I will never forget the first time I went scuba diving. I legitimately thought I was dreaming, because life underwater is a whole new, breathtaking and magical world. To be able to spend nearly 20 to 30 minutes under water way below the surface offers such unique views that you’d be incredibly lucky to experience. I can still see the kelp forests in my head, filled with tons of beautiful sea creatures and marine life. That probably sounds incredibly cheesy to anyone reading this right now, but I guarantee that the first time you go scuba diving, the beauty of it all will take your breath away. Although hopefully not literally.
Actually, when we were in the process of getting our scuba diving license, there was a section of the certification process where our instructor removed our goggles and breathing apparatus from our faces and made us put it back on by ourselves. It was the most terrifying thing ever and I had a mini panic attack underwater (like a good 50 feet below the surface. Or maybe it was 80. Honestly the surface was just so far from the top of my head and I was freaking out…). It was scary because when I was purging my breathing thing (I’m embarrassed I don’t even remember what it’s called), I just breathed in a bunch of water and I felt like I was drowning and couldn’t breathe. Thankfully everything was fine after a couple of seconds but those couple of seconds felt way longer than they actually were. I managed to scare the living daylights out of my BFF/diving buddy that she just ended up skipping that part of the test but all was good.
Anyways, that little story isn’t meant to scare you away from going scuba diving AT ALL. It was one of the best experiences in my life and probably the highlights of my entire four years of high school and I would go back and do it again anytime. Over winter break, our family took a trip to Maui and we had heard about some of the most amazing snorkeling spots. I finally invested in a GoPro and just went a little overboard with my underwater pictures/videos, but I have a lot to share, so here ya go.
*Underwater gurgling/screaming* Seeing a sea turtle for the first time underwater is one of the most exciting things EVER. We took a boat out to a place called “Turtle Town,” which is known for all the sea turtles that swim around in this place.
Molokini Crater is one of the best snorkeling spots in all of Maui (if not all of Hawaii), with up to 150 feet of visibility-it’s so blue and clear that you can see the ocean floor from the surface. During our boat ride from Turtle Town to Molokini Crater, we also were also lucky to be able to see some dolphins and gray humpback whales. You can actually hear the whales underwater while you’re snorkeling!
The boat we were on provided breakfast, lunch and all the snorkeling gear we needed.
So much to see at Molokini Crater!
After our long day of snorkeling, we headed back home and saw even MORE whales on the way home. I actually caught this on video, which you can watch here if you want to see more. They were so close to our boat the entire boat was kind of just freaking out in excitement.
The rest of our day was spent relaxing at the beautiful beach right in front of the condo we stayed at. Since we arrived the night before, we didn’t get the chance to see the GORGEOUS view from right outside our balcony. Although we still fell asleep to the sound of the waves crashing softly onto the shore. So dreamy.
Life is always more simple by the beach, right?
FUN IN THE SUN!!
My sister and I having too much fun on the beach. We’ve both spent our entire lives growing up by the beach, so this our natural habitat.
My Daddio ♥
When we were younger, our parents would always take us to the beach and we would spend all day collecting shells and making crafts with them.
In love with this picture but more in love with these two beautiful people and the life that they have given me. Thank you for always being so patient, nurturing, supportive, and your constant outpouring of love and care. And for being an amazing example of a strong marriage. My role models from forever ago until now and beyond, who I’m lucky to call my parents.
Nothing like a good sunset to end off the day.
Aloha from Maui! Thanks for following along our adventures!
Hope your day is beautiful ♥