In keeping with today’s zero-to-hero task (to embed a new element in your blog) I’ve decided to post one of my photos from Instagram. I’m a brand-new Instagrammer, having only started with the new year, and so far I kind of like it. It’s fun to keep up with photographers far more creative and talented than I, although I’m not quite sure what I’m going to use my own account for yet. So far it’s just a “best of” photo collection of my travels over the last few years, with no real theme. I suppose when I go on another trip it will be a fun and easy way to keep my friends and family updated? I’m not sure. Anyway, lest I give anyone the idea that I’m only going to talk about negative things in Hawaii on my blog, may I present this:
When I came back to the islands, I’d told myself I’d try to alleviate the island fever by accomplishing some of the things I didn’t get around to the first time I’d lived here. One of those things was getting my scuba certification, which I’m very glad I did although if I had to do it again, I would try and get certified somewhere other than Hawaii. Like many things here, the price is quite inflated: I got my PADI open water certification for the “sale” price of $485. A google search tells me one can save at least $200 by getting certified on the mainland.
That said, it was absolutely worth it! Hawaii does have many adventures to offer below the ocean’s surface, my favorite so far being the manta ray night dive off the Kona coast on the Big Island. As far as diving goes it’s pretty easy: you’re only about 40 feet deep, sitting on the bottom of the bay with a flashlight waiting for the manta rays to show up (and they do, as the light attracts the plankton that they feed on.) It’s a truly surreal experience getting to hang out while these beautiful 15-foot manta rays swim right over your head. I really wish I’d taken a video, because the whole dive was just spectacular. There are several companies on the Big Island that do night dives; we went with Manta Ray Dives of Hawaii who was awesome. For anyone who doesn’t dive, they also take snorkelers along. The kids who had been in the boat with us loved it!
Okay, that’s enough gushing. Tune in next week for the regularly scheduled bitch session. 😛