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Trip Start Jan 24, 2012
Trip End Feb 01, 2012

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Shark's Cove

Flag of United States  , Hawaii
Thursday, January 26, 2012

We rose at 5:30 this morning.  The roosters were kind enough to wait till then to call on the morning.  With the pack prepped and keys in hand we set off for Waianae (6AM) and our snorkeling excursion.  Arriving at 7:15 and managing to avoid the morning rush into Honolulu, we arrived at the pier and found the boat we were to be on.  Once aboard, we were given flippers and a safety breifing, and, shortly thereafter, "set sail" (there were no actual sails on this particular vessel).  Once outside the harbor's breakwater, the chop swelled 2-3 feet and sent us in a motion that was much of what I remember of see-saws.  2 minutes pass and the captain cuts the engines. 

1.  The captain announces that we must all do a hula before going further. (Page 53)
2. The captain announces that, unfortunately, we must return to shore. (Read Following)
3. The captain jumps ship abruptly. (Page 104)

If you picked number 2, you are correct and we won't suddenly kill off the protagonist.  He stated that the chop was too much to enjoy the day, that he did want to waste our money on a bad day of snorkeling, and that he would feel bad that all of us would be sick by the time we got to the spot.  Nice guy.  We appreciated his foresight and kindness, though it was a small consolation for cancelling one of the major parts of our trip.  He also stated that they would be attempting again in the next few days given they had the people (min of 6).  The crew began rattling off things to do in leiu of the snorkel.  There was talk of going to Kailua for snorkeling, etc.  We decided to head up the coast further toward the Koaukala Reserve where the road ends.  After 20min of drive passing a stretch of homeless communes (this is the poorer side of Oahu) we made it to the end of the road (beginning of a hiking trail).  Unfortunately, we lacked proper attire for hiking, so we wave watched as the 20-30mph wind brought waves crashing into the sheer rock face of the shoreline. 

We agreed that a regroup was in order, and that we wanted to find a place to snorkel today.

1. We threw caution to the wind and jumped into the water from the 20 ft cliffs. (Page 92)
2. We found another company to take us out on the water. (Page 5)
3. We went back to base camp. (Read on)

If you picked number 3, GREAT JOB. Of course, there was more to the day, but we couldn't give everything away in that last option, could we? Anyways, we DID go back to the house, had some lunch, discussed our options and, on Cab's recommendations, headed further up the North Shore to see Waimea Valley and find some more prime snorkeling spots along the beaches.

Waimea Valley was absolutely gorgeous - it's an easy hike on pavement through a...well, it's billed as a botanical garden, but it's more than's part nature preserve, part cultural history. Some of the flora has been imported but most of it is native to Hawaii. All outdoors. We got some amazing pictures, far too many to post in this entry! Anyways, at the end of the hike is Waimea Falls, a small (today, anyways) waterfall that flows into a lagoon that's great for swimming if you can handle the cold water (D can. K can't). After a quickish dip and our underwater camera's first official underwater adventure, we decided to head out and do some snorkeling in the ocean.

We had several choices - Waimea Bay, Three Tables, Shark's Cove, or wave-watching on the Bonzai pipeline. It's all concentrated within about a 1.5 mile stretch of beach, but since the daylight was on its way out and the clouds were on their way in, we opted for Shark's Cove. It's a small lagoon bordered almost entirely by volcanic rock; there's only two major inlets where the waves can come in, and most of it is only waist-deep. BUT IT'S FULL OF FISH! HOLY WAH! For the better part of an hour we snorkeled around, trading camera duties and seeing all the cool stuff we could. The cove probably contained over 30 species of fish, plenty of urchins, and at least one medium-sized octopus who shot jets of water at any hand that came too close to it, ours included. We have videos. We have photos. And they are magnificent!


But wait...what happens next?

1. A downpour. (Read on)
2. A wallet theft. (Read on)
3. Dinner. (Read on)

If you picked ALL THREE, you're (mostly) right! Yeah, sorry, that was lame. But seriously, we saw some menacing clouds heading in, and nearly everyone had cleared the beach, so we decided it was time to leave and get the Jeep's top up before the rain arrived. When we got to our stuff, D got nervous when he saw the backpack was turned over, and then even more nervous when he realized his wallet wasn't in it. Well, crap. We'd both started making a mental list of its contents and the steps we'd need to take when he realized...the wallet was in his back pocket. Dry wallet > wet wallet, but wet wallet > stolen wallet. Whew! We continued on, got the Jeep top up, got the camera soaking in tap water as directed (to make sure there's no salt left in the seals), and made it back to the house mere minutes before the downpour! Huzzah! We shared an avocado and some fish for dinner and marveled at our photographic catches of the day. 

We also recieved a call from the snorkel excursion people saying that they would not be going out until sunday (after we leave this island).  D asked them for any excursion companies they knew of on the big island and they sent us 1.  Request and explanation sent.  We'll see what we get back tomorrow.  This blog now has over 100 views thanks, in part, to facebook.  Thanks for reading :o) and enjoy this video from our snorkeling adventures today.  (The clicking noises in the video are from the camera's auto focus motor; an unfortunate downside to this camera. Oh well)  It's in 1080p so feel free to load the HD for full effect.

Cheers! and until tomorrow
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dyer0930 on

that vid is SO COOL! It made me gasp! Can't wait to see more from your camera.

Mama on

I agree. More! More! :-)

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