*Marissa raises hand*
*Marissa puts hand down*
Haha! Sunday morning we woke up and got ready to snorkel with dolphins. We had reservations to be at Honokohau Harbor at 8:30 am. We went with One Love One Spirit and it was AMAZING! A pristine boat, a captain, a dolphin guide, snacks, drinks, and good company (only 6 people per tour). Definitely check it out if you are planning a trip to the Big Island.
We first had to find the dolphins. Trevor was the first to spot a pod.
They swam along side us for awhile.
We followed them to a little cove they liked to hang out in. And then jumped in!
*P.S. There were WAY TOO MANY merman photos of Trevor. Apparently he’s SUPER photogenic underwater ;) I’ll have to post more later…
Most of the Spinner dolphins were sleeping. They are conscious breathers so they take a breath and then dive deep where they stay for about 5 min. and then back up again.
We also swam through little jellies at the surface? This thing was gnarly looking.
We made it back to the boat where the guide asked if we wanted to go find some manta rays further down the coast. We agreed, found one, and hopped back in the water.
Trying to get a closer look.
The coral down there was absolutely beautiful.
After snorkeling we went back to the dolphins and watched the babies play (jumping out of the water.. right in front of us!). We ended our tour in the afternoon. We took a few photos and went back to the hotel.
Back at the hotel, my bag still hadn’t arrived! It was found in Honolulu. Then flown to Hilo (but we were in Kona), so they flew it back to Honolulu. And then to Kona. And after Trevor called a million times it FINALLY arrived around 2:45p.
We ate dinner and got ready for the manta ray dive. We had to be back at the Honokohau Harbor around 3:30pm. We went through Kona Honu Divers. They were wonderful too! I love charter dives! They set up everything for us! The manta ray dive consisted of two dives: afternoon (to see our surrounding in the light) and evening (only to be lit up by our boat, the “camp fire”, and our flashlights).
On our afternoon dive while checking out the fish, we saw a small pod of sleeping dolphins.
They usually do not scuba divers’ bubbles but they got super close to us anyways! My favorite photo: Me waving to the dolphins! Haha. They looked me right in they eye, so I waved “hi.”
The circular “hole” in the dolphins are from “cookie cutter” sharks or “cigar” sharks. Not cool.
Our second dive began after the sun set around 7pm.
Trevor and I around the “campfire.”
Unfortunately NO manta rays showed up! Good thing we saw one snorkeling that morning! So we did a regular night dive. I found “Frank” the green eel and another spotted eel.
We saw a “Crown of Thorns.”
Me and Trev. I’m easy to spot – pink fins ;)
Despite not seeing the manta rays feed at night, the whole day was a total success! We got back to the King Kamehameha Hotel around 10pm and passed out.