Matt and I were supposed to take a whale watching cruise on February 27th. Now I say “supposed to” because Mother Nature had a different plan that day. Hawaii and much of the world with a coast connected to the Pacific Ocean, was preparing for a Tsunami.
Our little whale watching event was delayed. We were able to take it this weekend though, which was nice. We got to the boat just after 9:30 AM. We didn’t have to be there until 10:15 AM. We were a little early… but if you know us, you’d know that’s no surprise. Waiting isn’t a big deal to us, we’d rather wait then be late. It was a beautiful and very active day. The marina where our little boat was kept is right off of a main street in Waikiki, so people were out and about. Joggers, walkers, shoppers, and of course a ton of cars making their way down Ala Moana Blvd.
Soon it was time to board the boat. When I call this a boat, it’s not a small thing but it’s not cruise ship size either. I’d say it’s about the same size as a small ferry. There were a ton of college students, vacationers, and then us. We waited about 30 minutes before the horn went off letting everyone know we were ready to depart. Everything started smoothly…
Now once we left the little harbor after about 10 minutes, things weren’t smooth anymore. The boat was a-rockin’. Oh boy did I want some Dramamine. Why didn’t I take Dramamine? It was so rocky and rough. Matt kept comforting me and asking if I was ok. He’s so sweet. The view was beautiful but I just wasn’t feeling well enough to enjoy it. The boat took us as far as Diamond Head where whales were to be seen. On our way to Diamond Head we saw a huge turtle, just soaking up the sun at the water’s surface. I could not believe how big he was… I’d say he was about the size of a round table that seats 4. BIG.
Now was my stomach feeling any better? No. Now just thinking about how I felt I’m getting queasy. Matt was sweet enough to visit the bar and ask for some ginger ale. Silly me wanted to take some pictures. While looking through the view finder of my DSLR with my zoom lens on (Oh how I love the new lens Matt bought me while he visited Singapore last) I saw something odd on the horizon. Could it be? Matt was soon back and I told him, “I think I see a sub out there.” He says, “No way.” I’ve always wanted to see an unexpected sub on the horizon but those things are meant to be unseen. He took the camera out of my hand and looked… “yup, that’s a sub.” I was so happy… I told him, “I know that shape, I knew it!!!”
Seeing that sub soon brought my smile back on my face but it was very short-lived. The ginger ale he returned with was true ginger ale, complete with pieces of ginger at the bottom of the cup. It was amazing. It did help a little. The bigger swells, not so much. We were quickly to the “whale location” just in front of Diamond Head but there were no whales… none. I found myself curling up in a ball and laying my head in Matt’s lap. He was so sweet… soothing me by gently running his hand along the back of my neck and arm. We were soon told that we would receive a voucher for a rain check to come on the boat another day since whales decided to take a different route today. We were quickly back the marina. I was feeling much better and we were ready to get back on land. Matt and I decided to forgo the voucher as we wouldn’t have the time to go on another tour as we’d be leaving soon for the Big Island. It was worth the try… 🙂
Here are some of the pics we took Saturday…
Matt just before getting out of the car to wait.
Can you see the submarine?
The turtle… He’s a big guy!!!
Here he is again with his head out of the water. 🙂
The lighthouse… so pretty and quaint.
Soon I’ll have a ton of great pics to post along with wonderful stories to tell you about our trip to the big island of Hawaii. Matt and I can’t wait… we’re even going on a helicopter tour. Wooo hooo!!!
Until next time….