Trip Start Dec 10, 2007
27Trip End Nov 27, 2008
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Aaron, Theo, their dad Orvel Ray, and I went to the other side of the island to Kona. It's the leeward side of the ocean, so it's much less rainy than Hilo. What a relief. We are staying at a condo and doing a lot of SCUBA diving. We rented equipment and would find a beach or shore to enter and hope that we find big reefs and interesting life. We've seen dolphins, tons of green sea turtles, and heard the calls of humpback whales in the distance. We went on a full-moon night dive with a dive-boat and saw a small white-tipped shark and some big moray eels viciously lashing around to catch fish. But the most astounding thing we saw were 3 gigantic manta rays swarming around our flashlights. The plankton are attracted to our powerful lights and the manta rays arrive to eat the plankton. The biggest manta we saw was probably 12 feet across and 300 lbs! (Although they can get up to 30 feet across and 3,000 lbs.) Aaron got knocked around by one that bumped his shoulder with a flap its powerful wing.
(Next: more diving in Kona and then off to Maui to spend New Years Eve with friends.)