on November 13, 2004
We took the Afternoon Snack Cruise, a 3.5 hour cruise with scenic coastlines, 1.5 hours of snorkel time, snacks, and beverages. It was really just enough time on the water and in the water for us. This was the first time I had ever snorkeled like this. This cruise took us down the coast to Kealakekua Bay, the historical site of the Captain Cook Monument and ancient burial caves. This company has an exclusive permit to moor in the breathtaking bay and give you the unique opportunity to explore this tranquil and secluded cove. This was a spectacular marine sanctuary (protected -- you cannot touch the coral, etc.) and included an excellent selection of tropical fish, coral beds, and sunken tava tubes. The bay was very calm for swimming, and the waters were crystal-clear, with visibility to 100 feet -- it truly was like swimming in an aquarium. The water temperature was a constant 75-80 degrees, except when passing by the natural springs that fed the bay; then, it was a quick chill but a very unusual experience. Dolphins chased the boat out to the bay -- very cool. The video was well worth the extra money. Excellent crew.
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