September 11th, 2007 – by: darcetta
Ready for a day of snorkeling and..
So with our helicopter trip and parasailing behind us the day had arrived for our snorkeling adventure. Now I had never been snorkeling so that was gonna be a new experience for me. However, Natalie had her mind pretty much made up that she wanted to snuba. So, I sat through the little 5 minute explanation about it and thought okay, I can give that a try. We were the second group to go out so we sat around a few minutes before we were set to go. Initially upon getting in the water as the captain is yelling "girls, put your face in the water, get used to it." I thought what happened to the nice people that said you should get used to it and go at your own pace. Really though they're just trying to help. As our instructor had said your biggest source of frustration and motivation comes from yourself (ain't that the truth).
After a few minutes when everyone was in the water we were off and floating. Ugh, I could not sink. I tried diving and just about everything else I could think of but was going no where. The instructor realized the issues that I was having and showed me how to position myself to sink better which worked, well that and her grabbing my foot/flipper and pulling me down. Then it was time to pose for some pics, then off to swimming floating again among the fish and coral. There was that momentary 'holy crap' moment when I lost my air. I worked on getting myself toward the raft and the instructor quickly helped push me up too, she got my air, I took a few more deep breaths and back down I went. It really was quite the experience. I'm really glad that I opted to do that instead of just snorkel.
Enjoying the view while getting ready to snuba
Then it was back on the boat and off to Turtle Town. The water was rather choppy at Turtle town and after some, umm, shall I say issues getting in the water (where I did a half fall, half slip into the ocean) I could not stop laughing. There I was in choppy water, laughing and swallowing my fair share of salt water. It wasn't long before I'd had enough and left Natalie to fend for herself (whoops, didn't think about that part of it when I gave up). Back to the boat where I had equally, if not a worse time dealing with the water and flippers to get back on the boat. All and all it resulted in about 4 nice purplish/blue bruises the next day, but was quite worth it for the bants of laughter that it brings me every time I think of it. Well at this point I completely had lost track of Natalie amongst all the snorkelers so being the good friend that I am I just laid out on deck. No fear though, she made it back a-okay with some killer pictures of a turtle, who just so happened to follow her back to the boat and had to come up for air so I got a glimpse as well.
Once back to shore we made a quick stop in Lahaina (began to seem like the mandatory thing to do) prior to going back to the resort to get ready for and go to the Luau.