07.04.2011 - 07.04.2011 27 °C
Day started relatively late for Weary and the Conductor (11.30 am) with Conductor making an executive decision for us to travel north and go look for turtles. We kitted up at Snorkel Bob's with a snorkel, mask and flippers and started driving north looking for some turtle haven (we got really obscure instructions from some random at the bar the night before so I wasn't feeling too hopeful).
Anyway the directions we had was to look for "two hills" after the airport and turn left to the turtle beach. Believe it or not we managed to find the beach. We went for a wander and saw 4 turtles just sleeping on the beach. Turtles (or Hona) are protected in Hawaii and it is an offense to approach or harass turtles so we stood off about a meter or so and snapped some pickies. We then tested out Snorkel Bob's equip and did some snorkelling off the beach. Found a great spot (nice and calm) and saw heaps of fish and some pretty coral. Unfortantely the water is quite cold here for snorkelling so we only managed 20mins or so before we got too cold to continue.
We didn't see any Hona in the water but I'm happy we got to see them sleeping around! By now it was well passed lunch time so we took off to find something to eat. We ended up at rich people city (Hilton resort thingy) and almost got talked into attending a time share selling meeting so that Conductor could have a free game of golf.. Lucky for me it was getting late so we didn't really have the time.. what a shame!!!
Spent the rest of the arvo driving up the West coast of Hawaii and made it to the tip. The landscape at the north of the island is quite different to where we are staying. In Kailua (where we are staying) there is lots of lava and lava flow rocks. Up north there is a lot of cattle farms- it reminded me of driving around NZ (very green grass with the occassional rock sticking out of the ground).
Off to Captain Cook memorial tomorrow to see where Cpt Cook died during his third voyage. See you all tomorrow.