Friday, May 30, 2014

Hawaii- Part 2 {Excursions}

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We booked a few excursions for our trip to Hawaii in advance so that we could make sure we got in everything we wanted to do.

Ann-Marie, Chris, Evan and Richard all wanted to learn how to surf. They were able to book a group of four with one instructor for a two hour surf lesson. Which ended up being a perfect amount of time. They first were given a quick lesson inside the surf shop and then they were brought to the beach and practiced what they learned before getting in the water.

Claire and I tagged along to watch and take pictures since we did not want to surf. We walked out onto a pier and got a great view of both the surfing and the beach. We also saw some cute little crabs that we were afraid were going to attack us.
From there we were able to get some pictures of everyone surfing. They are kinda far away but it is the best I could do.
They all had a blast learning to surf and were sore for days. Apparently it takes a lot of arm muscle to paddle to be able to stand up. We all took a two hour nap that afternoon since we were so tired.

The next excursion we did was a hike, kayak and snorkeling tour. We were picked up from our condo and then drove to the north east side of the island. Our tour guide was amazing and he knew so much stuff about the history of Hawaii. It was great to get so much information from him.
Once we got to our location, we started out with a short hike in the mountain. It was a pretty steep incline and it was just enough of a hike to be able to get a great view.
You that little island in the middle? That is where we kayaked to. After we hiked back down the trail, we got in our kayaks and headed toward the island. Our guide said it was about 3/4 of a mile to the island. We were in a double kayak so we had to coordinate a little to make sure we went in a straight line. Although, Richard did most of the work because lets face it I am useless in the large muscle department. Once we got to the island, we had lunch and explored the small island a bit.
We were able to snorkel right off the island between the island we were on and the beach from the main island. It was really shallow which made snorkeling hard and we had to be careful since the coral was really sharp. At first we did not see much, but then Evan found a little area that had quite a few fish so it made it more fun. Although the snorkeling at the north shore was far better. We then made our kayak ride back to the island to head home. I was daring enough to pull my camera out to take some pictures.
The last excursion we did was going to a Luau. We got picked up by a large bus and headed over to the east side of the island for the luau. And of course got more gorgeous views. The luau was amazing. We made headbands out of corn husks and ate some unique food. Also, the chief at the luau was hilarious. We all really enjoyed watching this show and would definitely recommend it to anyone who is looking for a luau.
All our different excursion were so much fun and I am glad that they ended up working out so well. It is hard to pick things to do while you are there, but I think we got a pretty good mix. I still have at least one more post coming next week!

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  1. Sounds like you guys had a lot of fun adventures! My husband used to surf, when we're in Hawaii in July he might try to teach me but I don't know if I'm brave enough!


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