We all slept in, then lingered over a big brunch, before setting off to explore. We headed a few miles south down the Kona coast to Kahalu’u Beach, which has amazing snorkeling, thanks to some ancient breakwaters constructed from volcanic rock. The shoreline is a combo of lava rock and salt and pepper sand and the water is shallow for quite a ways out, with a number of tide pools to explore.
Not pictured: A wee eel that was just a couple of feet in front of us. Surprisingly, I did not lose my shit and sprint on top of the water back to shore. I think that’s progress, yo.
A side note about sand: As was mentioned in the comments in yesterday’s post, black sand is young sand, relatively speaking. Salt and pepper sand is a little older, and white sand is even older. Here’s a close up of salt and pepper sand so that you can see its composition:
We had never been snorkeling from the shore before and one important thing we learned today was that it’s important to wear shoes (like Keen water shoes or aqua/surf socks), for a variety of reasons, including 1) sea urchins in the nooks and crannies of the rocks and 2) you can cut your feet on the rocks. (Just ask Pete about #2.)
I can tell you that Crocs, leather sandals, and espadrilles were not appropriate footwear. I had ordered a pair of Keen Whispers before we left, but the wrong size arrived and I didn’t have time to get a new pair. They would have been perfect for today’s outing.
Oh, and hey, while I’m showing you interesting things from around here, check this out:
Part of the tsunami warning system. They test the alarms on the 1st of every month and we heard the April test yesterday morning not long after we got here. And on a related note, yes there was a tsunami advisory last night due to the Chile earthquake, but as far as I know, no part of Hawaii was affected.
Later in the afternoon, when we all felt like we might be getting a bit sun-broiled, we came home for a rest and some cold pineapple juice. Then, still feeling energetic and a bit restless, Grace and I walked into the town of Kailua Kona (what is commonly referred to as just Kona), did a little shopping (I picked up a pair of the aforementioned Keen shoes), and then came back — about five miles round trip. We were hot and sweaty (it was in the mid-80s) today, but cold showers and cold drinks soon perked us right up.
Tomorrow, we have a really exciting excursion planned — something that has been on my Life List for a long time — and I can’t wait.