Monday, May 13, 2013

Hawaii Photos #5: Underwater Adventures

More Hawaii pictures! Yay!

Ok, so these are pictures from a rented waterproof camera that we took to Molokini Crater just off the coast of Maui. First we went snorkeling at the crater.

  



Sea urchin


Next, our guides took us to another location for SCUBA diving off the coast of Maui. I chickened out, but Chris was so brave and made the plunge!

Here's Chris getting his SCUBA gear on. Does he look nervous?


Stepping off the boat into the water.


This is an eel hiding in the reef.


The SCUBA guide could blow bubble rings with his gear. You can see one in the picture below. You can also see Chris's perspective of being way under the water. Creepy.



Starfish!



Chris got to hold a skeleton of a sea urchin. Craziness.
  
You can just sort of see the sea turtle in the center of this picture.
In the picture below, the guide is shining his flashlight on a lobster. It's hard to make out in this picture, but he's in there.


So that's Chris's SCUBA adventure and one of our snorkeling adventures. We also snorkeled at Captain Cook monument on the Big Island, but most of my pictures are of the kayak trip to get out there. So I'll post those pictures separately.

Finally, our last snorkel stop was on our very last night. And it was with manta rays!

I didn't rent a waterproof camera for this, but basically, this is what we saw. The video is from the tour company we went with.


And in case you can't watch the video, here's a few pictures I found online that pretty much sum up the experience of seeing these giant manta rays (some had a 10-foot wingspan) swimming toward you at night.


We all snorkeled on top of the water and the manta rays would do somersaults right below you. Literally 6 inches away. And they were so big!!!


See? Crazy!


This was so much fun and definitely something you can't quite explain or show with pictures. It was so unbelievable to be in the water with these giant creatures. I strongly recommend doing this at some point in your life.