This is how we are able to travel to so many fantastic places. Here’s a taste of the party in our lounge this past Halloween 2011 on board the Golden Princess. Thanks to our friend Bill for the video.
Strange how once in a while when you’re traveling, it’s hard to find exactly what you’re looking for. You only have a couple hours to look around each time you’re in port and it can be very hurried. So I guess in the end it makes sense that we wouldn’t really get into snorkeling until our very last cruise.
On our last day on the Big Island in Hilo, we met up with our favorite taxi driver, _. He’s the guy who told us to eat at Ocean Sushi and once owned a morgue in Manhattan. That day, he picked us up at the Farmers Market and dropped us off at Richardson Beach. He also helped us out with a set of snorkel gear to boot.
Hawaii is amazing and it’s beaches are breathtaking for sure. I’ve never been to a beach where the sand was so black as at Richardsons. You know, burned lavarock type dirt. When I walked into the ocean and felt the small pebbles of sea churned lava seep into my shoes, I had no idea what was in store underneath the water and tread lightly. We traded the mask on and off, Matt then Jake. Just when they handed the mask over to me, our friend Denise yelled, “Come over here. There’s a huge sea turtle.” Off I paddled face down trying not to squeal like a little kid. Sure enough just down a few feet below me, there it swam… or sorta floated. A big orb of a shell with scupper like feet cruising around. It wasn’t working super hard at staying afloat. The sea turtle just munched on the coral. All our shipmates were swimming, surrounding it, but he paid us no mind and just carried on.