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Snorkeling In Hawaii

fish school hawaii kona

I recently returned from Hawaii after spending 2 weeks being a camera-crazed tourist (I took 1800 photos).  One of my favorite parts of the trip was the snorkeling jaunt we made off the coast of the big island near Kona.  Both my Uncle John and my Aunt Marcia had snorkeled in exotic spots before, whereas I’d only snorkeled in my grandparents’ swimming pool when I was 12, so I was looking forward to trying it out.

fish humu hawaii kona snorkelThe snorkel company’s boat took us on a 20 minute ride along the coast past cliff divers, lava tubes, and sea caves until we came to a stop in the water near the Captain Cook Monument.  Here we jumped overboard with our gear and, despite the heavier than normal waves murkying up the water, we saw some incredible sea-life.

Swimming through the impressive coral reefs were fish of all colors largely undisturbed by our presence.  We’d taken along disposable waterproof cameras in hopes of getting some good shots and we weren’t disappointed.  We saw blue fish, which I believe were wrasse, there were sea anemone, and even some eels.  The state fish, the humuhumus were out and about, but more than anything we saw lots of yellow tang.  School was in session for the tang and they were everywhere.

fish snorkel hawaii wrasseOur snorkel trip only lasted about 2 hours, but it was well worth it.  It served to whet our palates for more snorkeling and more fish viewing.  We didn’t do any more snorkeling on this trip (there was so much other awesomeness), but this opened me up to a whole new activity and I can’t wait to do it again.  Especially in Hawaii. db


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