Hawaii, part 2

April 1, 2011 at 7:20 am Leave a comment

Whales greeted us as we sailed into Honolulu on Oahu the next day.  There were hundreds of them!  What a beautiful sight!  There’s no animal I love better than whales.  They are just spiritual creatures. 

When we arrived at each new island there were dancers greeting us.  Some were older, some young, all were beautiful dancers.  We appreciated all of them, especially when there were good looking young men in the group 😉 

We spent the day on Waikiki beach, doing some shopping and having drinks.  It was a pretty laid back day for us.

Our last stop in Hawaii before starting back to San Diego was at Kona.  We saved the best outing for last.  We took a Zodiac ocean raft along the coast to snorkel at the Kealakekua Bay Marine Preserve.   Along the way we saw pods of dolphins and whales. The water was calm and perfect for snorkeling.   We saw lots of tropical fish and coral formations.  This was Susie’s first time snorkeling and she’s hooked, just like me! 

After snorkeling, we had a snack of fresh local pineapple and other treats and started back.  We stopped at lava formations, sea caves and blow holes as we made our way back along the coastline.  We even saw some kids diving off the cliffs.

Can you see the diver?

 Then he hit the gas and we went speeding back as a pod of dolphins swam along with us.  It was a fantastic trip!

 Back on the ship as we pulled away from the Big Island everyone gathered on the deck to watch the lava flows.  What a perfect ending and a wonderful way to tell Hawaii good-bye!

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