Breathtaking Hanauma Bay nature preserve. How is it possible that the same Pacific Ocean turns such a lovely color near the islands? It never looked like that at the beach in California. This was a gorgeous day, got lots of sun and had some luxurious uninterrupted reading time on the sand.
I tried snorkeling. I was not good at it. In fact, it scared me so much. Lauren loves it, finds it relaxing, she has been before and has even tried to snuba. She has a most infectious personality so everything she loves sounds especially fun and exciting to do or try. I had felt a bit worried about snorkeling but Lauren was so excited that I felt my fear wane and was ready to jump in and try.
Jumped in, and tried, and tried, and tried. That's Lauren, already swimming, and there I am, who knows what I was doing. Putting on my mask, having my nose be covered up so I had to breathe through my mouth, put my body in a panic mode and I quickly had to rip the mask off my face to breathe again even though I could have just used my mouth. I had to put the mask on several times before I got used to the sensation. Then putting the snorkel in my mouth made me gag. Got over that but then I had to try to put my face in the water and the sound of my ears filling with water so that all I could hear was my own Darth Vadar breathing through the tube sent me into a panic again, had to shoot my head out of the water and rip the mask off my face.
It took all the will power I could muster to actually accomplish snorkeling. Lauren was really patient with me and we swam around for 15-20 minutes I think. And then the salt water was too much in my throat and nostrils to be comfortable anymore, not a ton of it because that would mean I could breathe underwater and didn't need the mask afterall, I must have been doing something wrong when trying to clear my mask, but I did it. The water was cloudy that day so we couldn't see far out around us but we did see some beautiful sea life.