Now, I've never been deep sea fishing. I've been fishing in a boat on a lake, off a dock on a lake, fishing from a paddle board, fishing from shore, and even fishing indoors at the boating expo when I was really little, but never in the ocean, so I was all sorts of excited for this trip.
We woke up really early to eat some breakfast and we made sure that none of us had any bananas with us as we got on the boat. Apparently bringing bananas on a boat is the worst form of bad luck and if you do and the captain finds out, you'll probably get thrown over board. We learned that way back in the day when they would ship bananas back and forth between continents the bananas would leak (for lack of a better word) banana juice and the fish hated it and wouldn't come anywhere near the boat. So they learned not to have bananas with them when they wanted to catch fish. Fast forward to modern day and you are still not allowed onboard with a single banana. We didn't have any bananas, but that didn't help us much; we didn't get a single nibble in the four hours we were at sea. I'm going to tell you that I wasn't majorly bummed out about it, but it was an absolutely beautiful day. The water was calm, the sun was warm and it was actually really relaxing to lay out on the bow and chiiiillll. I think we all fell asleep at one point or another we were so relaxed. So even though we didn't catch anything, it was still a great way to spend a morning in Hawaii.
And the rest of that day was spent boogie boarding, naturally.
The next day we had booked a snorkel cruise. There was about 12 of us on a little boat that took us up the coast for about 30 minutes. Our first stop was Captain Cook's Cove (or something like that). Captain Cook was one of the first white dude's to discover the Hawaiian Islands. The cove we snorkeled in was his memorial and also the place I believe he was killed for pretending to be one of the Gods. It was a beautiful location with an incredible reef to explore. We saw so many colorful fish and other sea creatures. I had my GoPro with me and again, most of the photos it snapped weren't really of anything, but I got a few good ones.
The next location we stopped to snorkel at was the City of Refuge. We came back after the snorkel cruise to see the actual city instead of snorkeling off the coast because it was so cool. This was a place where if you committed a crime that was punishable by death (which basically everything was) you could try to run/swim to the City of Refuge. If you made it there before they caught you, your life would be spared and you'd live out your days serving the royal family. There were these long, rock walls that the people who made it there built. They said the first few days in the city the refugees would spend it building these walls and then it would be decided where they would spend the rest of their days. When we heard that, I leaned over to Landon and said, "Yeah, but what kind of quality of life is that? I mean, I think I'd rather die than spend the rest of my life gathering rocks-" And then I stopped and realized that gathering rocks is literally what I do for a living right now. So that was fun little reality check for me.
Apparently there were Cities of Refuge on each island, but this one was the last one that was really in tact still, there were huts, and carved statues every where; it was actually a really cool experience to walk around it.
And the snorkeling off-shore was incredible. We saw more turtles, dolphins and apparently there were some white-tipped reef sharks hanging around though we didn't see them.
I don't think we went boogie boarding that day though. We all had gotten a lot of sun and worn ourselves out swimming in currents for hours. Landon did take me out to a nice little dinner that night though. It was a restaurant right in the harbor where we had been going on all these excursions, and our guides told us to get the avocado fries and fish n' chips. I liked all those words and so did Landon, so we took them up on the suggestion. You guys, you need to find a way to bring avocado fries into your life. They are INCREDIBLE.
I was seriously reveling in this moment. I love Hawaii, I love sunsets, I love that meal, and I love that man. I can confidently count that as one of the happiest moments of my life.
Our next adventure involved snorkeling again, but this time it was at night. There is a Sheraton hotel right on the coast, and for the last 30 years, they're bright lights that shine into the water have been attracting the manta rays at night. They illuminate all the plankton, so these rays love to come eat their dinner there. We all got in the water and circled around a surfboard that had holes cut in the middle of it where extremely bright lights were positioned to light up everything beneath us. This would bring the rays right under us as they'd gobble up all the plankton. It was pretty insane to see them come in like they did. They are huge and so, so graceful. I was able to snap a few pictures of them with my GoPro, and I got a shot where one of the rays was inverted and it looked like a skull; pretty creep, but awesome at the same time.
After all those days, we were right about at the end of our trip. We spent the next couple days boogie boarding, building sand castles, and soaking up the last of the warm Hawaiian sunshine.
It's too perfect of a place to stay away from long...
This concludes our three-part special, mahalo for tuning in.