My favorite Hawaiian island
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August 14th, 2004 – by: jenn79
The island is much more manageable to navigate (except for the northern area that is only passable by Jeep or 4 wheel drive. There is a nice mixture of local and tourist activities and feel. The watersports on this island are far superior to the others. I went out on this boat hosted by a local family who literally made their living lugging visitors out to sea for scuba diving. They looked so content and peaceful with their sun tanned skin, little wrinkles around their eyes and easy going nature. This is how they made their living in one of the richest countries in the world - and they were happier than most doing it.
I splashed around forever in the water, clutching my yellow floaty noodle and occassionally the ladder on the side of the boat since I don't know how to swim. I started out with a life jacket, goggles, fins and noodle and before 15 minutes passed I just had my goggles and noodle. I was so free in this pure, clear water I didn't want to get out. I would stick my head into the water and see/hear fish munching on the barnacles on the bottom of the ship. I would feel the clean water nourishing my skin, and I could only imagine what strange animals were swimming around my ankles...
On this island, there are black sand beaches, an assortment of waterfalls, and the most gorgeous rainbow eucalyptus trees. I have never seen a plant, that when you pull back the bark, their wood is embedded with iridescence. And everyone knows how much I love opals - holy moly that was a treat!
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