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Date:7/25/2014 9:36:17 AM
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We arise very early to head out ...
surfing at Kahaluu Beach. Surfing was at one time literally the "Sport of Kings" in Hawaii, reserved only for royalty. Today we can either watch this exciting sport from the safety of the shore or experience the rush of catching a wave ourselves by taking a surfing lesson. We are told that experienced instructors will take first-timers to safe breaks and get them on their feet and “riding the waves” within a two-hour lesson. Those of us who are novices race to be first in line … only to find there are enough instructors to teach all. What fun this promises to be.

Another prominent form of surfing in the ocean today includes bodyboarding, which refers to when a surfer rides a wave on the belly on a bodyboard which is shorter than a surfboard and usually made of a lighter material. Some of our group prefer to “ride the waves” in this manner. Most of the ladies choose this.

And then there’s bodysurfing, the act of surfing a wave without a board, is considered by some to be the purest form of surfing. Soon K. Steve, Ernie, Bart, Tucker and that Darn Bee Gee have mastered the art and are entertaining all with their antics. The rest of the furrfellows decide to attempt this as well, with varying results … most of which are quite entertaining.

Our instructors tell us the Guinness Book of World Records recognized a 78 foot (23.8 m) wave ride by Garrett McNamara at Nazaré, Portugal as the largest wave ever surfed. This has us eyeing the 15 foot waves we’ve been attacking and trying to imagine a wave more than 5 times higher. Gulp.

A picnic on the beach and then we are on our way to experience a real submarine tour! We board a boat which takes us out to the submarine. Once there we climb down into the viewing area, which consists of seats facing portholes, pretty much like at a Disney park. But this is a REAL SUBMARINE and we were soon diving into the habitat of countless, exotic sea creatures. Gazing through our spacious viewports, we exchange glances with hundreds of fish of different species dwelling in the waters off the coast of the island. The dive site is about 130 feet deep with coral formations and artificial reefs with sunken ships and airplanes. We see a shark, lots of colorful reef fish, sting rays and green sea turtles. The tour guide assigned to our submarine is not only knowledgeable but also very informative of every marine life in the deep ocean. She points out to us every fish species we encounter.

Before we know it the 45 minute tour has ended and once our submarine surfaces we disembark and board the awaiting shuttle boat to take us back to shore. This was definitely a worthwhile and enjoyable experience.

When we arrive back at our ship, we find the captain has arranged for us to have a late supper. We dine on all manner of fresh fish caught here in the waters right off the island. What a day this has been, and we spend the next few hours reliving it with our dear furriends. See a picture of a sea turtle on my page.
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