, Kealakekua BayMy sunglasses (purchased during our first trip to Target) match my bathing suit!Also, we saw two whales! Or maybe the same whale two different times. Humpback whales migrating south from Alaska. This was not while snorkeling, but on the way to/from the bay.hawaii big island, kona, fair wind morning snorkel & bbq cruise, snorkeling, Kealakekua BayWhale tail.The other highlight of the snorkel cruise was that the boat was equipped with two high dives and water slides. Kail did both and I did neither. I was worried about my bathing suit coming off on impact. Also I have an irrational fear of jumping into water and hitting my head and dying. And while we decided not to purchase the DVD containing footage of the entire cruise from “Video John,” I did manage to get a few good above-water photos:hawaii big island, kona, fair wind morning snorkel & bbq cruise, snorkeling, Kealakekua BayKail jumps off the high dive. He did not hit his head.Our second snorkeling outing was on our own at a place called “Two Step” at Honaunau Bay. We rented masks and fins for the day and went for a dip after visiting a national park right next door, which I’ll write about later. It’s called Two Step because there are two rock ledges that form steps to easily get into and out of the ocean. Unless you are me, in which case you will flail about in a most ungraceful manner while wave after wave knocks you into the rocks until Kail and a stranger hoist you out.hawaii big island, kona, Two Step, Honaunau BayYou can’t tell from the photo, but the waters were very choppy that day.Easing oneself into calm, clear waters off a boat is much preferred to floundering into strong waves off a rocky shore. A volcanic rocky shore, might I add. Surprisingly, I escaped mostly unscathed — and my one scathe (can that be used as a noun?) came not during my attempt to exit the water, but earlier, when I got too close to some coral near the shore and scraped against it with my leg.I’m looking forward to my next snorkeling excursion and am now even considering taking scuba diving certification lessons — something I had previously ruled out as impossible/too scary. I’m still a little bit uneasy about the whole open-water situation (at one point during our second snorkeling mission I thought, as I peered into the dark waters, What if a shark face suddenly popped out at me?) but it’s something that Kail really wants to do.Have you ever snorkeled or scuba-dived?

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I'm Natasha -- writer, runner and wife to a Foreign Service Officer with USAID. Current location: Frankfurt, Germany.

8 thoughts on “R&R in Hawaii | Snorkeling

  1. See, now you understand why scuba might be the coolest thing ever! I have always wanted to get certified but haven’t gotten around to it. I’ve been on a snorkeling excursion twice. Once in the Caribbean and the last time in Mexico. I got sea sick both times! WHILE snorkeling. I think I have worse motion sickness than you do anyway. But it was still a lot of fun and I’d still do it again given my next opportunity. I love all your pics! Can wait to read more about your trip!

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  2. Love the pictures! I feel the same way about jumping in the water, those pictures of Kail are scary! 🙂 We are avid snorkelers, and for us, it all started in Hawaii a few years ago, too. We now own our own snorkeling gear and drag it around even to places with almost no visibility, in hopes of getting some snorkeling action. There is a place in ES that’s decent for snorkeling, although in a very different way – not as bright, happy, fish-all-over, but still very charming and calm.

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  3. I have been SCUBA certified since college (I was a marine biology major)….love it! Its like snorkeling but better. I have spent over 24 hours underwater! I’ve told Richard that when we are posted some place tropical, I will finish up the last couple courses I need to get my dive master and will spending the whole 2-3 years under water…..

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  4. I have been SCUBA certified since college (I was a marine biology major)….love it! Its like snorkeling but better. I have spent over 24 hours underwater! I’ve told Richard that when we are posted some place tropical, I will finish up the last couple courses I need to get my dive master and will be spending the whole 2-3 years under water…..

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