Sunday, January 18, 2015

Hawaii Day 9: The Mai Tai to Turtle Canyon, Poolside Happy Hour, and a "Trolley" to Ala Moana Shopping Center

When I called Ala Moana Beach Day my favorite part of the trip, I forgot all about our ride on the Mai Tai. 

We didn't have time for Denny's breakfast this morning, because we had a catamaran ride to catch. My parents were shocked we had never been out to turtle canyon on any of our previous trips and insisted that we try it out. The boat docks at the hotel just down the beach from ours. You meet there at your designated time and the crew quickly gets you out to the canyon that's about 400 yards off shore.

You will notice that in almost every photo Riley is scowling. We later discovered that she was quite worried and afraid at the idea of getting in the "deep" water.

Cam was pretty stoked though.  Gammy is always reppin' KC - Chiefs and Royals - even in Hawaii.

I could have used the selfie stick like the man behind me had for this shot, but that's our hotel in the background as we motored away.

He was ready to swim with the turtles.

Diamond Head!  Finally a half smile.

Spotted our first turtle - and you can see the x band radar (looks like a golf ball) on its way out to sea in the distance.

So after about ten minutes we were anchored at the canyon aka cleaning station - turtles come here to be cleaned by the schools of fish.  The current was STRONG that day, so we had to keep swimming towards the boat the entire time we were looking, but other than that it was clear and we saw tons of turtles.  I started out with Riley, and we saw a turtle or two, but once she realized how many fish there were she wanted to get back on the boat.  TG switched kiddos with me and I took Cam further out and we saw lots of big turtles and he just kept asking me to show him more and more.

Before we knew it, our time was up and it was time to get back on the boat for lunch and the sailing portion of the trip.  Salt air and wind in our hair.

The sailing was just as fun as the snorkeling. They took the boat another 500 yards past the canyon and the water just turns this pure shade of cobalt blue. We're riding the waves and the water is spraying - sailing in Hawaii - what could be better?

They have no idea how lucky they are to be on their THIRD trip to Hawaii at the tender ages of 4 and 6.

My best attempt at a panoramic on a boat that was a rockin'.  Waikiki to Sans Souci and Diamond Head.

When we got back to the hotel the children who apparently weren't tired enough from the excursion, donned our crab bibs from the night before and became "SUPER Crab Kids"!

Instead of naps we opted for poolside cocktails.  I always love margaritas, but I especially love OCEAN view, poolside margaritas in Hawaii.

That night the plan was to take a Waikiki trolley to Ala Moana shopping center.  I got put in charge of deciphering the route map and I discerned that we needed the pink line.  However, the first pink line that showed up was a double decker bus both there and on our way back - so we all assumed that maybe the pink line was only buses?!?  Until we saw tons of pink line trolleys on the ride home.  :(

We made the best of it, but I know Gammy was bummed.  Til next time.

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