posted on August 20, 2014 10:04
Under Hawaii’s Crystal Seas
A forty minute drive away from the bustle of Waikiki and just steps away from the luxurious Ko Olina Resort, is a place where locals come to relax with some of the best waters around O’ahu. Today we weren’t there to just relax in the beautiful waters of Hawaii, we were there to swim with turtles and maybe, just maybe, some dolphins would join us as well.
I dislike waking up at 6 am on the best of days, even less when the skies are still dark and the coffee shop isn’t open. Wearily I trudged through the Outrigger Reef on the Beaches‘ lobby but Remi, the Japanese blogger I was travelling with, seemed to sense my tiredness and greeted me grinning widely and eagerly asked me if I was excited to see the turtles and dolphins. My mood immediately perked up at the thought that in just over an hour we might be swimming with dolphins!
After the forty minute drive to Ko Olina Marina – a complimentary shuttle is available for guests staying in Waikiki – we were soon signed in, had stocked up on snacks and ready to get on – and in – the water.
Captain Mark wanted to get us onto the water as quickly as possible so we de-flip-flopped – they stayed on the pier lined up perfectly awaiting our return – and settled into the boat, donning life jackets, being fitted with snorkel gear and going over safety instructions before quickly heading out of the harbour.
I undid my hair from the ponytail I had quickly fashioned it into when I was onboard the shuttle and let the breeze splay my hair in whichever direction it cared to travel. The wind whipping my hair over my face, as the boat speed off on an adventure, was a brilliant sense of freedom.
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