Supposed to go to Haleakala this morning, but were too pooped from our long day on the Road to Hana. “Slept in” until 6:00am. LOL! Decided to head to Ahihi Bay for a day of snorkeling and beaching. We are huge snorkel buffs. I read cover-to-cover the “Snorkel Maui” book by Judy and Mel Malinowski. I highly recommend (I got it off Amazon). Per the book this is one of the best places to snorkel in the winter. Well, I say it is THE BEST place to snorkel in the winter. When the trade winds are battering the north and west, it is perfectly calm down here. We got there by 9am and only saw one other couple. Locals who were just finishing their morning snorkel. They steered us in the right direction to enter the water.
This is not a site for beginners. My mom, the brave soul that she is, actually made it. But it was a struggle. She is afraid of the water and she needs a little more of a sandy beach area to feel comfortable. There is a very small sandy area to enter. Only enter here. Only locals who know the rocks should enter from the rock area. We saw two people seriously hurt trying to get in on the rocks. One woman had cuts all the way down her leg from the coral. We also saw a man nearly drown here. Thankfully there was a man who saw the whole ordeal and jumped in after him. He was an older man snorkeling alone. Always have a snorkel buddy! You never know when currents can change.
My husband and I always snorkel with noodles. That way when you look up out of the water you can always see your snorkel buddy. Otherwise – everyone looks the same. We also like to wear the light wetsuits. Neo Sport sells a great lineof super thin suits on Amazon for around $25-30. 100% protection from the sun and it protects the reefs from harmful sunscreen. Also keeps you a bit warner in the cool water .
After we got my mom safely back to shore my husband and I went out together to check out the left side of the bay. I am assuming this is the area they refer to as “The Dumps?” Amazing!!!! Huge coral heads and the biggest parrotfish that I have ever seen. Also large schools of yellow tang going crazy on something that they liked in the coral. The whole bay is awesome. We saw several turtles, eels (a huge, green Moray!), several blue spotted jacks chasing fish (nearly scared me half to death when all the fish around us were swimming for their lives! I could only imagine one thing was lurking behind me!). Thankfully is was just a really, big Jack. There were also a lot of peacock grouper here as well as the usual reef fish. Wish we would have had more time to come back here. Oh well… that’s my excuse for having to come back to Maui. As if I need a reason….
More to come…