Today, we chilled out on numerous beaches dotting the coast north of Kohala. Our first stop, Beach 69 - named after the postcode, not the "position" - where we lay under the shade of a tree whilst watching families play in the waves. Wendy spoke to a couple of people about turtle spotting as we'd been told they hang out here in their droves, but they eluded us yet again!
Our next beach stop, the postcard perfect Bay of Anaeho'omalu, situated in front of a series of hotels which are, luckily, set quite far back from the shoreline so as not to intrude with the scenery. Public access is freely permitted (in fact, I have yet to see a beach in Hawaii which does not allow public access) so we spent yet another few hours here. Fortunately, this time, we had plenty of turtles to keep us company and we got to see them gliding majestically in the water. Dinner was pizza from a nearby supermarket at the Queens Shopping Mall - it was certainly a kingsize pizza with several meaty toppings and a rich chocolate dessert.
Then, off we raced to get our wetsuits measured and to "check-in" for our boat trip onboard the Hokuhele snorkelling at night with manta rays. They made such a big hoo-ha about it, you would think we're going on a cruise to Tahiti or something! However, much to our surprise, the boat left and literally anchored only minutes later - just beyond the Sheraton Hotel which is right next door to the marina - we literally could have swum across, it was soooooo close to the shore! And for all that, we paid $100 dollars - I felt totally ripped off! It just wasn't the magical experience that everyone had told me it would be. And then, to top it all off, after 30minutes of floating on huge swells, in the dark cold water, surrounded by people pushing and shoving and screaming kids I started feeling seasick - like big time! I guess I shouldn't have eaten a massive meatfest of a pizza and chocolate dessert because I ended up feeding it all to the fish...