On the Sunday of our trip (March 28), we decided we’d go on our snorkeling excursion. My mom and I bought snorkeling gear at Target before we flew out to Hawaii, but you could rent gear for around $10. We thought we might snorkel more than once (which we did) and I had a friend who snorkeled, and rented equipment, while in Hawaii and she found someone’s gum in the mouthpiece her second time around. Gross. No gum for me, please.
Jason drove us to Hanauma Bay, where we paid a small fee (he was free for being in the military, and also for being a Hawaii resident, I believe.) We then sat through a short video about the Bay and the dos and don’ts of snorkeling. No standing on the reef, don’t touch the fish (or turtles if you saw any.) That kind of stuff. Basically, don’t touch anything but the water.
When Jason moved to Hawaii a couple of years ago, he invested in a pretty decent underwater digital camera. It has a slow delay, and it’s obviously difficult to get good pictures since it’s hard to look through the eyepiece under water, but I think the photos were pretty amazing.
I think the funniest thing I heard that day was when my mom and Karen and I had come up for air and Karen asked where Jason was. My mom replied, “he’s chasing a fish!” For whatever reason, I couldn’t get it together after that. I could only imagine him swimming around the ocean chasing fish like in “Finding Nemo”. 🙂
Overall, I think this might have been our favorite day in Hawaii.
Without further ado, the photos.
Outside the entrance to the parking lot of Hanauma Bay:
View of the bay. The clear water is where we swam. The dark spots are the reef that you weren’t allowed to touch/step on/destroy.
The fish swam right up to you. They were not shy, and I often swam away from them. Weird, I know.
Lots of fish:
You can see this fish’s lips!
Mom, me and Karen:
Someone offered to take our picture. While I was waving. Not sure what that was about:
Next up will be photos from a couple of our stops along the way back to the resort (after snorkeling).