One thing I learned in Hawaii is that even a gray, rainy day can end in a beautiful sunset…as long as you drive back to the west side of the island.
Our first big adventure of the trip was a morning exploring Kaneohe Bay on a pontoon boat! More affectionately referred to as the “fiesta boat”. It was gray, cold-ish morning that gave way to rain, but that didn’t stop us from having fun and making memories.
The ride out to the sandbar through the bay was fun and relaxing. I hadn’t been on a boat in years and it felt good to out on the water again. Even though it was misty, the view back towards the island was beautiful.
The sandbar itself was huge! I felt like I had been plopped right into the set for the water planet from Interstellar.
Of course we couldn’t resist getting Choncho in on the action. He lasted all of 35 seconds.
The morning was filled with frisbee, football, sandwiches, and snorkeling. That last part was my favorite because it actually felt warmer in the water than out in the cold air! We explored the edge of the sandbar first, but there wasn’t a whole lot to see besides an entire field of strange tubular worm creatures (probably protecting the Books of History). On our way back to the dock, we drove around the island where they filmed Gilligan’s Island and snorkeling around some coral there. The best part? I saw an eel. 🙂
What better way to warm up from a cold, rainy boat ride than hot malasadas?? They are what happens when you marry a donut and an elephant ear then make them move to a tropical island. SO DELICIOUS. Our food exploration journey was going great so far, if you hadn’t noticed. Bonus: every once in a while it is fun to hang out with people that don’t make you look freakishly ginormous in photos. Go tall people.
That afternoon we checked off trying the local coffee shop from our list. My frozen drink involved coconut, chocolate, coffee, and macadamia nuts. YES.
Afterward, Abby, David, Thomas and I walked over to the lagoon at the Disney hotel just as the sun waved goodbye. It ended up being our only official sunset watching evening on the island, but it was a good one.
This was my very first time trying the iPhone’s time lapse video feature! It was easy to use and fun, but I definitely need to figure out how to lock the exposure and white balance for a video like this, so it doesn’t keep readjusting throughout the video. Any tips on how to do that?
Our wonderful Saturday finally ended with catching some drinks and a live concert under the stars. It is so fun when things come together unplanned to create great memories.
Do you have any great memories from days with less than ideal weather?