Yesterday, Mike, Annabel, Leah, and Ted went on a snorkel trip to a few different points of interest (Molokini and Turtle Town). I stayed back for a few reasons: 1) I get seasick; 2) I’ve done that boat trip before; 3) I did not enjoy it (see number 1); and the biggest reason of all, 4) James. James on a boat would be a disaster bigger than the Titanic. Instead, I stayed back at the condo with him and we played on the beach until he literally fell asleep on my shoulder as I held him in the ocean. It was pretty dreamy.
But anyway. Mike really wanted to take Annabel on an adventure while we were here, and after looking into a few options and talking to some people, he settled on the snorkeling trip. It also helped that kids six and under were free! That’s my favorite price. They all had to be there very early, by 6:45am, which wasn’t too hard for them since they still haven’t totally adjusted to Hawaiian time. The boat trip came with breakfast and lunch, which definitely helped.
Annabel was SO excited and actually did very well on the boat. We didn’t know if she would get seasick and luckily the choppy surf didn’t bother her (poor Leah was not so lucky).
She especially liked how fast the boat went, and liked looking back at the islands from the water.
The boat’s first stop was at Molokini, a partially submerged volcanic crater just off the coast of Maui that has amazing snorkeling (it’s now an island marine sanctuary). It’s a very popular destination:
The boat had these cool floaty things with a clear viewing window that allowed Annabel to float in the deep water but still see the amazing marine life:
Mike said the snorkeling was really incredible. He was also very proud of Annabel, because he said that climbing off of the boat into the rough water was a bit intimidating for him, but Annabel was brave and went into the water even though she was a little scared.
After spending almost an hour at Molokini, they all climbed back onto the boat to eat lunch and go to destination number two, Turtle Town. Mike said this location was a lot scarier for Annabel because the boat dropped anchor about 100 yards from where the turtles were. It was hard to tell how deep the water was at Molokini, but that was not the case here and, after Mike pulled her far from the boat, she was a little panicked. However, when a large turtle swam about ten feet directly beneath them, Annabel was thrilled. Once the turtle was out of sight, Mike pulled her back closer to the boat, where she was able to relax. It turns out they were lucky – a lot of people (like Leah) never saw a turtle, and Mike and Annabel saw one within five minutes of arriving.
When Annabel and Mike returned to our condo, she was full of stories about everything she’d seen (especially Leah getting sick). Mike said that while he enjoyed himself, if it hadn’t been for those floats he wouldn’t have felt like it was a good experience for Annabel. Despite the fact that the trip was heavily advertised as being kid friendly, he said it would have been better for kids who were a bit older. Still, he doesn’t regret going and neither does Annabel. She said to me, “Sometimes it was a little bit scary, like going on the Haunted Mansion at Disneyland, but then it was fun, too! It can be fun to be scared.” Yep.
Today is our last day, and then it’s back to reality (and Rigby!). I’m going to sleep with the windows open and soak in as much of the sea air and crashing waves as possible.