I knew I had to go snorkelling in Hawaii before I left.
Today I decided to go to the dive shop and hire the appropriate equipment. Snorkel, Flippers, Mask, de-mister, fish identification chart and of course an underwater camera. Before I carry on – apologies for the poor camera work, I couldn’t see a thing through the viewfinder on this camera!
I chose to dive around 2 beaches, Kaanapali and Kapalua, both incredible spots.
At Kaanapali there is a large volcanic intrusion into the water called Black Rock. It’s a perfect habitat for reef fish, corals and even sea turtles.
I went out alone around the rock into the deeper waters, trying not to think about the countless varieties of shark that live around here! The guy in the dive shop joked that theres an old Hawaiian rule about swimming here “If you dip your thumb into the water and it tastes like salt then there are sharks about” That says it all really.
So putting that as far as possible from my mind I braved the deep and was rewarded by a multitude of different varietyes of tropical fishes. So many colours, shapes and sizes, it was like swimming trough an aquarium.
After about an hour I was really rewarded when a Green Sea Turtle appeared out of nowhere right next to me. I followed it at a discrete distance while it cruised about and rose to the surface for a few gulps of air (Like Whales these creatures need to breath at the surface) I then watched as it slowly dived back to the bottom of the reef and took shelter under a volcanic rock ledge.
All the time I had the wonderous sounds of Humpback Whales echoing in my ears.
Another incredible moment I won’t forget.