|Hapuna Beach Sunset (Photo by Stuart)|
Spectacular sunset to end a phenomenal day at Hapuna Beach, one of America's best beaches.
|Black sand, a gloomy rainy day. (taken by Siobhan)|
|4 mile Beach, Hilo|
We bought some snorkeling equipment, and a whole new world opened up to us. We can spend hours entranced as we discover, moray eels peeping from their caves, urchins threatening with their terrible spines, florescent purple coral and shy little puffer fish hiding behind rocks. When Jess came nose to nose with a moray eel she scuttled across the water like a Jesus lizard to escape. 4 mile beach is named for the 4 mile marker, not very imaginative!
|Enormous Green Sea Turtle sleeping on the rocks, they drool!|
One day I ventured a little too far on my own and suddenly found myself in the deep, surrounded by rock caves. I had this terrible creepy feeling that a shark was lurking in anticipation. When a huge shape loomed out of the blue. I nearly walked on water! It was a humongous turtle who benevolently carried on munching sea weed. I spent a quiet moment with him and then went my way.
A few things you don't want to meet in the sea...
|Helicopter exploring the coves.|
|Black Sand Beach in Waipio Valley. The largest black sand beach on the Big Island.|