Interesting Coastal Dive and Hike

Trip Start Feb 19, 2010
Trip End Jan 31, 2012

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Sunday, March 6, 2011

Day 1 - Attack of the bed bugs take 4
Had to spend the morning walking down to the dive shop again in order to get the refund for the dive that got cancelled teh night before.

Caught a bus around lunch down to pinapple park hostel. On the way to the bus stop ran into Matt who had been working at the Hilo Hostel. Found out he got fired because when he was questioned about how the book keeping was done he said that he hadnt been trained to do it the way the owners wife wanted it. As a result of this he was told that he was being disrespectful (according to Nigirean customs) and got fired for it. Had originally thought he might have gotten drunk and said something he shouldnt have but appears he got fired over nothing.

Found myself getting on the wrong bus and ended up having to wait for another one when the one I was on reached the end of the line. Ended up chatting with a local while waiting for the next bus. Once getting to the hostel I went to the dorm and didnt do much except watch some videos. Felt like a quite afternoon and it was a bit late to go wandering.

Before leaving for a walk had squash a couple of bugs in the bed which I had thought were ants but realised they were bed bugs when the last one I squashed squirted blood. My blood. As a result ended up once again having a bunch of red itching bite maeks on my arms and legs.

In the afternoon wandered to the shops and dive shop but found that it had closed early. Also wandered to the nearby restuarant but after seeing the prices decided to buy something at the shops and cook for myself at the hostel.

That evening told the owner about the bugs and asked for some bug spray to kill them. Found that the bed bugs had been a problem in the dorms for a while and that they bomb the place with spray once a week. Only problem is that it doesnt kill the lava which has an ingestion period of 1-2 weeks so they cant seem to get ride of teh bugs. In the end he gave me a private room with toilet at no extra charge. this room thankfully had no bed bugs to be found.

Day 2 - Diving and Hiking the Bay
Decided to try the dive shop again since I had gotten my money back for the night dive I wasnt able to do.
Found that the place was owned by a french couple whom I had a little trouble understanding. They seemed very enthusiastic about going out quickly to the point that they didnt even look up my diving certificate or take any money (unlike most americans) before we left for the dive.

First dive was a shore dive in the bay. It was about 10am by now and I had wanted to do a swim through a lava tube but found that when we got to the tube there was a lot of swell driving in and out of the tube. Personally I would have taken my chances and tried riding the crest and troff of teh swell but without knowing the twists and turns of the tube not sure whether that would even be possible. I got teh impression from the dive master that if I had gotten my but into gear and arrived at 8am that the swell may not have been so great and the tube would of been possible. Can also understand now why the sharks hole near little corn was a no goer due to sea currents.

Ended up having a nice dive. Lots of coral everywhere though not so many fish as in Hilo. Could see that the coral was growing on old lava flows and so had a number place where you could swim through. Also had lots of 5-6m high walls of coral where it was growing on lava.

Lots and lots of colour once again. Compared to what I remember from teh Caribean definately a more lively place which makes me wander why the Carabean had so much dead white coral. Ended the dive by going down to 25m and swimming near the bottom of a small wall of coral. Not quite vertical but could see lots of layers of coral above me. Ended up taking a few photos with the underwater camera I had bought for the night dives since I still had some film left. On the way out also saw a turtle which we watched swim around for a while.

For the second dive we headed down to Hookena and the NP I wanted to visit. Place packed with tourists sunning themselves on the rocks and snorkling in the water. Glad I got to come out here but happy I hadnt gone to the effort of making a day trip. Ended up diving here as well and had a similar dive to the first one. Most interesting part was that on the way out saw an eagle ray which we followed and watched for maybe 5-10 minutes.

After heading back to the dive shop decided to have a quick lunch andd take the trail down to Cooks monument located in the nearby bay. Had originally planned to kayak in the bay but since I went diving that morning, decided to just hike it. Roughly 1 hour to wander down to the bay through shrub covered fields and over lava fields. Seems to be a lot of those around the place. On the way down passed lots of people on their way out. Guess they had spent the day at the bay snorkling and were calling it a day.

Ended up wandering along the coast for a bit and watching the waves come crashing in onto the small lava cliff walls that make up the bay. All in all a nice walk and definately a nice place to spend the day, though I only had a couple of hours to go exploring before dark.

On the way out managed to take a wrong turn since I wasnt paying attention and the road forked with the more obvious trail being the wrong one. Thankfully noticed that I was on the wrong trail when I hit a gate I didnt remember passing and managed to backtrack and find the correct trail out before dark.

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