Friday, November 5, 2010

Hawaii Trip 2010: Day Four, Five and Six!

I started out the day by walking down the strip to get some frozen yogurt. They had all of the Hawaiian fruit to add to it, along with really yummy fruity flavors (and coconut!). I decided to head back up along the coast to check out what I hadn't seen yet, and found an old park with really old ruins. Not really what I'm interested in seeing, but I walked around a little bit and checked it out. Actually pretty cool.

As I got closer to the top of island, I stopped to check out the King Kamehameha statue, which again, pretty cool, but not really my thing. I moved on towards 'Upolo Point, stopped at every turn-off, and then turned around and headed back down to go snorkeling!

What's this guy doing? (haha!)


I stopped at Spencer Beach, which I don't think you can tell, but it was really just lots of nice, white sand. It was right next to Hapuna Beach (the Waikiki of the Big Island), but it was crowded, and this one was mellow. I met a couple of really nice ladies (one from 30 minutes away from where I live, ha!), and we waded around and talked about things to do. They told me about another beach right down the street from my hotel . . . so I went!
The view from my last hotel room!
This is the beach that they told me about. I can't remember the name, but I definitely remember having been once when I was 13. It was awesome! It was pretty shallow (not like the Black Sand Beach), but I could pretty much stand up the whole time if I wanted to. And there were sea turtles! And big, colorful fish! And if you swam out far enough, coral. It was pretty good, especially for being so close to me. I went back a few times after.
And then I went back to my favorite snorkel spot (I think people call it two steps, or three steps, because when you get in and out, you have to step up a couple of ledges), and pretty much spent forever there. I could snorkel every day for the rest of my life and be happy. So relaxing, and it just feels so nice.
I dedicated all of day six to the wedding, which was beautiful! I won't post those pictures here until they're edited (if at all -- I might forget!), but it was really nice. And the last day that I was here, I decided to go snorkeling, again, to all of my favorite places. Afterwards, I psyched myself up again, and went back to the Black Sand Beach to snorkel with those turtles, and then returned to snorkel my favorite spots. Definitely my favorite part of the trip ever. I love snorkeling! (duh!)
To bring my trip to a close, I headed to the Sheraton, where they have a Manta Ray viewing area. The manta rays show up between 8-9:30pm every night to feed on the rocks around it. I guess they're attracted the lights. Actually, you can go out into the ocean and swim with these massive dudes in the dark. You bring flashlights, and they'll come up and swim around you -- some of them are as big as a 6' tall person. Totally scary, but it would probably be unforgettable. It was pretty cool though -- I didn't stick around too long, but I did watch a couple of manta rays circling around. Can you see them? Sorry for the lousy pictures -- it was at night, and didn't have a tripod. They're the things in the middle -- gray on the top, and white on the bottom!

As I left, it started pouring, and didn't stop until the morning. I headed back to my hotel, and walked across the street for dinner, and back to my room to gather my things together and pack. The next morning, I walked down the strip for the final time, getting fro yo in again for breakfast, and sitting along the water while eating it. Turns out, the Kona Farmer's Market was still happening, so I walked through, looking at jewelry and trinkets. I hadn't bought anything other than gifts for other people on my trip, so when I found a simple little ring, I bought it. It was my birthstone in the middle (peridot), with small little turtle feet, a head and tail in silver. Pretty adorable. I made it back to the hotel, returned the rental car, and waited for my flight, three hours early. Security was pretttty easy. Then I spent the next 10 hours in airports and on the plane. It was a pretty epic and relaxing vacation (the only that I've ever taken alone), but I kind of hope that someone can come with me next time. :)

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