Swimming With The Dolphins

This was what Frankie and I would call the perfect day...we woke up in a cozy cottage in Volcano's National Park, on the Big Island. We got ready to drive to west side of the Island of Hawaii to do a kayaking and snorkeling trip across Kealakekua Bay to go to some of the best snorkeling on the Island and Captain Cook's Monument. We rented out gear, bought some sandwiches, and launched our kayak around 9:30 a.m. We were about 1/4 of the way to the other side of the bay when we spotted some dolphins hanging out near us. We got in the water, and to our surprise, the wild spinner dolphins got within feet of us. There were probably 20 to 30 of them, and there was a little baby one too! We found out that it was only about 3 weeks old from some locals. It was amazing. They were jumping and spinning all around us for quite a while. We swam with them until after noon, and then hung out in our kayak and ate our sandwiches. The water was only about 40 feet deep and crystal clear, and we would dive down and they would just swim with us there. I thought for sure that one of the adolescent one's was going to ram me, just to play, but then thought better of it! After they went away, we kayaked to the other side of the bay and snorkeled with beautiful fish, and coral. We also played with the crabs on the rocks on the shore, and weird sea cucumber things! Frankie found a ring for me wedged between two rocks, that will always remind me of that day...

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