The Sea Beneath Us

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Coming to Hawaii I had every intention to push my comfort zone, try new things, and meet the best people. My time here is all about exploring the beautiful tropical island that I get to call my backyard for around three months. One of the things I tried for the first time is snorkeling. One might think that from all the traveling I have done and all the oceans I have seen I would’ve gone snorkeling by now, but alas, I have a slight fear of the ocean. Yes, I love being in and near it, but to actually know what is swimming underneath me kind of freaks me out. I also am not the strongest swimmer so I am always weary of the currents. However, the opportunity arose to go with some fellow wwoofers and I jumped at the chance. On a day trip to Lahaina we heard about a bay that had some unreal snorkeling so we packed up our gear and headed out to our destination. One of the guys I was with was really into Marine biology and he was able to give me all of the best tips on how to see is all.

When we arrived to where beach was to be rumored to be all I could see was a resort parking lot… I was concerned that there was not going to be any actual snorkeling to be done. However, as we followed the beach side access signs we came across one of the most magical beaches I have ever seen. Surrounded by various reefs and silhouetted by the sunset. I was in awe. I was so antsy to get into the water and see all of the beautiful nature that was hiding beneath the ocean’s surface. I strapped on my mask and headed into the water. The current was a bit strong which made it difficult to fully swim out to the best of my ability, but it didn’t really make a difference. I was still blown away by everything I saw beneath me. Who would’ve thought that if you just look below the surface of the water you’d see some of the coolest reefs and fish that you wouldn’t realize before. Nature is so unbelievable! I also remembered my GoPro for once so I got some amazing footage! Unfortunately I didn’t get to see any sea turtles, but there is always next time. Overtime I resurfaced I could not believe how amazing the sky looked. The sunset was one of the most beautiful ones I had seen on Maui.  Snorkeling remains one of my favorite things I have done on the island. I loved being in the water and seeing the beautiful bits of nature. I can’t wait to travel the world and snorkel around some of the greatest reefs around.

 

Until next time,

Natalia

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