Snorkeling Captian Cook Big Island Hawaii
Good Morning, Everyone!
To my American readers, I hope you are holding up well after a night of fireworks, good food, and celebrating the birth of our amazing country! I know a lot of you had to go back into work today (Boo! Can we just have a week of birthday celebrations for this country?), so I thought I’d jump on the blog today and share some photos from my last adventures in Hawaii. Just in case you need some work entertainment. I had so much fun uploading and editing these photos, so I hope you enjoy them!
I’m kind of sad this is my last recap from Hawaii, but I have some pretty crazy and exciting news to share with all of you soon! It’ll make up for the lack of Hawaii posts.
I had a couple of days in Hawaii after Caitlin left. (You can read about our trip to Green Sand Beach // Swimming With Manta Rays // Surfing, Luau, & Coffee Farm Tour) Even though I was pretty exhausted from all of our adventures during the three weeks in Hawaii, I couldn’t leave without snorkeling. I overcame my fear of the ocean during this trip. 🦈 That allowed me to get the courage to sign up for a snorkeling cruise. I usually hate signing up and doing things by myself, but I had to make the best of the last couple of days! After reading many great online reviews, I decided to sign up with Sea Quest Hawaii for a snorkeling cruise at Captain Cook. I’m so glad I did it because it was more than just a snorkeling adventure!
After a morning of Tennis, I had a delicious breakfast and walked Kona before heading out for my snorkeling adventure. I had two eggs, roasted vegetables, and fresh fruit. See that papaya? Yeah, I picked that from a tree…
When you (if you) sign up with Sea Quest, you’ll want to screenshot or print the directions they send to your email. You can’t just type it into your GPS because it’ll take you to the wrong location. There is a designated dirt parking lot with a sign that you’ll look out for. Once you park, walk across the sand volleyball court to the pier! You’ll finally see the sign that says “Sea Quest.”
To save time, fill out their forms online before getting there.
They have a nice dry storage area on the boat for your bags. If I were you, I’d pack water, a camera, a towel, a snack (I bought fresh pineapple), Dramamine tablets just in case, sunscreen, and your swimsuit of course! They provided juice and chips, too.
The ride out to Captain Cook (Kealakekua Bay) is so much fun. After leaving the pier, it’s about a 35-minute boat ride to the snorkeling spot. And, it’s pretty much a speedboat. My hair was whipping in the wind, water was splashing from the waves, and the water was so gorgeous with its deep blue color. You must experience this if you’re on the Island.
This is why it’s more than just snorkeling.
Dolphins love Kealakekua Bay for resting. Right when we got to the snorkeling spot, we came across a pod of dolphins. There were at least fifteen of them swimming together. A couple of them had to show off for us 😊
Not going to lie, the hardest part of this trip was getting myself to jump off the boat. I made the mistake of watching snorkeling videos before I went, and they confirmed that there are reef sharks cruising around Captain Cook. Luckily, there is so much food down there that it’s safe and they won’t harm you. But still, SHARKS. 🦈
There was another girl hesitating on getting in, and so we looked at each other, grabbed hands, said “1, 2, 3” and jumped. It worked! We were both in and began the hour swim around the beautiful reef.
This is why it was worth the jump. Look how gorgeous the reefs are!
I couldn’t stop laughing at my snorkeling photos when I was uploading them. I don’t think I ever want to see myself in a snorkel mask ever again…But, I had to share the humor. Wait, does anyone actually look good in a snorkel mask?
Before you apply your sunscreen, make sure it doesn’t have oxybenzone and octinoxate listed as an ingredient. These chemicals are killing our coral reef by sliding of humans. Up to 15,000 tons of sunscreen slides off humans each year! That’s a lot of exposure to harmful chemicals going into our underwater ecosystem causing them to die. Hawaii is starting to ban these sunscreens, which is a great start to rebuilding these gorgeous coral reefs!
I saw a lot of yellow tang fish, black triggerfish, parrot fish, and a ton of other species!
Even though the coral reefs are so beautiful, don’t touch them! It’s important to admire them from afar! Simply touching them can cause the death of an entire colony of coral. The oils from our skin can disturb the dainty mucous membranes, which protect the animals from diseases. Walking on the coral can kill the coral polyps which are builders of the reef structure.
Humans are the biggest threat to our oceans and it’s our responsibility to protect them.
After this trip to Hawaii, I was inspired to start making changes to the way I live. I found a great article on National Geographic for “10 Things You Can Do to Save the Ocean” and I’ll be using it as a guide to start making changes. I tend to always forget my reusable coffee cup, use straws at smoothie spots, and forget my reusable bags. That is just pure laziness, and I need to work harder at keeping this planet safe. There is so much history at Kealakekua Bay.
See the Captain Cook monument in the photo above? His remains (what was left of him) was buried before the British set sail homebound.
I highly recommend reading the history of Captain Cook. He changed the Islands for the good and bad. And it’s so fascinating!
Kealakekua Bay is also home to religious temples. The Heiau was built to treat the sick by sacrificing human and animal blood. The cliffs were also a burial site to Hawaiian royalty.
An hour had gone by, and I was still swimming! Some people had noodles to help them float, but who needs noodles when you have such fabulous flippers?
I filmed some underwater videos that’ll upload soon! It was so magical down there.
I know I’m attractive in this scuba mask. You don’t have to tell me twice.
I met some really awesome people on the Sea Quest cruise! I loved all of the information they shared, and they were so knowledgeable about the island and its history.
For my trip, I brought my Olympus Tough Underwater camera. I used this for most of the trip when water was involved!
After everyone was back on the boat, they offered everyone snacks, and then we made our way back to the pier. The way back was awesome! They took us to the sea caves and lava tubes!
The boat went so close to the caves that we were practically inside of them.
While driving along the edges, we learned a lot about the Hawaiian legends. Some spooky, and some interesting.
The waters were gorgeous.
My favorite part about these cliffs were the wild feral goats! They reminded me of dogs because the little ones were hopping and playing. The only problem with these goats is that they are destructive (Thanks to captain cook for introducing these animals to the island.) Many Hawaiian plants have become extinct due to the strong hunger of these animals, including the wild hog.
These homeowners are pretty brave to build their million dollar homes on top of sea caves…
The adventure was about three and a half hours, and worth every second! I’m so happy I decided to do it 🙂
When I got back, Kona and I went for an evening walk around the block, made dinner, and sat out on the patio by the little fire. It’s the perfect spot to watch the sun go down. For dinner, I had baked chicken with all kinds of random seasoning on top, sesame marinated kale, and baked squash.
I made my coffee to go early Sunday morning and headed to Kaloko-Honokohau National Historical Park with Kona to do some fun coral fetching.
We were the only ones at the park. It was so quiet that it made me feel like I was on a deserted island. It was the perfect spot to enjoy my coffee while Kona swam in the water fetching coral. He LOVES this.
We walked to a couple different spots to play in the water. Kona led the way!
So patient 🙂
We spent about an hour relaxing by the water before heading back.
Kona was a happy pup!
We just relaxed together the rest of the day!
After our nightly walk, I made salmon, vegetables, and a side of rice for dinner! I also tried the Hemp Date Nut ice cream, and it was pretty good!
I had eggs, squash and Kite-Hill spread for breakfast and then headed to tennis on Monday morning.
After tennis, I decided to stop at Basik Acai for a protein smoothie and walk the town to pick up some gifts for my family. I got lucky because there was a business market along the entire downtown. I ordered the “Kona” smoothie. It had acai, banana, strawberries, spirulina, ginger (extra please), lime, hemp milk, and topped with granola.
Walking downtown Kona is so fun, and I love all of the people that make up this beautiful place.
Call me crazy, but I joined the tennis group again on Monday night.
I couldn’t get enough!
I stopped at the side of the road on the way home to take one last photo of the sunset before taking off on Wednesday. I miss this place.
I couldn’t pass up on tennis one last time, so before my flight took off at noon, I made it to the early morning tennis group! This was going to help for a 20-hour trip home.
After showering off, packing up, and saying my goodbyes, I took off to head back to the Carolinas! But, not before having one last cup of Kona coffee!
I have been working on my healthy airport & travel post, so that’ll be live soon! 🙂
Questions for you!
1. Have you ever been snorkeling?
2. Have you seen dolphins in the wild?
3. What is your biggest fear that you’d like to overcome?