The morning we went on the Body Glove I woke up and looked out the window and was delighted to see that there was not a breath of wind in the sky and the ocean was completely calm...... Perfect weather for snorkeling!
We met the boat at the Kailua Pier, which is located right off of Ali'i Drive in the heart of Kona town. The crew was very organized and as soon as we arrived we were able to board the boat and make ourselves a plate from the breakfast buffet that was set up in the main cabin. I mixed some cream and sugar into my coffee, gathered some fruits and a bagel from the buffet and then made my way up to the top deck.
Within a few minutes we were pulling away from the pier and making our way South towards our snorkeling destination, "Red Hill". We hadn't even gotten all the way out of the bay before we spotted our first group of dolphins. They were swimming and jumping near our boat and as soon as the word got out that they were there most of the passengers exited the main cabin to get a better view. They really put on quite a show for us and it brought a great deal of excitement to our group.
After the excitement of the dolphin encounter it seemed like the rest of the trip to our snorkeling destination went by in a matter of minutes. As the boat glided to a stop I looked around and was in awe of the clarity of the water right off of the shoreline. Where I'm from on Maui the earth is not quite as rocky as it is in Kona and it seems like there is a bit more sediment that gets into the water. The water here was some of the clearest I've ever encountered, anywhere.
As I got into the water one of the crewman noticed that I'm a free diver from my extra long fins and weight belt and suggested that I check out a cave located on the north end of our snorkel area. I was happy for the tip because when I got over there I found that there was actually not one cave, but a whole network of caves. I got in some good practice holding my breath as I explored the different entrances and exits of the underwater cavern before I made my way back towards the boat to catch up with my girlfriend who had waited about 15 minutes longer then I did to get into the water. We snorkeled around together for a while before we decided to go back to the boat to play on the water slide, eat lunch and grab a drink from the bar.
After a while everyone got back on the boat. The Captain turned over the engines and we began to make our way back towards the harbor. We spent the return trip having drinks and making friends with some ladies that were seated next to us. It turned out to be a very delightful morning.
This morning we checked in for our days snorkel excursion down at boat ramp at Keauhou Bay, which is located on the southern end of Kona Town. As we pulled into the parking lot we could see the large blue shape of the Fair Wind II tied up to the pier.
There are few places on earth that have a landscape as diverse as the one you will find on the Big Island of Hawaii. The Big Island contains almost every kind of climate zone on earth (11 of the 13 to be precise).
Today we went out on a smaller sized sailing catamaran named the "Kamanu". We met the boat down at Honokohau Harbor to check in for the trip. As I entered their office I noticed some amazing pictures of Manta Rays on the walls that the receptionist told me were taken on the evening "Manta" snorkel, I was impressed.
After spending most of the day down in Kona snorkeling we had worked up quite an appetite. During the drive up to Waikoloa all I could think about was the huge luau buffet that was waiting for us once we got there.
The Navatek is not your normal boat. When it was built (and in many ways even to this day) it stood on the absolute pinnacle of maritime technology. It is a SWATH style vessel which is a design that is essentially a cross between a hydrofoil and a catamaran.
When we pulled into the parking lot at the Keauhou Bay we could immediately see that the day's ocean conditions were absolutely perfect for kayaking. We selected our two person kayak from a group of kayaks that were lined up on the shore.
Snorkeling is the most popular vacation activity in Hawaii. We offer snorkel trips from sailboats, large powerboats and even small zodiac rafts. We've got blog articles about our trips aboard all types of boats on all the major islands and if you're thinking about doing a snorkeling excursion during your stay we encourage you to check out our blog articles and videos to get a better idea of what our trips are like.
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