Wednesday, January 29

Hilo, day 4

A great day of diving.  Back to the same spot—Leleiwi—and the conditions even better than the prior day.  According to Bill, these the best conditions in months.

The first dive navigation, the second dive identifying fish.  Clear water, likely ~60’ visibility, so many beautiful colors and fish varieties, a few turtles gliding around.  And our skills were perceptibly improved over the first day; the effect on fatigue and air consumption obvious, and a real sense that we’re improving our skill set.

Am absolutely bringing the GoPro tomorrow, and hope its use will be ok, as is it’s anything like today, it’s got to be shared.

After our class, we saw that the farmer’s market next door was enormous compared to other days.  Evidently Wednesday and Saturday are the biggest days.  We probably spent an hour or more strolling through, appreciating some inventive graphics on fabric—whether mumus, bathing suits, t-shirts, or mountable art—and also grabbing some fresh fruit for snacks.

Then we drove east a bit, just to explore a popular beach site (Richardson’s) that we’ve been hearing about, just a tad further than the area we’ve been diving (Lele’iwi). Walking around the black sand beach, the little ‘islands’ in the water, the protected cove for easy snorkeling…it’s easy to see why this is the spot to go here.

A phone call from the local p.o. alerted us that the GoPro replacement parts ordered a few weeks ago had been located, so we headed out to pick them up.  Another example of the people here, in this case the p.o., being wonderful to work with.