Thursday, November 27, 2008
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
We started off around 8am with the top down. Lucky for us, we had just missed the rain. It is evident that there is a lot of rain up there since it is ridiculously green and lush... probably how you would imagine a tropical place to be.
I am not sure exactly why the snorkel companies make you arrive that early. I think that the ocean is generally calmer in the morning so they like to get out to sea to avoid any seasickness. After a 40 minute drive to central Maui, we hopped on the boat at 7am. The trip started out great...it was a bit windy but we were inside chomping on bagels so we didn't really care. It took about 35-45 minutes to get out to Molikini crater, a popular snorkeling spot just off the coast of Maui.
Just before reaching our destination, we notice clouds starting to move in and the captain comes onto the speaker and tells us that many boats are not staying out at the crater that morning and instead going to another snorkel spot because it is so windy and not ideal snorkeling conditions...Read: incredibly bumpy water. And wait, isn't this why we got up early? To AVOID this??
But we hear him talking to another boat and he says, "Ah, screw it, we're here, we'll just stay," even though the other boat captain told him how nice and calm and clear the other spot was that morning. Tim and I looked at each other and just groaned. There were already people who were starting to look slightly green. It was not a good indication of what the next 4 hours would hold.
If anyone knows me and my issues/phobias/whatever you want to call it with puke, you would be saying a big "UH OH" in your head about right now.
We park the boat and get all of our snorkel gear on. It is not a good sign that there are white caps in the water because it is THAT windy and choppy. Tim and I are the first couple of people to jump in. We both have wetsuits on but it is cloudy and windy so it's pretty cold in the water. You can see some fish but not like we were expecting. Most of the time you are just fighting to not get tossed into the rocks of the crater because the waves are that turbulent.
We get out after a while because we are cold. While we are out we notice that 1) They are serving lunch already... IE: burgers, grilled chicken sandwiches, etc. Um, it's 9:30am! 2) While we are sitting there, we just happen to look over right as a lady is completely yakking for about 5 minutes straight over the side of the boat. UH OH. And, um, DISGUSTING.
From there, it went downhill. I have never gotten seasick before. Probably something to do with the fact that I don't have much experience being on the ocean or water since I grew up in the dead center of the US, not even remotely CLOSE to water. But I do have a pretty strong stomach (mainly due to my puke issues I guess). I did not get seasick on the snorkel trip. I felt it, for sure, but did not get seasick. Tim on the other hand has before... and definitely did that day. I don't think watching that lady toss her cookies helped much. After that, he started to feel really bad. We got back into the water thinking it might help with the choppiness. Not so much. He almost puked in the water.
We get out and spend the next two hours of our time there huddled together inside the cabin. It was choppy, cloudy and not fun. We were both so ready to get off that damn boat that I seriously considered diving in and swimming back to Maui.
Once we took off, it got much better. Tim started to feel a bit better and on the way back we saw turtles and dolphins. That, by far, was the best part of our whole snorkeling adventure.
On the boat on the way out to the crater. It was sunny then!
Beautiful hula dancers. This luau, like many others, explores all of the island cultures- Hawaii, Tahiti, New Zealand, and the Samoas. With each course, they bring out food for each of the islands and then the dancers come out with the dances that relate to each island's culture. It's pretty neat. And of course, there is a fire dancer at the end!
Monday, November 24, 2008
Our little black and red fish. He was cute. Probably because my favorite colors are black and red. Later in our trip, we saw these guys when we were snorkeling!
Tim outside of the Maui ocean center sign. This was somewhere in the middle of the place... right before this we had stopped to go to the bathroom to blow our noses. We were quite the pair that day. No fun.
I don't know what kind of fish these are but they look mean, even though it is a pretty picture. Anyone who knows me knows that I have NEVER liked fish. Surprisingly to anyone who knows me, I actually snorkeled SEVERAL times on this trip. This is HUGE for me. I have a huge aversion to fish, aside from eating them. I have always not liked getting into lakes or too deep into oceans because the thought of one of those slimy guys touching me just creeps the hell out of me. But, for whatever reason, I actually snorkeled... and more than once (more on that in later posts). And even more noteworthy, I actually really liked it! Maybe my fish aversion is gone?
After the Maui ocean center visit, we promptly headed to the pool where we laid there the entire. afternoon. Why not? It's Maui! We were right by the pool bar/restaurant which was even better. We got up a few times to get in the pool, waterslide, etc. It was awesome.