Starting out today with a bit of trepanation I arrived on pier from the tender with plenty of time. As my boat was the last to load, I already had visions of yesterday threatening along the edges. What was planned was a day on a catamaran. First out to where manta rays hung out, followed by a coral reef or two and ending with a luau. Arranged by another member of Cruise Critic – David and Nicky had done this tour about two years ago and enjoyed themselves enough to come back.
I tried out the new little underwater camera I picked up in Maui (long story involving a great day, camera forgotten under a seat and now resting safely in the Maus’s hands via post in New York City for me to reclaim in Jamuary).
The first snorkel area was glorious. Not only were there manata’s all over the place but a few small black fin typed sharks came for a visit. Most were seriously interested in the chum provided by the tour guides and only interacted with all those in the water by accident.
Manata’s have skin, not scales. It is soft and slides across your leg as they head past on their way to snacks. I was out of the water before most of the other larger, shark shaped bodies arrived.
From there we headed to a coral reef where there were an amazing number and variety of fish. Since the depth here was about 3 meters, I was a little more careful about wandering too far from the boat.
The ending to the day was a glorious meal with good company.
Now if I can convince the camera to talk to the computer, I will be able to download the underwater photos……