Dec 19, 2006
Dec 23, 2006
The next day we relaxed and did shopping at the Kings Shops and swimming at the hotel pool. In the evening we went to the Luau and had a nice time. The next day I went solo on a snorkeling tour. I went on with Captain Zodiac's Snorkeling Tours to Kealakekua Bay. This was a protected marine sanctuary located where Capt Cook was killed and eaten by the natives. The reef was nice and I saw Moorish Idols, Triggerfish, many varieties of Tangs, dogfaced pufferfish, parrotfish, and many more varieties of fish. The tour goes out on a Navy Seal-style raft. It's very fast and beats all the regular tour boats to the dive site by like a half hour. On the way back we tracked a Humpback whale mother and calf. We didn't get too close but could see it coming up every few minutes. The harbor also is home to many large sea turtles. Along the way we saw Paul Allen's private estate in Kona where the locals say he never is at. He owns like acres of land on the tip of the peninsula of the harbor near Kona.