Our Airbnb host treated us to a two-person snorkel set rental for our entire stay and we definitely put them to good use. The first beach we checked out, Kapalua Beach, ended up being our favorite – the water was crystal clear and full of sea life, the beach offered chairs and umbrellas for rent (totally recommend it) and it was not overly crowded. We ended up spending at least a few hours there each day.
I had never been snorkeling before so on the first beach-day, my mom showed me the ropes. We ended up swimming around for hours, doing laps in the bay to search every nook and cranny for unique fish and hopefully a sea turtle. Only after returning to the beach to rest did we hear of a sea turtle sighting just off the shore, right near where some people were standing. After seeing this dude in real life I couldn’t stop myself from imagining his voice as the mellow, stoned-sounding turtle from Finding Nemo. And now I love snorkeling.
Over the next few days, we heard (not sure if it’s true) that Kapalua Beach has about four turtles that live in the area and frequent the bay. Judging by how unfazed they were by the masses swimming near them in the water, I think it’s safe to say that they are regulars. They were fascinating to watch – I fear that I may have been spoiled by my Hawaiian snorkeling experience and may not be impressed in the future unless I see something just as majestic.
Majority of my photos from the trip are just stills taken from my GoPro (Best. Present. Ever.) footage but I put together a quick video of our snorkeling adventures so you can pretend like you were there. Or at least, so I can pretend like I am back and not suffering from a post-vacation hangover.